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Iconic buildings of Bucharest

Last week I was in the field on assignment: Iconic building of Bucharest, Romania. Here are more details about some of these monumental buildings.

Romanian Athenaeum is a 600 seats concert hall, built in 1888. Today, Athenaeum is the main concert hall in Bucharest, the home of George Enescu Philharmonic and of the George Enescu yearly international music festival.

Across the street you can find National Museum of Art. The building was opened in 1837 as Royal Palace. The Museum is established 100 years later, in 1937. Among the painters hosted in the museum, I can mention Romanians Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian, Nicolae Tonitza, Theodor Aman, Theodor Pallady, Gheorghe Petrașcu, and Gheorghe Tattarescu. You can also admire plenty of international painters: El Greco, Tintoretto, Jan van Eyck, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet, and Rembrandt. There is also a nice collection of sculptures, including some by Constantin Brancusi.

Next point of interest is Central University Library of Bucharest. The Library was founded in 1895 by King Carol I. It started with a collection of 3,400 volumes, reaching today few millions books. More than 500,000 books were burnt during the Romanian Revolution from 1989.

Novotel Hotel is quite a new building in the town center. Having more than 250 rooms, plenty of conference spaces, spa center, and all usual features a 4* hotel has, Novotel has a good fame around business people.

National Military Center is a monumental building owned by Romanian Army, serving as an entertainment center. The building was established between the two World Wars by Romanian King Ferdinand I.

No Bucharest review can be complete without University Square and Intercontinental Hotel. University Square is considered the central point of Bucharest, it’s the starting point of Romanian Revolution in Bucharest, is the central point for any rally. Intercontinental Hotel is one of the tallest buildings in Bucharest, with 25 floors and 77 meter high.

A great week, and a great city to visit!

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Romanian Palace of the Parliament

Romanian Palace of the Parliament – Saint Patrick’s Day

The Romanian Palace of the Parliament is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

Between 15 and 19 March 2013, Bucharest was the host of St. Patrick’s Festival. All these days, after dark, the Palace of the Parliament was advertised as The Embassy of Ireland. These were freezing days, but the view worth it without any doubt 🙂

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