This city of culture is awe-inspiring with monuments and magnificent buildings that are staggering in every way. Earthquakes and war have left their mark on this city but construction has taken place, turning this into a modern city that brings together the perfect blend of culture, history and contemporary living.
Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum
The west side of the Herasrau Park has been turned into a huge outdoor museum and here you can explore over 270 buildings that have become a part of the history of the country. The buildings are made of wood, cob or stone and have been dismantled and rebuilt at this site, giving an insight into the way in which the country lived. Every region of the country can be found here and that they each have their own style from painted walls to ornate designs. The museum was created in 1936 by sociologist Dimitrie Gusti with the oldest house dating back to the 18th century.
As far as impressive buildings go, this is up there with the best because of its sheer size. This is the home of the Romanian Parliament and at 365,000 square metres, it is the biggest administrative building in the world. It was intended as a residence and even though it contains museums, reception halls and offices, it is still only one-quarter full. The cost of the museum was large both financially and in lives because thousands of people died during its construction in the 1980s. The palace was at the centre of Ceausescu’s pompous redesign of Bucharest after an earthquake that occurred in 1977. To appreciate the size of this building, you need to head inside and take a look at the Museum of the Palace and the Museum of the Communist Totalitarianism.
Lipscani (Old Town)
If you want to get a feel for what Bucharest used to look like before the Second World War, then Lipscani is the place for you. This is the place where business took place in the Middle Ages but this small area of the city was one of the only areas that could be retrieved following the war and so, it is now a stylish area where you can find restaurants, bars and boutiques in buildings that have been carefully restored. On the west side, you can find the Pasajuk Macca-Vilacross, which is a fork-shaped shopping passage that dates back to 1891 and it is illuminated by yellow stained glass in the roof.
Romanian Peasant Museum
The museum first opened its doors in 1906, but the communist regime stopped the history of the folk museum in the 20th century before it reopened in 1990. During those years, it had been a museum for communism and you can still take a look at a small exhibition on collectivisation in the basement. The remainder of the museum is focused on the history and culture of the Romanian countryside, covering 400 years and so, there is an impressive array of costume, furniture and ceramics.
This is the place where a wide range of Romanian Institutions can be found with its name coming from the violent unrest that took place in 1989 where the Social Republic of Romania was overthrown. The Ministry of Internal Affairs is a prominent building an worth a look because this was created as the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party but in 1989, officials fled by helicopter from the roof but they were eventually tried and executed on Christmas Day. There was a significant event that took place here twenty years earlier when Ceausescu announced Romania’s policy of independence from the Kremlin after he condemned the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia.
This is a place that holds a lot of meaning for the people of the city and it is one of the oldest buildings, however, it is one of the last caravanserais in Europe. Manuc’s Inn was created by the Armenian Merchant Manuc Bei in 1802 and it took on a classical format in a large courtyard where two levels of wooden galleries can be found including rooms, lodging, dining and storage. During the beginning of the 19th century, this was the hub of business in Bucharest and following a number of restorations, much of the original structure remains and is now a restaurant. Here you can find traditional Roman cuisine as well as a great atmosphere with music and folk dance.
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