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Do you like it? Read more. Thursday June 27th, Categories Noticias. Galicia improves competitiveness and growth with good results accumulated in the first five months of the year in travelers and hotel overnight stays. With Murcia, it was the territory with the best results in the month of May, with growth above the average for Spain as a whole. Buzzing with crowds and traffic from early morning until late at night, this area is one of the most popular meeting places in Bucharest. The square brings together some remarkable architectural masterpieces on each of its four corners, starting with the University of Bucharest's School of Architecture, the Bucharest National Theatre , the neoclassical Coltea Hospital and its lovely church and the Sutu Palace , now home to the Bucharest History Museum.
In the middle of the square, on a little island, 10 stone crosses pay respect to those killed during the revolution. Below the square is an underground passage with shops and eateries, allowing pedestrians to cross from one side of the square to another and to access the subway station. Regina Elizabeta near University Square map. Bucharest remains first and foremost a hub of higher education.
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The University of Bucharest was founded in by Alexandru Ioan Cuza, ruler of the newly united principalities of Walachia and Moldova. Work on the neoclassical building began in and finished in Year-round, you can find book merchants near the University building selling anything from antique books, records, discontinued newspapers and illustrated broadsheets from another age to secondhand books.
Bratianu 1 map. The oldest hospital in Bucharest, dating from , Coltea was built on land belonging to the Vacaresti family, who at the time owned many of the great prosperities of the capital. The original building was destroyed by an earthquake in , and the neoclassical building standing today dates from The church next to the hospital is the original construction, and is currently undergoing much-needed renovation.
The hospital remains a functioning public health centre; you may enter only if you have official business. Bratianu 2 near University Square map. Famous for the grandiose balls held here in the s, Sutu Palace was built in neogothic style between and by foreign minister Costache Sutu, to designs of architects Johann Veit and Konrad Schwinck.
In , the palace was redecorated by sculptor Karl Storck, who created three arcades and a monumental stairway; a huge Murano mirror was added in the hallway. Only the painted ceilings, the stucco, the parquet flooring and the tile stoves have been preserved. Address: Strada Izvor 2 - 4 map Tel: Open to visitors: Mon. Built at the special request of Nicolae Ceausescu, leader of Romania's Communist Party, the colossal Parliament Palace - formerly known as "People's House" Casa Poporului - is the world's second largest administrative building after the U.
It took 20, workers and architects to build this masive structure that boasts 12 stories, 1, rooms, a ft. The Palace of Parliament it is the world's second-largest office building floor area and the third largest in volume after Cape Canaveral Space Centre in the U. When construction started on June 25, , the building was intended it to be the headquarters of the country's Communist government.
Built, furnished and decorated exclusively with materials sourced and made in Romania, the building reflects the work of the country's best artisans. A guided tour takes visitors through a small section of dazzling rooms, huge halls and quarters used by the Senate when not in session.
The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows and floors covered in rich carpets. Large groups: reservations are strongly recommended. Group tours need to be reconfirmed, on the day prior to the visit — please call Palace of Parliament Visiting Rules and Regulations. Nicolae Ceausescu's building megalomania is perhaps best illustrated by with the construction of the Civic Centre, an area located at the south end of the Palace of Parliament along Bulevardul Unirii.
The redevelopment of the area was supervised by Romania's Communist leader himself. More than three square miles eight square km. Sfintii Apostoli 1 map Tel: One of the oldest churches in Bucharest with parts dating back to the 16th century and a steeple built in , the Apostles' Church is brimming with some rather strange portraits that are well worth seeing.
Address: Aleea Dealul Mitropoliei map. Set atop one of the city's few hills, known as Mitropoliei, the Metropolitan Church has been the centerpiece of the Romanian Orthodox faith since the 17th century. The church was built by Constantin Serban Basarab, ruler of the province of Walachia between and , to a design inspired by the Curtea de Arges monastery. The Byzantine interior, containing the most dazzling of the city's iconostasis, as well as a couple of exquisitely carved side altars, bestows great beauty on the services presided over by the Romanian Patriarch.
A huge crowd gathers here for the Easter midnight service. The outstanding bell-tower at the entrance was built in and restored in Next to the church, and closed to the public, is the Patriarchal Palace , residence of the Teoctist , supreme leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Surrounded by a peaceful garden, it is an architectural jewel, with beautiful frescoes and wood-painted icons. The mass in Romanian is worth viewing if you can find room in this small and cozy church. G-ral Berthelot 19 map Tel: Constructed in red brick between and , this Roman Catholic cathedral is an architectural masterpiece combining both gothic and Roman elements.
Organ recitals are held every week. Ion Ghica 9 map Tel: Built in by the Russian Tsar Nicholas II for , gold rubles, this Orthodox Church has a wooden, gold-gilded iconostasis allegedly modeled after the altar in the Archangelskiy Cathedral in Moscow. Bucharest is home to one of the oldest and most important Jewish communities in Romania.
Sephardic Jews arrived here in the 16th century. Around the beginning of the 17th century, during the Cossack uprising, the first Ashkenazi Jews came from Ukraine and Poland. A sacred brotherhood, a charity box and a prayer house were registered in Some of the synagogues built during the 18th and 19th century also featured ritual baths mikve. By , 10 holy houses had been established. Their number would increase significantly before the end of the century, almost every one having its own Rabbi and cult performers.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Jewish population in Bucharest numbered 40, people with 70 temples and synagogues. From this great number, only a few survived the brutality of history - fascism and communism - and two still serve the city's present Jewish community. Mamulari 3 Tel: Housed in the magnificently preserved Great Synagogue in the city's historically Jewish neighborhood, this museum traces the history of Romania's Jewish population. The displays include a collection of books written, published, illustrated or translated by Romanian Jews; a small collection of paintings of and by Romanian Jews many of the same artists' works hang in the National Museum of Art and memorabilia from Jewish theatres including the State Jewish Theatre.
The museum also contains a large collection of Jewish ritual objects from Romania, collected by Rabbi Moses Rosen , the late Chief Rabbi of the Romanian Jewry. Sfanta Vineri 9 map Tel: Built in , the red brick temple noted for its magnificent Moorish turrets, choir loft and organ is the largest active synagogue in Bucharest. Services are held every day at 8am and 7pm.
On Saturday, they are held at am and 7pm. Tache Ionescu 9 map. In a busy side street going towards Piata Amzei from Magheru Bulevard stands the only other functioning synagogue in the city apart from the Choral Temple. Services take place at Sabbath hour on Friday and Saturday evenings. Founded in , the Art Collections Museum, a branch of the National Art Museum, houses private collections donated over the course of time. Collections include European as well as Oriental art works.
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Admission charge. Housed in the neoclassical Sutu Palace , the museum features some , artifacts, from coins, books, maps, engravings, paintings, arms and furniture to old traditional costumes. Among the most valuable exhibits are the document attesting for the first time the name of the city of Bucharest, issued by Vlad Tepes in , and a sword set in precious stones that belonged to Prince Constantin Brancoveanu A small, but fascinating, room is home to an interesting collection of communist-era bust sculptures including that of Lenin , paintings and memorabilia.
Admission charge Guided tours are available in English Note: Visits by appointment only; please call for reservations. A former royal residence built between and by Prince and ruler Serban Cantacuzino, the palace was home to King Carol I, who made important changes in its architecture. At the end of the 19th century, Heir-to-the-Crown Ferdinand ordered the partial demolition of the palace, which was later reconstructed by French architect Paul Gottereau in neoclassical style.
In , Nicolae Ceausescu transformed it into an official guesthouse with the addition of a new wing.
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After , the old wing of the palace became a museum. The Oriental Hall, the Norwegian Hall and the Queen's Chamber are almost unchanged from the original design and are worth visiting. Very important collection of medieval art also can be seen here. The new wing serves as the seat of the Romanian Presidency. The museum, housed in the Cantacuzino Palace, displays documents and various objects that belonged to the great Romanian composer and violinist George Enescu , including a Bach music collection he received as a gift from Queen Elisabeta of Romania.
A world-class violinist, Enescu studied at the Vienna Conservatory, where he met German composer Johannes Brahms and where he also gave his first concerts. In Paris, Enescu graduated from the French Conservatory in His best-known works, the Romanian Rhapsodies , earned him national and international fame. In , his Oedipe tragic opera premiered in Paris and Enescu was awarded the French Legion of Honor award for the composition. A member of the Romanian Academy and corresponding member of the Institute of France, George Enescu was the teacher of renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
Address: Sos. Closed on Mondays. Recently renovated, this museum is the largest natural history museum in Romania, housing collections of reptiles, fish, birds and mammals. More than , artifacts and specimens are on display, including a dinosaur fossil.
A whole floor is dedicated to sea life and features examples of whales, dolphins and seals. The museum also contains a beautiful butterfly collection. In addition to the small renaissance art collection of Dumitru Minovici, who made barrels of lei in the oil business in the s, the museum features Belgian tapestries, Dutch furniture, Swiss stained glass, a complete library and Italian paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Opened in , the museum features the richest folk art collection in Romania, with over 90, artifacts that trace the colorful and diverse cultural life of the Romanian people. The Pottery Collection includes some 18, items, representative of the most important pottery centres in the country. The oldest ceramic item found in the museum bears the inscription Equally impressive, the Costume Collection comprises almost 20, traditional folk costumes, some dating from the beginning of the 19th century, giving visitors insight into the styles and traditions of the Romanian peasants.
The displays dip into all aspects of life in the Romanian countryside. Exhibits of agricultural tools, carpets, icons, furniture, photographs and films build up a complete picture of Romanian folk culture. In one of the galleries, you can see a wooden church and in another, a wooden peasant house. Four more wooden churches stand in the outdoor museum area.
In , the museum was named European Museum of the Year. Visitors can buy regional handcrafts and textiles in the museum's extensive gift shop. May - September ; Wed. October - April ; Closed Mon. Admission charge English guided available. Romania's leading art museum was founded in to house the former Royal Collection, which included Romanian and European art dating from the 15th to the 20th century. Located in the neoclassical former Royal Palace, set amid a wealth of historic buildings such as the Romanian Athenaeum, Kretzulescu Church and the Hotel Athenee Palace-Hilton, the museum currently exhibits over , works divided into two major sections.
There is also a roomful of early Brancusi sculpture, such as you won't find anywhere else, demonstrating how he left his master, Rodin, behind in a more advanced form of expression. If you only have time to visit one gallery, make it the Romanian one. It is the most complete collection of Romanian works of art in the country and quite possibly, the world.
Impressive collections of minerals and quartz formations specific to the area are found here, including a well-presented geological structure of Romania's territory. Housed in a s neoclassical building that once served as the city's main post office, the museum offers a great introduction to the exciting history of Romania. Spread throughout 41 rooms, the exhibits recount the country's development from prehistoric times to the 20th century. The highlight is the National Treasury Hall where visitors can enjoy a dazzling display of some 3, gold items, including jewelry and valuable Neolithic artifacts.
Among the displays are the 12 pieces of the 4th century Pietroasele Treasure Collection. First presented at the World's Fair in Paris, it was considered the most valuable treasure collection in the world the tomb of Tutankamon had not yet been discovered. One year later, the collection was displayed at the Second Annual International Exhibition in London and in , at the International Exhibition in Vienna.
Founded in , the museum illustrates the most important battles for independence and freedom in Romanian history. The museum features collections of Oriental and Occidental weapons, Romanian and foreign uniforms, military medals and awards, trophies, artillery, canons and airplanes as well as a library of historical military documents.
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The centerpiece is the Revolution exhibit, displaying mainly personal belongings donated by families of soldiers and civilians killed during the upheaval. Bucharest's newest museum, the MNAC, as it is often called by museum-goers, displays works of Romania's contemporary artists as well as many temporary exhibits by international artists. The museum is housed in a wing of the Palace of Parliament, the space which would have served as Nicolae and Ileana Ceausescu's private apartment where just the bathroom occupied square feet, while the adjoining boudoir was three times that size.
Address: Bulevardul Primaverii 50 Telephone: Admission charge, Reservations are recommended. A variety of woods, both native oak, sycamore, cherry, walnut and exotic mahogany, rosewood, African pear, Canadian cherry , have been used for building and decorations. Website Open: Wed. The Railways Museum exibits include one of the largest train diorama in Europe, an Morse telegraph, railways memorabilia including pictures and Romanian Railways uniforms.
Several passenger train wagons and engines are on display in the open-air section of the museum. This museum pays tribute to the works of sculptor Frederick Storck, founder of the Romanian school of architecture, and his wife, Cecelia Cutescu-Storck, an artist and a keen advocate of enhanced recognition for women in the arts.
Some paintings and sculptures are featured in the beautiful Storck residence, built in by a French architect after the plans of Frederick Storck. This museum displays some 5, items covering a wide range of industrial models: turbines, compressors, steam engines, the cylinder from the first steam engine that was used in a Romanian factory, as well as antique cars and motorcycles. Housed in the beautifully restored Melik house, built around by the rich Armenian businessman Hagi Kevork Nazaretoglu, the museum features paintings and sketches by Romanian artist Theodor Pallady as well as numerous other art objects.
Founded by royal decree in , this fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, covers some 30 acres on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herestrau Park. Throughout the year, the Village Museum hosts special events where you will have a chance to witness folk artisans demonstrating traditional skills in weaving, pottery and other crafts. Folk arts and crafts are available at the museum gift shop. The museum exhibits the private art collection of art critic and collector Krikor Zambaccian Although Zambaccian was a big patron of the art of his home country, during his studies in Belgium and France - he purchased numerous European works from artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Delacroix, Corot, Derain, Matisse, Pissaro, Bonnard, Utrillo and Picasso.
The museum preserves the initial display as it was conceived by the art collector himself. There are also several beautiful small sculptures that complement the canvases. Designed in by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer, the garden opened to the public in The name, Cismigiu, comes from the Turkish cismea , meaning "public fountain.
Cismigiu is Bucharest's oldest park and a great place to stroll and enjoy a break from the hectic city. Set amid green lush lawns and winding paths, the park offers a lake with rowboat rentals, a beer garden, a playground for children, a chess area for amateurs and plenty of park benches for relaxing and people-watching. Opened in , the garden features over 5, varieties of plants from Romania and around the world. The garden also encompasses a beautiful building in the Brancovenesc architectural style, housing the Botanical Garden Museum.
Here, you can peruse manuscripts, old botanical research devices and a collection of artifacts made of vegetal materials. Locals treat the gardens as a park, and on warm afternoons, you may see more young lovers than plants. The huge greenhouses are open Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun, 9am - 1pm.