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Bucharest, Romania

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Bucharest Overview

The City’s History
According to tradition, the founding of the city named “Bucharest” derives from the name “Bucur,” who, according to different legends, was either a prince, an outlaw, a fisherman, a shepherd, or a hunter. Meaning “happy” in the Romanian language, it signifies “beautiful” in Albanian, a language that has historical connections with this place. When you visit Bucharest for the first time you’ll understand its connection to the word.

The largest city in Romania, Bucharest is located in the southeast part of the country, but is the center of Romanian culture, mass media, and arts. It is also the most economically prosperous city in Romania, the capital, and in recent years has undergone a massive cultural and economic boom, making it a rising tourist destination in Europe.

As the city of Bucharest became the political center in the late 19th century, mass urban development took place so that Bucharest became known as “The Paris of the East.” Under communist regime from 1965 until 1989, Bucharest underwent many transformations that destroyed many historic parts of the city, and today you can see architecture that exhibits the many transformations the beautiful city has undergone. Today, the historic center of Bucharest is still undergoing restoration.

Beautiful Places
The Cismigiu Gardens are currently the main recreational spot in the city center of Bucharest, carrying with them a rich history where many famous poets and writers have spent their time. Bucharest is full of several other large gardens and parks, one being the Herastrau Park, a large public park where the Village Museum can be found in the north of the city. Bucharest also boasts the Botanical Garden, a site containing over 100,000 species of plants, many of them exotic.

Some of the famous landmarks found in Bucharest include the Palace of the Parliament, the largest building in Europe and the second largest in the world, and was built in the 1980’s during communist regime. Today it is the home of the Romanian Parliament, the National Museum of contemporary art, and is frequently used as a convention center. The Romanian Athenaeum, a symbol of Romanian culture, has been on the list of Label of European Heritage Sights since 2007. In Bucharest you can see the marvelous Arcul de Triumf; if you’ve been to Paris, there is no mistaking that this famous arch built in 1935 was modeled after the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll find top museums in Bucharest like Museum of Natural History “Grigore Antipa,” National Museum of Art, and Museum of the Romanian Peasant.

When you come to visit Bucharest you’ll find a lively and booming culture with different varieties of ethnic Romanian cuisine, diverse architecture symbolizing different periods of Romanian history, and a wide ranging mix in the active scene, where Bucharest visual arts, performing arts and nightlife are diverse and growing. The style of Bucharest culture is undefined, as it includes a sundry of elements in international and Romanian culture. See the beauty of Bucharest for yourself, and be astounded with the unique history, liveliness, and excitement the city holds.

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