Say ''Paris of the Balkans'' - it’s Bucharest.
French palaces with light baroque touches, medieval churches set before 21st office buildings…The same is said about Paris, but French people usually balk at the same words being uttered about Bucharest. But it is true, as long as visitors to Bucharest make an effort to see beyond its reputation of Communist monolith and discover its essence - a fast-emerging European capital.
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In Europe it is not a city that is well-known or favorably regarded, but favored or not its heart is European. This is a city that always has something going on even though it takes efforts to recognize it. Its neoclassical buildings and tree-lined boulevards are a bit obscured by post-Stalinist grey houses. It’s up to you to decide whether you are on a trip to a victim of Soviet repression or a Byzantine-style city with finest architectural style.
- Parliament Palace, the world's second largest building is to be found in the center of Bucharest
- Revolution Square, a remnant of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, but today a perfect place for a long walk
- Village Museum, an open air museum offers around 300 traditional buildings to explore
- Art Museum, located in the building of the former Royal Palace preserves collections of ancient, modern and contemporary Romanian art
- Curtea Veche Church, built around 1559 it was a place for coronation of the Wallachian princes
All these landmarks are just part of the big mix of what Bucharest initially was. As history has it, the city was established in 1459 and at that stage was a far cry from today's eclectic architecture. The city continued to grow and become the centre of the Romanian mass media, culture and arts in 1862.
Today Bucharest residents number some two million residents who are proud of their more than rich history.
History is just part of the Bucharest experience, other culture such as music is no less diverse than dining out facilities. It is here on your way from rock concert you can share a plate of spicy sausage with beer or taste traditional delicacy- pork - the best part of local cuisine.
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