Something nice about Big Beautiful Bucharest – Day 10

They say Bucharest is full of blocks of flats. And I have to agree with this. It is partially true. But, at the same time, to be completely honest, we must accept that these blocks of flats are surrounded by a lot of green.

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A knight with a hammer

I always say it is important to look up at the sky. As far as I am concerned I succeed in turning this rule of sky-looking into a way of life. And maybe I shall convince others to follow me.

Yesterday, while I was driving home, my habit of sky-looking produced a nice surprise. A mysterious big knight with a hammer almost frightened me as it stood on a house roof. Right in the middle of Big Beautiful Bucharest, the amazing town of lovers. I stopped and took some pictures.

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Dumbrava Roșie Street

I consider the ultimate rule of a blogger is to listen to his readers. So, I am decided to obey this rule.

A few day ago, Florin commented that I missed the best street, right in the middle of my route. It was about Dumbrava Roșie street. Of course, I went back, having a look for myself.

I must agree with Florin, it is an amazing and mysterious street, with great and unique buildings (you will easily recognize again the neo-romanian architectural style). And also it is so close to the Ioanid park, a small but enchanting place.

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Neo-Romanian architectural style – part 2

For me, to write about my town means, among other things, to answer this question: What is typical of Big Beautiful Bucharest? Of course, there is no simple answer to this question. A few days ago I claimed that there is an identity marker of Bucharest – the town of lovers – that is the neo-romanian architectural style.

Right now, I am sharing with you some fresh photos from Bucharest in order to demonstrate not only that it is a town full of beautiful houses, but to convince you that the neo-romanian architectural style is a major contribution to the world’s heritage.

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Neo-Romanian architectural style

In the late 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century Bucharest was under the spell of France. The culture, the daily life of the middle and upper class, and especially the architecture were French inspired. Downtown, one can easily spot a lot of beautiful houses resembling those in Paris. Partly because of this, Bucharest was and is still called Little Paris.

Simultaneously, in the same period, a new unique architectural style flourished in Big Bucharest: Neo-Romanian. It is inspired from old churches and the Constantin Brâncoveanu (Prince of Wallachia between 1688 and 1714) architectural style. The distinguished feature of the style is the massive appearance, combined with arcades and verandas and towers. The buildings transmit power and confidence, strength of character and vigor of mind.

Where to find some nice buildings representative of the Neo-Romanian architectural style? I shall give you a hint now. Take the subway and get off at Piața Victoriei stop. You will easily discover the Geology Museum

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and the Peasant Museum

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and the well-known Casa Doina Restaurant

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and a lot of other interesting buildings located on Duiliu Zamfirescu Street or on the Paris street.

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