Big Beautiful Bucharest is full of paradoxes. Right in the middle of the old town, a place well-known for its crowded pubs, there is a small and beautiful church dating from the beginning of the 18th century, with an incredible interior garden, where you can immerse yourself into a whole different world.
The Stavropoleos Church is a place where you can regain your peace of mind. It is so small and simple and yet so fascinating. Just take a look at the photos:
There is a magical place in Big Beautiful Bucharest where you can experience one of the last caravanserais in the Balkans region: The Manuc’s Inn (Hanul lui Manuc). You can easily find it, next to the Old Court and the Saint Anton Church, on the French Street (Strada Franceză), in the Old Town.
Bucharest is hot. So hot that the ladies are using their fans. 🙂
A father and his lovely daughter are walking downtown, hand in hand and hunting for some fresh pictures. I cannot help myself not to stop for a while and take photos with them. I am content. I believe I really succeed in capturing the Bucharest’s spirit.
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.
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.
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
and the Peasant Museum
and the well-known Casa Doina Restaurant
and a lot of other interesting buildings located on Duiliu Zamfirescu Street or on the Paris street.