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.
Did you come to see the city lights downtown? Then you should not miss the Bucharest Christmas Market. It is situated right in the city center, just opposite the University of Bucharest. It’s a special place, crowded with young people and students, laughing, holding their hands, sipping a cup of hot wine with cinnamon. And then they are going home, carrying out with some secrecy a little bottle of Pălincă de Bihor, a traditional brandy – the old friends know what is all about 🙂
I do pretend I know how to share with you the beauty of Bucharest, the town of lovers. I possess enough patience and optimism in order to identify interesting spots while walking through this town. And I want you to take part to my local strolling experience. Because in Bucharest one can come across plenty of lovely houses.
This time I propose you to walk with me through the center of Bucharest. It is a route I traveled a few days ago. Without anticipating anything, without calculating my steps. Just enjoying the beauty of the streets. I started my journey from the Anglican Church, and then heading towards Ion Voicu Park (former Ioanid Park). I arrived in Dacia Boulevard, the place with the most beautiful buildings of Bucharest. Once in the Spain Square, I left myself lost in the streets, no longer knowing where I am going. Enjoying the tranquility, peace, autumn.
I need to share with you some of the magic of my trip through Bucharest downtown. Below you can find some fresh photos.
One of the most visited places in Bucharest, the town of lovers, is an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herastrau Park, the Village Museum. Locals and tourists alike are always enchanted to take a journey to the past, visiting old country houses right in the middle of Bucharest.
On this sunny October day I just took some fresh photos in the Village Museum in Buharest. I invite you to have a look.
How to get to the Village Museum? Take the subway and get off at Aviatorilor stop. Then head towards The Arch of Triumph. Next to the Herastrau Park’s entrance you will find the Village Museum.