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Pass By: Cismigiu Gardens, Intersection of Piata Revolutiei and B-dul Kogalniceanu, Bucharest Romania
Grădinile Cișmigiu (Parcul Cișmigiu)
View from the exit towards the park
Location of the parkLocation of the park
Location of the park
Location Bucharest, Romania
Coordinates 44°26′12.85″N 26°05′25.83″E
Area 16 hectares
Administered by Administraţia Lacuri, Parcuri şi Agrement Bucureşti
Status Open all year
Designers Wilhelm Friedrich Carl Meyer, Franz Harer and Friedrich Rebhuhn
The Cișmigiu Gardens or Cișmigiu Park (Romanian: Grădinile Cișmigiu or Parcul Cișmigiu) are a public park near the center of Bucharest, Romania, spanning areas on all sides of an artificial lake. The gardens' creation was an important moment in the history of Bucharest. They form the oldest and, at 16 hectares, the largest park in city's central area. The main entrance is from Regina Elisabeta Boulevard, in front of the City Hall; there is another major entrance at the Știrbei Vodă Street, near the Crețulescu Palace. The southwestern corner of the park is adjacent to the Gheorghe Lazăr High School
Pass By: Palace of Parliament, Strada Izvor 2-4, Bucharest 050711 Romania
Built at the special request of Nicolae Ceausescu, leader of Romania's Communist Party, the colossal Parliament Palace
- formerly known as "People's House" ( Casa Poporului ) -
is the world's second largest administrative building
after the U. S. Pentagon.
Stop At: Romanian People's Salvation Cathedral, 4-60 13 September Street Sector 5, Bucharest Romania
People's Salvation Cathedral
Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului
Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului - București (2019 Aprilie).jpg
44°25′33.26″N 26°4′56.37″ECoordinates: 44°25′33.26″N 26°4′56.37″E
Location 13 September (4-60) Street, Sector 5, Bucharest
Denomination Eastern Orthodox
Status Under construction
Groundbreaking 10 December 2010
Completed Consecrated 25-11-2018
Construction cost € 121 million (2018)[note 1]
€ 250 million (cathedral)
€ 100 million (courtyard)
Capacity 6,000 (nave-narthex)
Length 126.1 m (interior)
140.5 m (exterior-stairs)
Width 69.3 m (outside wall-footing)
67.7 m (interior)
Height 135.0 m (ground-cross)
124.8 m (ground-dome) 
90.0 m (bell tower-cross)
42.0 m (interior nave) 
Other dimensions 323,000 m3  [note 2]
Floor area 6,100 m 2[note 3]  
7,500 m2 (ext-stairs)[note 3]
Dome height (inner) 104.0 metres
(nave floor - dom ceiling)
Dome diameter (outer) 25.2 m
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The People's Salvation Cathedral (Romanian: Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului) refers to an Orthodox cathedral in Bucharest that is meant to become the patriarchal cathedral of the Romanian Orthodox Church. It is the tallest and largest Orthodox church in the world by volume and the third in the world by area. It is located in central Bucharest on Spirea's Hill (Arsenal Square), facing the same courtyard as the Palace of the Parliament. The cathedral is dedicated to the Ascension of Christ and to Saint Andrew the Apostle, protector of Romania
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Victoria Palace, Piata Victoriei 1, Bucharest 011791 Romania
Bucuresti, Romania, Palatul Victoriei, Piata Victoriei nr. 1, sect. 1; B-II-m-A-19877.JPG
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Architectural style Stripped Classicism
Address 1 Victory Square, Sector 1
Town or city Bucharest
Current tenants Government of Romania, Cabinet offices
Construction started 1937
Client Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Owner Government of Romania
Floor count 3
Design and construction
Architect Duiliu Marcu
Victory Palace (Romanian: Palatul Victoria) is a government building on the very large Victory Square (Piaţa Victoriei) in Bucharest, housing the Prime Minister of Romania and his cabinet.
The Victory Palace was designed in 1937 to house the Foreign Ministry, and nearly complete in 1944. It was designed by architect Duiliu Marcu (1885–1966), who had designed many major buildings in 1920s and 30s Romania, including many major government projects in the 1930s and 40s. The Victory Palace is a stylised monumental classical design, with an arcaded ground level, a long colonnade of slim piers on the main front, and two recessed top floors. The facades were entirely clad in Carrara marble, with reliefs in the panels at either end, and there were generously decorated interiors.
The building suffered heavy damage in the 1944 Bombing of Bucharest in World War II. It then underwent significant restoration and reconstruction works, being reclad in travertine, without the reliefs and less ornate interiors, finally opening in 1952, housing the headquarters of Foreign Ministry and the Council of Ministers.
Following the Romanian Revolution, in 1990 it became the headquarters of the first government of post-communist Romania.
The palace was declared a historical monument in 2004.
Pass By: The Arch Of Triumph, Piața Arcul de Triumf, București, Romania
Initially built of wood in 1878 to honor the Romanian soldiers who won the Independence War, Bucharest's Arch of Triumph was rebuit in 1922 and redecoreted in 1936 with base reliefs carved in granite brought from Deva (Transylvania).
Designed by the architect, Petre Antonescu, the Arch stands 89 feet high.
An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city.
The sculptures decorating the structure were created by leading Romanian artists, including Ion Jalea, Constantin Medrea and Constantin Baraschi.
Stop At: Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", Kiseleff Road 28-30 In King Michael I Park, Bucharest 011347 Romania
he Village Museum (Muzeul Satului in Romanian) is an open-air ethnographic museum located in the King Michael I Park (Bucharest, Romania), showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum extends to over 100,000 m2, and contains 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania.
Duration: 1 hour
Pass By: House of the Free Press, 1, Piata Presei Libere, Bucharest Romania
An impressive edifice standing in the northern part of the city, since 1956, Casa Scanteii (as it is still universally known) was designed by architect Horia Maicu. The building is a smaller replica of the Lomonosov University in Moskow - Russia (inaugurated in 1953).
Between 1956 and 1989, the House of the Free Press housed almost all of Romania's capital printing presses and headquarters of print media companies. Today, Casa Presei Libere carries out much the same function but the southern wing is now the home of the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
Pass By: Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei), Calea Victoriei Boulevard, Bucharest Romania
The square gained worldwide notoriety when TV stations around the globe broadcasted Nicolae Ceausescu's final moments in power on December 21, 1989. It was here, at the balcony of the former Communist Party Headquarters, that Ceausescu stared in disbelief as the people gathered in the square below turned on him. He fled the angry crowd in his white helicopter, only to be captured outside of the city a few hours later.
The square's importance stretches back long before the dramatic events of the 1989 Revolution. On the far side of the square stands the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Art Museum, the stunning Romanian Athenaeum and the historic Athenee Palace Hotel. At the south end of the square, you can visit the small, but beautiful, Kretzulescu Church.
Pass By: Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman), Str. Franklin 1, Bucharest Romania
The work of French architect Albert Galleron, who also designed the National Bank of Romania, the Athenaeum was completed in 1888, financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. One of the preeminent public fundraising campaigns ever in Romania, the "Give a penny for the Athenaeum" campaign saved the project after the original patrons ran out of funds. With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple.
The lobby has a beautifully painted ceiling decorated in gold leaf, while curved balconies cascade in ringlets off a spiral staircase.A ring of pink marble columns is linked by flowing arches where elaborate brass lanterns hang like gems from a necklace. Inside the concert hall, voluptuous frescoes cover the ceiling and walls. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, it is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian George Enescu Philharmonic
Stop At: Old Town, Bucharest Romania
At the beginning of 1400s, most merchants and craftsmen - Romanian, Austrian, Greek, Armenian and Jewish - established their stores and shops in this section of the city; a jumble of streets between Calea Victoriei, Blvd. Bratianu, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta and the Dambovita River.
Soon, the area became known as Lipscani, named for the many German traders from Lipsca or Leiptzig.
Other streets took on the names of various old craft communities and guilds, such as Blanari (furriers), Covaci (blacksmiths), Gabroveni (knife makers) and Cavafii Vechii (shoe-makers). The mix of nationalities and cultures is reflected in the mishmash of architectural styles, from baroque to neoclassical to art nouveau.
Today, the area is home to art galleries, antique shops, coffeehouses, restaurants and night-clubs.
While walking in the narrow cobblestone streets one can imagine the long-gone shopkeepers outside near their stores, inviting bypassers to buy their merchandise.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Ceausescu Mansion, Bulevardul Primaverii No.50 District 1, Bucharest 011975 Romania
There’s no better place to visit in Romania than Ceausescu Mansion to understand the double standards of the communist regime or the absurd cult of personality of one of its most ruthless dictators.
Opened in 2016 for visitors, Ceausescu Mansion was back in the dark and freezing communist days one of the best-kept secrets of the regime. Only the closest members of the family and the highest rank party members had access to Ceausescu’s residence. Why all the secrecy you wonder if he was ‘the first son of the nation’ who was guiding Romania to the ‘Golden Age’?
Duration: 1 hour