|Explore Bucharest, Romania|
The capital of Romania that got its name thanks to its legendary founder - shepherd named Bucur – is located on a plateau between the Carpathian Mountains and the Danube river. In 1930, the city was known as the “Eastern Paris”. However, since then the earthquakes, the Second World War bombings and Ceausescu’s rule destroyed all its pre-war beauty.
In 1980, Ceausescu demolished 7000 blocks of flats and 26 churches in the historical southern part of Bucharest to build the city administrative centre here. The main part of this centre is occupied by a huge 12-store Palace of the Parliament, which
If you want to feel the breath of the past, go to the central part of Bucharest where the old Curtea Veche (the Old Court of the King) is located. Built in the 16th century, it is adorned with well-preserved frescos. George Enescu museum displays the musician’s manuscripts and personal belongings. There is also the Palace Athenee hotel located in Bucharest, where the characters of the Balkan Trilogy book by Olivia Manning meet. It took about 50 million dollars to restore this building and now it is one of the most prestigious and expensive city hotels.
The Ghencea Civil Cemetery is located in the western part of Bucharest and was the final shelter for Ceausescu family. Nicolae’s grave is very graceful, with flowers and candles decorating it – however, Elena’s grave is worse looked after. As for their son Nicu, he’s buried not far from his parents.
Various kinds of lodging are offered in Bucharest: this might be a room in a private house, a hostel or a hotel. Most of these are located in the city centre or close to the Gara de Nord railway station.
Even despite all the shock left by the communist times, day by day Bucharest is joining the course of the new life: its