BUCHAREST ITINERARIES

 

BUCHAREST PANORAMIC

What To Expect

 

Bucharest is nowadays the first of the cities of Romania, both in size and importance (political, economical, financial, commercial, cultural-scientific, touristic, etc.).

 Go on a panoramic tour of Bucharest and see some of its famous sites.

Visit the Snagov Monastery, the alleged burial place of Vlad the Impaler. 

Highlights

- The Arch of Triumph

- The Village Museum (with entrance)

- Cotroceni Palace (with entrance)

- The Victoriei Square

- The Revolution Square

- Kretzulescu Church

- The Palace of Parliament (with entrance)

- The Patriarchal Church

- Unirii Square

- The University Square

- The Snagov Monastery

Description

This tour consists of a panoramic tour of Bucharest with brief stops for photos and explanations, followed by a trip outside of Bucharest to Snagov Monastery located in the north of the town (alleged burial place of Vlad the Impaler).

See the Arch of Triumph, a monument inaugurated on 1st December 1936 which glorifies the bravery of the Romanian soldiers who fought in the First World War.

 

Visit the Village Museum, one of the world's most interesting ethnographical parks in open air. Here you can see 50 complete homesteads, churches, windmills and even sunken houses from rural Romania.

You will also pass by The Revolution Square, one of the city's most important squares, surrounded by emblematic buildings such as Hilton Hotel, the former Athenee Palace Hotel built in 1883 and the highest building in Bucharest at that time; the Romanian Athaeneum, the headquarters of Romanian Athenaeum Society, which had as purpose spreading cultural and scientific information; the National Museum of Art, which houses treasures painted by Rembrandt, Veneziano, Monet, Sisley, El Greco, Breughel and Rubens; the Kretzulescu Church, a monument synthesizing in its architecture, the art of the Brancoveanu epoch; the Memorial of Rebirth, the Central University Library, and much more!

Next it's the Palace of Parliament, also called the House of People or the House of Ceausescu, built between 1984-1989. It represents the grandest administrative construction in Europe. It has hundreds of offices, halls for receptions or for other events (scientific, cultural, social-political), dozens of conference rooms. It covers 265.000 sqm interior surface, being the second biggest in the world after the Pentagon building in Washington. It is also the third in the world considering its volume, after Cape Canaveral building, USA (where the cosmic shuttles are assembled) and after the Quetzalcoatl pyramid in Mexico.

We continue the tour with Patriarchal Church, the majestic centre of the Romanian Orthodox faith. During the 15th century a small wooden church surrounded by vineyards stood on the hill. The Cathedral consecrated the Metropolitan Centre of Walachia in 1868, and was built between 1656 and 1658 by Wallachian Prince Serban Basarab. None of the original interior paintings or icons remains but a single icon (1665) depicting Constantin and Helen, the Cathedral's patron Saints. The present day frescoes were painted by Dimitrie Belizarie in 1923.

We also visit "Curtea veche" (The old court) Church, one of the valuable exemplary of religious architecture in the feudal epoch, the oldest in Bucharest, preserved in its original form. It was built between 1545-1547, by the King Mircea Ciobanul, for the needs of the Royal Court. There are also preserved some frescoes from the reign of Stefan Cantacuzino (who made some repairing). It is declared historical monument.

The University Palace is next. This monument was erected between 1857 and 1869, according to the plans of the architect Al. Orascu, who was helped in decorating the exterior by Karol Storck. In this massive construction functions the oldest institution of university education in Bucharest.

The Palace of Justice, which was erected in 1890-1895, in a French Rennaissance style, following the plans of the architect A. Ballu. The construction was finished by Ion Mincu. The statues that mark the entrance are the work of Karol Storck and they symbolize the Law, the Righteousness, the Justice, the Truth, the Force and the Prudence.

The final stop is Snagov Monastery, located on an island in the northern part of Snagov Lake. The monastery was built by Mircea the Elder (the grandfather of the famous Dracula) who also made the first documentary attestation of this church in 1408. During its history, the monastery was rebuilt by Vlad the Impaler and some other rulers of Wallachia. 

You will then have lunch in a local restaurant. You can choose Romanian traditional or international cuisine from the city's many restaurants.

 

 

 

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