Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

The Pretty Side Of Bucharest

In a city made up of mostly concrete or glass boxes, it is refreshing to find buildings with a certain charm of their own, that make you realize why Bucharest was once called the Little Paris. It’s a shame they aren’t being taken care of properly and that almost all of them are hidden between other buildings that look like they could fall off at the slightest wind. But on the first summer day of the year, I set out to explore the city and learn how to use my new camera. Below is the result that made me have a new appreciation for the city I grew up and live in.

I’ve started off close to the Unirea Square, where for a long time I’ve wanted to see the Coral Temple, the largest synagogue in Bucharest, which sadly was still closed for renovations. However, I still got to marvel and stare at the beautiful facade of a building with a tumultuous history, that goes back over 150 years ago.

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

Next up was the Old Town part of the city, perhaps the most touristy place the city has to offer. Since it has improved significantly during the past few years, it has become more and more frequented by foreigners and locals alike, I’ve seen many groups of tourists wandering around its streets, taking pictures and listening carefully to their guides.

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

In the middle of the Old Town stands a church that’s almost three centuries old, built in the BrΓ’ncovenesc style I’ve wrote about in a previous post. The church is all that remains after the monastery and the inn built in the same area were destroyed by the communists. In the back there’s a beautiful courtyard, peaceful and serene, you would want to spend hours there, maybe reading a book and carelessly let the time pass by.

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

One of the most famous streets in the city, Lipscani, used to be a the most important commercial area in the country up until the 19th century. Here you’ll find many pubs, bars and shops, as well as the beautiful building of the National Bank of Romania.

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

Separating the Lipscani street from the Calea Victoriei avenue, the intimate Macca-Villacrosse passage with its yellow glass ceiling is a great place to spend time catching up with friends at one of the many cafes inside.

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

Not even a century old, the National Military Palace is an elegant place that’s even more beautiful on the inside, this is where I had the high school graduation prom (but the best part was sneaking out and going to the Cismigiu park nearby πŸ˜‰ )

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

Last year, during the night of the museums, I had the chance to visit and find out more about the Central University Library. Partly destroyed by a fire during the 1989 revolution, it was restored over time, now looking better than it has ever been.

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

An iconic sight for Bucharest, the Romanian Β Athenaeum is a stunning place, both on the inside and on the outside. Designed by a French architect, it is a fine example of neoclassical style, mixed with some romantic elements and for 28 years, part of the construction was funded by the Romanian people.

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

While looking for a palace I’ve read about, I’ve stumbled upon a museum I knew nothing about, the Museum of Art Collections, inside the Romanit Palace. I’ll make a note to go visit it soon, especially since I’ve found out it was recently renovated and reopened.

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

The last stop on my little tour (unintentionally, since the rain was imminent and you know how I feel about that) was the stunning Cantacuzino Palace that is home to a museum dedicated to the greatest composer Romania had, George Enescu. Built in Baroque style, the palace is an architectural jewel and I would’ve loved to spend more time photographing it.

Bucharest Romania beautiful architecture

What did you think about the hidden (and not so hidden) gems Bucharest has? Have they changed your opinion of this city? Let me know!

You can see more pictures on my Facebook page.

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  • Gosh! Beautiful photos as always, Vlad. Makes me want to book a tix to Bucharest πŸ˜‰

    • Well Bucharest is waiting for you πŸ˜‰ Thank you! And you should earn a virtual cookie for writing the 100th comment on this blog πŸ˜€

  • Very nice. A friend who lives in Bucharest sent me this page. Thank you for posting it.

    • Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! And thank your friend for sending you the link. πŸ™‚

  • We have never been but you totally sold us πŸ™‚

    • Maybe you could add Bucharest to your list, after Brazil πŸ˜‰

  • Damn! This is your fault Vlad, you must immediately send me tickets to Bucharest now! πŸ˜›
    I loved strolling down Bucharest’s old town, especially during late summer as it’s not too hot. I know that there are the “ugly” part of Bucharest but it’s just a different feel when you enter the old town. I love love Macca-Villacrosse! I never took a picture of it but I just love it there! A complete different ambience and lots of cool cafes too:)

    Thanks for this post Vlad!

    • To be honest, if I afforded the tickets, I would much rather go to Indonesia myself πŸ˜‰ I’m happy you liked it, maybe you’ll come back to visit one day πŸ˜€

  • Just got back from 2.5 weeks in Crimea to find this delight of a post – so, SO gorgeous! I’ve heard that some parts of Bucharest have gotten a little rundown over the past couple of decades, but I’ve only heard wonderful things about the Center and these photos prove it, Plus it seems like you’ve been enjoying glorious weather this summer!

    • Thank you, Anna! It’s true, some parts aren’t so nice as others (even in the center), but you need to know where to look πŸ˜‰ I’m planning on doing a second part of this post sometime. How was Crimea? πŸ˜€

      • AMAZING – it’s hard to re-integrate into the work force!

      • I know that feeling! Looking forward seeing some pictures! πŸ˜‰

  • I see we have more in common than just being both Romanians… I enjoyed reading your post about our beloved Bucharest. Great pictures also.

    • Thank you for the comment, Anda! It’s always a pleasure to meet fellow Romanian travellers πŸ™‚

  • Wow, I never really had Bucharest in my cross hairs, but next time I’m in eastern Europe I’m definitely going haha

    • Awesome, glad I could convince you to consider a trip here. Let me know if you’re coming, maybe I can be your guide. πŸ™‚

  • galanda23

    I know I commented about this post before, but I can’t help praising you again for the great pictures of Bucharest. You’ve caught the perfect angles for all these historic building and the colors are great too. Very interesting and enticing post.

    • Thank you so much for your nice words, Anda, you’re too kind! πŸ™‚

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