One will always start a tour of Romania from Bucharest.
Born and raised in the Capital City, I HAVE to “render unto caesar/Bucharest the things that are caesar’s/Bucharest’s”… Please join me to visit Bucharest first !
They used to name it Little Paris.
How about Small Istanbul, or Tiny Rome, why not a bit of Moscow ?!
Just call it… BUCHAREST.

Topics to be covered:
— Old Bucharest: first mentioned in a document as of September 1459, during Vlad the Impaler’s reign;
— life until the 18th century under the Turkish domination.
— “The Little Paris of the East”: the City from the mid-19th century to the Inter-War period.
— Royal Bucharest: the Royal Palace/now the National Museum of the Arts, the Central University Library/”King Carol I” Foundation;
— Communist Bucharest: People’s House (now the Houses of Parliament), House of the Free Press (built in the style of the Lomonosov University, Moscow).
— Religious Bucharest:
A) Christian-Orthodox historical and architectural monuments: the Romanian Patriarchate (17th century), the Stavropoleos Church (18th century). Remember that 20 churches were demolished during communism, 8 churches were tranported from their original place (e.g. Mihai Voda Church).
B) the Jewish Quarter (optional): the old Synagogue, the Temple, the Jewish State Theatre, and the houses.

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The best way to see and understand Bucharest & its (Hi)Story is to explore it on foot.
Let’s discover Old Bucharest — from the Old Princely Court from where Prince Vlad the Impaler issued the first official document mentioning Bucharest in 1459 to the 18th century under the Turkish domination.
Let’s enjoy “Little Paris”, the City between the end of the 19th century to the 1930’s.
And two more sensitive topics: Communist Bucharest and Orthodox Churches of the City.


MEET at your Bucharest location OR in any other pre-agreed location, preferably downtown.
Usually, the Walking Tour starts from the Old Center/the Union Square. From here we’ll visit:
• The Old Princely Court and Church, Manuc’s Inn;
• the Romanian Patriarchate (free visit inside),
• the House of the Parliament (optional visit, for a fee, by appointment only. PLEASE BRING A VALID ID) and the communist buildings of the 1980’s;
• the Museum of National History (optional visit of the Romanian Thesaurus, for a fee)
• Stavropoleos Convent & Church
• Lipscani area, the oldest commercial area of the City (Lipscani derives from the German town of Leipzig, from where merchants were bringing the merchandise)
• The Victory Road, the avenue with some of the most beautiful aristocratic houses in the city, dating back to the mid 19th century.
• The University Square: the University of Bucharest, the National Theatre, the first Romanian Hospital
• The 1989 Revolution Square:
— the Romanian Atheneum (optional visit inside, usually for a fee, in order to admire the beautiful concert hall and the fresco);
— the Central University Library “King Carol I Foundation”;
— the Museum of Arts, formerly the Royal Palace;
— the former building of the Communist Party Committee from where dictator Ceausescu fled Bucharest in a helicopter on December 22, 1989;
— formerly a building belonging to the Secret Police, half-destroyed during the Revolution, rebuilt in an original design;


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