The capital of Romania is one of the most unknown in Europe but it has among its attractions one of the most charming neighborhoods in the continent the Cotroceni.
Bucharest guard’s treasures such as the Stavropoleos Monastery, in the historic center, as well as an amazing party hub and one of the most captivating buildings of this planet The Palace of the Parliament. Although Bucharest is still relegated from the important routes through the old continent, this small ‘Paris of the East’ is a city that falls in love at first sight with Cotroceni, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Europe, world-class museums, beautiful architecture, spectacular nights at the theater and, of course, its exquisite cuisine.
Prepare Your Self for A Culture Shock
A nation that has 20 million residents and 13 million visitors annually hides some of the best party possibilities in the old continent. This must be the reason why bachelor parties in Bucharest are so popular these days. But it’s not just that the party options are many and that prices are affordable of nearly everything. It is the warm hospitality of its residents that adds the final touch in this cities attractiveness. Here are some of the famous landmarks and places that you need to visit when you get there and let them live with your memory forever.
Visiting Cotroceni is wrapped in a constant notion of art with its 19th-century villas inserted in streets adorned with linden trees. This is one of the most valued areas of the capital and houses various places of interest such as the official residence of the Romanian president. In the nearby street, you will find The Cotroceni National Museum that houses one of the most important exhibitions of Constantin Brâncuşi. The most important Romanian sculptor, painter, and photographer, pioneer of modern art.
The PalatulCotroceni has a strong association with the Romanian royal family because it was intended to serve as residence to Crown Prince Ferdinand of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Right here the Cotroceni National Museum operates in one of the wings of the building with an impressive collection of art that includes pieces, as varied as painting, sculpture, religious art, and luxury decorative objects.
From Aristocratic Palaces to Huge Communist Concrete Blocks
Also, we can see the details of the royal dining room or the silver bedroom, decorated according to the taste of Queen Mary. Without going very far, the medieval spaces of the museum house a permanent exhibition with various items dating from the seventeenth century, such as a chandelier of 1680 commissioned by Cantacuzino of Germany.
For lovers of music and theater with capital letters, the National Theater and the Romanian Athenaeum guarantee nights full of emotion. In this overview, we can include a stop at the Church of Cotroceni that was demolished in 1984 and rebuilt in 2009. The new construction incorporates original elements of the building, including frescoes.
If you have a weakness for music or theater, it is a great idea to start with the National Theater in Bucharest, with its acclaimed by international fame and high demand, filling its rooms with a capacity of 2,880 spectators.
To add more options, we can enjoy the Romanian Philharmonic George Enescu in the Romanian Athenaeum, a majestic building of Bucharest that astonishes with its striking dome of 41 meters high and its interior lined with gold plates, marble balconies, and showy spiral stairs. As if that were not enough, in the concert hall we will find a gigantic fresco that describes the history of the country.
Bucharest is known as the small ‘Paris of the East’ for the work of different French architects hired by King Charles I to embellish the city. Yet, be advised that today’s Bucharest is growing to be one of the artistic epicenters of Eastern Europe. Keep that in mind next time your soul starts craving for a culture shock because Romanian capital will surely deliver a striking blow to your mind.