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Place Bucharest

Bucharest (UK: BOO-kə-REST, US: -⁠rest; Romanian: București [bukuˈreʃtʲ] ) is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. It is located in the southeast of the country, at 44°25′57″N 26°06′14″E, on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 60 km (37.3 mi) north of the Danube River and the Bulgarian border.
Bucharest was first mentioned in documents in 1459. It became the capital of Romania in 1862 and is the centre of Romanian media, culture, and art. Its architecture is a mix of historical (mostly Eclectic, but also Neoclassical and Art Nouveau), interbellum (Bauhaus, Art Deco and Romanian Revival architecture), communist era and modern. In the period between the two World Wars, the city’s elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of ‘Paris of the East’ (Romanian: Parisul Estului) or ‘Little Paris’ (Romanian: Micul Paris). Although buildings and districts in the historic city centre were heavily damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, and even Nicolae Ceaușescu’s program of systematization, many survived and have been renovated. In recent years, the city has been experiencing an economic and cultural boom. It is one of the fastest-growing high-tech cities in Europe, according to the Financial Times, CBRE, TechCrunch, and others. UiPath, a global startup founded in Bucharest, has reached over $35 billion in valuation.

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0.53km
Audio Guide
Jewish Bucharest
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Audio Guide
2.15km
Audio Guide
Cotroceni Quarter
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Atlas Obscura 2017
0.37km
The Bust of Dracula Still Stands Watch Over the Ruins of His Palace

The Old Princely Court was once the palatial home of Romania’s most notorious ruler, "Vlad the Impaler."

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.6km
Muzeul Micul Paris (Little Paris Museum)

Discover Muzeul Micul Paris (Little Paris Museum) in Bucharest, Romania: This museum offers a journey back to the Belle Epoque era of Romania.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.66km
Romania’s Controversial Statue of a Naked Roman Emperor

A respected leader of ancient Rome stands totally and awkwardly naked with a wolf in his hands.

Audio Guide
0.68km
Audio Guide
The Bucharest of the mahalas
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Atlas Obscura 2018
0.45km
The Romanian Kitsch Museum

A celebration of all things tacky, garish, and bizarrely creative in Bucharest.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.74km
The Magical Relics of the Patron Saint of Sorcerers

The Romanian "church of miracles" houses a preserved arm believed to have the power to lift curses and spells.

Audio Guide 2015
0.1km
Audio Guide
Bucharest City Tour
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Audio Guide
10.31km
Audio Guide
Cycling – Circuit 55 km: Bucharest -> Snagov (First Escape)
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2.2km
Audio Guide
Bucharest – Free audio Tour
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Audio Guide 2019
2.17km
Audio Guide
Bucharest: Art Deco and the Central Boulevards
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Atlas Obscura 2018
1.41km
Bucharest’s ‘Potato on a Stick’

The city's memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 draws quite a few unusual comparisons.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.57km
Cărturești Carusel Bookstore

Discover Cărturești Carusel Bookstore in Bucharest, Romania: This once derelict building is now one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

Brutalism 1965
4.25km
Polytechnic University of Bucharest
Atlas Obscura 2019
1.21km
The World’s Heaviest Building

The Palace of the Parliament in Romania is the legacy of a brutal communist regime.

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