Tourist Attractions in And Near Brasov

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Among Romania’s best known travel destinations, Brasov and the area surrounding it offer plenty of tourist attractions to cater to all tastes and types of travelers. For history enthusiasts, there are lots of landmarks telling stories from the country’s past both inside the city and in its neighborhoods. Outdoors lovers are spoiled with choices no matter the season they visit Brasov. Those looking for some traces that will confirm Dracula’s existence will be happy to visit the vampire’s castle, located a few kilometers away from Brasov. Indeed the list of tourist attractions in and near Brasov is almost infinite.

Brasov’s Old Center

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Also known as Piata Sfatului (Council Square), Brasov’s historical center is probably the city’s best tourist attraction and its most visited place. This is where the visitors go to admire Brasov’s iconic landmarks; this is where the locals get out for a walk, where they meet up and have fun; this is where cultural and artistic events, outdoor concerts and theme fairs are organized  on a regular basis.

A great spot where to start your discovery of Dracula’s country, Council Square is the departure point for most of Brasov’s attractions such as the Black Church, the White Tower, the Black Tower, the old citadel’s bastions, the old walls of Tampa citadel, etc. The most impressive building in Brasov’s old town is the Town Hall. Located right in the center of the square, this edifice erected in 1420 houses nowadays the History Museum. At no.16, you will find the first drugstore in the city.

The Black Church

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An impressive Gothic Evangelical church located in Brasov’s old center, the Black Church is an architectural gem, whose construction started in 1384 and was completed in 1477. Formerly known as the Church of St. Mary, the religious landmark was partially destroyed by the great fire of 1689. This is when the building received its current name. Severely damaged by fire, the Black Church was rebuilt with the help of craftsmen from the Hanseatic city of Danzig, because locals didn’t know how to close big sized vaults. The new vaults are, however, are Baroque, not Gothic as the original architecture of the building would require.

Measuring 89 meters in length and 38 meters in width and able to accommodate about 5,000 people, the Black Church is the largest Gothic style religious edifice of South-Eastern Europe. However, the Black church is famous not only for its size: it houses the largest church bell in the Romania, weighing six tons, and largest organ in South- Eastern Europe, equipped with over 4,000 pipes.  Actually, the Black Church organizes an organ concert on a weekly basis. The carpets collection inside this religious landmark if the richest of this kind in the country.

Bran Castle

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Many times included among the top 10 most beautiful castles in the world, Bran Castle (also known among international tourists as Dracula’s Castle) is located in the village Bran, situated less than 10 kilometers away from the city of Brasov. The locals would disagree that the castle had anything to do with the legendary vampire made famous by the Irish novelist Bram Stoker. Nevertheless, the castle is worth visiting if you want to understand a bit Romanian history, but also for the great views on the Moeciu region that you can get from its balcony.

The fortified churches

The Romanian region of Transylvania is home to about 300 fortified churches, and some of them are located in Brasov’s proximity. The fortified churches of Viscri, Prejmer and Biertan with their thick walls and impressive architectural details will provide you with a more comprehensive perspective upon the country’s history.

Poiana Brasov

Skying Slopes Map at Poiana Brasov

The most popular ski resort in Romania, Poiana Brasov offers 12 ski slopes of different degrees of difficulty. Poiana Brasov is also the place where you can do some snowboarding, but it can be suitable also for just soaking the winter atmosphere during the cold season. During the summer, Poiana can be a starting point for exploring Romania’s mountains. If you are not really a hiker, just take the cable car up Postavaru Mountain. You will certainly enjoy the view. Although it cannot be compared to the Alps’ chocolate villages, Poiana Brasov is a modern mountain resort, nice to visit at any time of the year.

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Best Free Tours for Tourists in Bucharest

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Visiting a European capital is something everybody wants, but most of the time, the thing that stops them from doing this is money. Transportation, hotels, food, everything can amount to a large sum of money that not everybody can afford. On top of that, in order to make sure that you visit all the greatest places, you also need a guide, which amounts to extra money.

In Bucharest, you can enjoy a tour of the greatest places to visit without spending any money. There are free tours organized all around the city which you can use to visit the greatest tourist attractions in the Romanian capital. Here are some you should consider if you want to make the most out of your trip to Bucharest.

Bucharest Center 100+ Free Tours

These are tours that last 120-180 minutes and they cover the central part of Bucharest with the most important monuments here. Usually, the tours begin in the morning, after breakfast and all those who wish to participate have to present themselves at The Old Court entrance, also known as Dracula’s Fortress. They are designed for families or small groups, as well as independent people. The tours can also be organized in the afternoon, provided that you call and ask about the guides’ availability for that particular time of the day.

Here are some of the tours they provide:

  1. Old Town free tour

The Old Town of Bucharest is one of the most beautiful places one can visit in the capital. The tour focuses on displaying the huge differences in terms of architecture between the Old Town and the newer part of the city. The guides can present the tour in multiple languages, including English, Romanian, Italian, French and Spanish. If you would like someone who speaks a particular language, make sure you message the agency and book a tour ahead of time.

The tour is designed to be a walking tour and can include up to twenty people, although larger groups are also accepted. For additional information, contact the agency at http://bestofromania.eu/bucharest-free-tours/

  1. Calea Victoriei free tour

This tour is designed specifically for the palaces on Calea Victoriei. The departure point is Victoria Square, at the metro station exit near the Victoria Palace. As the name suggests, this tour focuses on presenting the palaces that can be found on Calea Victoriei.

The tour usually starts at 9 AM in the morning and finishes at 12. For afternoon tours, you will have to call the agency ahead of time. The groups accepted for this tour include up to 20 people, but larger groups are also accepted. For additional information, contact the agency at http://bestofromania.eu/cvtour/

  1. Bucharest Squares free tour

This tour focuses on the Bucharest Squares and it takes about 120-180 minutes to complete. The guides speak multiple languages and like the other ones, it typically starts in the morning, after breakfast. The departure point for everybody is Unirea Shopping Center. From there, the guide will take you to visit some of the most impressive monuments that Bucharest has to offer.

Although the official page states that this tour is in English and Romanian only, if you call ahead, the agency can book you a guide who speaks your native language.

Why choose a free tour?

  • They are free, obviously. The only thing the agency asks from the participants is promotion. You are free to tip the guides for a job well done, but other than that, there are no expenses involved.
  • You can meet other likeminded tourists who are also in the process of discovering Bucharest and you can hang out together.
  • The tours are short and the guides speak multiple languages. You can call the agency a couple of days in advance and you will be able to book a guide who speaks your native language. This will make the tour much more enjoyable and much more interesting.
  • The guides are regular people who want to help you uncover the hidden beauties of Bucharest. These tours will not be rigid and professional, but will seem more like a trip among friends. You can enjoy them much more than you would if you would pay an agency to show you around the town.
  • You can save the money you would normally spend on a tour for something else – a cocktail, a beer in the Old Town or a traditional dish cooked at a restaurant in Bucharest.

In conclusion, the Bucharest free tours are the best option if you want to visit the Romanian capital, but you don’t feel like spending a ton of money on guides and tourist agencies. You can also have a lot of fun, enjoy the inner beauty of Bucharest, all without having to spend an entire month’s salary.

The Most Expensive Apartment in Bucharest

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Although most investors perceive Bucharest as cheap, the city does have its luxury properties. The current most expensive apartment in Bucharest costs a whopping $3,800,000 and can make even the most exuberant buyer blink.

The apartment is located on the 4th floor of a 5-floor building and includes 7 rooms and 5 bathrooms. A total living area of 450 m2 is more than generous given the fact that typical block apartments rarely manage to go past 100 m2. The penthouse is fully furnished with the best materials, and the price reflects that no compromises were made here. The offer also includes 3 parking spaces. Because it was built in 2011, the structure is in line with more recent building codes and offers a guarantee of safety and reliability.

There is no surprise that the most expensive real estate intended for a single family is located in the Primăverii Neighborhood, in the northern part of the city. The area managed to build quite a reputation for itself and accounts for an important percentage of the total price. Primăverii was established as a retreat for the wealthy and privileged since Communist times. Even now, the elite of the Romanian society can be found here. Entrepreneurs, specialists or even showbiz personalities appreciate the advantages offered by the neighborhood. A quick stroll through Primăverii makes most think of prime residential areas from cities like Berlin or Vienna.

Located on a small peninsula that protrudes in Floreasca Lake, the property offers a magnificent view of Bordei Park and is minutes away from Bucharest’s biggest park, Herăstrău. However, a quick tour of the horizon can confuse the ones not familiar with the cityscape. Because all of the adjacent properties have generous green spaces, the building appears to be a “relic” of urban development surrounded by green. Primăverii is an oasis of tranquility that has nothing to do with the noise, pollution, and overall commotion that is characteristic to the vast majority of other areas. The low density of constructions, as well as the small height regime highlights that quality reigned over quantity here.

The apartment is clearly not for those that like to depend on the public transportation system. The 12-minute walk separating it from the nearest metro station and the absence of nearby bus stations come as advantages. The street is closed to non-residents. However, the location offers a quick gateway from the city because of its north position.

Selling the most expensive apartment in Bucharest was a job left at the hands of Coldwell Bankers. As of February 2017, the property is still available for sale, and given the growing demand felt on the market, the price will most likely see a steady rise in the future.

Cotroceni Palace

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Bucharest is not only a modern city, but it is also filled with history. On every street and in every neighborhood you can find a building that tells stories, and one of them is the Cotroceni Palace. While you are in Bucharest, make sure you take a day to visit it; you will not regret.

The Cotroceni Palace is the home of the President of Romania, but even so a part of it is open for visitation since 27 of December 1991 when the National Museum of Cotroceni was opened. The building goes back to 1679, when one of the rules of Romania built a monastery. A church and other small buildings were added in the next two years, but not all of them are still standing today. In 1862, the first ruler or Romanian Principalities, Alexandru Ioan Cuza decided to make the monastery his home during the summer months.

Years later, in 1984, the church that was built near the monastery was demolished following the orders of the former communist ruler of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu. 5 more years and a revolution passed until the monastery became officially the residence of the President of Romania. Today, only the Museum of Cotroceni is open for visitation, but during certain times of the year visitors are allowed to take the tour of the Palace and see the building where the President lives. Yes, sometimes you can even catch a glimpse of the President while he is going in or out of the Palace.

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In the Museum of Cotroceni the visitors have the chance to see not only an impressive example of old architecture, but also important art objects from the history of Romania. Dozens of famous paintings made by Romanian artists and not only can be seen there, as well as many objects that used to belong to the Royal Family of Romania. In a wing of the Museum the visitors can see parts of what was left of the old church Cotroceni, as well as religious paintings that were hidden during communism.

In the Museum you can find tour guides that speak many different languages, so you will have the chance to find out the story of the artifacts that are presented here even if you don’t speak the Romanian language.

If you are lucky, you might find one of the many international exhibitions that can be visited here in different times of the year, and you can attend various events like concerts, debates and conferences and book launches.

After you finish visiting the Museum, do not forget to go to the souvenir boutique that is waiting inside the building and get something that will remind you of the beautiful experience you had in Romania.

Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra Vienna Concert

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If you are lucky to be in Bucharest during the month of December, for sure you will be impressed by the transformation of the city. Apart from the special feeling that Romanians have towards winter holidays, you will be happy to see the city coming to life. The streets of the city are decorated with thousand of Christmas lights, the Christmas traditions of Romanians come to life and there are dozens of events that you can attend in the days before Christmas. If you don’t know what to choose, we have a recommendation for you that you can’t neglect.

This year, on 23 of December you can attend an incredible concert in Sala Palatului, one of the biggest locations that hold concerts and events from the city. The famous Schoebrunn Orchestra from Viena will impress the heart of anyone who is listening. Well known all over the world for their talented musicians and emotional show, this is a concert that you should not miss.

Although Bucharest is known as “the small Paris”, for sure you will feel like you are walking the historical streets of Vienna while listening to the orchestra. The concert that is being held every year in the Schoebrunn Palace in Vienna is gathering hundreds of people every time, and there is a waiting list for a few years to get tickets. That is yet another reason to take advantage of this occasion and spend the day before the Christmas Eve in a magical atmosphere.

Apart from the Orchestra itself, you will have the chance to see the talented director Guido Mancusi and the incredible soprano, Arkovska Milena. In total, a band of 25 people will open your journey in the world of classical music. No matter if you are passionate about this type of show or not, there’s no one who will not enjoy this powerful, yet delicate and subtle proof of the magic of music.

Why is the Orchestra so famous? They don’t only have an incredible talent, but they also have years and years of tradition in their past. Decades ago the noble people of Vienna were listening to the same songs, and now you have the chance to do it too. From classic Italian songs to modern European ones, there’s nothing they can’t bring to life.

The tickets are for sale already and they will be until they are sold out, and this means that you should hurry and get yours now. Sala Palatului room offers great acoustics as well as great places that will allow you to see the musicians, not only heart them.

Triumphal Arch

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Arcul de Triumf (the Arch of Triumph) is one of Bucharest most representative monuments. It is not just the preferred photo shoot scene of thousands of local brides, but also an important part of Romania’s culture and history. Located in the northern part of Bucharest, on the Kiseleff Road, this monumental arch marks the historical moment when Romania gained its independence, in 1878. The initial “Arc de Triumf” was built of wood and under its magnificent arch the victorious Romanian troops marched proudly. Since then two other arches were built on the same site, each one of them was a symbol of the country’s great triumphs.

The second “Arc de Triumf” was built in 1922, after World War I, and it lasted only 13 years as in 1935 it was demolished and replaced by the current arch. The one that stands to this day was built in September 1936, has a height of 27 meters, its foundation measures 25 x 11.50 meters and follows the plans of the genius architect Petre Antonescu. Ion Jalea and Dimitrie Paciurea are just a few of the famous Romanian sculptors that created the images that decorate the facades of the triumphal arch. Besides local sculptors, about 10 Italian artists contributed to its unique aesthetics. On every 1st of December, when Romania’s National Day is celebrated, a military parade is held under the “Arc de Triumf”.

The “Arch of Triumph” celebrates Romania’s participation in the World War I on the Allied side, as well as the fact that when the war was over all the Romanian lands were reunited in one country. This was called the Great Union and it was marked by replacing the old wooden arch with a permanent one in 1922 when the first Union parade took place under the Arch of Triumph.

The design of the Arch is also monumental. Among the great artists that worked on it we mention  Constantin Baraschi, Alexandru Calinescu, Mac Constantinescu, Ion Jalea, Dimitrie Paciurea si Costin Petrescu. On the south side Mac Constantinescu and Constantin Baraschi sculpted a symbolic image of the Great Victory. Identically located on the north side, there are the Manhood allegories created by Ion Jalea and Faith by Constantin Baraschi, as well as two other Victories created by Cornel Medrea and Dimitrie Onofrei. The pillars which sustain the 27 meters tall monument have interior stairs which lead to the superior terrace. The Romanian architect Victor G. Stefanescu was in charge with the technical review and supervision of the construction works which begun in April 1935 and took about a year and a half to be completed. The Inauguration ceremony was held on 1 December 1936, when the country celebrated 18 years since the Union of Transylvania and Romania took place. The momentum was marked by the participation of King Carol II, his mother Queen Mary, Prince Mihai, members of the Romanian Government and many important local and foreign guests.

Nowadays, the “Arch of Triumph” represents one of Bucharest’s most important symbols. Its interiors host a small museum which can be visited only on special occasions. The visitors can view 4 important exhibitions: the Great War of Reunification of the Nation (photography and film), the Heraldry of the Great Noble Families (bronze effigies, photography), the Arch of Triumph in Images (photography, layouts), the Great Union of 1918 (where there are photography and the 1:1 copies of the crowns and royal scepter) and the superior terrace can be accessed as well.

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Sarah Brightman Concert

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Sarah Brightman is one of the most famous sopranos of all times and a true sensation on stage. Its magnificent voice will amaze the Romanian audience on the 28th of November 2016 in Bucharest at “Sala Palatului”, starting 20:00, in a concert that is part of the artist’s newest production „Gala – An evening with Sarah Brightman”.

The tickets for this event are available for purchase at Sala Palatului, the National Theater Bucharest, the Humanitas, Adevarul, Carturesti libraries, at the Unirii 1 subway station, at Orange, Vodafone, Germanos, Domo, Diverta and Inmedio shops, as well as online on Bilete.ro, Vandbilete.ro, Myticket.ro, Iabilet.ro, Blt.ro, Eventim.ro and Bilet.to. Depending on the desired category, the price of a ticket is 750 lei (VIP category), 500 lei (I st category), 350 lei (II nd category) and 300 lei (IIIrd category).

The soprano returns to Romania after offering a sold out concert in November 2014 at Sala Palatului Bucharest, where she left the public speechless with her amazing performance. „Gala – An evening with Sarah Brightman” will offer a classic crossover repertory and will include an exceptional guest of honor, the famous Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, who will sing in Romania for the first time. Sarah Brightman and Mario Frangoulis will share incredible moments during their duets- “Phantom of the Opera”, „Canto De La Terra” and „Carpe Diem”. Also, Sarah Brightman will be accompanied by an orchestra composed of 50 musicians. The show will be directed by the notorious Anthony Van Laast.

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Sarah Brightman is one of the most loved and appreciated sopranos of modern days and the pioneer of the genre classic crossover. The artist was the inspiration for the most famous musical ever created- “Phantom of the Opera”, signed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. She is also the only artist in history to be invited to sing at the ceremony of two different Olympic Games- at Barcelona in 1992 and at Beijing 16 years later. Furthermore, Sarah Brightman holds 180 Gold and Platinum records, totaling sales of over 30 million copies.

Accompanied by an orchestra of 50 musicians, Sarah Brightman will enchant the audience with its unique voice which goes over three octaves, with her magnetic presence, but also with a fantastic production. Fans will be delighted by both her classic hits which were launched across her amazing carrier as well as the songs on her most recent album “Dreamchaser” inspired by Brightman’s decision to become the first singer in outer space, as she intended to launch it on an orbital spaceflight mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in partnership with Space Adventures, Ltd., a private space experiences company.

Sarah Brightman oozes passion, creativity and the desire of exceeding her limits. The soprano has an incredible carrier, being the only artist that conquered simultaneously the Billboard Dance and Classic charts. She is one of the world’s titan artists that sold records in over 40 countries. The single “Time to Say Goodbye”, created with the tenor Andrea Bocelli was sold in over 12 million copies across the globe. The albums that followed after this hit went right to the top in all Billboard charts and were marked by memorable world tours.

So embrace your dreams and enrich them with everything that is beautiful and pure in the universe! Come to meet Sarah Brightman in a show of heavenly beauty! Take a seat among the stars! On 28th of November, 20:00 o’clock, at Sala Palatului Bucharest.

Best Bon Jovi Live Tribute

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Thursday, 17 September starting with 21:30, BestMusic Live Concerts invites you to Hard Rock Café to listen the greatest Bon Jovi hits brought to you by the Italian music band “New Jersey” in an amazing show called “Best Bon Jovi Live Tribute”. After the successful show that took place at the beginning of this year, the Italian artists return to Bucharest to once more bring together Bon Jovi fans at the Hard Rock Café.

Founded in 2007, the “New Jersey” music band is considered the world’s best tribute to Bon Jovi’s work. The tribute band has its origins in Italy and it is composed of professional musicians, whose declared mission is to bring in front of the audience the same orchestral arrangements as the original ones and the unique feel of a Bon Jovi show. In the prop of the “New Jersey” band you will always find the famous double guitar fingerboard which gives the unique sound to the iconic song “Wanted Dead or Alive”.

At every concert held at Hard Rock Café you have the opportunity of enjoying the reunion with true music legends, in a unique ambiance. Your favorite artists are right next to you, the collection of souvenirs brings you back among the most important pages of rock history and the quality of the sound offers the best live experience ever.

Tickets for the show “Best Bon Jovi Live Tribute” are available in electronic format on Iabilet.ro or in the partner stores such as Muzica Shop, Perfect Tour, Uman stores, V Generation, Say, IQ Box and also at the Hard Rock Café.

The tickets are available for purchase for the following prices:

  • 55 lei for the VIP places located in front of the stage. These are in a limited number of 80 tickets.
  • 39 lei for the places located at the tables from the hall, in the smoking or no smoking area.

There are available tickets without a seat as well. These cost 39 lei each. In the day of the event, the VIP tickets with seats in front of the stage will cost 60 lei and the ones with general access will cost 45 lei( smoking or no smoking).

Hard Rock Café Bucharest is located in the Herastrau Park on the Kiseleff Highway at number 32. This building is the preferred location for the best rock concerts in Bucharest, the place where fans meet to celebrate their favorite musicians, where tributes to rock legends are brought and where live music reaches unparalleled odds.

If you are one of the numerous fans of Bon Jovi and you are looking to take part in an unforgettable event sustained by the amazing Italian “New Jersey” band then don’t miss out on the “Best Bon Jovi Live Tribute” event, a concert that brings you the authentic vibe of the unique Bon Jovi shows.

BestMusic Live Concerts welcomes you at Hard Rock Café for an unforgettable night with the Italian band “New Jersey”! Be there on the 17th of September to sing together the famous Bed Of Roses”, “Living On A Prayer”, “Keep The Faith”, “Blaze Of Glory”, “Runaway”, “It’s My Life”, “Always” and many other Bon Jovi songs that took over the International music charts.

The Romanian National Opera Bucharest

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The Romanian National Opera Bucharest is one of the four National Operas in Romania and it is considered the largest lyrical theater in the country. The name “Romanian Opera” was used nationwide long before a special building was designated for hosting the many local opera and ballet shows. The writer, conductor and singer George Stephanescu is the one who has always fought for creating this artistic institution, which he funded under the name “The Romanian Opera Company”.

The Romanian lyric theater tradition has more than two centuries, marked by outstanding artists that have enriched our country’s musical culture. At the beginning of 1772 historians mention the presence of an opera band in Bucharest, but only in 1919 the Romanian National Opera was funded. Starting then, it has become the first lyrical stage in the country where the most important opera concerts were held. Its repertory includes over 150 titles of opera and ballet, some of the most diversified and spectacular International music pieces ever created.

A particular attention was shown to the development of the Romanian classical music, which has known a remarkable progress thanks to the work of world famous writers such as Gheorghe Dumitrescu, George Enescu, Zeno Vancea, Alfred Mendelsohn, Mircea Kiriac, Laurentiu Profeta and Cornel Trailescu. The new location of the Romanian National Opera was built in 1953, in Bucharest, and it represents a more appropriate and elegant setting for hosting the wonderful and rich opera and ballet stage offered by Romanian culture.

Bucharest’s lyrical band was launched on the 8th of May 1885, hosting progressively a repertory that became richer by the day. At the beginning, the company included mostly Italian and French opera that were very popular at that moment, but also comedy opera from the National portfolio, in which debuted some of the most iconic Romanian voices of all time.

Although the existence of an artistic Romanian band of lyrical theater known as the Romanian Opera Company was made public in 1885, the founding of the Romanian Opera as an institution financed by the Public Budget was possible only in 1921. The absolute premiere took place with the Lohengrin opera show under the directions of George Enescu.

The current building of the Romanian Opera, with a capacity of 952 places, was constructed in 1953 according to the sketch of the famous architect Octav Doicescu. It was named the Opera and Ballet Theater and it was focused on two big International events: the third World Youth Congress (25-30 July) and the fourth World Festival of Youth and Students (2-14 August), but it was inaugurated only on the 9th of January 1954 when the “Queen of Spades” opera show by Piotr Ilici Ceaikovski was hosted.

The façade of the building has a portico with three monumental arcades decorated with the statues of four muses and three access doors which allow the entrance in the sumptuous lobby constructed on two levels. The building is listed on the list of Bucharest’s historical monuments with the code B-II-m-B-19004.

The opera hall has a horseshoe shape. The stage is 24 meters wide, 20 meters deep and 30 meters tall. At the last floor there is the Opera Museum. In the park located in front of the building there is the statue of the great musician George Enescu, a bronze sculpture made by Ion Jalea. Also in front of the building, but facing the entrance, there is the statue of the writer Gheorghe Stephanescu (1843 – 1925), the founder of the Romanian Opera.

On the building’s front side instead of two smaller arcades, which used to initially frame the larger ones, two reliefs were added, one that depicts an opera scene (made by the sculptors Zoe Baicoianu and Boris Caragea), and the other of two ballet dancers flying( the sculptor being Ion Vlad). In the opera hall there is a magnificent chandelier with 100 branches made on golden crystal. Occasionally, some shows are hosted in the Yellow Foyer, which has a capacity of maximum 200 places.

Schitul Darvari

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Right in the center of Bucharest, where you can hear the city beating there is a small oasis of quietness. Here you can feel serenity, faith and get a bit closer to God. The name of the place is Darvari Hermitage. This is a place that has nothing to do with the hectic urban set. It is actually very similar to the remote monasteries where you usually go to hear the call of your spirituality. The locals are very familiar with this sanctuary and more and more tourists discover its uniqueness every year.

Between old houses, embassies and beautiful architecture there is the Darvari Hermitage. To be more exact, next to “Gradina Icoanei”. As soon as you walk inside, you step into another world. Here, time stays still, belief takes over and you experience another pace of life. It is a monastery in the center of the busiest city in Romania, a calm area surrounded by rush and noise.

The hermitage was built in 1834 by Mihail Darvari and his wife, Elena, born in the Buzesti family. The worship place was made of wood, it didn’t have a tower and its patrons were Saint Lazarus, the Saints Constantine and Helen and the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The small church was constructed as a praying place for the family and their friends. The founders have also built the stone walls, sanctums, and in 1835, 12 nuns were brought to the hermitage to form its first monastic community.

Between 1989 and 2002 the hermitage was the subject of intensive restoration works. Its beautiful paintings were deteriorated due to the abundance of smoke used during the communist period, the sanctums were also in a poor shape and the bell tower was unusable. Following the original architectural plans, Darvari Hermitage has been restored to its original conditions. Now the worship place is opened to visitors and it is a wonderful monastic setttlement where you can admire church architecture, mural paintings, enjoy tranquility and discover a little bit of history.

This sanctuary is the work of art of the renowned architect Nicolae Vladescu. It is a complex construction which includes 9 sanctums, the refectory, the bell tower, a shop and a small prayer chapel. Since 2007, the abbot of the Darvari monastic settlement is the archimandrite father Teofil Anastasoaie.

On 8 November 2011, at the celebration of the second patrons of the church, the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Patriarch Daniel has held a special ceremony for blessing the church’s paintings, iconostasis and the new silver reliquary where there are kept small parts of holly relics. The silver reliquary was made in the Romanian Patriarchate’s workshops.

If you want to discover a unique place in Bucharest’s modern setting then you should consider visiting Darvari Hermitage, a holly destination with a rich history. Here every step unveils amazing architecture, religious art and a return to spirituality.

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