Piata Victoriei

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Piata Victoriei is a well circulated area in Bucharest situated in the northern part of the city, right between four important boulevards.

This beautiful place exists in Bucharest from 1831 but it has only been recognized officially in 1878. In Piata Victoriei various important boulevards and streets intersect, such as the Lascar Catargiu Boulevard, Kieseleff, Ion Mihalache and Aviatorilor, all lovely places perfect for a short stroll.  Piata Victoriei is one of the best areas in Bucharest and offers everything a tourist needs in terms of history, entertainment and access to nature. You will also find a lot of cultural events such as fairs, concerts or various artistic events in this area so if you are interested in exploring Bucharest’s more artistic side, this is one of the important places to be.

Piata Victoriei

The buildings here can be admired by those who are interested in architecture and landscaping as they can find architecture in the old Romanian style as well as interesting communist monuments that have been preserved. Besides that, tourists will also find beautiful buildings from the last century that are now used as school, embassies, or public institutions. All these have a distinct architecture, some very unique in this part of Europe.

Important tourist landmarks

Make sure that you also take a stroll on the beautiful Kiseleff Boulevard. It’s known to be one of the places where people love to go on walks due to the fact that it is less populated; here you can admire beautiful landmarks such as The Museum of the Romanian Peasant. Other important places that you can visit nearby are the Cantacuzino Palace, the Revolution Square, Military Club and the National History Museum. Just a few minutes away from Piata Victoriei you can also admire the Victory palace and the Romanian Government building.

Among these landmarks, tourists should be particularly interested in the Museum of the Romanian Peasant especially if they are interested in the traditional culture. The museum offers a beautiful collection of art for those who want to dig a little deeper in Romanian culture. It’s also a great place for people who want to participate in Bucharest’s cultural life as it offers regular jazz concerts, fairs and other cultural events. Another place that might interest those interested in geology is the Geology Museum between Kiseleff and Aviatorilor Boulevard. The museum has an impressive collection and it’s a great detour for those who want to learn more about various rocks and minerals.

Restaurants

Since the area is one of the best in the city, it’s no wonder that some of Bucharest’s best restaurants are located here, so if you start getting hungry while strolling through this amazing area, don’t worry, there are a lot of great places to pick from.

If you are in the mood for pizza, check out Terra e Fuoco, one of the best pizza places in Bucharest. The restaurant is located on Street Ion Neculce, nr. 63, nearby Piata Victoriei.

OSHO Restaurant is a great way to try what they consider to be the best steak and fish in the city. The restaurant is a lovely way to spend a romantic evening as a couple or simply enjoy great food with your friends.

For those who are on a diet or simply eat vegetarian, Casa Satya is a great place to get nice vegetarian food while you are in Piata Victoriei. Just a short stroll away and you will be impressed by the beautiful garden and setting you will find here.

If you are looking for an entertaining pub to rest your feet while travelling through Bucharest, the Puzzle Cafe Bistro is another great place, right next to Piata Victoriei.

Fashion History Exhibition at Romania’s National Museum of History

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A Romanian proverb says that the garment does not make the man. A cultural event, the fashion history exhibition taking place at Romania’s National Museum of History throughout the summer comes to say contradict the saying by talking about the evolution of garments along the last six centuries. The opening vernissage was held on May 15th, at 5 PM, but the exhibition will be open to the public until August 24th.

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If you are in the mood for an educational experience as well as a very stylish couple of hours, you can visit the museum in Calea Victoriei no. 12, Bucharest. Organized by a series of top cultural institutions in the country, the exhibition allows you to understand how the field of clothing and garments evolved since the beginning of the 15th century until present days. You can admire here the clothes that were typical for different layers of the population during this period of time. From the uniforms kids were wearing in school, to the dresses and garments worn by the nobility, from military and police uniforms to the bohemian style of clothing, all this is on display at Romania’s National Museum of History this summer.

While some of the exhibits are of unknown origin, many come from important personalities within the Romanian history – the Romanian rulers Alexandru cel Bun and Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Transylvania’s princes – Gabriel Bathory and Gabriel Bethlen, Romania’s kings Carol I, Ferdinand I, queens Elizabeth and Maria, literary figures like Mihail Kogălniceanu, Vasile Alecsandri, Ion Heliade Rădulescu, Nicolae Iorga, etc. Whether you are interested in history or in fashion, this exhibition offers you a different way of learning interesting details about how the garments became what they are today. Open between 10 AM and 6 PM, Wednesday to Sunday, this exhibition is a nice way of spending a summer afternoon.

Address: Calea Victoriei nr.12,

Tel: +40 213158207

Piata Romana Touristic Area

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Piata Romana is one of the most interesting squares in Bucharest. Its crowded streets and sidewalks make it one of the busiest and sought after locations in Bucharest for both entrepreneurs that want to start a business as well as tourists and locals that want to go out and experience the Romanian capital city.

While the square doesn’t have any particular political importance compared to Unirii Square, it is one of the biggest social hubs in the city as well as a historic meeting place that is filled with legends and stories. The roundabout in the center of the square is the meeting point of three of the city’s biggest boulevards, Lascar Catargiu, Magheru and Nicolae Balcescu. It is also the place where one of the most popular collages in the city is located, the ASE or Economic Studies Collage.

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Initially the square was named Lascar Catargiu, named after a former Bucharest mayor. It also had a statue of the dignitary in the central roundabout. The communist regime that followed the Second World War sadly decided to destroy the statue and rename the square into Ana Ipatescu Square. The current name comes from the Romana Street, that is currently named Mihai Eminescu Street.

Romana Plaza in Bucharest

Important Tourist Landmarks

The statue of the Wolf Mother, a central piece in the current square, was received as a gift at the beginning of the 20th during the National Exposition of 1906 in Carol Park from the mayorship of Rome.  The statue was placed in numerous locations within Bucharest like Arenele Romane in 1908, St George’s Square and Dealul Mitropoliei in 1931 before ending up as one of the centerpieces of the Square.

The square’s bohemian flow comes from its sometimes uncompleted historic buildings. Like the beautiful palace that harbors the Economic Studies Collage. Its uneven design is due to the fact that it was originally supposed to have a second appendix that would have mirrored the existing one. Even so, the palace is beautifully designed in a grandiose Beaux Arts style.

Restaurants

While the Square itself doesn’t offer too many restaurants, bars and teahouses, there is an immense selection just a short walk away on the many boulevards that lead into it. Historic buildings, museums, cinemas and art galleries line the streets as well as some other less known about historic buildings and churches.

One of the best places to get a tasty meal while in Piata Romana is the French themed restaurant “Ici e La.” Here you can get a tasty steak, some delicious onion soup or some of the best foie gras in the city. The interior is cozy with a modern design while the exterior is a hybrid between a classic Beaux Arts building and a modern glass curtain structure that increases the functional surface of the building without affecting the beautiful historic building’s structure or exterior decoration.

Verona Cafe is another charming coffee house located in a beautiful historic palace just a short walk from the square. The Cafe is located in the same building as a Carturesti library, offering a bohemian atmosphere as well as an exciting crowd of young intellectuals that frequent the establishment.

Across the small street from Verona Cafe there is the Patria Cinema, which offers an interesting mix of classic movies and the latest blockbusters.

 Just a few meters down General Gheorghe Magheru Street tourists can find a series of fast food franchises that include McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut as well as a number of local dinners and fast food establishments. The Piata Romana Metro station is located in the area allowing easy access to any other region in Bucharest.

Top Five Tourist Attractions in Bucharest

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The Romanian capital city is an off the beaten track tourist destination, but its popularity has been increasing as travelers’ tastes become more varied and more and more people become interested in visiting this part of the world. Which are the top tourist attractions in Bucharest? You may have heard about some of them already, but you will certainly discover that the city has much more to offer than you had imagined before you stepped foot on its grey boulevards, ate in its fine restaurants and walked down the cobbled streets of its Old Center.

The Old Center

Also known as Lipscani among the locals, the Old Center is a relatively small area where the commercial activity of the city was once performed. During the last decades the area has gone through a renovation process, restoring some of its original beauty. Here you can admire some of the city’s historical landmarks like the building of the National Bank of Romania. The Old Center is also one of the main entertainment hubs of the city as lots of bars, clubs and restaurants are located in this area.

People’s Palace

The gigantic landmark standing on top of a hill right in the heart of the city impresses anyone. It was erected there in 6 years’ time as part of the Bucharest project started in 1978 by the worldwide notorious Romanian totalitarian ruler, Ceausescu. This project was meant to entirely change the face of the city and make it a replica of the North Korean Phenian state-city. While for many of the locals, this building is a constant reminder of the country’s communist past, it is the best known attraction of the city, its size as well as its story appealing to many foreign visitors. Tours are available daily in different foreign languages.

Romanian Peasant Museum

A must-see while in Bucharest, the Romanian Peasant Museum will tell you through its exhibits more than any history book could teach you in words. Unlike other museums of the world, each room here becomes an authentic space where you can breathe the true atmosphere of the Romanian village with its school, church and homes. This Bucharest museum got in 1996 the European Museum of the Year award. For about 10 years, this building located on Kisseleff Avenue is also home to the Romanian Peasant Club where a large part of the city’s bohemian world gathers. Inside the museum you can find a library and a cinema with a very good selection of movies.

The Romanian Atheneum

A top cultural attraction, the Romanian Athenaeum, was built in the heart of Bucharest over 120 years ago (1886-1888), instantly becoming the architectural and spiritual symbol not only for the Romanian capital, but for the entire nation. Designed by the French architect Albert Galleron, the building is inspired by the ancient Greek temples, became in 2004 a item on the List of Historical Monuments. Few know that the Palace Bucharest Romanian Athenaeum was built with money raised from the public by organizing a national lottery.

Cismigiu Park

A charming garden reminding of the times when Bucharest was called the Little Paris, Cismigiu Park is located in the center of the city and is still one of the best looking green areas of the Romanian capital. During the hot summer days you can spend a quiet afternoon here walking down its alleys, rowing a boat or playing chess. During the cold season, an open air skating rink is organized here. The city’s most romantic garden, Cismigiu has all the potential to seduce you from the first sight.

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