Piata Revolutiei (Revolution Square)
During the 1989 uprising, this was the scene of Ceauescu’s final speech from the balcony of the Communist Party Central Committee Building. During the street fighting, the nearby Royal Palace and the University Library were destroyed. Both buildings have been restored. At the north end of the square you will find the Athenee Palace Hotel and the Atheneul Roman Concert Hall. At the south end of the square is the Kretulescu church. The Royal Palace is now home to the National Museum.
Strada Lipscani (Lipscani Street)
This is one of the oldest streets in Bucharest, which was developed around the middle of the 18th century. Much of the original appearance remains unchanged. The street is bustling with shops, cafes, outdoor vendors and artists selling their wares. A favorite place to visit is Hanul cu tei which is an alley where artists display their work.
Cismigiu Park (Parcul Cismigiu)
This is Bucharest’s oldest city park. Due to its central location, many locals use this as a meeting place or spend time relaxing by the pond. At the western end of the park are the games areas. Avid chess players use one section. The other section is for more active outdoor games. A great place for people watching or strolling around.
Ateneul Român (Romanian Atheneum)
This domed building is the headquarters for the George Enescu Philharmonic. The beautiful interior features a rotunda with ornate staircases. The concert hall can seat 600 people and also contains 60 boxes. A large mural showing Romanian history is another feature. Many locals attend the classical musical concerts held here.
Hanul Lui Manuc (Manuc's Inn).
Originally built as an inn, this 19th century building now contains a hotel and restaurant. The courtyard houses an outdoor café where you can enjoy light refreshments. The restaurant has a balcony that overlooks the courtyard. There is also a fine wine cellar. The inn is named after the first owner, Manuc who was a wealthy Armenian trader. One of the most notable events at this location was the signing of the 1812 Russian-Turkish Peace Treaty
George Enescu Museum
Located at the Cantacuzino Palace, there are artifacts of composer George Enescu. You will find his personal belongings, instruments, musical scores, letters of commendation and Romanian medals he was awarded. George was married to Princess Maria Cantacuzino and he lived in three rooms in the palace. These rooms contain all the exhibits.
Muzeul Theodor Aman (Theodor Aman Museum)
Absolutely everything was created by Theodor Aman. He even constructed the building. Today, you will find his paintings, etchings and sculptures. Aman had spent several years in Paris before he came back to set up the Romanian Academy of Fine Arts. The building was finished in 1869 and he lived there until the time of his death.
Muzeul Militar National (Military Museum)
There are over one million exhibits showing flags, medals, uniforms, equipment, maps, mobile kitchens, guns and combat equipment. Of particular interest is the Soyuz-40 capsule used by astronaut Dumitru Prunariu when he rode in space in May 1981. You will also see air force planes and helicopters along with rockets and torpedoes. There is a section on the revolution where you can see uniforms and other items.
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