Bucharest is a capital city of Romania, situated in southern part of the country. Today it serves as a commercial center of the country. There are a lot of people who mixes up Bucharest and Budapest. If you are one of them, you need to remember words: BIG or LONG.
To be able to identify Bucharest you need to know about its history. In short after visiting North Korea and other communist countries, former dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu decided that he wants to build the biggest Parliament and longest boulevard in Europe. Under the false pretext of the 77’s earthquake, around 7 km worth of buildings from the Old City Center have been demolished. 44,000 people have been relocated. A series of important buildings have been demolished, without any care of the patrimony or their architectural value and the construction began.
Longest boulevard was built on a river for it not to intervene with the length. For Romanian people this boulevard symbolizes tragic events which happened more than 30 years ago. Once a beautiful Old Town and a heart of the city was destroyed and replaced by massive block buildings. It was a disaster for everyone living in there as their houses were demolished and some of the people were only advised to move a day in advance.
Around 30 years ago in 1989, during revolution in Romania communist dictator was killed. Even after his death Romanian people continued to build the Parliament. Nowadays it is still not finished, however, its most iconic landmark in Bucharest - a massive, communist-era Palace of Parliament – a government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Unfortunately, even as it is the second largest governmental buildings in the world and largest in Europe, after filling the building with various governmental institutions, European Commission and allowing various events to take place inside they only use up to 30 percent of the building.
We entered Bucharest coming from central part of Romania and we visited north before that, it was so hard to comprehend how lightly this communist dictator just wiped off half of the city’s history if not more.
Even though Bucharest no longer has so many cultural or historical sites, they still have some of them saved. Therefore, we recommend to not hesitate and visit it as it is totally worth it! At least for couple days.
Best of luck planning your holidays in Bucharest!
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