ROMANIA, BUCHAREST, GETTING LOST IN OLD TOWN
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Bucharest’s Old Town is defined by the area bordered by the Dambovita river to the south, Calea Victoriei to the west, Bulevardul Brătianu to the east and Regina Elisabeta to the north. The area is more or less all that’s left of pre-World War II Bucharest. What the war didn’t destroy (and it destroyed a fair bit: allied bombing was fierce during the early part of 1944) communism did, most notably in the form of the grandiose Civic Centre project that saw almost a fifth of the total area of the city flattened to make way for Bulevardul Unirii and Casa Poporului. Indeed, that anything survives at all is little short of a miracle. We had an afternoon literally getting lost around the Old Town. Behind our hotel is the Old Princely Court built as a place during Vlad’s reign. These are the remains from the 15th century.
This is known as the oldest church in Bucharest, this is the church of Saint Anthony – Old Court Bucharest. This church was built on the place of the old wooden chapel and served as the Royal Court.
We just wandered around with no clear goal other than finding the Russian Orthodox church and turned into streets that looked interesting.
This is the Stavropoleos Monastery and had the most beautiful courtyard garden.
This is the CEC Palace. Built in 1900, it is now the headquarters of the bank.
This in the headquarters of the National Bank of Romania. Another beautiful building.
We did find the Russia church but like most others things in the city. It is being renovated.
Before ending our walk at Manuc’s Inn, the oldest hotel in Bucharest. Originally opened in the 1810’s, now a restaurant and hostel.