Take a stroll on the exquisite Victory Avenue ~ BEST WALKEnjoy the architectural treasure chest that Romanian capital is.
You will discover spectacular buildings and fascinating stories from the last 400 years.
This cultural expedition has stops in front of the most important buildings.
And it offers essential information about the city’s history and about the most impressive monuments and their aristocratic family owners.
Victory Avenue’s history goes back to Prince Constantin Brancoveanu’s time.
It connected Mogosoaia Palace and Prince’s Palace from Bucharest’s Old Court.
At that time it was paved with logs, hence the name of Mogosoaia’s Bridge.
Little ParisAt the beginning of last century Bucharest was a garden-city with avenues.
And this is one of its oldest and most famous of them.
Then, the city was known as the Paris of the East.
Why ? Because of its affection for everything French, from architecture to food to fashion.
Even today you can still notice it, walking on this city’s main artery bordered by French-inspired Belle Époque buildings.
Here, the rich locals used to take strolls on weekends, especially on summer evenings.
It was the main promenade place for them.
In the early 1940s, Marshal Antonescu was the first to succeed imposing one way sense on Victory Avenue.
In the evening people went towards Kiseleff Road and in the morning towards Dambovita River.
Nowadays this is a leading retail avenue concentrating 70% of the major luxury brand stores in Bucharest.
So the exquisite Victory Avenue is absolutely THE place to be for serious luxury shopping.
Here you can enjoy your passion in a carefree way.
And even open some closed doors not just for a sneak preview of a world famous designers’ studio.
Of course, chauffeured limo at disposal.
And don’t forget. This key destination of luxury brands is visited also for museums exploration !
A French architect built it in the second half of the 19th century for Gradisteanu couple.
They were from the old boyar Gradisteanu family related to entire Wallachian and Moldavian aristocracy between 16th-19th centuries.
The couple had no heirs, so the palace was left to Maria Gradisteanu, owner’s sister, married with Prince Ion Ghika.
Gradisteanu-Ghika House has extremely rich decorated Renaissance frontages, coffered painted ceilings, monumental stairs and stained windows.
Same as Emperor Trajan and King Carol I, this considered Danube river an atu and European civilization’s cradle.
So he dedicated the palace – also known as Danube House – to river’s Romanian history.
You can purchase most of Burberry collections from their first store in Romania.
Launched in 2012 this is the largest in South East Europe: 440 sqm and 1,000 m facade.
Yeshua Tova Synagogue
Also called “Podul Mogosoaiei” Synagogue – as a reference to Victoriei Avenue nearby) – city’s oldest synagogue dates from the first half of the 19th century.
Built in Moorish style (Arabesque) it has a monumental triptic concept street facade with a relief depicting the Ten Commandments.
It can host 300 people, important guests being seated on thrones placed on Chivot’s sides.
After 2007 restoration, Rabbi Shlomo Amar uncovered a large plaque engraved with the names of those who led the synagogue since its founding.
It still serves the local Jewish community being open only during services.
Take an inside tour of a culture symbol – Romanian AthenaeumRomanian Athenaeum is an iconic Bucharest landmark and city’s main concert hall.
This is also the headquarter of George Enescu Philarmonic Orchestra.
It really worth to pay a visit inside and let your hand carress the Carrara marble.
Not to mention the fascinating story of the remarkable 70 m long fresco hidden for 20 years.
While attending a concert here you’ll be amazed by its exceptional accoustic and perfect visibility from any seat.
If an odd year come in September to enjoy the worlds’ greatest orchestras and soloists.
Winter Royal Palace
It is Bucharest’s most famous museum and it’s often said that you could spend not just all day in here, but all of the day after, too !
Even the building that contains the museum’s fascinating collections is something that will have you gaping with wonder.
So it’s definitely a good idea to add this amazing museum to the very top of your itinerary.
Winter Royal Palace of King Carol I of Romania
With a short but impressive past, King Carol I of Romania’s extraordinary winter residence continues to captivate visitors inclusively with its exhibitions, collections and treasure.
Founded in 1948 for housing the former Royal Collection and those of various other museums in Bucharest, this is now Romania’s leading art museum.
The superb Neoclassic Royal Winter Palace from the capital’s heart now hosts the National Art Museum of Romania.
Since the opening it has been enveloped with a series of different and exciting temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
These keep the place sparkling and buzzing with life most of the time, and mark it out as a spot that guests never get tire of visiting.
At the palace where art reigns
As Azzurytt’s guest, you will have at disposal personal designated curators.
These will uncover for you not only current exhibitions and permanent collections, but also the Royal Palace and the Treasure.
Tours can be either tailored to your individual interests or focus on museum’s highlights:
~ Medieval icons,
~ Brancusi’s sculptures,
~ European & Romanian masters.
To enjoy its best you should come on the third weekend of the month.
Then access to the Voivodes’ Stairs, King Carol’s Throne Hall and Royal Dining Room within the palace’s central wing will be granted to you.
On this occasion you also visit the exhibition “Fragments of memory – Royal Portraits – The Royal Palace”.
This reconstructs moments from the history of royal:
~ family (in Throne Hall Annex) and
~ palace (in Royal Dining Room Annex).
Period photographs, building plans, furniture pieces, royal portraits and other objects that survived time are now on display here.
Did you know that you can come visit museum’s galleries by night ?
It is all about art
Romania’s most important art museum enjoys increasing stature on the International scene.
One of the highlights of this region’s culture, it features 3 surprising and enchanting art galleries:
~ Medieval Romanian and
~ Modern Romanian Art.
With these exciting galleries showcasing over 110,000 items, the museum is a must for both first time travelers and experienced collectors.
Famed for its stunning permanent collections of historic treasures – including masterpieces by Brancusi – National Art Museum of Romania is widely acknowledged as housing national and world treasures stretching back to the Middle Age.
Romanian Art Gallery displays thousands of pieces from medieval icons to Constantin Brancusi sculptures.
Here there are also works of national painters such as Theodor Pallady, Nicolae Tonitza, Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu and Gheorghe Petrascu.
Universal Gallery – divided into European Art and Oriental Art – features masterworks of painters like Rubens, Monet, Rembrandt and El Greco.
Carol I Central University Library
One of the world’s 100 most beautiful libraries, this is the oldest university library in Bucharest and the most important one in Romania.
Ramada Majestic HotelIn 1990s, the first hotel in Romania affiliated with the American brand Ramada was Ramada-Majestic Hotel in Bucharest.
Built before the World War I, this was consolidated and revamped between 1993-1996.
Its first VIP guest arrived in the summer of 1996.
This was nobody else but Hillary Clinton, then first lady of the United States.
Between 2000-2003, they extended the 4-star hotel following the acquisition of a neighboring building.
The Turkish group Ener Holding – which controls Gloria Jean`s coffee shops chain too – is the owner of the hotel.
The children of the Turkish shareholders – now aged – do not want to work within hotel business.
So Ener Holding have already sold a hotel owned in Antalya and now Ramada-Majestic is also on sale.
National Military Circle
This historical and architectural monument hosts Romanian Army’s central institution of culture.
Built on the former site of Sarindar Monastery, for the officers in Bucharest who financed the building, this was the central cultural institution of Romanian Army.
Each room has a different style, the Marble Hall being one of the most successfully creation of the local architecture.
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