From University Square to Romana Square

CAROL PARKCarol Park - Bucharest luxury escorted tour | Romania

Arranged in 1906 the park has a current area of approximately 45 hectares.

It includes various species of deciduous trees, gummy trees, decorative shrubs, roses and lined lime trees. Here there is the Roman Arenas with 5,000 open air seats. Dimitrie Leonida National Technical Museum is also within this park. The museum holds over 5,000 exhibits split in 300 collections presenting the evolution of Romanian technics. Another sightseeing is Vlad Tepes Tower, which houses a water tank. But the most well known of all remains the Unknown Soldier Monument, brought in 1991 from Marasesti. If you are more into art look for the Giants statues sculpted by Dumitru Paciurea. And listen the Cantacuzino Fountain, Neoclassical art monument from 1870.

 

BUCHAREST UNIVERSITY PALACE

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Constantin Brancoveanu, Prince of Wallachia, founded Bucharest Princely Academy at the end of the 17th century.

At that time lectures held here were in Greek.
Only in the second half of the 19th century, Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza converted the Princely Academy into the University of Bucharest.
Neoclassic palace designed by a Romanian architect and decorated by Karl Storck, hosts one of the oldest leading  universities in South-East Europe.
Its degrees are recognized in most countries in the world and many of their graduates have become public figures.
Some are writers, professors and researchers in great universities around the world, members of Romanian Academy or academies abroad.
Others are politicians: Parliament members, ministers, prime-ministers, presidents, diplomats, etc.
One of the most important research centers in the country, this offers inclusively PhD and Erasmus programs constantly collaborating with over 100 prestigious universities from 40 countries.

History and architecture

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Built in bossage, the ground floor has Doric pillars extending on the second floor too.
The 2 floors of the attic have decorated skylights.
The 1944 bombings destroyed the original central frontage of the palace.
Classical style relief  made of Rusciuc stone, this represented Minerva crowning the arts and sciences.
Domes cover the palace’s round corners plated in Doric columns.

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Initially, besides Faculties of Bucharest University, it also hosted Fine Arts School and Natural History and Antiquities Museum.
During the First World War the University closed due to German occupation.
But it bloomed during the inter-war period when the teaching staff included some of the most prestigious Romanian intellectuals.
Carefully restructured in 1948 according to the Soviet model, the University had 8 faculties by 1960.

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Communist censoring regime prevented its international development.
But 30 years later, after its radical reorganization, the number of students, international contacts and co-operation projects considerably increased.
Thus, in 2010 it comprised 19 faculties, over 30,000 full-time students (of whom 1,000 foreign students) and 3,000 teaching positions.

 

AMBASSADOR HOTEL

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Designed by architect Arghir Culina, Ambassador hotel opened its gates in 1939.

They say the owners were twin brothers, this being the reason why its wings are symmetric, built in mirror. At that time it boasted about the most modern sanitary installation in Europe. Considered a top quality hotel since its inauguration, it has retained both its beauty and special place among capital’s hotels.
This architectural landmark with strategic location in the heart of Bucharest has a rich history.
One of the many tumultuous events it has been through was the bombing during the Second World War.

 

YESHUA TOVA SYNAGOGUE

Yeshua Tova Synagogue - Bucharest private tour | Tailor made holiday in RomaniaAlso 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.

 

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