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Bucharest

Romania's brash, sprawling and schizophrenic capital, a mix of Balkan orientalism, Second Empire curves, striking early modernist architecture, and depressing communist concrete. Formerly known as the "Paris of the East", the once graceful city suffered terribly under Nicolae Ceaușescu's megalomaniacal civic restructurings, with nearly a third of the old town demolished for a new civic center and many other districts seeing vast swathes of drab apartment blocks put up. Since the end of communism, it has developed into the richest and most vibrant city in the country, with many of its remaining historic areas seeing much-needed renovation.
Charming villa on Str Salcâmilor
Charming villa on Str Salcâmilor
Cantemir Voda College
Cantemir Voda College
Piața Romană
Piața Romană
Attractive end of Piața Romană with Lupa statue
Attractive end of Piața Romană with Lupa statue
North end of Piața Romană
North end of Piața Romană
Bulevardul General Magheru
Bulevardul General Magheru
ARO Building on B-dul Magheru
ARO Building on B-dul Magheru
Interwar architecture along B-dul Nicolae Bălcescu
Interwar architecture along B-dul Nicolae Bălcescu
Hotel Ambasador, built in 1937
Hotel Ambasador, built in 1937
Italian Church along B-dul Bălcescu
Italian Church along B-dul Bălcescu
Comfort Suites Hotel in a 30s block
Comfort Suites Hotel in a 30s block
Ion Luca Caragiale National Theatre
Ion Luca Caragiale National Theatre
Hotel Intercontinental and National Theatre
Hotel Intercontinental and National Theatre
Colțea Hospital and Church
Colțea Hospital and Church
Fountains on vast Piața Unirii
Fountains on vast Piața Unirii
Unirea Shopping Center from beside a fountain
Unirea Shopping Center from beside a fountain
Eastward view from the center of Piața Unirii
Eastward view from the center of Piața Unirii
Fountains with Unirea Shopping Center
Fountains with Unirea Shopping Center
Fountains with silhouette of the Parliament Palace
Fountains with silhouette of the Parliament Palace
Shadowed fountain with distant Patriarchal Cathedral
Shadowed fountain with distant Patriarchal Cathedral
Biserica Domnița Bălașa
Biserica Domnița Bălașa
Domes of Princess Bălașa Church
Domes of Princess Bălașa Church
Piața Națiunile Unite
Piața Națiunile Unite
Dâmbovița canal with Justice Palace on right
Dâmbovița canal with Justice Palace on right
Interwar-era bank building
Interwar-era bank building
An unintentionally comical license plate
An unintentionally comical license plate
Biserica Zlătari on Calea Victoriei
Biserica Zlătari on Calea Victoriei
Reflection of the domes of Zlătari Church
Reflection of the domes of Zlătari Church
More interwar buildings in central Bucharest
More interwar buildings in central Bucharest
Facades facing Cișmigiu Gardens
Facades facing Cișmigiu Gardens
Royal Palace on Piața Revoluției
Royal Palace on Piața Revoluției
Former Communist Central Committee Building
Former Communist Central Committee Building
Rebuilt University Library Building
Rebuilt University Library Building
View south on Calea Victoriei
View south on Calea Victoriei
Art Deco Union Building
Art Deco Union Building
Odeon Theatre
Odeon Theatre
Stavropoleos Church
Stavropoleos Church
Pasajul Villacros
Pasajul Villacros
Stained glass within the Villacrosse Passage
Stained glass within the Villacrosse Passage
Architecture on Str Ion Câmpineanu
Architecture on Str Ion Câmpineanu
Hotel Banat on Piața C.A. Rosetti
Hotel Banat on Piața C.A. Rosetti
Cercul Militar
Cercul Militar
Economic Consortium Palace
Economic Consortium Palace
Facades along Str Lipscani
Facades along Str Lipscani
Iconostasis in Stavropoleos Church
Iconostasis in Stavropoleos Church
Curtea Veche (Old Princely Court)
Curtea Veche (Old Princely Court)
Bust of Vlad Țepeș outside the Princely Court
Bust of Vlad Țepeș outside the Princely Court
Biserica Curtea Veche (Princely Court Church)
Biserica Curtea Veche (Princely Court Church)
Hanul lui Manuc
Hanul lui Manuc
Historic center skyline from Piața Unirii
Historic center skyline from Piața Unirii
Piața Unirii with distant Palace of Parliament
Piața Unirii with distant Palace of Parliament
Central fountain on Piața Unirii
Central fountain on Piața Unirii
View westwards on Piața Unirii
View westwards on Piața Unirii
Patriarchal Cathedral and Palace
Patriarchal Cathedral and Palace
Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral
Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral
Monastic dwelling from the pronaos
Monastic dwelling from the pronaos
Rear view of the cathedral
Rear view of the cathedral
Mănăstirea Radu Vodă
Mănăstirea Radu Vodă
Frontal view of Prince Radu Monastery
Frontal view of Prince Radu Monastery
Church of Bucur the Shepherd (Bucur Ciobanul)
Church of Bucur the Shepherd (Bucur Ciobanul)
Church of St Spiridon the New
Church of St Spiridon the New
Smokers die younger
"Smokers die younger"
Mănăstirea Antim
Mănăstirea Antim
Corner view of Antim Monastery
Corner view of Antim Monastery
Palatul Parliamentului
Palatul Parliamentului
Fountain with the Palace of Parliament
Fountain with the Palace of Parliament
Biserica Sf. Apostoli (St. Apostles' Church)
Biserica Sf. Apostoli (St. Apostles' Church)
Mănăstirea Mihai Vodă (Prince Mihai Monastery)
Mănăstirea Mihai Vodă (Prince Mihai Monastery)
High water on the Dâmbovița canal
High water on the Dâmbovița canal
View down on Str Ion Câmpineanu
View down on Str Ion Câmpineanu
Central Bucharest rooftops with postwar block
Central Bucharest rooftops with postwar block
Defunct Dunărea Hotel
Defunct Dunărea Hotel
Traffic passage under Piața Victoriei
Traffic passage under Piața Victoriei
South end of Piața Victoriei
South end of Piața Victoriei
Victoria Palace, Piața Victoriei
Victoria Palace, Piața Victoriei
Front of the University Library
Front of the University Library
Early evening sun on the Romanian Athenaeum
Early evening sun on the Romanian Athenaeum
Memorialul Renașterii (Rebirth Memorial)
Memorialul Renașterii (Rebirth Memorial)
Former Securitate building
Former Securitate building
Ateneul Român (Romanian Athenaeum)
Ateneul Român (Romanian Athenaeum)
Mihai Eminescu statue in front of the athenaeum
Mihai Eminescu statue in front of the athenaeum
Biserica Albă (White Church)
Biserica Albă (White Church)
Russian Orthodox St. Nicholas Church
Russian Orthodox St. Nicholas Church
Romanian TV Headquarters
Romanian TV Headquarters
Piața Charles de Gaulle
Piața Charles de Gaulle
Biserica Casin
Biserica Casin
Piața Presei Libere
Piața Presei Libere
Casa Presei Libere (Press House)
Casa Presei Libere (Press House)
Arcul Triumf
Arcul Triumf
Cantacuzino Palace
Cantacuzino Palace
Building facade with bullet pockmarks
Building facade with bullet pockmarks
Crețulescu Church on Piața Revoluției
Crețulescu Church on Piața Revoluției