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Bucur Obor Piata
Obor Market
#About the Largest Market in Bucharest

Obor Market (Bucur Obor Piata) sits in a large building, and has been operating in Bucharest since the 18th century. Back then, merchants and farmers came here to sell their products, and the market was small and in the open air, like in many markets in European squares.

Today the market is covered. Its building has huge hangers spread over 16 streets! It was established the summer of 1940, and was renovated in 2009.

It might interest you to know that once, right here, in the 18th century this was a spot for public executions. Back then this was the main square for this purpose, and the public used to come here to watch these events, that used to be considered entertainment.

Today, the reality is a little different. Here you can find endless fruits and vegetables, meats, food products, clothes, bags, and shoes. This is an energetic market.


#Tips

Try getting to the market in the morning hours, when it is still empty of crowds. Afterwards it begins getting crowded.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/oPyegzpV6ZE
Lacul Morii
Morii Lake
#About Morii Lake

Morii Lake, a large and impressive lake in Bucharest, was created behind a dam that was used in the past to protect the city from flooding. Work on the lake began in July 1985.

The size of the lake is 246,000 square meters, and it is located 6 kilometers from the center of town. Here there are different water sports competitions, like boat racing, and different festivals.

In the lake there is an island made of concrete with impressive arches, giving the island an ancient look, although it was only created in the 1980's.


A Closer Look at the Manmade Late - Morii Lake:

https://youtu.be/yIw-GXrICUA


An Impressive View of the Island:

https://youtu.be/eRCnz-YUV_c
Centrul Civic
Centrul Civic
#About the Center Built by a Tyrant

Romanians tend to say that the bombs from World War II, and the harsh earthquake that hit the city in 1977, did not come close to the amount of damage caused to the city of Bucharest by the tyrant Ceaușescu. He decided that there needs to be built a civilian center, to hold all the Communist governmental buildings and the living quarters for its employees, a tactless tyrant destroying a big part of Bucharest's old city.

The height of irony was that in order to start clearing the area for construction that was "necessary for the nation," the tyrant ordered many of the old city residents to move out of their houses - with 1 days notice.

After the bulldozers flattened 8 square kilometers of palaces, churches, synagogues, hospitals and other one of a kind buildings, the Central Civic Center of Bucharest was built, that included the usual Communist architecture, a bunch of ugly buildings with cheap decorations.



A Closer Look at the Central Civic Center Built in the Old City of Bucharest:

https://youtu.be/svC37KL7D-U


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/COa5shU9Gew
Soseaua Kiseleff
Kiseleff Road
#About Kiseleff Road

Kiseleff Road is an impressive and prestigious road in Bucharest. This road shows the glorious past of the city, as a fancy and beautiful place. It is full of museums, parks, embassies, luxury homes, cafes, and restaurants.

The impressive road begins in the Victory Square and the Victory Gate there, that was established in 1922 in the memory of the Romanian soldiers who fell during World War I, and is similar to the victory gate in Paris. The road continues along another victory gate, this time in a Roman style, and ends in the Casa Presei Libere Square.

All along Kiseleff Road you can find benches, where you can sit and enjoy the air. If you asked yourself how Bucharest became the "Gem of the East," you might start to understand by sitting here.

On November 8, 1931, after the Romanian's military involvement in Operation Barbarossa, the military forces spread across the victory gate, in front of the Prime Minister and Conducător, Ion Antonescu. The name of the road was then changed to King Michael Avenue. After the war, the name was changed by the Romanian Communist rulers.



A Ride Along the Road:

https://youtu.be/FdpAlSukMfs


Young People Celebrating the Water Holiday:

https://youtu.be/TUfSpmtprsg

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Piata Universitatii
University Square
#About the University Square

University Square is the main square in Bucharest, it is a popular meeting point with the city's residents. In the square is the university building, the neo-Classical Coltea Hospital, the National Theater, Sutu Palace, and the Intercontinental Hotel. Around the buildings thousands of people walk around all day, there are stores and restaurants, and is full of people all day and night.

At the end of 1989 there was the Romanian revolution in Bucharest. The streets filled with protestors that brought about the change of the Communist rule in Romania, and the execution of the leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, and his wife Elena. The revolution was part of a regime change that swept Europe, that came after the regression of Communism in the Soviet Union and around the whole Communist Bloc in Eastern Europe.

In the heart of the square is a minimalist monument for the victims of the 1989 revolution. In the square is also a metro station, and many bus stops that connect to different parts of the city. Notice the underground crossing. You can find here many souvenir stores and tourist information.

Around the square is the Liscani district, the night entertainment area for many of the city's younger residents. This is an ancient and nostalgic district, where many merchants and artists lived in the 15th century. There are street performance on the weekends, and you can walk around the streets between ancient stores, interesting houses, churches, gardens, and the local market.


A Closer Look at the Square:

https://youtu.be/LlJw-ifJWsM
Herastrau Park
King Michael I Park
#About the Park

King Michael I Park (Herastrau Park) is one of the most popular parks in Bucharest and has a variety of attractions for the whole family.

The park was founded in 1936 and is about 110,000 square meters, but most of the park is occupied by its large lake, where you can sail in small boats. Alternatively, sit in the inviting cafes opening in the summer and let the kids go wild and play in the old playground. Restaurants and cafes are set up on the shores of the lake.

Other interesting offers for leisure in King Michael I Park include watching the plays in the summer theater and water sports or land sports - from yoga to football. In the park you can also fish, spend time in the hotel and even in a yacht club - all of which you will find here.

In the park there are also flower exhibitions and from time to time, orchestras arrive here, in order to make the visitors' time enjoyable. You can also see the village museum, an open museum that describes life in a typical Romanian village.

Since 1998, part of the garden has been dedicated to a worldwide Japanese exhibition and today it is called the Japanese Garden.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/r5TTtb8lit0
Unknown Soldier Mausoleum
Unknown Soldier Mausoleum
#About the Monument to the Unknown Soldiers

If you have come here, you are inside Carol Park, named after the important Romanian king. Notice that above the park there is a tall monument on a hill. This is the mausoleum of the nation's heroes (Memorialul Eroilor Neamului), formerly the Communist Mausoleum. Behind the monumental monument, 48 meters high, are two buildings that form an arch.

Since the establishment of this monument in 1963, it has commemorated the "heroes of the struggle for freedom and socialism." It was used for this purpose until 1990. But shortly after the Romanian Revolution and after the overthrow of the Communist dictator Ceaușescu, the purpose of the monument and the mausoleum in which Dr. Petre Groza, the first Communist leader of Romania and Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, the dictator of Romania until 1965, it became, as noted, the commemoration of the simple soldiers.

This magnificent building is a monument to the soldiers who fell in wars. It is a monument to the "unknown heroes," the unknown soldiers that each army perpetuates, because they are soldiers who have never been buried because their remains were not found on the battlefield and in general.

The monument leads to a wide, high staircase. Pay attention to the eternal fire burning alongside the monument and the two sentries, who are soldiers standing by it at all hours of the day. The place was indeed kept by soldiers from the Romanian army, both for the honor of the fallen and to avoid vandalism.

Sometimes, there is a chance to see the nice ceremony of the changing of the guard.


A Closer Look at the Carol Park Monument:

https://youtu.be/vYgIQb4rHYE


Exchange of the Guard in the Mausoleum:

https://youtu.be/01hdo6GLDLo
Arcul de Triumf
Arcul de Triumf
#About the Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest

Like many good places, Bucharest also has its own victory gate. It is located in the north area of the city and is considered a popular tourist attraction. It is 85 meters tall, and visitors can climb to a viewpoint that is 27 meters high.


#History of the Romanian Victory Gate

The victory gate is a minimalist building in the shape of a rainbow, and its purpose throughout history has been to commemorate victories in battles or wars. The custom of building a victory gate originated from the Roman Empire.

The Arcul de Triumf was made as an exact replica of the Arc de Triumph in Paris. It is located between the 3 main avenues of the city, and the entrance to King Michael I Park.

The Bucharest victory gate was established in 1879. Its purpose was to commemorate Romanian independence, and it was made of wood. During damages from different wars, the new gate was built in 1922, this time for the Romanian soldiers that fought in World War I. However this gate also did not survive, and only in 1935 was a gate finally built that stood the test of time - this is the grandeur gate you see today, made of stone and marble.

Each year on December 1st, there is an independence day parade in the victory gate area. At night lights light up the gate with the flags of the 40 regions in Romania.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/IKssousMzQE


Parcul Tineretului
Tineretului Park
#About Tineretului Park

Tineretului Park (Parcul Tineretului) is spread across an area of ​​80,000 square meters. Construction began in 1965 and lasted until 1974. The main goal of the architect Valentin Donose was to create a large green area suitable for leisure and recreation, for the local population and tourists. In 2013, the complex was upgraded and new pubs, recreation areas and other attractions were opened.

The park, located not far from the city center, is dedicated to cultural activities, sports competitions and recreational activities. Apart from the extensive lawns, long paths, fountains and wooden bridges, there are playgrounds and an amusement park, which includes everything the children want: roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, trampolines, bumper cars and more. There are also various sports fields here, such as tennis courts, football, volleyball and basketball.

The park has an artificial lake, where children can sail in a waterway and sail rubber boats. Alongside the park is also an excellent restaurant, but of course, in such a park you should bring in groceries and just grab a quiet corner for a family meal or a romantic couple meal. You can also use the barbecue stations scattered throughout the large garden.

In the center of the park is the Sala Polivalenta, used for concerts, exhibitions and large sporting events. To enjoy the whole park, the children can also board small trains that will take them around the park.


A Closer Look at the Park:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E0NSHlKYtM
Revolution Square
#About Revolution Square

Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei) is located on Calea Victoriei, and has always held an important role in the city.

Here, in this square, towards the late 1980's, mass protests were held against the tyrant Ceaușescu. From the balcony of the Communist Party headquarters, Ceaușescu looked at the revolution happening before his eyes in 1989, and he left with his wife on a helicopter and escaped Bucharest. A few hours later, he was caught by revolutionaries, taken into custody, went through a field trial, and was immediately executed, along with his wife.

In the Revolutionary Square, there a few buildings worth to mention: the impressive Parliament building, decorated with columns with important figures from Romania's history. There is the King's Palace (Palatul Regal), today being used as the National Museum of Art of Romania.

In the square are statues and monuments dedicated to the Romanian Revolution of 1989.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/dsiBh_y1VDE


The Square During the Revolution - The Helicopter with the Tyrant and His Wife Fleeing:

https://youtu.be/lrGpt_gtr-w
Lipscani District
#About the Ancient Neighborhood for Going Out

Lipscani District (Strada Lipscani) is an ancient district in Bucharest, and is a central location for daily life and nightlife. With many pubs and cafes, clothing stores, and entertainment areas, residents and visitors come to the district.

This special district was the residents of the city's nobility in the 15th century, and has since become a popular trading area for craftsmen. Around the district workshops opened, for a variety of things, like horseshoes, metalworks, leather, and more. Today the tradition of the workshops continues, alongside designer stores offering different things, usually made by the owner or designer themselves.

During a tour of the district, you will see modern sites next to the ancient building. There are many small magical streets, interesting workshops, cafes, and boutique stores in different style buildings, with a lot of design and thought about little details.

The population that lives here has been very varied throughout the years. There are those who live here with long Romanian root, as well as Jews, Turks, Germans, and more. The secret and charm of this area seems to be that the district allowing visitors to soak in the atmosphere that has characterized this place for many generations.

Craftsmen that settled here, became an inseparable part of the district. Until today, streets are named after the workshops that operated here. There is Sandel Street, Sword Fixer Street, and others.

Bucharest residents are grateful that this district was not destroyed during the Communist rule over the city. There were some plans that never reached the stage of construction. When ancient buildings in the district go through renovations today, they do so with loving hands, and not with bulldozers that flatten the ground for new buildings.

#Tips

Lipscani is also a big shopping area. Thanks to the galleries and stores here, with the antique, local products, worthy art pieces, all without any large international brand names.



A Closer Look at the Photos from the Old Lipscani Neighborhood:

https://youtu.be/fG8yD88S18Q
Carol Park
#About Carol Park

This large and pleasant park, named after the first king of Romania, Carol I, was built in 1906. It is in the southwest area of the city, and is considered one of the largest public parks in the city, for it spreads across 360,000 square meters. Carol Park was designed by the French landscape architect Eduard Redont.

Actually, this park, even with its proximity to the city, is mainly ignored by tourists and locals. It was built for the World Expo that took place here in 1906. If you look to the left of the main entrance, you will see the Technical Museum of Bucharest. It is in a building that was originally built for the Expo.

In the entrance to the park you will see a large and impressive church made of wood. The area surrounding it is also made of wood, giving the area a village-like feeling.

In 1963 it was decided to dedicate Carol Park to the memory of the victims of World War II. This was the reason that the monument for the "Unknown Heroes" was built - a tall monument that was placed in the park. Behind it are two buildings that create an arch. A staircase leads to the monument. Notice the eternal flame next to the monument and the two standing soldiers on each side.

If you are a looking to rest a little from the busy city, a nice walk in the nature of the park, or a nice look at the view of the city, this is the place. There are statues, monuments, and a big lake. There are many statues, walking paths, and a large area that is used for a farmers market on the weekends. Children will enjoy the playgrounds scattered around, and on summer days there are open-aired concerts.



A Closer Look at Carol Park:

https://youtu.be/OWeAJ6vQ6Lg


Young People Enjoying the Park:

https://youtu.be/o1LtLq5HBqU
Palace of the Patriarchate
#About the Metropolitan Church

It is not the most beautiful and not the oldest in Bucharest, but it is alive, kicking and active to this day. This is the Palace of the Patriarchate (Palatul Patriarhiei), located on the patriarchal hill in the city.

The Palace of the Patriarchate was founded by Prince Constantine and his wife between 1654-1658. Since then it has been reconstructed quite a few times and therefore the building has not preserved its original shape, mainly due to the additions added to it and the various adjustments made over the years.

This church is the heart of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Notice the beautiful frescoes in the front of the building. Enter through the arches of the entrance and observe the decorated altar.

Inside the church, you will find beautiful Byzantine icons and altars. If you visit around Easter, you should come to hear the midnight mass sung by the famous choir of the church.

To this day, the church is included in the list of historical monuments in Romania.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Mll1zpT5zSw
Cișmigiu Gardens
#About the Green Gardens

Need a little break during the trip? A relaxed walk in the evening in a natural space?

Bucharest's oldest public gardens are located in the center of Bucharest. These are the Cișmigiu Gardens (Grădina Cişmigiu), 160,000 square meters in size. They were built in 1845 and were designed by the German architect Karl Mayer. Cișmigiu Gardens are decorated in a well-kept English style. They offer large and rich expanses in lawns, flowers, sculptures and more than 30,000 trees scattered in the surrounding green space.

Children will find a lot of interest here in the various attractions. There is a cruise in the lake, chess on special tables, playgrounds and places where birds can be fed. Also note the sculpture area, where the greatest Romanian poets and writers are sculpted.

In the park there are also various monuments, dedicated to the French and American soldiers who died during the liberation of the city from the occupiers, during World War I and again in World War II.

In the center of the garden you will find a large artificial lake, where you can sail in boats, between swans and pelicans. In the winter, when the big lake freezes, it becomes an ice skating rink.


A Closer Look at the Gardens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuUcnmmKsq0


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