The "Little Paris"

The Little Paris -Bucharest, the Romanian capital, is a splendid city with great arhitecture

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Bucharest, the Romanian capital, is a splendid city, whose old architecture is so harmoniously mixed with the new style. The city was founded in 1459 by Vlad the Impaler and is the place where the visits throughout Romania should start. The 1930's "fin de siécle" architecture, the cultural orientation of the inhabitants and the streets lightening gave it the nickname of "Little Paris". The Arch of Triumph Arch which is located on Kisseleff Blvd. shows a familiar resemblance with Paris' Champs Élysée.

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In 1694, was set the first Academy for superior studies Saint Sava. Bucharest was the first city in the world, which introduced the street gas lightening in 1857. Vienna was the second to do this in 1859.

The Bucharest University which was opened in 1860. Apart from Bucharest's museums, one can see numerous cafe-troitoirs, green parks with lakes. In Herastrau Park, the two-decks boats, or a boat for two, take you for a tour of this wonderful, old and big park.
Since you are there you can also visit the open - air Village Museum . Craftsmanship and samples of churches and houses from all over the country and from all times are all to be found in this Museum.

Places to stop are: the National Museum of Art (the ex- Royal Palace); the National History Museums, The Downtown, Cismigiu Park, Curtea Veche, Manuc's Inn and many others.

On Lipscani Street, (named like this after the old city of Leipzig, from where the salesmen used to bring their merchandise) the visitor can enjoy the old shops where one can find cameras from the beginning of the century, ancient carriages, époque dresses, decorations from WW1 and WW2 and old Roman or Greek coins, and as well as local pottery, glassware, and woodcarvings.

Bucharest is surrounded by forests and lakes. Forests still cover 28% of the country area and the fauna is one of the richest and the most various in Europe. Old palaces and monasteries are set close to the lakes and forests in a fairy tale landscape. The Snagov Monastery, dating from 1408, and the18th century Mogosoaia palace, only 14 km north of Lake Mogosoaia.
The Arch of Triumph Arch which is located on Kisseleff Blvd. shows a familiar 			resemblance with Paris' Champs Élysée.

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