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National Theatre and Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest
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T. Emrich
Intercontinental Hotel
Atila Bezdan
Bucharest parcul TNB art installation
Michael Pop
Metro station at the National Theatre in Bucharest
Dan Mirica
Drum Cafe - Hotel Intercontinental
Dan Mirica
Drum Cafe Bucharest - Romania
Dan Mirica
Drum Cafe
Andrei Zdetoveţchi
Intercontinental Hotel and the "Ion Dacian" National Operetta Theater.
W. H. Mahyo
Hotel Comfort suites
W. H. Mahyo
University Square
W. H. Mahyo
Bucharest Comfort Suites
Tomás Manta
Romania, Bucharest, University Square
W. H. Mahyo
Relax Cpmfort Suites
H.J.Weber
Dubai - Marina, twisted tower
Alexandre Brandão - ab360
Iguazu Falls walkway to the edge of the falls of the Iguazu River
H.J.Weber
Dubai - Burj Kalifa area
Nick Hobgood
Coral coast sunset, Fiji
Jos Sanders
The Little Chapel
Majeed Panahee joo
Aun gallery Jan 2012 Paria Assal 03
Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin
Carmo Archaeological museum of lisbon
Martin Broomfield
Old Mill, Fiume Serchio, Villetta
Alexandre Brandão - ab360
Iguazu Falls belvedere 1
Nikolay Isaev
phangan hadrin
Nikolay Isaev
samui from phangan
Michał Nyklewicz
Night near a field
Michael Pop
Palma58
Michael Pop
Zdob Si Zdub concert at the Peninsula Rock Festival
Michael Pop
Sulinar slope in Poiana Brasov
Michael Pop
The Suceava Fortress
Michael Pop
Poiana Brasov Resort Romania
Michael Pop
Mausoleum of the popes in fortress Biertan
Michael Pop
Targu Mures Airport (TGM)
Michael Pop
Stairs Passage in Sibiu at night
Michael Pop
Intrare Ziua
Michael Pop
Ursus Bere
Michael Pop
The Turda Gorge, Romania
Michael Pop
The Neamţ Fortress - The weapons room
More About Bucharest

Overview and HistoryBucharest, Romania was first mentioned in written history around 1459 AD. Since then it has gradually grown in influence, becoming the capital of Romania in 1862 and even earning the title "Paris of the East" for its cultural magnetism.The city has a population of about two million people and makes up one of the main industrial centers of eastern europe.The origin of the name Bucharest comes from the legendary outlaw and prince Bucur. Linguistic roots from Albanian and Thracian languages connect that name to words like "beautiful", "glad" and "joyous."Bucharest was home to Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century. The city was burned down by the Ottomans in the early 17th century, rebuilt, and ravaged by the Plague over the next two hundred years. Battles between the Ottoman empire and the Austrian Hapsburgs saw Bucharest occupied by Austria and also Russia in the eighteenth century.In 1861 Wallachia and Moldova were united to form the Principality of Romania with Bucharest as its capital. This new region was occupied by Germany during World War One and saw heavy Allied bombing in World War Two. In the middle of the war, Romania joined the Russian side against Germany, and was bombed again, ths time by the Luftwaffe.Following the wars, Romania was under Communist leadership by Nicolae Ceausescu. His tenure came with the construction of many large Soviet-style buildings which took over the historic districts of the city. He was overthrown in the 1989 revolution.The 1991 Constitution established Romania as a republic with a multi-party system, market economy and individual rights of free speech, religion and private ownership.Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the European Union in 2007.Getting ThereYou'll be flying into Henry Coanda International Bucharest Airport, the biggest airport in Romania. Henry Coanda built the world's first jet powered aircraft, did you know that?The airport is 16km north of the city and connects by bus, taxi and a shuttle bus to the Gara de Nord, Bucharest's main train station.TransportationBucharest has an extensive public transportation system, one of the largest in Europe. There's a Metro along with buses, minibuses, trams, trolleybuses and light rail. They have limited the number of taxi licenses to ten thousand to keep down the traffic problems.The main train station is called the Gare de Nord and it connects to all the cities in Romania as well as Belgrade, Budapest, Vinena, Prague and Moscow. The commuter rail line is currently being extended to unite it with surrounding counties.People and CultureThe currency is the Romanian Leu (RON) which exchanges at about 4.3 RON to the Euro at the time of this writing.The first known art in Romania dates to 10,000 BC as cave paintings in northwest Transylvania. Pottery from the Neolithic Age (4000 BC) has been found widely, all around the country. Around 2000 BC there was a distinct group of Thracian people here, whom the Greeks referred to as "Getae". The Romans called them "Dacians" and Herotodus described them as ""the fairest and most courageous of men," because they believed in the immortality of the soul and were not afraid to die.Things to do, RecommendationsRumor has it that Romania sits on one of the world's strongest magnetic lines, and these are responsible for attracting psychics and... wait for it... VAMPIRES to the area!!!Many "dracula" tours take place in Romania, including such places as Sighisoara, the Snagoc Monastery, Castle Bran and of course, Curtea Domneasca. These sites are all related to the life of Vlad Tepes, the legendary Count Dracula.Apart from that, Bucharest is known for its large neoclassical buildings and fashionable parks (in their day). Visit Cismigiu Park, Calea Victoriei street and the Royal Palace for a taste of the architectural history.Text by Steve Smith.