Bucharest, the small Paris of the East

"Bucharest is a creation of our own nation, it expresses our originality, it is what were able to do(...)   By its own vitality, Bucharest has managed to impose itself as a unique Capital, that had received all the attentive care of some great personalities we have not fully understood, to show then the gratitude they deserved"   Nicolae Iorga  "The History of Bucharest", 1939

A walk in time, on the streets and boulevards of this beautiful town, by the end of the nineteenth century - under the vaults of the boarding trees, so pleasantly shady during the summer heat - will lead us through a town that is no more and which fully deserved its name. We shall observe the French influence on some city squares with radical streets or we shall reach streets flooded with vegetation. We shall admire monuments, and we shall try to make revive the atmosphere of the last century; we shall notice its changes and evolution (...)

Banca Nationala (1888), arhitect
Romanian Nationale Bank  (1880-85), architects Albert Galleron and Cassien Bernard


Palatul Postelor  (1894) , arhitect Savulescu
Poste Palace  (1894), architect Savulescu


Calea Victoriei, cladirea CEC, societatea Agricola, hotel de France, Biserica Zlatari, Posta Centrala
The Victoriei Way, the building of the House of Economy, The "Agricola" Society, Hôtel de France,
The "Zlătari" Church, The Central Post Office Building


Bd Elisabeta, creat in 1890-94
Queen Elisabeta Avenue,   built   in  1890-94


Banca Agricola (1894)
The Agriculture minister  (1894), architect Louis Blanc


Palatul de Justitie (1895)
The Justice Palace  (1890-1895), with its famous "lost steps" room, architect  Ion Mincu


atheneul Roman (1900), arhitectul Paul Galleron
The Romanian atheneum  built between 1885-1888,
architectul  Albert Galleron


strada Vienei (fosta Vamii), in imediata apropiere a fost casa Ministrului Paucescu
The Vienne street and the Paucescu House

The Royal Palace during King Charles I

Palatul Regal; aripa construita in timpul regelui Carol I
The Throne Hall, The Guards, architect Paul Gottereau


Palatul Regal in timpul regelui Carol I (casa Golescu, sala tronului, corpul de garda)
The Golescu House


Terasa si salonul Otetelesanu
The terasse and the saloon Otetelesanu, linked to romanian literature.  It was situated near National Theatre. Both demolished in 1930. Now there is Telephone  Palace


Teatru National (1859), arhitect Heft

National Theatre, 1859, architectul  Heft.
Now it doesn't exist

In 1882 – the first electrical   illumination system, the first time at the  Royal Palace, then  at the National Theatre and in public garden  Cismigiu.

strada Monetariei,  Scoala de Belle Arte, demolata in 1912...
At Sosea, near   Victoriei place, there was the Belle Arte School, demolished in 1912
Now there is the Peasant Museum


Cismigiu, restaurantul Monte Carlo


The Cismigiu Gardens, the Monte Carlo Restaurant

In 1896 the first electrical tramway are built from  Obor to the Cotroceni avenue. The first cinema is opened.

strada Coltei, casa Alimanisteanu

The Coltei Street, the Alimăristeanu House



Pta Sf.Gheorghe, Lupoaica oferita de Primaria Romei in 19..

Sf. Gheorghe Place, The symbol of Rome, The Woolf gift by Rome Townhall  in 1905

Istoria orasului (Revenire)

Istoria orasului (Revenire) Expozitia permanenta (Revenire)

Old History

Middle Age French Romantism