Today, the massive auditorium plays host to various conferences and events, including some of the George Enescu International Festival concerts. Banquets and official events are still hosted in the ballrooms, while the upstairs area is reserved for the army's library, as well as offices and classrooms for officer instruction.
The main part of the building is off-limits to civilians, but the sumptuous restaurant and summer terrace is open to the public. Address: Calea Victoriei 11 - 13 Boasting one of the most impressive neoclassical facades in the city, this structure was built in the 19th century to the design of French architect Paul Gottereanu (who between 18 designed more than 50 buildings in the city, to house the first Romanian Savings Bank.
The mix of nationalities and cultures is reflected in the mishmash of architectural styles, from baroque to neoclassical to art nouveau.
Today, the area is home to art galleries, antique shops, coffeehouses, restaurants and night-clubs.
It was inside the halls of this palace that King Mihai, aged 18, led a coup that displaced the pro-Nazi government during the World War II and put Romania on the Allies' side. Benjamin Franklin 1 Tel: 021 3 or 3 The work of French architect Albert Galleron, who also designed the National Bank of Romania, the Athenaeum was completed in 1888, financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. Edgar Quinet 9, Bucharest Tel: 021 3 Location 2: Str. Bucharest Tourist Information Office Address: Piata Universitatii underpass () Telephone: 021 3 extension 1003 [email protected] It was here, at the balcony of the former Communist Party Headquarters, that Ceausescu stared in disbelief as the people gathered in the square below turned on him. Christian Tell 6 (between Calea Victoriei and Blvd.He fled the angry crowd in his white helicopter, only to be captured outside of the city a few hours later. Magheru, near Piata Romana) Tel: 021 2 This is the city's most centrally located outdoor market.As Prime Minister, it was his wish to have the most elegant residence in Bucharest.Using the designs of architect Ion Berindei, the Cantacuzino Palace was built between 18 in eclectic French style.The square's importance stretches back long before the dramatic events of the 1989 Revolution. The outdoor market is surrounded by butcheries, cheese, flower and medicinal plant shops. Radu Beller 3 - 5 Tel: 021 2 Upscale neighborhood market with a selection of fresh produce and flowers Piata 1 Mai Address: Blvd.On the far side of the square stands the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Art Museum, the stunning Romanian Athenaeum and the historic Athenee Palace Hotel. (some books in English) Visitors interested in Romanian music can find recordings of pop artists and bands, such as Loredana Groza and Morandi, pan flute artist Gheorghe Zamfir and popular folk singers such as Maria Tanase. Ion Mihalache 123Tel: 021 3 Resembling an Oriental bazaar, this is the place to find everything from fresh cheese and eggs, fruits and vegetables, to flowers and household items. Telephoning Bucharest from Abroad International Access Code 40 (country code) 21 or 31 (area code) telephone number (seven digit number) Pharmacies in Bucharest are well stocked and pharmacists are authorized to recommend medication for most (minor) ailments.The interior frescoes were executed around 1860 by the famous Romanian painter Gheorghe Tattarescu. Located next to the Royal Palace, the concave-roof structure was built in 1960 to accommodate the 3,000 Communist party members who every five years attended the communist party congress. It was on this stage that Nicolae Ceausescu would deliver his vision of a multilaterally developed socialist society. Regina Elisabeta 21 Tel: 021 3 Standing guard imposingly, this neoclassical masterpiece, designed by Romanian architect Dimitrie Maimaroiu, was built in 1912 to serve the social, cultural and educational needs of the Romanian army. An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city.The sculptures decorating the structure were created by leading Romanian artists, including Ion Jalea, Constantin Medrea and Constantin Baraschi. Calea Victoriei is Bucharest's oldest and arguably, most charming street.