parliament palace

Bucharest part two

Posted on 2019-09-15    Category Places to visit

The Royal Church, is the oldest church in Bucharest having been built by Mircea Ciobanul, on the same place as a former church built by the Voivode Mircea the Elder, founder of the Princely Court in Bucharest. In 1715, Prince Stefan Cantacuzino added an impressive stone porch at the church entrance.

On March 23-rd 1847, the church of the capital was burnt down by a devastating fire which also destroyed part of the royal Church. The painting was restored by the famous painter Constantin Lecca. Today, the church it is a functioning church situated near the Manuc’s Inn one of the most important hotels, restaurants, and buildings of Bucharest.

Arriving at the River Dambovita which crosses Bucharest and going against the stream you’ll see in about 10 – 15 minutes on the left side, the imposing silhouette of The Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world in dimensions after the U.S. Pentagon. The building began in 1984, on a site where old districts of the city were demolished. Its dimensions are: 270 m. long , 240 m. wide and 84 m. (275 ft) tall. It is entirely of Romanian manufacture: decorated with marble from Ruschita, Moneasa, Capriori and Alun, ornaments with gold leaf, panelling of oak, beech, cherry, walnut; curtains and carpets, crystals chandeliers from Medias.

Now it is an official building of the state  as the Romanian Parliament.

National George Enescu Museum is situated at the entrance to the Victoria Boulevard from the Victoria Square. The sumptuous entrance covered by the big canopy in the Art Nouveau style, announces that here the luxury and the refinement from the era met here to build one of the most bright and imposing palaces in Bucharest.

The palace it was built between 1901 -1903 for Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino (former mayor of the capital, prime minister, leader of the Conservative Party) and after his death in 1913 the palace was owned by his son and his widow Maria, who after the death of her husband, Mihai Cantacuzino, remarried in 1937 to George Enescu the most important Romanian composer and the violin teacher of the jewish conductor Yehudi Menuhin.

During the 1940-s the palace was the headquarters of the Council of Ministers and since 1947 the Institute of Romanian - Soviet Studies.

From 1956 here functioned the National Museum George Enescu and since 2007 the building appears on the European Heritage List.

 Snagov - The Grave Of Dracula

As you came from Brasov to Bucharest entering in the village Ciolpani you’ll cross a bridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn left on a small road. You’ll go like this like 2 km until a plate which said to: COMITETUL OLIMPIC ROMAN - BAZA DE LA SNAGOV. From there following this direction you’ll arrive on the pedestrian bridge which crosses  the Snagov lake to the island where is settled the church where are supposed to be buried the bones of Vlad Tepes - Dracula.

The church was built on a place where a first monastery stood since the XI-th century. The first time it is mentioned in the documents, this monastery appears in 1386 during the time of the voivods Dan I and Mircea the Elder. In 1453 Vladislav II-nd,  built here a small chapel destroyed around 1600. In 1456 Vlad Tepes - Dracula built a defensive wall, a bridge, a prison for traitors and thieves and a tunnel under the water which apparently still exists.

dracula grave
parliament interior
parliament interior
parliament interior