One of Bucharest's main streets
A side street wih interesting architecture
The Romanian Patriarchal Seat
Elaborate icons in the Patriarchal Cathedral
The Romanian Patriarchal Palace
Baratia Catholic Church
The Old Court Church
The People's Palace now their Parliament
A wing of the palace
|The people's Palace was once Communist Party Headquarters. It is the second largest building in the world, the Pentagon being the largest.|
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
Another Orthodox Church
|Alexandru Ioan Cuza:|
He was elected prince of Moldavia (Moldova) on January 5, 1859 and of Wallachia (Tara Rom⮥asca) on January 24, 1859. Thus Colonel A. I. Cuza achieved a de facto union of the two Romanian principalites. The Union was formally declared three years later, on January 24/February 5 1862, the new country bearing the name of Romania, with Bucharest as its capital city.
He initiated a series of reforms that contributed to the modernization of Romanian society and of state structures, including: Secularizing monastic assets, liberating peasants from the last feudal duties, The Criminal Code and the Civil Code, The Education law, establishing tuition-free but compulsory public education, and the founding of the Universities in Iasi (1860) and Bucharest (1864), Development of a modern, Europeanized army for Romania, under a working relationship with France.
Cuza was forced to abdicate by the so-called Monstrous coalition of Conservatives and radical Liberals. At four o'clock on the morning of February 22, 1866, a band of military conspirators broke into the palace, and compelled the prince to sign his abdication. On the following day they conducted him safely across the frontier.
His successor Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen was proclaimed king as Carol I of Romania on March 26, 1866. Ironically, a foreign prince with ties to an important princely house, legitimizing Romanian independence, had been one of the Liberal aims in the revolution of 1848. Prince Alexandru spent the remainder of his life as an exile, chiefly in Paris, Vienna and Wiesbaden. He died in Heidelberg May 15, 1873.
Romanian University of Economics
Academia de Studii Economice
The Patriarchial Palace
This restaurant is 150 years old (Manuc's Inn)
Inside the dome of the Patriarchal Cathedral
A wooden column in Manuc's Inn
The court yard of Manuc's Inn
And an old wagon there
|These are a couple interesting construction methods I saw in Bucharest. On the left is a wooden walkway, which utilized the wood end up. This walkway was over 100 years old. I wonder, how many planked walkways have lasted that long?|
On the right is the side of a building. The wooden siding has been dadoed to appear as a wooden brick pattern.
Gara de Nord Train Station
From my window
Every day is NASCAR Sunday
"Hey! Would you get outta the crosswalk?"
It was like this 24/7
The United States Embassy
|The dark spots (not the pidgeons) on this building are bullet holes from the revolution of 1989.|
The National Military Center
Just a building I found interesting
The Romanian Savings Bank (1896-1900)
The Adriatica Building
He was a ruthless leader, but he wasn't a vampire.
That part came from the imagination of Bram
Stoker. The dates above are the years that Vlad
was prince of Romania. Vlad is best known by the
Romanian people for his success in standing up to
the encroaching Ottoman Turks and establishing
relative independence and sovereignty. Although
Vlad did experience some success in fending off the
Turk attacks and occupation his accomplishments
were relatively short-lived. The bust is in a very old
section of the city center.
|Some parks in Bucharest: The first (upper left) park I saw was near the train station. It was pretty sparce and run down. So my first impression was of Bucharest was, "this is a very poor and dirty city". I'm happy to report that it wasn't true. As you can see most of their parks are clean and beautiful. As is most of the rest of the city.|
A wolf in Bucharest heheheheh
A functional well
Romania's Triumph Arch
Bucharest at night
A Celtic cross in a square
Romulus and Remus
Romanian Museum of Literature
City Center at night
The Victoria Palace government building
Sunrise over Bucharest
"Which train should I chase today?"
My train? I wish.
I was headed for Constanta on a much slower train.
I wish, I had ridden one of these high speed babies though.
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