Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Epoque buildings and reputation for the high life, Romania’s capital was once known as the “Little Paris.” Bucharest came into its own with Romanian independence in the late 19th century, when French and French-trained architects were called in to transform what had been a large village into an imperial capital. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on the elegant Soseaua Kiseleff, a boulevard longer than Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees.
Today Bucharest is experiencing renewed energy after its communist years. The city’s older architecture remains one of its main attractions, reflecting the succeeding styles of its various rulers. The heart of the city is Piata Revolutiei, the site of the old Royal Palace.
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013