Nowadays, Bucharest is the first of the cities of Romania, both in size and importance (political, economical, financial, commercial, cultural-scientific, touristic, etc.).
During this tour, see the Arch of Triumph, a monument inaugurated on 1st December 1936, which glorifies the bravery of the Romanian soldiers who fought in the First World War. Visit the Village Museum, one of the world’s most interesting ethnographical parks in open air. Here you can see 50 complete homesteads, churches, windmills and even sunken houses from rural Romania.
Next, it’s the Palace of Parliament, also called the House of People or the House of Ceausescu, built between 1984-1989. It represents the grandest administrative construction in Europe. It has hundreds of offices, halls for receptions or for other events (scientific, cultural, social-political), and dozens of conference rooms. It covers 265.000 square meters of interior surface, and is the second-largest in the world after the Pentagon in Washington. It is also the third in the world considering its volume, after Cape Canaveral, USA (where the cosmic shuttles are assembled) and after the Quetzalcoatl pyramid in Mexico.
We continue the tour with Patriarchal Church, the majestic centre of the Romanian Orthodox faith. During the 15th century, a small wooden church surrounded by vineyards stood on the hill. The Cathedral consecrated the Metropolitan Centre of Walachia in 1868 and was built between 1656 and 1658 by Wallachian Prince Serban Basarab. None of the original interior paintings or icons remains but a single icon (1665) depicting Constantin and Helen, the Cathedral’s patron Saints. The present day frescoes were painted by Dimitrie Belizarie in 1923.
Activity level: moderate – medium physical demands required (please consider that visiting the Palace of Parliament involves climbing quite a number of stairs; the tour is half walking – half driving). We look forward to guiding you!
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CLICK2TRAVEL is a Romanian tour operator and travel agency. We offer spectacular, private, tailor-made tours, city trips, and cultural tours covering Bucharest and the best of Romania. These include tours of the medieval towns of Transylvania, Dracula related sites, Maramures and the painted monasteries of Bucovina and the Danube Delta. We also run tours into Central & South East Europe covering the whole Balkans. We provide quality travel services for tourists interested in this part of Europe at very competitive prices.