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Bucharest

The biggest tourist attraction in Romania is in the country's capital, Bucharest. Bucharest is not only the political capital of Romania, it is one of the largest historical and archeological sites in the country. There are many architectural features in Bucharest, which have been inspired by French architecture. There are some awe-inspiring monuments, a rich and active nightlife and numerous restaurants serving exquisite cuisines in Bucharest. There are also many museums, churches, cathedrals and palaces in Bucharest, which are major tourist attractions in Romania. Victory Avenue is Bucharest's oldest and arguably, most charming street. Built in 1692 to link the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace, it was initially paved with oak beams. The street became Victory Avenue in 1878, after the Romanian War of Independence victory. Between the two world wars, Victory Avenue developed into one of the most fashionable streets in the city. The Arch of Triumph was initially built of wood in 1922 to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I. The Arch stands 85 feet high. An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city. The Royal Palace was erected between 1927 and 1937 in neoclassical style, the palace was home to King Carol II and to his son, King Mihai I, until 1947, when the monarchy was abolished in Romania. Today, the palace houses the Romanian National Art Museum. The Romanian Athenaeum, work of the French architect Albert Galleron the Athenaeum was completed in 1888, financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple. The lobby has a beautifully painted ceiling decorated in gold leaf, while curved balconies cascade in ringlets off a spiral staircase. Inside the concert hall, voluptuous frescoes cover the ceiling and walls. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, it is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian George Enescu Philharmonic. The Şutu Palace, famous for the grandiose balls held here in the 1900s, was built in neogothic style between 1832 and 1834 by foreign minister Costache Şutu. In 1862, the palace was redecorated by sculptor Karl Storck, who created three arcades and a monumental stairway; a huge Murano mirror was added in the hallway. Only the painted ceilings, the stucco, the parquet flooring and the tile stoves have been preserved. Since 1959, the building has housed the Bucharest History & Art Museum. St. Nicolas Church was built in 1909 by the Russian Tsar Nicholas II for 600,000 gold rubles. This Orthodox Church has a wooden, gold-gilded iconostasis allegedly modeled after the altar in the Archangelskiy Cathedral in Moscow. The Metropolitan Church has been the centerpiece of the Romanian Orthodox faith since the 17th century. The church was built by Constantin Serban Basarab, ruler of the province of Walachia between 1656 and 1658, to a design inspired by the Curtea de Arges monastery. It became the Metropolitan Church in 1668 and the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Church in 1925. The Cotroceni Palace & Museum, a former royal residence built between 1679 and 1681 by Prince and ruler Serban Cantacuzino, the palace was home to King Carol I, who made important changes in its architecture. The Oriental Hall, the Norwegian Hall and the

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