If you feel that you can't have enough of the communist architecture, here is another gem that you can admire. I hope that you can sense the sarcasm in my tone; if not, I want it to make it clear. This one was built in the 1960. You can find it behind the National Art Museum (former Royal Palace). The building was used to host the five-yearly communist party congress.Today it's used as a big venue for concerts and exhibitions.
Favorite thing: If you wondered where is the Romanian Goverment, well, it is in the big square named "Piata Victoriei", one of the main metro hubs and a busy intersection. Just accross is the more interesting Museum of Natural Science "Grigore Antipa" and behind that my favourite type of building - the skyscraper building of Romanian Bank for Development, the highest office building in Bucharest.
Bucharedt Financial Plaza is one of the first modern A class office buildings built in the city (at the middle of the 90's) and still keeps a high reputation and very high standards.
The shiny high (about 70m.) building is situated at Calea Victoriei, at the cities historical center so it dominates the view of the all area.
This is a pretty strange office building that stands behind the Central University library at the University square.
I heard that the old building under it was used by the Romanian secret police at the communist days... scary stuff really....
Favorite thing: This small skycraper (about 100m. i belive) is one of the most imprssive and highest office buildings in Bucharest. It also houses the headquarters of the BRD bank. The building is located at piata Victoriei, the area that in the near future expected to become Buchrests main business area.
The world hotels chain Howard Johnson Plaza took over the high Dorobanti hotel in Bucharest a few years ago. Today, after years of renovation the hotel has a great new look, very modern and last year its opened to the public.
The high building is also an unmissible part of Bucharests skyline.
Fondest memory: The branch of the hotel in Bucharest is the first that was opened in Europe by Howard Johnson Plaza.
Favorite thing: Bucharest University is dominating one of the corners of University Square. The old building, in neoclassic style is facing Regina Elisabeta boulevard. It was started in 1857 and finished in 1859. The buildings on the sides were built in 1912-1916. The University as an institution was created in 1864 by Alexandru Ioan Cuza, ruler of the newly united principalities, Wallachia and Moldova. All around the building you can find stalls selling secondhand books.
As you may have noticed, I like tall buildings, that what the guys at skycrapers call highrise buildings.
The newest addition to Bucharest's skyline - if I may say so - is this building, which is pretty tall (I still don't know exactly it' height) and masive. This will serve as a headquarter for many companies, and it will probably boost the traffic and the number of people at rush hours. Hopefully it will provide a large underground parking space.
The location of the building is well chosen, as it's in the Charles de Gaulle Plaza, just across to the entrance to the Herastrau Park.
Favorite thing: Bucharest Financial Plaza building is the first truly modern building in Bucharest. Situated in the cowntown area, on Calea Victoriei Ave., it's shiny glass covered walls reflects the historical buildings arround. It is kind of strange, but hopefully somebody made this to look good and not to spoil the charm of the old buildings. I repeat, hopefully :)
Newest highrise building in town and probably the highest up to now in Romania. Not a really skyscraper, but pretty high.
This is the headquarter of Romanian Bank for Development, one of the biggest banks in Romania.
Favorite thing: This is an office building, so if you really want to take a walk inside and aim for the rooftop to see Bucharest from above you really should be very insistent to get past the guards :) If you don't, you'll just have to stay down and admire the building from outside.
Favorite thing: This is another one of my favourite shiny buildings in Bucharest. It was completed at the beginning of the 21 century and considered as one of the top A class office buildings in the city. The headquarters of the giant mobile company Orange is situated in the buildng.
I was gonna shrug off taking a picture of this uninteresting building till Ion, my taxi driver and guide, said: "You want this picture" and explained that the building used to be the headquarter of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party.
It was here in front of this building that the people of Bucharest made the Ceaucescu regime to crumble in Dec 1989. Fire was shot at people (one can still see bullet holes in the building opposite) but it didn't stop them - they came back to claim their freedom. I was moved to see the scene of the events that I only saw in TV news back in 1989.
It was on this balcony above the entrance that Ceaucescu gave his last speech before fleeing to Targoviste where he and his wife were executed by the firing squad.
Today the building is the seat of the Romanian Senate.
This is the Victoria Palace (Palatul Victoriei) which now houses the Romanian government but was build in 1937 as the seat of the Foreign Ministry.
I have the impression that any building big enough can be called a "palace" in Bucharest. Can anyone explain why? Personally, I don't see anything particularly exceptional in this building... other than its address in Victory Sq.
Grand name but why the "palace"...? :-o
These apartment buildings are right in front of the Parliament House across the street, and they also have the narrow arch details. Together they form quite an impressive "little neighbourhood" ;-)
Nothing special, really, but I took this pic for another example of the Romanian arches 'borrowed' by Soviet-style architecture.
Ceasucescu had them built for party members and ministers so that they would always be at hand whenever he needed them.