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Bucharest

Victoria Street (Victory Street)

Victoria Street was named in the past Podul Mogosoaia Street (Mogosoaia Bridge). It was built at Constantin Brancoveanu’s orders in order to facilitate the access between the Princely Palace situated on Dambovita River embankment and his Mogosoaia estate. The street was floored with wooden beams which may explain the former name - Podul Mogosoaia (Mogosoaia Bridge). The present named is dating from 1878 when the victorious Romanian army returned from the Independence War and made its entrance in Bucharest on this street.

The Romanian Athenaeum

It is situated in the Revolution Square. It was built in 1886- 1888 by the French architect Albert Galleron. The neoclassical façade, the baroque dome together with the ionic columns form the complete image of a temple. Today the Romanian Athenaeum houses George Enescu Philharmonic. The concert hall has 1000 seats and it is decorated with a fresco depicting 25 episodes of Romanian history.

The Cantacuzino Palace

The Cantacuzino Palace was built in the French baroque style. The façade impresses by the monumental entry guarded by two lions. During the World War II, the palace was the residence of the Presidency of the Ministry Council. Today it hosts George Enescu Museum (Music Museum).

The National History Museum of Romania

The national History Museum is situated nearby the CEC Palace, on Calea Victoriei. Over 600,000 exhibits beginning with prehistoric times and ending with the modern period, including the Romanian Thesaurus –which contains silver and gold jewels

The Royal Palace

It is situated on Calea Victoriei, in Revolution Square. It was built in 1812-1815 by Dinicu Golescu. In 1859 it functioned as the residence of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza. In 1882-1885 it was rebuilt under the supervision of the architect Paul Gottereau and it was used during the official ceremonies. The old boyar’s house became the residence of King Carol I. Presently it houses the National Art Museum. The museum displays works of some famous artists like El Greco, Rubens, Renoir, Delacroix, Tintoretto, Monet, Brancusi, Grigorescu.

The Capsa House

Capsa House is situated on Victoriei Street, in front of National Military Centre. It is an old building (1852) which belonged to boyar Slatineanu. In 1874 it became the property of the famous confectioner Grigore Capsa. He was the one who turned it into a confectionary, coffee house, restaurant and hotel, along the time being an important meeting place for all kinds of personalities.

The Continental Hotel

The Continental Hotel is situated on Victoriei Street. It was built in 1828 in German Renaissance style under the supervision of the architect Ritter Forter. In 1995 it was renovated

The “Dissescu” House

House Dissescu is situated on Victoria Street. It is a beautiful construction, in Romanian style, built in 1910-1912 by the architect Grigore Cerchez . Presently it houses the Institute of Art History.

The Lens-Vernescu House

Lens-Vernescu House is situated on Victoriei Street. It is a construction built in 1820 in eclectic style by the great chancellor Filip Lens. In 1886 it became the property of the politician Gheorghe Vernescu. Today the building houses the “Palace”Casino.

The Monteoru House

Casa Monteoru is situated on Victoriei Street. It was built in the second half of the 19th century under the supervision of the architect Nicolae Cutariada. This house belonged to Monteoru family but presently it is the residence of the Writers’ Union.

The Manu House

The Manu House is situated on Victoriei Street. It was built in French neo-classical style. At the beginning it belonged to the Chancellor Alecu Florescu and after that it became the property of the General Gheorghe Manu. Presently here functions a kindergarten.

The Gradisteanu House

The Gradisteanu House is situated on Victoriei Street. It was built in 1897 for Serban Ghica, a descendant of Grigore Ghica. After that the house belonged to Petre Gradisteanu, an important politician. Presently the building houses the Ion Ghica Institution.

The National Military Centre

The National Military Centre is situated on Victoriei Street , in the place where in the past used to function an old church –Sarindar Church, founded by the ruler Matei Basarab. The building was realized in 1912 in French neo-classicism style under the supervision of the architects: Dimitrie Maimarolu, Victor Stefanescu and Ernest Doneaud. In front of the building there is a large terrace which is used as an outdoor restaurant in the summer.

The Romanian Academy

The Romanian Academy is situated on Victoriei Street. It is a building realized in neo-classical style, placed in the middle of a garden. It dates from the second half of the 19th century. The building which houses the Academy’s Library can be found in the yard.

The Romanian Savings Bank (C.E.C)

It is situated on Victoriei Street. The building was realized in 1896-1900 in French eclectic style under the supervision of Paul Gottereau and Ion Socolescu. On this location it used to function Saint John the Great’s Church situated next to the homonym inn which was dating from Mihai Viteazu (the Brave) era.

The Post Palace (National Romanian History Museum)

The Post Palace is situated on Victoriei Street. It was built in 1894-1900 in French eclectic style in the place which used to be an inn dating from Constantin Voda’s rule. Until 1970 it functioned as the Central Post-Office. Presently, the building houses the National Romanian History Museum.

The Romanit Palace

Romanit Palace is situated on Victoriei Street. It was built at the beginning of the 19th century by the boyar C.Faca. After his death the construction was finished by the treasurer Romanit who also sumptuously decorated the interior. In 1834 the ruler Alexander Ghica rented this house in order to install his chancellery. Since 1978 the building has been hosting the Art Collection Museum.

The Senate House

The Senate House is situated on Victoriei Street, in Revolution Square. It is a “U”-shaped building realized in neo-classical style. It first housed the Ministers’ Council and after that it functioned as the center of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. From the top of this building has taken off the helicopter which helped Ceausescu run away on the 22nd of December 1989 (during the Romanian Revolution). Presently the building houses the Romanian Senate.

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