National Art Museum
Central University Library
The 1895 Central University Library houses the European Union Information Centre, HVB bank and the university library.
This striking memorial, respected and reviled in equal measure, marks the dramatic events of 1989, when many people died in this area...
Creţulescu Church stands just south of Piaţa Revoluţiei; the 1722 red-brick structure was damaged in the 1989 Revolution. To the side...
IO Coffee Bar
On a chic spot looking from a blown-out ruin of the 1989 clash at nearby Piaţa Revoluţii, this two-floor cafe has back-lit wall-length...
National Art Museum information
Lonely Planet review
Housed in the 19th-century Royal Palace, this massive, multipart museum – all signed in English – has three collections, including one on ancient and medieval Romanian art, modern Romanian painting and European art. The ancient collection is strong on icons and religious art, while the Romanian painting section has an excellent survey of 19th-century masters.
Save time for the Gallery of European Art, a 12,000-piece collection laid out by nationality. The Royal Palace itself is a treat. Built from 1812 to 1815 by Prince Dinicu Golescu, the palace became the official royal residence in 1834 during the reign of Prince Alexandru Ghica (r 1834–42). The current facade dates from the 1930s. Until 1989 it was the seat of the State Council and was called the Palace of the Republic.