Choral Temple


The Choral Temple, built in 1857, is the city's main working synagogue and is visually stunning inside. You'll need your passport to enter. A memorial to the victims of the Holocaust (including some 400,000 Romanian Jews), erected in 1991, fronts the temple.

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1. Great Synagogue

0.12 MILES

This important synagogue dates from the mid-19th century and was established by migrating Polish Jews; entry is free, but a donation (10 lei) is expected…

2. Jewish History Museum

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The Jewish History Museum is housed in a colourful synagogue that dates from 1836 (rebuilt in 1910). Exhibits (in English and Romanian) outline Jewish…

3. New St George's Church

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The New St George’s Church dates from 1699 and is significant primarily as the burial place of Wallachian prince Constantin Brâncoveanu (r 1688–1714)…

4. Old Princely Court Church

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The Old Princely Court Church, built 1546–59 during the reign of Mircea Ciobanul (Mircea the Shepherd), is considered to be Bucharest’s oldest church. The…

5. Old Princely Court

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The Old Princely Court dates to the 15th century, when Bucharest emerged as the capital of the Wallachian principality. The ruins are being slowly…

6. Princess Bălaşa Church

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An impressive church that survived the demolitions of the 1980s is the candy-striped Princess Bălaşa Church, northwest of Piaţa Unirii. It's named after…

7. Museum of the History of Bucharest

0.37 MILES

Housed in a neo-Gothic palace built in the 1830s to host fancy balls, this small museum, facing Piaţa Universităţii, is a lovely spot with an interesting…

8. Romanian National Bank

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For a country not traditionally known for its strong currency, the impressive 19th-century neoclassical National Bank building is a veritable fortress. It…