National Museum of Contemporary Art


The Palace of Parliament houses a superb art gallery, which displays temporary, ever-changing exhibitions of eclectic installations and video art. Check the website in advance to make sure something is on during your visit to spare yourself a long walk. The museum is located on the southwestern side of the building (at the opposite end of the Palace of Parliament to the tour entrance); look for entry E4.

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1. Palace of Parliament

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The Palace of Parliament is the world’s second-largest administrative building (after the Pentagon) and former dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu’s most infamous…

2. Antim Monastery

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This beautiful walled complex was built in 1715 by the metropolitan bishop Antim Ivireanu. Today it's hidden by communist-era housing blocks.

3. St Apostles’ Church

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Tiny St Apostles’ Church, north of B-dul Unirii (west of the Piaţa Unirii), survived Ceauşescu's 1980s demolition project – to a degree. The church, built…

4. Prince Mihai Monastery

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The former symbol of Bucharest, the 16th-century Prince Mihai Monastery was built from 1589 to 1591 under the orders of Mihai Viteazul (r 1593–1601)…

5. Patriarchal Cathedral

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From the centre of Piaţa Unirii, look southwest to the Patriarchal Cathedral, the centre of Romanian Orthodox faith, built between 1656 and 1658. It…

6. Holocaust Memorial

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West of Calea Victoriei is the country's formal memorial to Romanian Jews and Roma who died in the Holocaust. The monument, the shape vaguely recalling a…

7. CEC Bank Palace

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Across the street from the National History Museum, the headquarters of the Romanian Savings Bank, CEC, is a gleaming and thoroughly renovated…

8. National History Museum


Hardly a 'national' museum of history, given the rather small collection of maps, statues and jewels on display. The museum is strong, however, on the…