Rebirth Memorial


This striking memorial, respected and reviled in equal measure, marks the dramatic events of 1989, when many people died in this area for their opposition to the Ceauşescu regime. The white obelisk piercing a basket-like crown stands on an island in Calea Victoriei. Local wags have dubbed it the 'potato of the revolution'.

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1. Creţulescu Church

0.05 MILES

The modest Creţulescu Church stands in repose near the far larger and more dramatic Royal Palace. Look for the original paintings near the door to the…

3. National Art Museum

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Housed in the 19th-century Royal Palace, this massive, multipart museum – all signed in English – houses two permanent galleries: one for National Art and…

4. Theodor Aman Museum


This is the lovingly restored residence and studio of 19th-century Romanian painter Theodor Aman. Aman's skill was in small, finely rendered oil paintings…

5. Romanian Athenaeum

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The exquisite Athenaeum is the majestic heart of Romania’s classical-music tradition. Scenes from Romanian history are featured on the interior fresco…

6. Athénée Palace

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Just to the north of the National Art Museum is the Athénée Palace, so evocatively captured in its postrevolutionary, prostitute-teeming state by Robert…

7. Cişmigiu Garden

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West of Calea Victoriei is the locally beloved Cişmigiu Garden, with shady walks, a lake, cafes and a ridiculous number of benches on which to sit and…

8. Museum of the History of Bucharest

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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…