Two hundred years ago, Bucharest was one of the poorest cities in Europe.
The city looked more like a village. Then Romania decided to become a monarchy. In just 70 years of monarchy Bucharest changed completely.
Beautiful buildings, historical landmarks and large boulevards were constructed. The transformation was dramatic.
That is why Bucharest was nicknamed by visitors “Little Paris” or “the Paris of the East“.
World War II started in Europe and Bucharest was one of the cities which were bombed. A lot of buildings were destroyed and there were many victims.
After the war, the monarchy was abolished by the Communist regime. There were over 40 years of communism in Romania and Bucharest. The city transformed again, but in a negative way.
More than 30% of the city was demolished. “Little Paris” from the past became a city full of socialist style blocks of flats.
Everything culminated with the violent Romanian Revolution in December 1989 when Communism collapsed in Romania.
Come and discover all of these fascinating stories with BTrip Bucharest on the Monarchy vs Communism Free Tour!
The Romanian Athenaeum building
Address: St. Benjamin Franklin 1-3
We are waiting for you in front of the building’s columns
|Every day – Monday to Sunday||6:00 PM (18:00)|
|Duration||2 – 2.5 hours|
The Romanian Athenaeum – first stop
King Carol I Statue
Calea Victoriei Avenue
Palace of the Parliament –last stop