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1. National Museum of Art

The National Museum of Art of Romania is located in the former royal palace in Revolution Square, central Bucharest, Romania, completed in 1937. It features notable collections of medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as the international collection assembled by the Romanian royal family. The museum was damaged during the 1989 Romanian Revolution that led to the downfall of Nicolae Ceau?escu. In 2000, part of the museum reopened to the public, housing the modern Romanian collection and the international collection; the comprehensive Medieval art collection, which now features works salvaged from monasteries destroyed during the Ceau?escu era, reopened in spring 2002. There are also two halls that house temporary exhibits.



2. Dracula

In contrast to what most people abroad know, Vlad Tepes "Dracula" lived in the 15th century as the King of Walachia and not of Transylvania. Visit the tunnels of the Dracula´s real castle Curtea Veche as well as the misty surroundings of his burial place: Snagov Monastery - about 40 Km from Bucharest.





3. Poiana Brasov

Poiana Bra?ov is the most popular Romanian ski resort and an important tourist center preferred by many tourists not only from Romania, but also from Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and other European states. It is located at about 1,312 yards (1,200 m) above sea level near the city of Bra?ov in Romania and it is easily accessible by road. There are regular buses operated by Bra?ov Transit (RAT Bra?ov) which ply the 12 km route between Bra?ov and Poiana Bra?ov. The resort also runs minibuses to take visitors from hotels to the base of the ski runs from where they can hike or take a cable car to Cristianu Mare or Post?varu summits. Poiana Bra?ov is surrounded by four mountains: the already mentioned Post?varu (1,799 m), Piatra Craiului (2,238 m), Bucegi (2,505 m) and Piatra Mare (1,848 m).




4. George Enescu Museum

George Enescu Museum was built in the early 20th century, in the French baroque style by the architect Dimitrie Berindei, for Prince Cantacuzino. The last owner of this house which is now a museum was George Enescu´s wife who was a member of the Cantacuzino family.






5. Cotroceni Palace

Cotroceni Palace is a palace in Bucharest which is the residence of the President of Romania, located at Bulevardul Geniului, nr. 1. On Cotroceni Hill, in 1679, ?erban Cantacuzino built a monastery. This was the place where a palace was built by French architect Paul Gottereau for King Carol I of the Romanians in 1888. In 1977, Nicolae Ceau?escu made the palace a guest house, and the old church of Cantacuzino was demolished in 1985. Since 1991, Cotroceni Palace has been the residence of the Romanian President. The National Cotroceni Museum is open to the public. During the time when Ion Iliescu was president, the press reported that an owl had settled in the park which surrounds Cotroceni Palace. In Romanian folklore, an owl is said to be a funerary bird that announces the imminent death of somebody, as the hooting of the owl is likened to a mourning call. For this reason, it is alleged that a hunter was hired to shoot the owl.




6. An evening at the Athenaeum

The Romanian Athenaeum, built in 1888, is the host of the symphonic concerts performed by the famous George Enescu´s Philharmonic Orchestra - the acoustic is perfect and the beauty of the concert hall has no equal.





7. Visit the largest building in Europe - Parliament Palace

If the Keops Pyramid in Egypt can be see from the Moon, so can the Parliament - the Palace is 1% larger than the pyramid ... All materials used are made in Romanian silk including the curtains and 300 trains of marble from the Carpathians Mountains.





8. Folklore

Many people consider it the source of all arts: please visit The Peasant Museum and The Village Museum, you will enjoy Romanian traditional handicrafts and find a good place to buy souvenirs too.





9. Mogosoaia Palace

Mogoasoaia Palace was built between 1698 - 1702. The Palace is an architectural monument having the façade dominated by traditional staircase balconies, arcades and columns with capitals combined with some Byzantine decorative features and adornments.





10. Stavropoleus Church

Stavropoleus Church is a 1724 jewel of elaborate Brancoveanu architecture, set with icon-like portraits of saints above oriental columns and arches.





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