11th International Colloquium on Theoretical Aspects of Computing
17-19 September 2014, Bucharest, Romania

Tourist Information

About Bucharest

The city of Bucharest is the capital of Romania and its most important cultural, business and financial center. A young and dynamic city, Bucharest has an eclectic architecture, which provides a view into its history. A mixture of medieval, neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings, the city center also boasts recently built contemporary structures such as skyscrapers and office buildings. The city's majestic architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of "Little Paris" at the beginning of the 20th century.
Bucharest is the home of many cultural events and festivals. One of the most important events held in Bucharest in September is the "George Enescu" International Festival and Competition, run by the Romanian Ministry of Culture. The festival features three weeks of performances by high profile international orchestras and artists, as well as numerous Romanian artists and ensembles. The next "George Enescu" International Festival and Competition edition will take place in September 2014.
You can find more information about The "George Enescu" International Festival at http://www.festivalenescu.ro.

Bucharest's main attractions

Palace of the Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului)

The Palace of the Parliament (formerly known as the People's Palace) is the second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon, and the third largest in volume (after Cape Canaveral in the U.S. and the Great Pyramid in Egypt). The building was designed and nearly completed by the communist regime and was intended to be a center of political and administrative power. Today, the Palace houses Romania's Parliament and serves as an international conference center. Built and furnished exclusively with Romanian materials, the building reflects the work of the country's best artisans.

The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf)

The Arch of Triumph is one of the most important historic monuments in Bucharest. Initially built of wood in 1922 to commemorate the National Union, the monument was later replaced by a stone version Deva granite in 1936. An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city. The sculptures decorating the structure were created by leading Romanian artists, including Constantin Medrea, Ion Jalea, and Constantin Baraschi. Nowadays, military parades are annually held beneath the arch on 1 December, on Romania's national day.

The Royal Palace (Palatul Regal)

Buit between 1927 and 1937 in neoclassical style, the palace was home of the King Carol II and to his son, King Mihai I. The Royal Palace is situated in downtown Bucharest, near other historical buildings such as Kretzulescu Church, Romanian Atheneum and the Central Library. Since 1948, The Royal Palace became the headquarter of the National Museum of Art.

The Romanian Athenaeum

The Athenaeum is a concert hall in the center of Bucharest and a landmark of the Romanian capital. Opened in 1888, after an intense fundraising campaign, "Give a penny for the Athenaeum", the building was almost entirely financed by Romanian citizens. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, the building is the home of the George Enescu Annual International Music Festival. With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple. And was recognized as a symbol of Romanian culture in 2007 when the building has been inscribed on the list of the Label of European Heritage sites.

Doina House (Casa Doina)

Initially designed for the Paris International Exhibition in 1889, the house is built in a neo-Romanian, Art Nouveau style and displays elements of traditional architecture: porch and covered outdoor scale. Designed by one of the founders of the Romanian architectural styles, Ion Mincu, the building reflects, through its appearance and details, an authentic 19th century mansion. The turret with accolade arches, laid on sculpted wooden columns, is the key-element of the house principal.

Telephone Palace, a symbol of Bucharest

Telephone Palace (Palatul Telefoanelor) is an Art deco style building. Until 1956, the 52.5 meter building was the tallest building in Bucharest, representing a Romanian version of Manhattan's skyscrapers. Located in the center of Bucharest, on Calea Victoriei, this is a symbol of revolutionary Romanian architecture of the 20th century, but also a reference symbol of "Little Paris". This is the first tall metallic frame building in Romania.

The National Military Circle

Located in the center of Bucharest, at the intersection of two main communication routes, it is impossible not to notice The National Military Circle Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in in the city, resembling the Opera Garnier in Paris. The building's architecture is representative for the French neoclassical style. The palace was famous for the glamorous balls held there in the interwar period. The sumptuous interiors hosted over time various proms and reunions and are currently used for cultural events.

The House of the Free Press (Casa Presei Libere)

Casa Scanteii, now named Casa Presei Libere (The House of the Free Press) is a symbol of the Stalinist era. The edifice was built in the style of the large-scale Soviet buildings that would represent the superiority of the Communist doctrine, and it was the tallest building in the city between 1957 and 2007. Nowadays, it is the only building in Bucharest still featuring the Communist signs "Sickle and Hammer", carved into medallions on the façade.

The National Bank Palace

The National Bank Palace was built by two of the most renowned architects of the time, the French Albert Galleron and the Swiss Cassien Bernard, in the context of the country's national and political revival after the Union in 1859. The building was designed in a Neo-Classical style with an impressive façade. Throughout the historical area of the city, beneath the streets, lay deep cellars, and galleries, reminiscent of the medieval city Bucharest once was.

Manuc's Inn (Hanul lui Manuc)

Manuc's Inn is one of the few remaining vestiges of Bucharest's vanished caravansaries and the last surviving of the tens of inns Bucharest once had. The inn was built in 1808 and was originally owned by the Armenian entrepreneur Emanuel Mârzaian, better known as "Manuc Bey", one of the most influential men in the Balkans in the period. The courtyard is surrounded by impressive open arcades at both floors. The glazed veranda above the entry gate, an architectural element widely spread in the Balkan-Ottoman influence area, is the finest of such original structures in the city.

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