10 interesting facts about Bucharest

Calea Victoriei
Calea VictorieiPhoto source: Radu Patrascu, http://www.b365.ro/
“Mici” at Caru' cu bere
“Mici” at Caru' cu bere
Telephone Palace
Telephone Palace Photo source: commons.wikimedia.org
Politehnica Subway Station
Politehnica Subway Station Photo source: www.exclusivnews.ro
Bellu Cemetery
Bellu Cemetery

Bucharest is vibrant, exciting, and full of beautiful contrasts… We came up with more or less known, but interesting and fun facts about Romania’s capital. Why 10? Because for many years, in Romanian school system, 10 was kind of A+. And that’s exactly how we feel about our city.

  1. The legends say that the city has been named after a shepherd called Bucur, in love with a young lady called Dâmboviţa. Yes, just like the river that crosses the city.
  1. The Palace of Parliament is the second largest administrative building in the world, right after the Pentagon in the United States. It is also the most expensive and the heaviest building in the world. Pretty amazing we may say…
  1. Bucharest is also called “Little Paris”. From 1900 – 1930 it was considered to be one of the most beautiful and modern European cities. And it was very similar to Paris in terms of architecture and lifestyle. Now you know!
  1. Calea Victoriei was the first road built in Bucharest and initially called The Wooden Road. Why? Because it was paved with tree trunks and planks.
  1. The most popular and beloved Romanian dish – “mici” or “mititei”, was first invented in Bucharest, in the Old City area. The say they were first served at Iordache Ionescu’s restaurant when one night they run out of guts for sausages. Thank God for that!
  1. Bucharest Telephone Palace was built in a style reminiscent of the American skyscrapers. It was actually the tallest building in the city until the ’70.
  1. Politehnica subway station was built in 1983 and its floors are paved with gorgeous marble. Very few know that this marble actually is made out of over 80-million-year-old marine fossils. We can say it’s like a stoned ocean. How cool is that?
  1. The Bucharestians passion for cinema started way back in 1896. That’s when the first cinematographic projection took place. „L’Indépendance Roumanie”, a local newspaper from Bucharest was hosting the first film projections.
  1. The narrowest street in Bucharest is Obolului Street. It can be found near Oltenitei Road and it looks more of a corridor, than a street. Careful with those “mititei”, otherwise you won’t be able to fit…
  1. Bellu Cemetery is the oldest in Bucharest. And an amazing resting place for our most famous politicians, artists and scientists. You can have a glimpse of that in the Darkside tour ;).