12 iulie 2014
Chiajna Monastery is the name of a ruined church situated on the outskirts of Bucharest, which is the subject of many legends, including the story that it is cursed. The information center Giulești Park is devoted to the upkeep and protection of the building, which is a national heritage site.Construction began during the reign of Alexander Ypsilanti (1774–1782) and was completed by the Phanariote Nicholas Mavrogenes (1786–1790). It was built in neoclassical style, and was considered very large for that time: 43 meters long and 18 high, with walls 1 and 2 meters thick.The church was meant to be one of the most important places of worship for Romania, but that never happened. The monastery was abandoned during the plague in the reign of Alexander Ypsilanti.Other sources say that work on the monastery began in 1792, but was abandoned during the time of plague, when the prince was Mihai Suțu.The tower collapsed in the earthquake of 1977.
28 iunie 2014
The Armour House or Alexandru Dimitriu House is located on Episcop Radu Street, No.29. Alexandru Dimitriu, the first owner of the house was a decorating tinnet and he executed the metal ornaments for many public, religious and private buildings all over the country, among which The Romanian Athenaeum, The Patriarchal Palace, The Carol I Royal Foundation Palace, The North Railway Station and many more. As blacksmiths’ guild trademark , he placed on his house on the roof a 3.5 meters high statue of a knight in armour with a hammer on his hand.
Source : Bucurestiul Meu Uitat.
3 iunie 2014
The old cinema theatre Dacia is located on Grivitei Street, no.137, Bucharest. This is an interbelic building opened in 1930 under the name “Marconi” after the inventor of long distance radio transmission. When the communists regim took the power in Romania, the name changed in “Alexandru Popov” and in Nicolae Ceausescu era was renamed “Dacia”. Unfortunatelly now the builing is a ruin, the authorities did nothing when the building was given back to the relatives of the first owners….
Source : Bucurestiul meu uitat.
19 mai 2014
Water Castle often named water tower is a hydro building who is used for water accumulation, but also for adjust pressure and consummation in a aqueduct network. This water castle is located on a Sibiu Street in Bucharest (former name is Miron Constantinescu) close to the Old Favorit Theatre. If you ask the people who lived here all the time they will tell that this building was used by a military station who is close by untill the 60’s when this area was reorganised by Nicolae Ceausescu.
25 martie 2014
If you’ll go on Tineretului Park in Bucharest, not far from the Vacaresti Lake you’ll find this abandoned amphitheater, full of forgotten and untold stories.This place is close to a large green area formed by Tineretului Park and the amusement park
for the children (“Oraselul Copiilor“). Right at the common line betweeen these parks, on a higher ground you will find the Polyvalent Hall which was the biggest one in the 70’s.Along with this building, the goverment build a swimming place in Vacaresti and near they thought of builing for fun an amfiteather which was never used.Hopefully it will be integrated with one of the parks before an apartment building takes its place. For now, the only thing still working in this summer theater are the acoustics.
Here it is on the map.
24 martie 2014
The Vacaresti lake is a man-made lake, within the city of Bucharest, close to the east periphery. It was supposed to be a part of the hydrological protection system, in case of flood: it was meant to hold the water of the Dambovita river in case the latter swelled and overflowed. The works for this lake started in 1986, and the Monastery of Vacaresti as well as the houses of around 100 people were seized by the regime and had to be demolished to make way for this huge basin.
The monastery was one of the best prized monuments of Bucharest. It had been used for some time as a prison for political prisoners and intellectuals during the communist regime: Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, the leader of the Legionary movement was imprisoned here, and this is where he saw the painting of the Archangel Michael, whom he chose as the protector of his movement ( The Legion of the Archangel Michael). Also, several very well-known Romanian writers were imprisoned here: Ioan Slavici, Liviu Rebreanu, Tudor Arghezi. The great architect G. Cantacuzino called the monastery “the greatest church in the orthodox world”.
Some people wanted to invest in this place; one American even proposed a well-structured plan to build some hotels, casinos, and a horse racetrack, but the project was suspended because of the unclear situation of the lands within the Vacaresti lake. Many of the former owners sued the state for their piece of land. So this project, too, was abandoned, and now became a place in their city that is wild, interesting and cleaner than the rest of the parks in the capital.
There are lakes here where you can fish – free of charge, you can suntan and swim in the lake, if you have the guts, you can go have a picnic there. The “delta” has water from 20 underground springs and in the 20 years since the construction there stopped, many wild animals appeared: seagulls, swans, ducks, storks, turtles, snakes, foxes and beavers. The Romanian National Geographic, no. 109, of May 2012, mentions and publishes pictures from this place at page 41. In 2012 it was declared a protected natural site, since they identified over 90 species of rare birds living in this place.
Source : www.themidlandhostel.com
25 februarie 2014
The InterContinental Bucharest is a highrise five star hotel situated near University Square, Bucharest, in sector 1 and is also a landmark of the city. It is 77 m tall and has 25 floors, containing 283 guest rooms, operated by InterContinental Hotels Group.Designed by Dinu Hariton, Gheorghe Nădrag, Ion Moscu and Romeo Belea, it was part of a bigger project which included the building of the Bucharest National Theatre.Construction began in 1967 and was finished in 3 years. With its height of 77 meters, when it was opened on 23 of May 1971 it was the second tallest building in the city, after the Casa Scinteii. Although no longer holding that title today, it is still the tallest hotel in Bucharest.It became the hotel choice for foreign press in Bucharest. Indeed, during the Romanian Revolution of 1989, the balconies of the InterContinental were a privileged point to report on the repression of the protests in University Square.In 2007 the hotel transitioned from the long-standing franchise agreement to a management contract with the InterContinental Hotels Group.
Photo by Alexandru Bodea, via Asociatia Bucurestiul meu drag.
24 februarie 2014
The Yeshua Tova Synagogue in Bucharest, Romania, is the city’s oldest synagogue, serving the local Jewish community.The synagogue is located on 9, Take Ionescu Street, near Piaţa Amzei. It was built in 1827, and renovated in 2007.