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1If 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.















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1The 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.
2The 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”.
3Some 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.
4There 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.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe 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.

addtext_com_MDEzOTUzMjkxMjU2The 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.

Coltea Hospital, BucharestThe oldest hospital in Bucharest, dating from 1704, Coltea was built on land belonging to the Vacaresti family, who at the time owned many of the great prosperities of the capital. The original building was destroyed by an earthquake in 1802, and the neoclassical building standing today dates from 1888. The church next to the hospital is the original 1701 construction, and is currently undergoing much-needed renovation.The hospital remains a functioning public health centre; you may enter only if you have official business. The church, however, is open to all, and the saintly silhouettes on the ceiling are admirable.

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Barbu Stirbei, ruling prince of Wallachia (1849-1853, 1854-1856), inherited a wide piece of land in Buftea, near Bucharest. One of his 9 sons, Alexandru Stirbei, inherited the land in Buftea and built a palace there in 1864, on the design of a Swiss chateau and the original wooden staircases, shutters and roof create the atmosphere of a posh hunting lodge. Set over 24 hectares of park, the grounds are teaming with gingko, magnolia and cypresses, with oaks dating back 500 years.Stirbey Palace is one of the best examples of romantic architecture in Romania at the time of its accomplishment. The only information regarding the construction of the palace is found on the west side: the year 1864 and, above, the A-B-S letters, representing the name of Alexandru B. Stirbey, are cut in the center of a circle accentuated by four arches with a Gothic profile.
The Gothic style, which is discreetly represented on the outside and more visibly so inside, is combined with decorations that talk about the interest in romantic searches of the European and Romanian architecture of the 19th century, all of these underlying the overall simplicity which confers this building its particular character. The interiors contain a rich decoration, with vast carved wood sections, everything being set around the interior staircase sculpted in oak and bearing the family blazon. The painted or sculpted wooden ceilings, the Neo-Gothic blazons above the doors, as well as the chimneys make the image complete about the interiors. Downstairs, in the central saloon, there are still very well preserved original windows and doors with their wooden frames, with oak gothic-like decorations, wooden beams, a fireplace of white Carrara marble, and the walls with classic wooden decorations.

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stavropoleos-church-bucharestStavropoleos Monastery  also known as Stavropoleos Church during the last century when the monastery was dissolved, is an Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns in central Bucharest, Romania. Its church is built in Brâncovenesc style. The patrons of the church (the saints to whom the church is dedicated) are St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The name Stavropoleos is a Romanian rendition of a Greek word, Stauropolis, meaning “The city of the Cross“. One of the monastery’s constant interests is Byzantine music, expressed through its choir and the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania.The church was built in 1724, during the reign of Nicolae Mavrocordat (Prince of Wallachia, 1719-1730), by archimandrite Ioanichie Stratonikeas. Within the precinct of his inn, Ioanichie built the church, and a monastery which was economically sustained with the incomes from the inn (a relatively common situation in those times). In 1726 abbot Ioanichie was elected metropolitan of Stavropole and exarch of Caria. Since then the monastery he built is named Stavropoleos, after the name of the old seat. On February 7, 1742 Ioanichie, aged 61, died and was buried in his church.
The inn and the monastery’s annexes were demolished at the end of 19th century. Over time the church suffered from earthquakes, which caused the dome to fall. The dome’s paintings were restored at the beginning of the 20th century.
Details of Stavropoleos Church in Bucharest, RomaniaAll that remains from the original monastery is the church, alongside a building from the beginning of the 20th century which shelters a library, a conference room and a collection of old (early 18th century) icons and ecclesiastical objects, and parts of wall paintings recovered from churches demolished during the communist regime. This new building was constructed following the plans of architect Ion Mincu.
The church has been pastored since 1991 by father Iustin Marchiş, the first hieromonk of the church in the last century. The community living here, besides routine worship, is engaged in renovating old books, icons and sacerdotal clothes. The choir of the church sings (neo-)Byzantine music (a single voice part, sustained by a prolonged sound called ison – approx. translation: accompaniment -, or tonic note), now a rare occurrence for churches in Romania.
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7Bucharest, Romania.Bucharest is the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania. It is the largest city in Romania, located in the southeast of the country, lies on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 70 kilometres (43 mi) north of the Danube.Bucharest was first mentioned in documents in 1459. It became the capital of Romania in 1862 and is the centre of Romanian media, culture and art. Its architecture is a mix of historical (neo-classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and Art Deco), Communist-era and modern. In the period between the two World Wars, the city’s elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of “Little Paris” .Although buildings and districts in the historic city centre were heavily damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, and above all Ceaușescu’s program of systematization, many survived. In recent years, the city has been experiencing an economic and cultural boom.Bucharest is the 10th largest city in the European Union by population within city limits.
Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe. The city has big convention facilities, educational institutes, cultural venues, traditional “shopping arcades” and recreational areas.
The city proper is administratively known as “The Municipality of Bucharest” (Municipiul București), and has the same administrative level as that of a national county, being further subdivided into six sectors.
10Bucharest, Romania.The name of București has an uncertain origin: tradition connects the founding of Bucharest with the name of Bucur who was either a prince, an outlaw, a fisherman, a shepherd, or a hunter, according to different legends. In Romanian the word stem bucur means ‘joy’, (“beautiful”) and it is believed to be of Dacian origin.
There are other etymologies given by early scholars, including the one of an Ottoman traveler, Evliya Çelebi, who said that Bucharest was named after a certain “Abu-Kariș”, from the tribe of “Bani-Kureiș”. In 1781, Franz Sulzer claimed that it was related to bucurie (joy), bucuros (joyful) or a se bucura (to become joyful), while an early 19th century book published in Vienna assumed its name has been derived from “Bukovie”, a beech forest.The official city name in full is “The Municipal Area of Bucharest” (Romanian: Municipiul București).A native or resident of Bucharest is called a “Bucharester” (Romanian: bucureștean).

11The Triumphal Arch, Bucharest, Romania.Arcul de Triumf is a triumphal arch located in the northern part of Bucharest, on the Kiseleff Road.The first, wooden, triumphal arch was built hurriedly, after Romania gained its independence (1878), so that the victorious troops could march under it. Another temporary arch was built on the same site, in 1922, after World War I, which was demolished in 1935 to make way for the current triumphal arch, which was inaugurated in September 1936.
The current arch has a height of 27 metres and was built after the plans of the architect Petre Antonescu . It has as its foundation a 25 x 11.50 metres rectangle. The sculptures with which the facades are decorated were created by famous Romanian sculptors such as Ion Jalea and Dimitrie Paciurea. Nowadays, military parades are held beneath the arch each 1 December, with the occasion of Romania’s national day.
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1Bucharest’s Palace of Parliament, due to its immense physical, psychic and historic stature, is perhaps the most controversial building in Romania. Meant to be the crowning achievement of  ‘Civic Centre’ – Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu’s ambitious urban development plan – the Palace of Parliament represents one of the most extravagant and expensive building projects in the history of mankind; certainly of the last century. Claiming superlative as the world’s second-largest building by surface area , the Palace of Parliament is one of Romania’s biggest tourist attractions, despite popular disdain.As once regal and cosmopolitan Bucharest lay in decay after two World Wars and a devastating earthquake in 1977, Romania’s Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was coming to the height of his power and megalomania. By creating a pervasive cult of personality (calling himself  ‘Leader’), Ceausescu projected his own narcissism onto the people, wishing to erase everything as it was before him from the popular imagination. Promoting the ‘Civic Centre’ project as the creation of a ‘multilaterally developed socialist society,’ Ceausescu began to demolish the deteriorating capital and rebuild it in his own vision, culminating in the construction of ‘Casa Poporului,’ or the ‘The People’s House‘ as it was to be ironically titled. (The name of the structure was changed to ‘The Palace of Parliament’ after the fall of communism, however most Romanians still refer to it as ‘Casa Poporului.’)
Elefant.ro - PremiumCeausescu achieved the idea for ‘The People’s House‘ after a visit to North Korea’s Kim II-sung in 1972. The ‘People’s House’ would be the largest, most lavish palace in the world and would hold all the functions of his socialist state, as well as serve as a handsome residence for he and his wife. Leading to the Palace would be Boulevard ‘Victory of Socialism’ (now Boulevard Unirii), the Champs Elysees of Bucharest (but deliberately designed to be 1 metre wider on each side and 6 metres longer than Paris’ thoroughfare), stretching from Piata Alba Iulia to the Palace premises. To build the Palace and Centrul Civic, Ceausescu set about demolishing most of Bucharest’s historic districts (leaving only Lipscani), including 19 Orthodox Christian churches, 6 synagogues and Jewish temples, 3 Protestant churches (plus eight relocated churches), and 30,000 homes in two neighbourhoods alone. In total, one-fifth of central Bucharest was razed for the project.
3Construction began on ‘The People’s House‘ in 1983, with the cornerstone laid June 25, 1984. Some 700 Romanian architects purportedly collaborated on its design which combines elements and motifs from a multitude of classical sources, creating an eclectic, undefinable architectural style. Measuring 270 metres wide by 240m long, 86m high and 92m underground, the People’s Palace is 12 stories tall with an undisclosed number of underground levels (at least 8) in varying stages of completion. It’s 1,100 rooms were apparently constructed strictly from Romanian materials, though most locals seem skeptical of this. Estimates of the materials used include 1 million cubic metres of Transylvanian marble, 3,500 metric tonnes of crystal for the 480 chandeliers and 1,409 lights and mirrors that were manufactured, 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze, 900,000 cubic metres of wood and 200,000 square metres of woven carpets, many of which were spun on site.
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Though no figures have been officially released, it is said that some 20,000 workers toiled in 24-hour shifts, seven days a week, to build the Palace at the pace at which it was being constructed. To finance the project, Ceausescu had to take on enormous foreign debts. In order to repay these debts he systematically starved the Romanian people, exporting all of the country’s agricultural and industrial production as the standard of living in Romania sank to an all time low. Food-rationing, gas electric and heating blackouts became everyday norms; people lived in squalor and poverty as the Ceausescu’s themselves exhibited outrageous extravagance.



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