A guide to Bucharest's most famous landmarks


1) Palace of the Parliament – An imposing and hugely impressive structure, this 1980s building is known to be the biggest in Europe and the second largest in the world. Originally constructed under the instruction of former Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, the Palace is now open to the public and holds regular guided tours in a number of languages, as well as housing the country's National Museum of Contemporary Art.

2) Romanian Athenaeum – Regarded as a true symbol of the country's cultural heritage, this beautiful building was opened in the late 19th century and will most likely be the setting for any major concerts you see in the city, whilst also being well worth visiting simply for its incredible baroque and ionic architecture. Extensively restored in 1992, this ornate centre for the arts is also the base of the world renowned George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra.

3) Memorial of Rebirth – A tribute to the victims of the 1989 Romanian Revolution, this fascinating structure has polarised opinion since it was officially unveiled in 2005, with the striking 25-metre marble pillar admired by many and questioned by some for its abstract nature. Whatever your opinion, the memorial now forms an important part of Bucharest's changing landscape and is recommended viewing for anyone who comes to the city.

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