Bucharest landmarks set to reopen

Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest

After two years of reconstruction and refurbishment, the Cesianu House Museum in Bucharest was reopened to the public this month. The museum is the first of four historic locations re-opening in the city.

For over 60 years, the Cesianu House had been home to some of the city’s most prized artefacts. The renovation cost nearly £1.4 million.

“Today, we give back the Cesianu House Museum to the cultural tourism circuit. It is an illustrative example of a nobleman’s house from the early nineteenth century. It is the only monument on Calea Victoriei that kept all the components at their original size,” said Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu, in re-opening the museum.

After the improvements, the museum will be used for more than just exhibitions. The building will also be used to host concerts and theatre productions. There are also plans to create a permanent exhibit at the house to memorialise the history of Bucharest’s families, children and everyday life over the last 300 years.

The political, cultural and financial capital of Romania, Bucharest lies on the river Danube. It is a popular stop for enthusiasts of Europe river cruising.

Over the last several years, Bucharest has been focused on re-developing some the city’s most treasured historical sites and monuments. The work has been managed through the government’s Regional Operational Programme that began in 2007.

In addition to the Cesianu House Museum, there have been improvements made at the Arch of Triumph, the Astronomic Observatory and the Nicolae Minovici Museum.

The work on the Arcul de Triumf, located in the northern part of Bucharest, was started in January of last year. The monument should be reopened before 1 December, the National Day of Romania. The current version of the arch was built in 1936 in honour of the Romanian military.

Updates to the Astronomic Observatory and the Nicolae Minovici Museum were both started last year. The goal is to have all venues open for 2016 to help enhance the city and region draw in tourists

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