Old Town Bucharest is a place loaded with history, culture and fun at the same time. Beyond the countless outdoor cafes and restaurants, there are a series of details in the Historical Centre of Bucharest, which hearten the soul. If you look closely at buildings such as Saint Anton Church, the CEC Palace, the National Bank, you will notice a variety of symbols, bas-reliefs and models, which will definitely delight your eyes. Whether you are a tourist or a local, an escape to Old Town Bucharest is always a chance to discover its beauty but also the lesser-known places that are worth a visit.
- The CEC Palace, known in the past as the Palace of the House of Deposits, Consignment and Economy, is one of the most imposing buildings in Bucharest, located in Old Town Bucharest, on Victoria Way. The building has five glass domes, four of which are placed at the corners and one in the centre. They do not play a purely aesthetic role, but also an acoustic one, since sound propagates vertically, so what was being discussed at the counters could not be overheard by the other persons. The counters were operational for almost 100 years, between 1900 and 1999. Today, the CEC palace harbours the headquarters of CEC Bank and the CEC Museum, which exhibits items that retell the historical evolution of this building. The CEC Palace is one of the most impressive buildings in Bucharest, and its architecture, compared to that of other buildings, has not been affected by wars or earthquakes along the years.
- Stavropoleos Church, located in the heart of Bucharest, retains the peace of a different age, being a simple but neat and stylish place, where you can take shelter for a few moments. Although small, the church hides a treasure trove of frescoes and a wonderful interior courtyard. The church was erected by the Archimandrite Ioanichie in 1724, during the second reign of Nicolae Mavrocordat in Wallachia, and also included an inn.
- Saint Anton Church was built on the place of an older, wooden one, and served as a chapel for the Royal Court. The church has a trilobite layout – a copy of the Cozia monastery – 25 meters long and 8 meters wide on the outside, and is visited annually by thousands of people, both foreign tourists and locals.
- The Manuc Inn was the meeting place of the merchants of old, of poets and politicians in the early 19th century; the place where the document to end one of the Russian-Turkish wars was signed, and where the Romanian politicians decided to join the First World War, siding with the Allied Powers. In the olden days, the Manuc Inn had 15 basements, 23 rooms on the ground floor and more than 100 on the first floor, 2 large salons and 23 shops. After more than two centuries of existence, the inn has changed somewhat, but still preserves some of the ambiance that made it famous. The architecture of the place, with arches and wooden pavilions, but also with wrought iron ornaments, will surely fascinate you – and you will be pleasantly impressed by the traditional food and by the wines kept in the basement.
- The Carturesti-Carusel Bookstore is currently one of the most amazing places in Bucharest, which should not be missed. The bookstore is located in Old Town Bucharest, on Lipscani Street, and extends 1000 m2 on six levels. The bookstore offers an extremely wide variety of books, a reading space, an eating space, souvenirs and accessories.
- The Old Town is renowned for the countless streets with coffee shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes, and also with souvenir shops, perfect for making memories. All the convoluted streets of the historical centre will show you a different Bucharest, something between old and new, which you will immediate fall in love with: old buildings, modern coffee shops and people of all sorts. The historical centre is certainly a place of contrasts, with a charm of its own.