Bucharest in pictures

Universitatii Square in Bucharest

Universitatii Square in Bucharest

Old Town Lipscani in Bucharest

Bucharest 2014

Bucharest City Centre

Bucharest Lipscani

Stavropoleos Monastery in Bucharest

Stavropoleos Monastery in Bucharest

The CEC Palace in Bucharest

The CEC Palace in Bucharest

The CEC Palace lies on Calea Victoriei, in the heart of Bucharest

The CEC Palace lies on Calea Victoriei, in the heart of Bucharest

CEC Palace Bucharest

Lipscani Bucharest

Lipscani Bucharest

Lipscani Bucharest

Lipscani Bucharest

Bucharest Lipscani

Lispcani Bucharest

Lipscani Bucharest

Bucharest Old Town Lipscani

Bucharest City Centre

Bucharest building

Bucharest

Bucharest City Centre

Photos were taken in summer 2014: © Roxana Mironescu

Palace of the Romanian Parliament by night

The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the city's main attraction for tourists.

The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the city’s main attraction for tourists.

Right in the historical and geographical centre of Bucharest stands an impressive building that strikes one’s eye by its particular style. It is the Palace of the Romanian Parliament, a “giant” built during the “golden age” of the dictatorial regime and born in the mind of a man (Nicolae Ceausescu) for whom the notion of “reasonable size” did not exist. See my previous post on the history of this building here.

All photos: © Roxana Mironescu

Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania.

Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania.

Side view of the building

Side view of the building

Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

Herastrau Park in Northern Bucharest

Parcul Herastrau

Parcul Herastrau

Parcul Herastrau

Parcul Herastrau

Parcul Herastrau

Parcul Herastrau

Parcul Herastrau

Herastrau Park

Herastrau Park

Herastrau Park

Herastrau Park

Herastrau Park

Herastrau Park

Herastrau Park

Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds 2014 Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds 2014 Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

GreenSounds Music Festival in Herastrau Park

Sunset in Herastrau Park

Sunset in Herastrau Park

Sunset in Herastrau

Sunset in Herastrau

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca-editia 2014

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul ”Strada Armeneasca” s-a desfasurat intre 1 si 3 august pe strada Armeneasca, situata in sectorul 2 din Bucuresti, la vreo 10-15 minute de Universitate, in inima comunitatii armenilor din ultimele doua sute de ani.

Desi vadit limitat in resurse si spatiu, festivalul se facea placut tocmai prin intimitatea si opitalitatea de care dadea dovada, invitand publicul sa cunoasca putin din identitatea culturala si istoria acestor oameni care desi poarta o mostenire armeneasca, se dovesc a fi mandrii cetateni ai Romaniei.

Desi se recomanda a fi festivalul armenesc, cei prezenti au putut descoperi deopotriva elemente culturale ale comunitatilor rome si evreiesti din Romania. Ajuns la cea de-a doua editie, organizatorii festivalul spera ca pe viitor sa colaboreze cu alte comunitati de armeni din Europa, in speranta ca acest eveniment sa dobandeasca notorietate chiar si dincolo de granitele tarii.

Ar fi intr-adevar frumos sa vedem cum acest eveniment capata puteri in urmatorii ani, pentru a educa publicul Romaniei si pe cel strain in aceasta directia, a diversitatii care exista in tara noastra si care nu trebuie vazuta si nici inteleasa ca un pericol pentru pastrarea identitatii nationale.

Strada Armeneasca 2014

Despre idea de a organiza un festival armenesc si totodata despre istoria armenilor din Bucuresti si aportul lor la dezvoltarea capitalei, Cristina Andrei de la Adevarul.ro a scris un articol foarte interesant, explicand celor fara de habar, cine erau acesti primi armeni veniti in Romania si cum s-au adaptat pe aceste meleaguri, traind pana azi intr-o impletire de traditie si modernitate.

Dar sa va povestesc despre relatia mea cu armenii.
Am aflat despre existenta acestui eveniment pe internet si fiind atrasa de ideea explorarii unei culturi noi pentru mine, am tinut neaparat sa fiu si eu prezenta macar in ultima zi a festivalului. Trebuie sa recunosc ca informatiile mele legate de comunitatea armenilor din Romania erau foarte limitate, aproape inexistente, neavand contact cu reprezentatii acestui neam nici in Maramuresul istoric, locul in care am copilarit si nici in calatoriile mele de peste hotare.

Singurul armean din Romania de care auzisem era politicianul si scriitorul Varujan Vosganian, insa istoria ne invata ca populatia armeana a contribuit serios la dezvoltarea culturii romanesti prin personalităţi ca Spiru Haret, Garabet Ibrăileanu, Theodor Aman, Hagop Djololian Siruni, Dan Barbilian sau Dumitru Bagdasar.

Conform Adevarul.ro, ”un aflux de armeni s-a revărsat peste Capitală în urma represiunilor turceşti asupra acestei comunităţi, care, odată cu aprilie 1915 s-au transformat într-un adevărat genocid. După Primul Război Mondial, în Bucureşti s-au înregistrat 50.000 de cetăţeni originari din Armenia, cel mai mare număr de imigranţi de această etnie. Dezvoltarea comunităţii armeneşti s-a întrerupt odată cu sfârşitul celui de-Al Doilea Război Mondial, când a intervenit procesul de naţionalizare, puterea etnicilor armeni a slăbit considerabil şi foarte mulţi au emigrat. În prezent, cei aproximativ 1.000 de armeni stabiliţi în Bucureşti contribuie la resuscitarea comunităţii, la o nouă creştere numerică şi ca importanţă.”

Fotografii facute de Roxana Mironescu.

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Festivalul Strada Armeneasca

Buildings and historical monuments in Bucharest

Building on Dacia Boulevard in Bucharest's second district

Building on Dacia Boulevard in Bucharest’s second district

Whenever I go to a new place or city for this matter, either for a day or for several months, I always make sure to devote some time to the joy of discovering streets, buildings, parks and people, elements that define THAT particular place, things that make it unique or simply different.

Since I have lived in Bucharest for a few months now, I decided it was about time to start looking more carefully at the streets and buildings that I had the chance to experience in my daily whereabouts.

The first time I walked on Dacia Boulevard I did not have my camera with me, so, unfortunately, I could not ”take the pulse” of the street, but a few days later I was very determined to give this street another try and take pictures of all things that would come my way during the journey.

Dacia Boulevard lies in the heart of the city connecting the east side to the west, hosting numerous historical monuments and period buildings that were commissioned by leading Romanian personalities and their families and designed by renown Romanian and foreign architects and engineers such as I. D. Berindei, Hugo Schmiedigen, Paul Smărăndescu, Jean Monda and Virginia Haret amongst others.

Commander Alexandru Catunean Villa was built in 1915

Commander Alexandru Catunean Villa was built in 1915

Today the majority of these buildings serve as headquarters for cultural institutes and embassies, corporate offices and private residences. I highly recommend you to take a stroll in this area which is also known for its small, beautiful, intimate parks and gardens, mostly known by the locals.

Ziarul Financiar (a leading financial and business newspaper in Romania) published an interesting article on Dacia Boulevard in Romanian, providing more details on certain buildings and palaces that defined the lifestyle and cultural trends of Bucharest’s high class population at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Photos and text by Roxana Mironescu

Commander Alexandru Catunean's Villa

Commander Alexandru Catunean’s Villa

Historical building in Bucharest

Vila Herescu on Dacia Boulevard in Bucharest's second district features romantic and neogothic architectural elements

Vila Herescu on Dacia Boulevard in Bucharest’s second district features romantic and neogothic architectural elements

Villa Herescum features some romantic and neogothical elements

Villa Herescum features some romantic and neogothical elements

Davia Boulevard in Bucharest

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

An historic building on Dacia Boulevard is home to the Institut Français de Roumanie

An historic building on Dacia Boulevard is home to the Institut Français de Roumanie

Institut Français de Roumanie

Detail of the same building

Detail of the same building

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

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Building on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Balcony on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard

Balcony on Dacia Boulevard

Building on Dacia Boulevard