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Bucharest (Romanian: Bucureşti [bukuˈreʃtʲ] (About this sound listen)) is the capital city and industrial and commercial centre of Romania. It is located in the southeast of the country, at 44°25′N 26°06′E / 44.417°N 26.100°E / 44.417; 26.100 (Bucharest), and lies on the banks of the Dâmboviţa River.

The city was first mentioned in 1459 and became the capital of Romania in 1862. Since then, it has gone through a variety of changes and has become the centre of the Romanian mass media, cultural and arts scene. Its eclectic architecture, which is a mix of historical, Communist-era and modern, also reflects the city's varied history. According to the 2002 census, Bucharest has a population of 1,921,751 inhabitants in the city proper, making it the largest city in Southeastern Europe. There are also approximately 2.3 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Economically, the city is by far the most prosperous in Romania and is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of the region. As the most important city in Romania, Bucharest has a broad range of educational facilities.

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Romanian Athenaeum

The Romanian Athenaeum (Romanian Ateneu Român, definite article form Ateneul Român) in the center of Bucharest, Romania. Opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city's main concert hall and the home of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic and the home of an annual international music festival also named after George Enescu.

The Romanian Atheneum Society was founded in 1865 by Constantin Esarcu, V.A. Ureche, and Nicolae Creţulescu and raised the money for the building by public subscription. The building was designed by the French architect Albert Galleron, on property that had belonged to the Văcărescu family. The overall style is neoclassical, with some more romantic touches.

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Crețulescu Palace


Did you know

...that the city's Palace of the Parliament is the second-largest building in the world?
...that Bucharest has a GDP per capita of $20,057 (based on purchasing power parity), more than twice the Romanian average?
...that the Bucharest's surface transit network, run by Regia Autonomă de Transport București, is the fourth-largest in Europe?
...that the Museum of the Romanian Peasant was declared the European Museum of the Year in 1996?
...that the Athénée Palace hotel, now a Hilton, may have been Europe's most notorious den of spies in the years leading up to World War II?

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Buildings: BNR Arena, Romanian Patriarchy, Bucharest Zoo, Bucharest Financial Plaza, Ştirbey Palace, George Enescu Museum, Casa de Economii şi Consemnaţiuni

Neighbourhoods: Grozăveşti, Floreasca, Iancului, Olteniței, Căţelu,

Lakes: Lake Floreasca, Lake Tei, Lake Colentina, Lake Văcăreşti, Lake Mogoşoaia, Lake Buftea, Lake Buciumeni, Lake Griviţa, Lake Dâmbovița, Lake Fundeni, Lake Pantelimon, Lake Cernica

Others: B24FUN, Colentina River, Petre Antonescu

Expand: National Theatre Bucharest, Articles on Bucharest metro stations, Gara de Nord, Creţulescu Palace
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Coordinates needed: Curtea Nouă, Danube-Bucharest Canal, Jolie Ville Galleria, Turnul Colței, Gabroveni Inn, Solacoglu Inn, Jewish Museum (Bucharest), Museum of Art Collections, Theodor Pallady Museum, Village Museum, Zambaccian Museum, Bulandra Theatre, Tei, Bucharest, Pipera, Grivița, Ferentari, Colentina, Bucharest

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