The Architecture of Bucharest’s Buildings

We got our self-guided walking tour of Bucharest started at Strada Pictor Barbu Iscovescu and walking up to Piaţa Romană. Those are street names. I think. Advertising in Bucharest is quite bold. Larger than life. Coke and Pepsi are having it out with which company can out-scream the other.

Sitraco Business Center - Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

Sitraco Business Center

Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

A water jet fountain at Parcul Unirii. Parcul means Park in Romanian. Unirii is the street name.

Local elections are being held June 10 between 7 major political parties and a bunch of minority ones. The billboards are everywhere and much larger than the yard signs found in America.

BRD Unirii - Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

Another huge building anchored by BRD [bank] Unirii and some apartments

Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

Apartment building with ground-level retail facing Rome Square off Bulevardul Ion C. Brătianu

Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

Building on the other side of Rome Square [bottom right]

Rome Square is a small area with a statue based on the Capitoline Wolf:

The Capitoline Wolf (Latin: Lupa Capitolina) is a bronze sculpture of a she-wolf suckling twin infants, inspired by the legend of the founding of Rome. According to the legend, when Numitor, grandfather of the twins Romulus and Remus, was overthrown by his brother Amulius, the usurper ordered the twins to be cast into the Tiber River. They were rescued by a she-wolf who cared for them until a herdsman, Faustulus, found and raised them.

To get across the street, there is an entrance leading to a tunnel that goes under the street. The driving in Bucharest is aggressive and getting across requires more awareness and agility than it should. The boulevard is eight [maybe more] lanes wide and there aren’t many places to cross overground. The passage at Rome Square is called the Latin Passage.

Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

Cazare in Bucuresti — a hotel.

In addition to massive billboards everywhere, Bucharest is literally spray painted everywhere. The graffiti artists will tag just about any and everything with a smooth surface. At first it was a distraction, but then it started to blend in and become a part of Bucharest’s persona.

Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

More graffiti

How’s this for a hospital? Colţea Hospital was built by Mihai Cantacuzino between 1701 and 1703, but in 2011 it was renovated and is now one of Romania’s most modern hospitals though it looks more like a museum.

Colţea Hospital- Architecture of Bucharest, Romania

Colţea Hospital

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