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Street Style: An Overview of Bucharest Architecture

The Romanian capital’s architecture speaks across eras.

Obor Tram Station

Obor Tram Station

With truncated arches and contrasting colours, Obor station, on the outskirts of the city, has a futurist feel.


Memorialul Renasterii

Memorialul Renasterii

The Memorial of Rebirth on Calea Victoriei commemorates the victims of the 1989 Romanian Revolution.


Palatul Parlamentuluies

Palatul Parlamentuluies

More ornate on the inside than out, the Palace of the Parliament is adorned with impressive chandeliers.


The headquarters of the National Union of Architects

The headquarters of the National Union of Architects

Modernism has its way at this former headquarters for the Department of State Security.


Bucharest Builds Up

Three outsized examples of the city’s changing styles.

Illustrations: Fabio Buonocore

 

CEC Palace

The CEC Palace, from the late 19th century, is one of the city’s finest beaux arts buildings. Ancient Roman architecture gets a Parisian twist, including floral garlands carved from stone.

Calea Victoriei 13

 

St. Nicholas Church

Built in 1905, St. Nicholas Church is quintessential Eastern Orthodox. Its gilded, cruciform-topped onion domes (à la St. Petersburg) soar above biblically inspired mosaics and statuary.

Str. Ion Ghica 7

 

Palatul Parlamentuluies

The Palace of the Parliament embodies Romania’s Stalinist architecture. It’s oppressively over-scale, with boxy ornamentation, like a jagged, plaster cake at a joyless, loveless wedding.

Str. Izvor 2-4

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