Bucharest is the centre of the Romanian mass media, culture and arts. Its eclectic architecture is a mix of historical, interbellum, Communist-era and modern. In the period between the two World Wars, the city's elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of the "Paris of the East" or "Little Paris" (Micul Paris).
George Enescu (1881 - 1955) A MOZART of Romania Romanian composer, violonist, pianist, conductor and teacher, one of the most proeminent musicians from the 20th century. Enescu raised the professional Romanian music at the level of the universal music values. Born in Liveni, near Dorohoi, Botosani county (northern Moldavia), he has known since his childhood the Romania folklore from the folk music bands. He began his studies at the Conservatoire of Iasi with the professor Eduard Caudella. Due to his extraordinary talent he was guided to follow his studies at the Conservatoire from Wien and next in Paris. He was the first foreign student in Paris who obtained the golden medal. Violonist of international fame, he was considerated one of the greatest interpreters of his time. He was the teacher of Yehudi Menuhin, who appreciated him very much, and included Enescu's works in his repertoire. His creation has some unvaluable works: "Romanian Rapsodies" no. 1 and 2, "Oedip" opera, "Impressions from Childhood" suite, symphonies, sonatas for violin and piano, quartets, lieds etc.
The Romanian Athaeneum building is considered to be a symbol of Romanian culture and since 2007 is on the list of the Label of European Heritage sights.
Opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city's main concert hall and home of the "George Enescu" Philarmonic and of the George Enescu annual international music festival. Romanian Athenaeum
The current triumphal arch, which was inaugurated in September 1936. The current arch has a height of 27 meters and was built after the plans of the architect Petre Antonescu. It has as foundation a 25 x 11.50 meters rectangle. The sculptures with which the facades are decorated were created by famous Romanian sculptors such as Ion Jalea and Dimitrie Paciurea.
Arcul de Triumf is a triumphal arch located in the northern part of Bucharest, on the Kiseleff Road.
The Palace of the Parliament (Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului ) in Bucharest, Romania is the world's second largest administrative building, after The Pentagon. It was one of the most lavish and expensive buildings known to mankind. Its original name was the People's House ( Casa Poporului ), but it was renamed (in the post-Communist era) first during the 1989 Revolution with the derogatory name of House of Ceauşescu and then as the Palace of the Parliament . However, to this day, most of the Romanians retain the old name and call it Casa Poporului .
Romanian Athenaeum The overall style is neoclassical, with some more romantic touches. In front of the building there is a small park and a statue of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu.
300 workers, Romanians, Portuguese and Brazilians worked for one month and a half for realizing the biggest Christmas tree in Europe. Having 7th floors, 76 meters height and 300 tones, the huge tree lights up the Unirii Square with its over 2 millions lightings. Unirii Square Bucharest: the Biggest Christmas Tree from Europe 2007