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Bucharest (/ˈb(j)kərɛst/; Romanian: București [bukuˈreʃtʲ] (About this soundlisten)) is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. It is located in the southeast of the country, at , on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 60 km (37.3 mi) north of the Danube River and the Bulgarian border.

Bucharest was first mentioned in documents in 1459. It became the capital of Romania in 1862 and is the centre of Romanian media, culture, and art. Its architecture is a mix of historical (neo-classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and art deco), 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 "Little Paris" (Micul Paris). Although buildings and districts in the historic city centre were heavily damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, and above all Nicolae Ceaușescu's program of systematization, many survived and have been renovated. In recent years, the city has been experiencing an economic and cultural boom. In 2016, the historical city centre was listed as "endangered" by the World Monuments Watch.

According to the 2011 census, 1,883,425 inhabitants live within the city limits, a decrease from the 2002 census. Adding the satellite towns around the urban area, the proposed metropolitan area of Bucharest would have a population of 2.27 million people. According to Eurostat, Bucharest has a functional urban area of 2,412,530 residents (as of 2015). Bucharest is the sixth-largest city in the European Union by population within city limits, after London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, and Paris.

Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern and Central Europe. The city has big convention facilities, educational institutes, cultural venues, traditional "shopping arcades", and recreational areas.

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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

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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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