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About Bucharest

Bucharest is the capital of Romania and the largest city, with the largest commercial center in the country. It has a population of 1.944.367 inhabitants, which makes it the sixth most populated city in the European Union.

The weather averages for Bucharest in November range from a high 12 degrees Celsius to an expected 1 degree Celsius low for nightime. The number of wet days is estimated at 10, so the probability of rain on any given day in November is 33%.


The legend says Bucharest was founded by a shepard named Bucur. According to another more probable version, Bucharest was founded by Mircea the Elder, at the end of the XIV century. The settlement is first cited on September 21st 1459, in an official document signed by Vlad the Impeller, ruler of the Romanian Country, through which he credits the land to some boyars.



Bucharest is home to the Romanian Parliament (The House of Parliament or the People's House), the Romanian Government and the Romanian Presidency. Also here there are numerous cultural institutions, such as: the Romanian Academy (founded in 1866), more than 60 research facilities, the University of Bucharest, the Polytechnic Institute, the Institute of Medicine, other higher education institutes, great libraries (the Academy's Library, founded in 1955, having 7 million volumes; the Central University Library, founded in 1896, having 2 million volumes and being burnt during the 1989 Revolution) etc.


The University of Bucharest

The University of Bucharest

The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPES) is one of the largest faculties of the University of Bucharest, the leading public university in Romania. Offering studies in the full Bologna three cycle structure, our Faculty represents a significant academic community seeking to provide excellence in learning, research and public responsibility.

The Faculty has over 3200 enrolled students, challenged by qualitative learning experiences focused on reflection, plurality of perspectives, inclusive approaches and collaborative spirit. The excellent teaching staff, the quality of curriculum equipping students with highly valued academic and practical skills, the learning process developed in a friendly and stimulating environment are other significant strengths of our Faculty. Therefore, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences represents the best place to start a challenging career in psychology, in educational sciences area, in teaching, in special education or other social subjects.

Places to visit in Bucharest


The Village Museum 

source: Luchian Comsa Photography


The Village Museum in Bucharest is one of the first open-air museums in the world and one of the main attractions of Bucharest. The museum is located in the Herăstrău Park, in an area of greenery and lakes, including more than 70 households, with traditional tools, gathered from all over the country. At the Village Museum, visitors can experience centuries-old traditions and customs of the Romanian people, its way of life and the houses in which it lived. Along with the traditional houses, the visitors can see old furniture, tools, pottery, icons, rugs and traditional costumes.



The Romanian Athenaeum

Ateneul Roman



The Romanian Athenaeum is one of the most emblematic buildings in Bucharest, representing of the architectonic jewels of the country. The Athenaeum was built in 1865, at the initiative of important personalities of the cultural life f Romania, such as Alexandru Odobescu, Carol Rosetti, Constantin Esarcu, V.A.Urechia and Dr.N.Kretzulescu. The purpose of building the Romanian Athenaeum was to "endow the Romanian people with useful knowledge". Both the exterior and the interior are known for their majesty and beauty. The auditorium has a capacity of 600 seats and 52 lodges. The arch of the auditorium is decorated with animal, plant and anthropomorphic elements polished in gold, which remind us of the Romanian tales.


The Old Seat (Curtea Veche) is the first ruling seat in Bucharest. It included a palace, a church, and spaces for servants and the palace's gardens. Today, Curtea Veche is an open-air museum which frequently hosts cultural events, festivals and medieval art fairs. In the old center of Bucharest, near Curtea Veche, is Manuc's Inn, another emblematic venue of the old Bucharest.


Vlad the Impaler's Castle



Vlad the Impaler's Castle. One of the capital's attractions is Vlad the Impaler's Castle. The castle is less-known to the public, but has a unique charm and it is appreciated for its medieval features. Vlad the Impaler's Castle was built in 1906, to commemorate 40 years of Carol the 1st ruling and it is a smaller replica of Vlad the Impaler's Castle in Poienari, Argeş County. The castle served as many things during the years: headquarters of a military guard, bedrooms for workers and a gendarmerie unit, which guarded several banks in Bucharest. Starting with September 2004, it became the National Office for the Cult of Heroes.


Melik House is one of the oldest residential house in Bucharest which has been preserved in its original state and is currently holding the Theodor Pallady Museum. In this particular museum you will find the works of the famous painter Theodor Pallady as, The red tulips, Palace Dauphin, portraits of the actresses  Marioara Voiculescu and Maria Ventura, works of art European and Oriental or antic furniture. The collection holds 1200 artefacts created by Romanian and foreign artists.     


Caru' cu Bere (The Beer Cart) 

Caru' cu Bere


Caru' cu Bere (The Beer Cart) is among the oldest beer houses in Bucharest and it used to house a once famous literary circle. George Cosbuc, I. L. Caragiale, Octavian Goga or Iancu Brezenu, were among the few writers and literates who used to be regulars in this establishment.  The restaurant it is in itself a true legend of Bucharest and one of the most visited places by foreign visitors in search of Romanian traditionalism.  The beer house is one of the few places where the architectures it is able to remind to all who enter, why Bucharest was thought to be Little Paris back in the day. The paintings stain glass, and embroidered handrails are the distinctive elements of the beer house. 


Hanul cu Tei (The Basswood Inn) is the only guest house in Bucharest which was kept in its original state from the beginning of the XIX century.  Hanu cu Tei was build in 1833 by Anastasie Hagi, Gheorge Polizu and Stefan Popovici. Even today the letters A.P. and S.P. the initials of the owners at the time and the construction date, remain preserved above the gateway entrance. At this time Hanul cu Tei houses the a large art gallery in Romania, where one cand find antique art work  as antique furniture, tapestry and carpets, paintings, photo albums, old documents, watches, old cameras and gramophones, coins and military decorations and even toys.