The „21st December 1989” Square is located next to the main building of the University of Bucharest (and next to the building of the „Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism). Here, as the Square’s name suggests, a small monument which reminds of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 can be found.
This is where the revolution in 1989 has unfolded, thus explaining the many memorial stones, crosses and political messages around.
This Square is a good resting place, with benches and a little shade (for the hot summer days) and a fountain (although, most likely, this area will be used by the students of the two Universities during the academic year – from October to June). Great for taking in the local pulse and people watching, also the occasional protest which Bucharest is becoming more and more accustomed to.
TNB - National Theatre of Bucharest
The building from the 1970s has completed renovations recently and following these last works, it now regained some of its initial look, particularly the roof resembling a hat.
The new edifice reconstructed from 2010 to 2014, was inaugurated to the end of the year 2014, and with 7 halls, as the Grand Hall (Sala Mare) with 900 seats, is the biggest and the latest theater edifice of Europe.
The Comedy Allegory Chariot
The statue group in front of the theater is formed from 16 bronze statues and represents the most well known theater characters interpreted by our most famous actors throughout the history of our country. The group is ‘overseen’ from a distance – hidden behind the lines of trees, by the author Ion Luca Caragiale – the man after whose name the theater bares today, one of our most prolific, and funny, playwright.
They works are designed by a romanian sculptor and took 4 years to complete.
The Intercontinental Hotel
Built by American investors in the 1960s, it used to be the tallest building until 2000 and one symbol building during communism, since it was off limits to most Romanians and open only to foreigners who paid in foreign currency, something forbidden at the time. Rumors say that the rooms were full of microphones placed by the Secret Police. One of the wires was put even in the toilet seat.