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  • Address: Piata Universitatii, Bucharest, Bucharest Municipality 030014, Romania

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Founded in 1864 by Prince Alexander John Cuza, who ruled over the Romanian United Principalities of Walachia and Moldova, the University of Bucharest is located on Piata Universitatii, a buzzing square snarled with traffic and popular with Bucharest locals as a meeting place. The University Palace’s imposing Neo-classical façade stands on the northwestern corner of the square; it was designed by architect Alexandru Orascu and completed in 1859. 

Today the university has five faculties and is one of the biggest and most prestigious in Romania. Past alumni include playwright Eugène Ionesco, biologist George E Palade and philosopher Emil Cioran.

Outside the University Palace stand four monumental statues of pivotal figures in Romanian history as well as numerous stalls selling secondhand books. Piata Universitatii itself is surrounded by a jumble of architecturally diverse buildings, including the National Theater of Bucharest, the School of Architecture, the modernist Hotel InterContinental and the ornate Neo-classical beauty of the Coltea Hospital, the oldest in the city. A memorial of ten stone crosses stands in the middle of the square in tribute to the rebels who died in the 1989 revolution, which saw the downfall of the despotic President Ceaușescu and brought about the end of Soviet domination in Romania.

Practical Info

Piata Universitatii. The University Palace is not open to the public. Take the metro to Universitate.

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Best of Bucharest Walking and Bus Tour, Bucharest, null
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Best of Bucharest Walking and Bus Tour

Discover the Romanian capital and the biggest city in the country. Used to be called “little Paris” in the 1930′ and still housing spectacular architecture, ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.64
Half Day Tour in Bucharest, Bucharest, City Tours
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Half Day Tour in Bucharest

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This incredible half-day tour of Bucharest is the ideal way to discover the best of what the city has to offer from the Village Museum showcasing traditional ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.84
Bucharest City Tour by Night, Bucharest, City Tours
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Bucharest City Tour by Night

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Discover Bucharest , the city that has everything.The capital of modern Romania , Bucharest is by far the country’s largest city, boasting with rich history, ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.85
Panoramic City Tour of Bucharest, Bucharest, Night Tours
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Panoramic City Tour of Bucharest

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This two-hour panoramic City tour of Bucharest is the ideal way to get a great overview of the city and admire the best sights in a city that is constantly ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $23.80
Private Bucharest Walking Tour, Bucharest, City Tours
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Private Bucharest Walking Tour

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Embark on this 3 hour walking tour into one of Europe's most vibrant capitals and discover a city with a great mix of architectural styles and fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.22
Private Sightseeing Tour of Bucharest, Bucharest, Walking Tours
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Private Sightseeing Tour of Bucharest

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Get to know Bucharest, Romania’s beautiful capital city, during an exciting 4-hour private tour! Located at the meeting point of the Orient and the Occident, ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.32

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