Old Town in Bucharest (Romania) is definitely a gem with so many monuments and landmarks. It is a great place to discover the most exciting monuments dating back to even 17th century. The city has so much history and the Old Town walking tour is the best way to explore these gems. The walk takes around 2 to 3 hours and can be explored at your own pace. It passes through some amazing spectacular landmarks.
If you like this walk, then you will also like the Communist walking tour in Bucharest.
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Logistics of Old town walking tour
- Total distance: 6.5 kilometres.
- Time taken: 2 to 3 hours.
- Grade: Easy.
- Landmarks covered:
- Antique Market.
- Templul Coral (built in 1857 and an entry ticket costs 15 Lei to go inside the temple).
- Saint Dumitru church (dates back to 15th century).
- Stavropoleos Monastery (church built in 1724).
- CEC Palace.
- National Bank of Romania.
- Lupa Capitolina statue (Italian statue given to Romania).
Antique market situated on Strada Doamnei 11 is a great place to purchase antique products and find unique souvenirs. There are tons of things from which one can make a choice and purchase something that is special to Romania at affordable prices. I started my Old town walking tour at the Antique market.
- The shops open at different hours on each days but are commonly open between 10:30 AM and 9:30 PM. And they are open 24 hours on weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
The Templul Coral is a Jewish place of worship in the old town of Bucharest. Built between 1864 and 1866, the synagogue is a close copy of Leopoldstadt Tempelgasse Great synagogue in Vienna.
- The synagogue is open between 9 AM and 3 PM on Monday to Thursday and between 9 AM and 1 PM on Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.
- There is an entrance fee of LEI 15 per person and can be purchased at the entrance of the place.
- An English speaking guide is available to explain the history of the Templul Coral.
Saint Dumitru Church
Dating back to the 15th century, Saint Dumitru Church is a church in the old town. The church was destroyed in the Great fire of 1847 but was rebuilt.
Did you know that Saint Dumitru is the patron saint of Bucharest?
Stavropoleos monastery is an eastern orthodox monastery in the old town. Built in 1724, the monastery was founded by a Greek monk. The monastery is a masterpiece of Brancovan architectural style.
- The monastery is open between 8 AM and 7 PM.
- There is no entrance fee to visit the monastery.
Built between 1897 and 1900, the CEC Palace is situated on Calea Victoriei and is the headquarters of CEC Bank in Romania. The palace is built in the eclectic style and has a glass and metal dome.
- The CEC Palace is open between 9 AM and 5 Pm everyday except weekends. On weekends, the palace is closed.
National Bank of Romania
Established in 1880, the National Bank of Romania is the central bank of Romania. Owned by the state, the headquarters is located in the city and has branches all over Romania.
Lupa Capitolina statue
The Lupa Capitolina or the Capitoline Wolf is a bronze statue showcasing the scene from the legend of the founding of Rome. The statue shows a she wolf suckling the mythical twin founders of Rome. The statue was a gift to the Romanian government by the Italian government.
According to legend, the grandfather of the twins, King Numitor was overthrown by his brother in Alba Longa and was ordered to cast the twins in the Tiber River. The she wolf rescued them and cared for the twins until a herdsman found and raised them.
I absolutely loved the old town walking tour. It was amazing to know the history of the city and to get some insight into what the city had gone through. I completely recommend this tour to everyone who is visiting Bucharest. I did this tour on my own but there are tours available that can be booked using the Viator website.
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Gallery of Old Town Walking Tour
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