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Bucharest, Romania

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Bucharest is an enigmatic city, its many facets reflected by its eclectic architectural mix of imposing Communist-era edifices, precious medieval gems, progressive modern monsters and elegant, Parisian-style, neoclassical masterpieces.

Although the city has been ravaged by war, poverty, earthquakes, political upheaval and twisted urban planning, it still rests proudly on the banks of the Dambovita, a web of economic growth and cultural development spreading ever more rapidly over its scars.

Any city tour will inevitably lead you to the Casa Poporului, Ceausescu's megalithic Palace of Parliament - the third largest building in the world - as well as others which mark 1989 indelibly on the Romanian consciousness, for example the Memorial of Rebirth on Revolution Square. Other ‘tour sights' include the Triumphal Arch, the Athaeneum, the Free Press building and various impressive national museums. One of the most interesting landmarks to stop and explore is Kretzulescu Church, an incongr…

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