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The Art Museum Craiova


The Art Museum, housed by the elegant Neo – Baroque Jean Mihail Palace, is Craiova’s most important sight and one of the most important monuments of civil architecture from the beginning of the 20th century. Continue reading 

 
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Oltenia Museum


Oltenia Museum is one of the richest and most beautiful museums in Romania, an important centre of scientific and cultural life. It is also the most representative cultural institution in Wallachia. Continue reading 

 
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Pharmacy Museum in Sibiu


Part of the Brukenthal Museum, the Pharmacy Museum in Sibiu is one of the most important institutions of its kind in Romania and in Europe. Continue reading 

 
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Tailors' Bastion


The 15th century Tailors’ Bastion is one of the few fortified towers in Cluj-Napoca preserved intact until today. Part of the city’s old citadel, the bastion was built and defended by the guild of the tailors. Continue reading 

 
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Old Court of Bucharest


When one strolls through the old centre of Bucharest, it is impossible not to notice and stop for a while in front of the archaeological site of the Old Court of Bucharest. Continue reading 

 
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Natural History Museum in Sibiu


The Natural History Museum in Sibiu is one of the most important museums of its kind in Romania. It exhibits the richest and the most diverse collections in Romania, displaying more than 1 million objects from various fields, such as botany, zoology and palaeontology. Continue reading 

 
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Brașov Council House


Brașov Council House, located in the Council Square in the centre of Brașov, is the second most representative building for the city, after the Black Church. An important architectural and historical edifice, the Council House now hosts the city’s County History Museum. Continue reading 

 
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The Blacksmiths' Bastion


The Blacksmiths' Bastion, erected in 1521 and situated in the north-western part of Braşov’s citadel, is an imposing medieval building. The pentagonal, 3-leveled building was first mentioned in a document dating from 1529. Continue reading 

 
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Pogor House


Built in 1855 in neoclassical style, Pogor House was the first private residence in Iaşi to have electricity, which brought it the name of “the house with lit windows”. It belonged to Vasile Pogor, one of the founders of the literary circle Junimea. Continue reading 

 
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Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum


Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum is one of the most appreciated museums in Bucharest. It has vast zoological, paleontological and ethnographic collections which count up to 2 million items, including 80,000 butterflies and moths, and a stuffed animals section. However, the main attraction still remains the 4.5m high dinosaur skeleton. Continue reading 

 
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The Aquarium in Constanţa


The Aquarium in Constanţa, inaugurated in 1958, is the first public aquarium in Romania. It is situated on the waterfront, very close to the Casino. Continue reading 

 
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Banat Village Museum


In 1928, the man of culture Ioachim Miloia opened a small village museum in the courtyard of the Huniade Castle in Timişoara. Forty years later, the museum received the land on which the open air ethnography museum, then a section of the Museum of the Banat, was inaugurated in 1971. Continue reading 

 
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Victoria Palace


Dominating the Victory Square in Bucharest, Victoria Palace is the headquarters of the Romanian Government. Built between 1937 and 1944 over the former palace of Grigore Sturdza, it was part of an ensemble of buildings with official function, which triggered the simplified neoclassical architectural style. Continue reading 

 
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Brașov County History Museum


Entering the Council House in the centre of Brașov, we find the County History Museum, one of the most important places to gather information on the evolution of the Romanian society in the area, as well as on prehistoric and Dacian-Roman archaeology and history. Continue reading 

 
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Graft Bastion in Brașov


Graft Bastion in Brașov is a building which was part of the city’s medieval fortifications. Erected in 1521 over Graft Canal for defence and communication purposes, it was built in the middle of the north-western side of the citadel, close to the White Tower and the Black Tower. It was meant to house army and canons able to fire west, towards the Blacksmiths’ Bastions, and north, towards another bastion which no longer exists nowadays. Continue reading 

 
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Haller Bastion in Sibiu


Haller Bastion in Sibiu is a spade-shaped bastion built for defensive purposes in the second half of the 16th century. Part of the city’s late medieval fortifications, the bastion was situated in the south-eastern end of Sibiu’s defence rings. Continue reading 

 
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Museum of the Romanian Peasant


Considered to be Bucharest’s finest museum, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant displays a wonderful collection of traditional peasant artefacts from all over Romania. It includes textiles, carvings, ceramics, peasant costumes, icons and artwork, as well as partially restored houses and churches. Continue reading 

 
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The Museum of the Banat


The Museum of the Banat is housed by the Huniade Castle, the oldest building inTimişoara, a 14th century Neo – Gothic castle. Here you can visit an enormous display of exhibits from the museum’s four sections: history, natural sciences, archaeology and the laboratory for restoration and conservation. Continue reading 

 
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The Pharmacy Museum in Cluj-Napoca


The Pharmacy Museum in Cluj-Napoca is a unique venue in Romania, as important pharmaceutical collections are housed inside the building of the city’s first pharmacy. A place with a special charm and a history of its own, the museum attracts many visitors who want to see this place with a longstanding tradition. Continue reading 

 
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The Planetarium in Constanţa


The Planetarium in Constanţa, part of the Natural Sciences Museum Complex, is situated on the south-eastern shore of Lake Tăbăcăriei, near Mamaia resort. Built in 1969, it includes an astronomic observatory and a solar observation station. In the Planetarium’s dome you can watch projections of stars, planets, constellations or satellites. Continue reading 

 
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The Art Museum in Timișoara


The Art Museum in Timișoara is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the western part of the country. It was founded at the end of the 19th century as a section of the Museum of the Banat and developed due to the important donations of one of the founders of the museum, Ormòs Zsigmond. Continue reading 

 
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The Village Museum of Bucovina in Suceava


The Village Museum of Bucovina in Suceava, situated next to the Princely Citadel, shows true examples of local architecture, as wooden buildings were brought here from different villages in the region. Continue reading 

 
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The Weavers' Bastion


The Weavers' Bastion is the largest and the best preserved of the seven bastions that defended Braşov in the medieval period. Situated in the south-western part of Braşov’s citadel, this place is very important in Romania, due to its unique 15th century military architecture. Continue reading 

 
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The White Tower


The White Tower is a semicircular tower built in the 15th century on Straja Hill in Brașov for defensive purposes. Documents from that period date it from 1460 or 1494. Its name comes from the colour of its white painted walls. Continue reading 

 
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The Palace of Culture in Iaşi


The Palace of Culture is a symbol of Iaşi. It was built in Neo-Gothic style between 1906 and 1925, partly on the ruins of the old medieval princely court from the 15th century and partly on the foundation of another Neo-Classical princely palace built at the beginning of the 19th century and demolished in 1904, after a series of fires affected its structure. Continue reading 

 
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Palace of Parliament


The imposing Palace of Parliament in the centre of Bucharest is one of the most impressive buildings in the country, which holds a number of records: it is the heaviest administrative building in the world and the second largest, after the Pentagon. Continue reading 

 
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Suceava Princely Citadel


The 14th century Princely Citadel is Suceava’s most impressive monument and one of the most important medieval citadels in the country. In the 14th century, Suceava became capital of Moldavia and, during the reigns of Stephen the Great, Petru Rareș or Vasile Lupu, it faced a period of military glory. The Princely Citadel was built on a hill overlooking the city by Petru I Mușat in 1374. Continue reading 

 
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The Archaeological Park in Constanța


The Archaeological Park in Constanța exhibits the remains of the city of Tomis, which was founded here during the Roman – Byzantine period. The outdoor ruins are situated and can be visited in the central area of the city, next to important touristic, such as the Casino and the Aquarium. Continue reading 

 
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Brukenthal National Museum


Brukenthal National Museum, the first public museum in south-eastern Europe, is a prestigious European institution and one of the most important in the country. It has its main headquarters in the Brukenthal Palace, built by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal between 1778 and 1788. Continue reading 

 
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The Merry Cemetery of Săpânţa


The Merry Cemetery of Săpânţa is a rather unusual attraction. It is a church graveyard exuberantly coloured, famous for the painted wooden crosses engraved with witty epitaphs for the deceased. The satirical poems are written in vibrant colours (yellow, red, white and green) on an already famous blue background, called “Săpânța blue”. Continue reading 

 
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Râşnov Citadel


Râşnov Citadel is a 13th century fort built as a means of protection against the Tatars and the Turks. It is one of the best preserved citadels in Transylvania, allegedly built by the Teutonic Knights. However, it is most likely to have been built by the dwellers of Râşnov and the surrounding villages in order to protect them against enemy invasions. Continue reading 

 
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Casa Băniei


Casa Băniei is a medieval edifice, being the oldest laic construction in Craiova. It was erected in the 15th century and rebuilt in 1699 by Constantin Brâncoveanu, Prince of Wallachia. Since 1966 it accommodates the Ethnography section of the Oltenia Museum. Continue reading 

 
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ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization


ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, situated 7km from Sibiu, in Dumbrava Sibiului Park, is the largest and most beautiful open air exhibition space in Romania. In August 1905, the Transylvanian Association for Romanian Literature and Culture of the Romanian People inaugurated its most important institution, the ASTRA Museum.Continue reading 

 
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The Art Museum in Cluj-Napoca


If you want to get a glimpse of the Romanian art, especially in the region of Transylvania, the Art Museum in Cluj-Napoca is one of the best places to admire valuable collections. Housed in the imposing Bánffy Palace, situated in the Union Square, the museum preserves an exceptional selection of paintings and sculptures from important Romanian artists. Continue reading 

 
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Constanţa Casino


The Casino is the most emblematic edifice in Constanţa, situated on the romantic promenade which runs along the waterfront. The Casino is the most emblematic edifice in Constanţa, situated on the romantic promenade which runs along the waterfront. Built in 1910, it is considered to be the pearl of the city’s architecture. Continue reading 

 
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Dacian Fortresses


Across Transylvania’s mountains you will find the ruins of the Dacian fortresses whose fame lives for over 2 millennia. They were built in the 1st century BC and AD and formed a complex defensive system designed to protect the Dacians against the Roman’s attacks. Continue reading 

 
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Dolphinarium


The Dolphinarium in Constanţa, belonging to the Natural Sciences Museum Complex, is situated on the south-eastern shore of Lake Tăbăcăriei. It was inaugurated in 1972, at that time being the first museum of this type in Romania and in the South – East of Europe. Continue reading 

 
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Maria Theresia Bastion


In 1716, Timişoara was conquered by the Habsburg Empire, under whose domination the city faced an unprecedented flourishing. Understanding that the city’s old fortifications could not resist in front of strong enemies, the Habsburgs decided to reconstruct the fortress. Continue reading 

 
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The Romanian Athenaeum


The Romanian Athenaeum, built in 1888, is one of the architectural exponents of Bucharest and a symbol of the national culture. Resembling with an Ionic temple and having a superb baroque cupola, this event venue houses the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra.Continue reading 

 
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The Romanian National Art Museum


The Romanian National Art Museum, former Royal Palace, is a sumptuous neoclassical edifice, housing one of the most valuable art collections in Romania. It has different galleries (Old Romanian Art, Modern Romanian Art, European Art), all including thousands of priceless works by Romanian or international artists such as El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicolae Grigorescu or Constantin Brâncuși. Continue reading 

 
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The Archaeological and National History Museum


The Archaeological and National History Museum presents Dobrogea’s history from Palaeolithic until today. It was inaugurated in 1977 in the former building of Constanţa City Hall. The museum has an excellent collection of statues of deities, but it also attracts through the exhibited archaeological artefacts: coins, jewels or mammoth tusks. Continue reading 

 
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The National History Museum


The National History Museum is one of the most representative museums in Romania. Built in neoclassical style, with a monumental portico resting on ten Doric columns, it is an architectural jewel. Situated in the Post Palace, it is perhaps the richest museum in the country in what regards its patrimony. Continue reading 

 
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The Princely Court in Târgovişte


The Princely Court in Târgovişte is a museum complex of medieval buildings and fortifications, which served as a residence of the Wallachian rulers for more than three centuries. It is one of the most important architectonic ensembles in Romania, appreciated for its high artistic and historical value. Continue reading 

 
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Urban Civilisation Museum


Brașov’s Urban Civilisation Museum is a section of the Ethnography Museum, officially opened in 2010. The museum illustrates the way of life of Brașov’s dwellers across three centuries, the cultural interferences between Orient and Occident, as well as Saxon traditions and customs. Continue reading 

 
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The Village Museum


The Village Museum, situated on the banks of Herăstrău Lake, exemplifies the diversity of Romania’s architecture and folk art. Officially named "Dimitrie Gusti" National Village Museum, the institution exhibits 338 traditional buildings from all parts of Romania, comprising the most valuable traditional architecture elements from all the regions in Romania. Continue reading 

 
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Zambaccian Museum houses


Zambaccian Museum houses a small but valuable collection of art, mostly Romanian paintings from the early 20th century. Its main attractions are a Matisse, a Cezanne and a couple of Renoir paintings and a few pieces of sculpture from Constantin Brâncuși. Continue reading 

 
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The Bridge of Lies


Built in 1859, the Bridge of Lies is the first wrought iron bridge in Romania and the second in Europe. It separates the Small Square into two parts and allows access between the Lower and Upper Town. The Bridge of Lies is a symbol of Sibiu and the main attraction of the Small Square, mainly for romantics and lovers. Continue reading 

 
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The Cantacuzino Palace


The Cantacuzino Palace is a lovely monument of the Art Nouveau and Baroque styles in Bucharest, built in 1900. Since 1956 it houses George Enescu National Museum, exhibiting documents and personal belongings of the composer. Continue reading 

 
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The Clock Tower


The Clock Tower, built in 1280, is one of the symbols of Sighişoara. The 64m high tower guards the main entrance in the citadel and houses a magnificently designed clock. It is the only tower which did not belong to the craft guilds and hosted, in the course of time, the town council, the courthouse, and later the prison and an arms dump. Continue reading 

 
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The Council Tower


The Council Tower is one of the most important monuments in Sibiu, once the gateway to the city. Built between 1224 and 1241, it was initially used as the entrance gate in the second fortified enclosure of the town. In its immediate vicinity, there was the building housing the Town Hall, first mentioned in 1324. Continue reading 

 
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The first Romanian school


The first Romanian school, built at the end of the 15th century in the courtyard of St. Nicholas Church, is now a museum bearing the same name. This institution of culture and education has a patrimony of over 4,000 old books and 30,000 documents, as well as numerous museum items which give the visitors the possibility to find out more information about Brașov’s development throughout the years. Continue reading 

 
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The History Museum


The History Museum is a section of the Brukenthal Museum Complex in Sibiu, being hosted in the Altemberger House. Designed and built by Thomas Altemberger, mayor of Sibiu, the building was bought in 1545 by the Magistrate of Sibiu. Considered to be one of the most important Gothic civil buildings in Romania, it served as a City Hall for 400 years, from 1549 to 1948. Continue reading 

 
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The Romanian National Art Museum


The Romanian National Art Museum, former Royal Palace, is a sumptuous neoclassical edifice, housing one of the most valuable art collections in Romania. It has different galleries (Old Romanian Art, Modern Romanian Art, European Art), all including thousands of priceless works by Romanian or international artists such as El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicolae Grigorescu or Constantin Brâncuși. Continue reading