With its intricately carved entrance, lined with columns, the Brâncovenesc-style church stands apart as a unique landmark in Bucharest. This Orthodox church features fine stone and wood carvings and a combination of Romanian and Byzantine elements.
The Princely Court was the palatial residence of Wallachian princes, including Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler. One can see the statue of the famous Romanian prince here, along with the building's walls, several arches, and columns.
Established in 1948, the museum is also where the Royal Collection, including Romanian and European art dating back to the 15th century, can be admired. More than 100,000 works are in the various halls, including paintings by the country's most celebrated artists. The European Gallery has 15 rooms including works by El Greco, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, and Rubens.
Located in western Romania, Timisoara is one of the country’s largest cities, dating back to the early 13th century. Once part of the Ottoman Empire, it was the first European city to have electric street lamps.
Among the most picturesque attractions of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, in the northeastern part of the country. Their painted exterior walls are decorated with elaborate 15th and 16th-century frescoes.
Visit Sighisoara, a 12th-century Transylvania-Saxon town. It is, perhaps, the best-preserved medieval town in all of Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a gem.
The majority of residents share a common culture and history, dating back to the Dacians. National identity is formed by pride in the country's resilience. Many Hungarians living in Transylvania consider themselves more Hungarian than Romanian.
In the cities, most people live in high-rise apartment buildings. Housing is limited, and conditions are cramped. Heating is often inadequate. In the countryside, most houses are old-fashioned two- or three-room wooden structures without plumbing or electricity. Traditional rural houses have roofs of red tiles or corrugated tin.
Breakfast is usually a small meal of bread with butter and jam and tea. The largest meal is eaten in the early afternoon.