Bucharest Seen From the Arch of Triumph

Tourists may not know, and its inhabitants may have forgotten, how beautiful Bucharest can be.

I’ve realized that, together with the people who lined patiently, last Sunday, waiting to get inside the Arch of Triumph, visited the small museum, got to the upper terrace and admired the panorama from 27 meters high.

The Arch of Triumph - Bucharest,Romania - May 2012 / People line waiting to visit the inside museum and upper terrace

The Arch of Triumph - Bucharest,Romania - May 2012 / 135 years of independence of Romania exhibition

The Arch of Triumph was temporarily open to visitors to celebrate 135 years of independence of Romania (1877-2012).

Its history had been quite troubled: the first version was built between 1921-1922, to commemorate Romania’s participation alongside allies and victory in World War I.

Between 1932 and 1936, it suffered a process of restoration and the second inauguration ceremony took place on December 1st, 1936, when Romanians celebrated 18 years of the Union of Transylvania with Romania.

During communism, the monument was “mutilated” by removing parts of it, reminding of the times when Romania was a monarchy.

The Arch of Triumph was listed historical monument, in 2004

Nowadays, soldiers march in military parades beneath the Arch of Triumph on the occasion of Romania’s national day, every 1st of December.

One of the best known monuments and certainly a landmark of Bucharest, the Romanian capital, Arch of Triumph (architect Petre Antonescu) is located in a beautiful part of the city, surrounded by green areas, such as Herastrau Park.

The Arch of Triumph - Bucharest,Romania - May 2012 / One of the entrance gates in Herastrau Park seen from the upper terrace

The Arch of Triumph - Bucharest,Romania - May 2012 / View of Casim Monastery seen from the upper terrace

Quiz: The Arch of Triumph in Bucharest has a great resemblance with another monument in a very known and visited European country. Do you know which country is it ?


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Carmen Cristal
Carmen was born and raised in Bucharest, the city where she currently lives. She worked in the Sales Department of a radio station for 15 years. Along with some friends, Carmen recently founded a small company that deals with website development and online promotion. She loves English, listening to music, establishing connections and meeting new people and has a real passion for Ireland. Carmen is attracted by foreign cultures and she likes very much to travel (whenever it is possible!)
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  • I’ve never been to Bucharest and I honestly had no idea that there was an Arch of Triumph there, too. The views from the terrace are breathtaking!
    I hope the monument stays intact from now on.
    I think this Arch of Triumph looks similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, doesn’t it?

  • Hi Aledys, you‘ve guessed well, Arc de Triomphe in Paris was a model for the Arch of Triumph in Bucharest !

  • Do people call Bucharest the “Paris of the East”? if they don’t, they totally should!
    Bucharest is in my bucket list. One day I’ll visit the city :)

  • Hi Ana, as a matter of fact Bucharest was known as “Little Paris”. I don‘t know if this name is entirely fit for Bucharest nowadays, but the “flavour” is still present.
    Looking forward to meeting you in Bucharest !