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romania capital city bucharest

Founded in 1459, on the banks of the Dambovita River, by ruler Vlad Tepes, Bucharest become later the capital city of the Princely Court.

The tradition connects the founding of Bucharest with the name of Bucur who was either a princely person, an outlaw, a fisher or a shepherd according to different legends. But a fact doubtless: the name of Bucur is of a Thracian-Geto-Dacian origin.

Bucharest has gone through a variety of changes, becoming the state capital of Romania in 1862 and steadily consolidating its position as the center of the Romanian mass media, culture and arts. Its eclectic architecture is a mix of historical (neo-classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and Art Deco), communist-era and modern.

Bucharest capital city of Romania

Bucharest is the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania.

It is the largest city in Romania and the 10th largest city in the European Union by population within city limits.

In the period between the two World Wars, the city's elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of "Little Paris".

Although many buildings and districts in the historic center were damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, and Nicolae Ceausescu's program of systematization, many survived. In recent years, the city has been experiencing an economic and cultural boom.

Approximately 1,678,000 (2011 census) inhabitants live within the city limits but the proposed metropolitan area of Bucharest would have a population of 2.2 million people, while according to unofficial data, the population is more than 3 million.

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