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Bucharest - Searching for Dracula

  • Welcome to my domain

    Vlad Tepes was a Wallachian ruler who fought against the Ottomans in the 15th century. The accounts of his cruelty was an inspiration for Bram Stokers book about Dracula, based on a nickname of Tepes.

    [Dracula statue at Curtea Veche, Bucharest]

  • Beneath the arches

    This was the residence of Wallachian rulers for two centuries until 1660. Vlad Tepes (Dracula) enlarged the original fortress and surrounded it with stone walls in 1458.

    [Curtea Veche, Bucharest]

  • Beneath the arches

    This was the residence of Wallachian rulers for two centuries until 1660. Vlad Tepes (Dracula) enlarged the original fortress and surrounded it with stone walls in 1458.

    [Curtea Veche, Bucharest]

  • Not your average bar

    [Count Dracula Club in Bucharest]

  • Cozy table for two

    [Count Dracula Club in Bucharest]

  • Beware the ceiling

    [Count Dracula Club in Bucharest]

  • Noroc

    One of the oldest beer houses in Bucharest, opened in 1879.

    [Caru cu Bere, Bucharest]

  • Noroc

    Of course they have their own house-beer, a smooth pale lager.

    [Caru cu Bere, Bucharest]

  • Through the ages

    This inn was built in 1808, considered to be the last remaining caravanserai of south-eastern Europe.

    [Ida at Hanul lui Manuc]

  • Delusions of grandeur

    The palace is the second-largest building in the world and the heaviest one. It was started in 1983 but did not finish in time before the end of the Ceausescu regime.

    [Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest]

  • Delusions of grandeur

    The hallway with the impressive stairs, designed to make the short Ceausescu appear taller when he arrived to greet his guests.

    [Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest]

  • Delusions of grandeur

    The grand ballroom is the largest room in the building.

    [Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest]

  • Delusions of grandeur

    One of many hallways in the palace. Ceausescu was denied entry into the Vatican, so he ordered the walls to be decorated with large Vatican-style paintings.

    [Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest]

  • Tranquility

    This small monastery for nuns is a solemn oasis in the big city. Their library holds over 8000 books.

    [Stavropoleos Monastery, Bucharest]

  • Tranquility

    This small monastery for nuns is a solemn oasis in the big city. Their library holds over 8000 books.

    [Stavropoleos Monastery, Bucharest]

  • A cover-up story

    As always in orthodox churches, women are required to cover themselves up as a sign of inferiority. Sigh.

    [Ida and Reine in Curtea Veche Church, Bucharest]

  • Beneath the arches

    This is the oldest church preserved in the city. It once served as the coronation place of Romanian kings.

    [Curtea Veche Church, Bucharest]

  • End of a regime

    After giving his last two speeches ever from the balcony, Ceausescu and his wife were forced to flee by helicopter from this building on December 22, 1989.

    [Piata Revolutiei, Bucharest]

  • In the dead of night

    [Strada Stavropoleus, Bucharest]

  • Made for midgets

    This was the residence of Wallachian rulers for two centuries until 1660. Vlad Tepes (Dracula) enlarged the original fortress and surrounded it with stone walls in 1458.

    [Reine at Curtea Veche, Bucharest]

  • Reach for the stars

    [St Nicholas Russian Church, Bucharest]

  • Golden stroll

    [Pasajul Villacros, Bucharest]

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