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  • the capital of Romania
  • situated in the south of Romania, 64 km north from the Danube, 100 km south from the Oriental Carpathians and 250 km west from the Black Sea
  • the area: 228 sqkm
  • it incorporates 6 districts
  • 1.927.559 inhabitants (Source INSSE 01.07.2004



  • Bucharest is mentioned for the first time in 1401 in the muniments of voivode Mircea the Elder
  • in 1459 Vlad Tepes raised "Cetatea Bucurestilor" ("Bucharest's Fortress"), as fortified point
  • the town was princely residence during Radu cel Frumos (Radu the Handsome's) time
  • in 1554 the Turks devastated it, being rebuilt during the reign of Patrascu cel Bun (Patrascu the Good)
  • in 1659 it becomes the capital of Wallachia
  • the year 1859, the year of the Union of the Principalities, makes Bucharest the capital of the United Principalities
  • the main river that crosses Bucharest is the Dâmboviţa river
  • the river was supplied with sewerage system in more stages: 1865, and the last in 1985-1987
  • there are a lot of lakes in the city, often surrounded by parks: Floreasca, Tei, Colentina, Cismigiu, Lacul Morii, Titan, Drumul Taberei, etc.
  • it is the biggest city and the most important political, administrative, economic, university, cultural and touristic center

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