Would you like to widen your horizon and see a different aspect of Europe? We are always in search of new discoveries, so let me introduce you to Bucharest, which is not a very popular tourist destination yet.
Bucharest and Romania went through a lot of changes in the past few years since its integration in the European Union, making it more accessible to foreigners.
I was born in Romania, in a small town, far from Bucharest, so I didn’t know much about the capital of my own country. I moved to Brussels when I was 19. Last year I decided to get admission in the university in Bucharest, so I am a student in geography at 31 years old (better late than never). Thanks to my studies, I get to spend more time in Bucharest and learn about my own country and its capital.
Religion is an important part of Romanian people identity, you can see its importance through the numerous churches and cathedrals everywhere in the city, and also through the restaurants which offer special meals, for the fast period, without any animal product. Fast in Orthodox religion is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays of every week all year round, and 40 days before Easter and Christmas.
Saint George church Biserica Sfantul Gheorghe
A monument of Romanian spirituality and Romanian art, this beautiful church is located in the heart of Bucharest, at the zero mile marker. Besides it’s spiritual and architectural interests, it is also part of Romanian people identity and national history, through the grave of Constatin Brâncoveanu.
Constatin Brâncoveanu, became a martyr and a national hero. He was canonized saint by the Orthodox church, because he chose to die rather than converting to Islam.
Located in the city center, near by University Place, this church is the oldest structure in Bucharest which still stands and is still functional today. It was built for the first time in the 17th century. It suffered many deterioration in time because of war and fire but it was consolidated and rebuilt every time. Mihai Cantacuzino, a political figure of the 17th century and descendant of a powerful family in our history, built this church, replacing a small wooden church, after buying the land from Coltea Doicescu. He chose not to name the church after him, but rather keep the name of its last owner.
There are so many more churches, every neighborhood has their worship holy place. I recommend a visit in the Romanian capital and a stroll through it’s churches. You can find spirituality, culture, art and history.