Today we just explored a little bit! We walked around and admired the large buildings around our AirBnB!
The first one we looked at is the Romanian Athenaeum, a beautiful concert hall!
Right across the street from the concert hall is what used to be the Royal Palace! It is now the National Art Museum.
When we were there, we saw many news crews and people paying respects to their last king who passed away on Dec 5th, just a few days before we arrived. His name was Michael I of Romania and he actually served as King at two separate times. He took the throne for the first time in 1927 as a minor when his father was exiled. Once his father returned, he took back the role of King. Michael I served again from 1940 to 1947. He was forced to abdicate by Petru Groza who was the head of the pro-Soviet government. He was then exiled and moved to Switzerland. During his lifetime he was only allowed a couple visits to Romania and he died in Aubonne, Switzerland at age 96.
After learning more about his past, we were surprised at how many followers and memorials there were to a king that hasn’t ruled since the 1940s.
Also near the palace, we saw the Memorial of Rebirth which is right outside the Fundatiunea Universitara Carol I (a library built by Michael I’s father Carol I for university students). The statue of the man on the horse is of Carol I.
Then across from that monument, we went to the Kretzulescu Church. It was built between 1720 and. 1722. It was actually supposed to be demolished during the early Communist regime, thankfully it was spared by the efforts of a group of architects!
On the way back to our AirBnB, we walked through a pretty park where we saw many people enjoying the almost 60 degree weather! We sat for quite a while and just watched the families and the children playing!