Tag Archives: Romania

Iaşi, Culture Palace

Iasi, Romania, originally uploaded by CameliaTWU (away for a while).

For two of my favorite Romanian guys, here’s a little bit of Iaşi — the Palace of Culture (Palatul Culturii).


Black Sea beach

IMG_5829, originally uploaded by Mitrea.Andrei.

I’m back from vacation, so here is a photo similar to where I was. Mamaia Beach (Plaja Mamaia) is a resort town on the Black Sea coast. What’s really weird about it is…”Mamaia is 8 km (5 miles) in length and only 300 m (328 yards) in width, being a strip of land between the Black Sea and Lake Siutghiol.” (wikipedia)

Kretzulescu Church

The Kretzulescu Church (Biserica Creţulescu) was finished in 1722 and since then survived damage from two earthquakes and one revolution (its back, shown here, faces Revolution Square).

updated post: Architectural rebirth

I’ve updated the post on the headquarters of the Romanian Architects Union with a ton of details (or links to details) about the building’s past and its design/construction. Enjoy!


Athenaeum, originally uploaded by Iulia Mogos.

The Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român) is neoclassical concert hall in Bucharest and home of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s across the street from the former palace and the Hotel Athenee Palace Hilton and a few blocks from Revolution Square.

3 layers of nature & a windmill

Seasons Gone By, originally uploaded by Aaron Lynch.

Riding the CFR


Personalul 9696 C F R, originally uploaded by dorinnovac.

Trains can be great. (I am a huge fan of German trains in particular.) If you would like to read some factual information about the Romanian railways, the CFR (Căile Ferate Române), wikipedia to the rescue. If instead you would like to read some entertaining stories, then Choo-Choo! Riding the rails ROMANIA style and True Tales of Riding the Rails in Romania will confirm that truth is stranger than fiction.

A man, a dog, and Brașov


Architectural rebirth

In Bucharest on the corner of Dem Dobrescu Street (Strada Dem I. Dobrescu) near Revolution Square (Piaţa Revoluţiei) is the headquarters of the Romanian Architects Union (sediul Uniunii Arhitectilor din Romania (UAR)) built inside the ruined building of the secret police (Direcţia V Securitate), which used to be the embassy of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Photo and back-story of the original building (English).

Architects: Dan Marin, Zeno Bogdanescu
Construction Engineers: Popp & Asociatii
Contractor: ACMS (project page)

Details about the design of Architects Union HQ from the website of the Mies Architecture Prize: pdf or html. (via Urbarama)

Public Payphones

300510_Bucharest Random0028, originally uploaded by Damian_B.

Telephone, originally uploaded by Roddy Murray.

I guess a good photo can make anything worth looking at.

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