This was my second trip to Bucharest, Romania’s capital, yet it captivated me just as much – if not more than the first time around.
Bucharest for me is a place of fascinating contrasts. Medieval churches and monasteries stand beside Art Nouveau phenomena. Monstrous 1930s’ concrete towers overshadow delicate French Baroque, and 21st century modernity sits somewhere awkwardly between it all.
You never quite know how a street will look until you turn into it, your eyes inadvertently glued upwards in case you miss something. Will the view be amusing, stunningly beautiful, horrendously ugly? Who knows what emotion you’ll feel and what fascinating story of Bucharest’s turbulent past or promising future you’ll uncover next.
I hope these photographs highlight Bucharest as the city of contradictions; the grime and neglect, the beauty and romanticism, the modernity and history, and the brute harshness of Romania’s capital, as if you were walking the streets yourself.
I hope you found these 22 photographs an interesting insight into the street scene and architecture of Bucharest.
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