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Lipscani historic quarter | Romania | Europe

[Visited: March 2007]

While much of Bucharest consists of grey apartment blocks which look pretty depressing and monotonous after being built on the ruins of old quarters, one area of the capital city survived the Ceaușescu years and time. The historic quarter of Lipscani is constructed where Prince Vlad Țepeș (better known as Dracula) built a citadel, of which you can still see some remaining ruins. While much of the city was rebuilt during the Ceaușescu dictatorship, bulldozering away entire quarters of the city and even moving some buildings to other places, the historic quarter is still there. The Revolution of 1989 was on time to prevent also this area from destruction: it was destined to be bulldozered away as well.

Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Street in Lipscani historic quarter: girl playing in the street

Lipscani is actually a street named after Leipzig (Lipsca in old Romanian), the German city from where many goods were imported that were traded in this area. A lot of traditional professionals lived here: shoemakers, tanners, goldsmiths, etc. Currently, the main building is the National Bank, an enormous and new structure. When you turn a corner from Lipscani going south, you immediately enter the historic quarter. Cobble-stone streets, old houses - most of which badly in need of repair, some empty, some still inhabited. The atmosphere changes, too: from the busy streets with lots of traffic you end up in the village-like, laid back streets of this picturesque area.

Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Covaci street in the historic quarter

Some of the street names still now carry the name of traditional professions: for example Selari, Blanari. I found the atmosphere pleasant; people walking everywhere, having a chat in the middle of the street, looking out from their balconies, children playing, almost no traffic, and the attractive buildings lining the streets. I passed the Curtea Veche, royal court in the Middle Ages, the oldest church of the city, and the citadel that was closed for visitors. At the end of Franceză street I also found the enormous Hanul lui Manuc. Originally a caravanserai in the early 19th century, it has been converted in a hotel but still looks authentic, with wooden stairs, arches and a large courtyard. The historic quarter of Bucharest may not be very large, it definitely deserves a visit - and a long-awaited restoration program by the authorities.

Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Old houses in Franceză street in the historic quarter
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Apartment block in the Lipscani historic quarter
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Balcony of old house in the historic quarter
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Typical building in the historic quarter
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Wooden building in the historic quarter
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Old Club in the historic Lipscani quarter
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Old shop in Covaci street, on the location of the former royal court
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Shop in the historic quarter with chatting men
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Ruins of the old citadel, newer buildings in the background
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Boy looking down into the historic quarter from the balcony of his stately house
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Detail of theatre in the historic quarter of the Romanian capital
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Border between old and new: the historic quarter on the left
Picture of Lipscani historic quarter (Romania): Franceză street in the historic quarter

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