Bucharest, the capital of Romania, was once the home of Vlad the Impaler and is a bizarre juxtaposition of Soviet stoicism with Art Nouveau whimsy. You cannot miss the grotesquely majestic Palace of the Parliament building - with a flamboyant throwback to Baroque. Broad brick boulevards and blocks of building hide the tiny side streets of Bucharest in which faded villas with beautiful Art Nouveau period stained glass windows catch the rays of the sun. Majestically grand, the Bucharest Opera House dominates the city center and continues to be a premier venue for ballet, symphony and opera.
For those interested in Jewish history, stroll through the once bustling Ashkenazi Jewish district and visit the Choral Temple, a copy of Vienna’s Leopoldstadt-Tempelgasse. Visitors also have the chance to visit the Great Synagogue and possibly the Jewish Theater, the oldest Yiddish language theater in the world.
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