Central Bucharest – despite all appearances – is home to some of the most amazing architecture in Europe. Though it seems difficult to believe sometimes, for the first two or three decades of the 20th century the Romanian capital was as avant garde as anywhere when it came to architecture. There are hundreds of masterpieces in the city centre (many of which, alas, have seen better days) and there are an increasingly large number of websites dedicated to documenting them. If you ask us, the best is Valentin Mandache’s Historo blog. If you have a free morning one weekend, you should take one of his architectural walking tours too.
This post, however, is not about great architecture. Instead, it’s the first in what we want to make a regular celebration of the much-maligned bloc. After all, the vast majority of Bucharest’s population lives in an apartment block of one shape or another. They may be ordinary, often ugly, but they provide shelter to millions. Time to give them their place in the sun.
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