Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. It is located in the southeast of the country, on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 60 km (37.3 mi) north of the Danube River and the Bulgarian border.
Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe.
In 1877, the city had 177,646 inhabitants, 20,323 buildings, including 19,642 homes. There were 97 inns, 26 large hotels, 37 newspaper editorial offices, printing 8, 19 pharmacies, nine public hospitals and five bathrooms. Places of Worship: 126 Orthodox churches (132,987 believers), four Roman Catholic churches (16991 belivers), and an Evangelical Lutheran church (Christians 5854), an Armenian church (796 believers), 27 synagogues (20,749 faithful).
According to the report of the Hall, in 1889, the city had the diameter of 7 km, 28 km perimeter roads, 789 streets with a total length of 410 km, 538 paved streets, 546 streets with sidewalks and 41 highway. Population was 190,000 inhabitants. There were 132 churches, of which 113 Orthodox.
In 1906 the city had an area of 5550 ha. and 300,000 inhabitants, 1026 Horse of the road 75 km. Tramways, 8 electrical and 138 horse powered.
How a bout the 1920s? Check out these photos to see what Bucharest looked like in this period.
|Roma Square on Lipscani Street|
|The Commercial Academy in the Royal Palace Plaza|
|The Commercial Academy|
|The Fire Tower (Foișorul de Foc)|