From 7 to 11 July, thanks to the 2nd and Final stage of European Grand Prix Circuit 2015, we are in Romania to discover Bucharest.
Bucharest is the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania. It is the largest city in Romania and located in the southeast of the country, lies on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 70 km north of the Danube River.
Bucharest was first mentioned in documents in 1459. It became the capital of Romania in 1862 and is the centre of Romanian media, culture and art. Its architecture is a mix of historical (neo-classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and art deco), communist-era and modern. In the period between the two World Wars, the city’s elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of “Little Paris”. Although buildings and districts in the historic city centre were heavily damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, and above all Nicolae Ceaușescu‘s program of systematization, many survived. In recent years, the city has been experiencing an economic and cultural boom.
Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe. The city has big convention facilities, educational institutes, cultural venues, traditional “shopping arcades” and recreational areas.
The city proper is administratively known as the “Municipality of Bucharest” (Municipiul București), and has the same administrative level as that of a national county, being further subdivided into six sectors, each governed by a local mayor.
PLACE OF COMPETITION
Stadionul Naţional de Rugby Arcul de Triumf (Arch of Triumph National Rugby Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium. It is currently used mostly for rugby games.
The stadium is steeped in Romanian rugby history. It sits on the former site of the Federaţiei playing fields, where the sport was introduced to the country in the early 20th century.
Between 2008 and 2013, the stadium has been renovated and expanded to 5,500 seats with the help of Sector’s 1 City Hall.
The stadium hosted many concerts by international artists such as: Muse, Leonard Cohen, Limp Bizkit, Eros Ramazzotti, The Cranberries, Eric Clapton and Placebo.