Situated in the western Romania on the banks of the river Mures, Arad is a modern-built city and contains many beautiful buildings. It is an important industrial center and transportation hub, it is also the seat of a Romanian Orthodox bishop and features two universities, a Romanian Orthodox theological seminary, a training school for teachers, and a music conservatory. The Fortified Town of Arad is one of the Transylvanian fotresses built in the Vauban star-shaped style. Arad's city hall is an impressive building which has to its right and left another two palaces 2 centuries old. Other tourist sites that well worth a visit are: Neuman Palace, Judiciary Palace, Cenad Palace, Bohus Palace and The Old Theatre (Hirschl), built by Jacob Hirschl in 1817, the oldest stone theatre in Romania.
Once known as the "Little Paris", Bucharest, Romania's capital, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, and glorious Belle Époque buildings. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on a boulevard longer than the Champs Elysees, with a range of trees that flower beautifully in the spring. You will be intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of architecture, from old monasteries to Orthodox Churches, Second Empire mansions, the stolid Stalinist architecture of the communist years and the colossal Parliament House, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
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