If you happen to trace some places mentioned in the Dracula novel, then Bistrita is a place not to be missed. This is the area that Bram Stoker chose as the setting of Dracula's castle. The capital of the Northern Bistrita- Năsăud County has several well preserved medieval buildings, an Orthodox church dating from the 13th century and a county Museum. The Bistrita-Năsăud County Museum, located in a former barracks, contains Thracian, Celtic, and German artifacts. Another attraction of Bistrita's central square is the Lutheran church which was built by the Transylvanian Saxons, originally constructed in the 14th century in Gothic style but remodeled from 1559-1563 by Petrus Italus with Renaissance features.
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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