Rare Historical Photos Of Bucharest From The Early 20th Century

Bucharest is the capital, cultural, industrial, and financial hub of Romania. The first written appearance of the name București dates from 1459 and it became capital of Romania in 1862.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Bucharest was thriving with rapid industrial development and commercial projects. Over 760 new enterprises were established in the city. The first Bucharest Jubilee Exhibition was held in 1906. The population of the city surpassed 300,000 inhabitants. During the Great War, Bucharest was placed under the military occupation of the Central Powers on December 6, 1916.

Here below are some fascinating historical photos of Bucharest from the early 20th century that show streets, landmarks, markets and everyday life.

#1 Members of the Corda Fratres with the artits of the National Theatre of Bucharest, Romania, November 1902.

#2 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Czar Nicholas II of Russia and Carol I of Romania, in Bucharest, 1912.

#3 The Continental Hotel On The Lively Boulevard Calea Victoriei, Bucharest, 1920s.

#6 Theater’s Plaza, Victoriei Avenue at Telephones Palace

#9 Romanian mayors’ banquet in Cismigiu park, jubilee celebrations in Bucharest, 1960.

#10 Two men in native dress with a trained bear on a lead with a muzzle, Bucharest, 1910.

#12 The Royal Palace Of Bucharest Became The New Residence Of King Carol Ii Of Romania, 1920s.

#33 Hereditary Prince Ferdinand inspecting the troops in Bucharest barracks, 1913.

#34 Plenipotentiaries at the reception in the Bucharest City Hall, Bucharest, Romania, 1913.

#35 Solemn session at the Romanian National Assembly in Bucharest in 1929.

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      • I feel the worst about the private sector, which was booming. The communists harvested it, put it on the ground, dispossessed business and property entrepreneurs and nationalized everything. The culture of entrepreneurship has been reviving only since 1990, but capitalism must be restored. Thirty years have passed since the revolution, but only a few years ago, we began to see a natural development of the entrepreneurial culture. It seems we know better what to eat; we are better informed about what a business means. Financial education is also a very, very recent topic. It took 30 years for us to get back on our feet.