Diversity Tour

Synopsis:

In the 19th century, only about 30% of ethnic Romanians lived in Bucharest: for instance, the first inn was built by Manuc Bei, an Armenian; the roofs of the churches were built by Jews: they were the only ones who had the technique and who took the risks of climbing building roofs; and although slaves at that time, Roma people taught us how to cook and how to craft.

More details

We start from the University Square, pass by Vasile Muresan’s workshop (aka Murivale) and continue on the Mosilor Road. On the way, we will discuss about the various monuments that we encounter, with emphasis on the myths of classic Romanian historiography: The she-wolf with her cubs and the Latin passage which appeal to the Dacian-Roman “orgin” of today’s Romanians.

However, the city was heavily influenced by the different ethnicities that settled here. We will see how Jews proposed a new lifestyle, which is found in the architecture of today’s abandoned buildings or semi-ruins.

Travelers will learn the local customs (for example, how the thieves used to be punished), and they will understand the purpose certain streets had.

Then we will cross Carol IstBoulevard (and since we mention his name, we will also talk about him, probably the most important person in Romanian history), we will see the Stock Exchange, and explore the Armenian neighborhood, one of those neighborhoods that still keep the same feeling they had 100 years ago.

The last place we will visit is MBQ (Mestesukar Butiq) which is the only store in the center of Bucharest that combines manufacturing traditions of the Roma community (clothes, jewelery, furniture) and modern elements.

Along the way we will recommend you all the places that are worth trying in Bucharest: Macaz Bar, the meeting place of the progressive left, with the most eclectic parties (one of the few central locations in Bucharest where “manele” can be heard); Control Club, the main knot of local hipsters; Fandom, for fans of comic books; teashouses, restaurants and more.

Itinerary: University Square – Moșilor Road – Armenească Neighborhood – University Square

Length: 8 km

Lasts: 5 hours

Fee: 80 Euros/ person

Storytellers: Ioan Borșan / Andrei Crăciun

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