The main attractions in Bucharest are certainly the churches. Those who don’t have time or don’t wish to participate in a full Holy Mass, he can follow the route that leads to the most beautiful churches in the historic center of Bucharest, during the church services. The route takes about two hours and is intended for a sunny Sunday in spring or summer, 10:00 to 12:00. The departure point is at the southern exit of the subway station Piața Unirii 1, in front of the Hotel Horoscop.
After a route along the quay of Dâmbovița River which takes less than 10 minutes, you reach a hill on which stands the probably oldest church in town. It was, according to legend, founded by the shepherd Bucur, the founder of Bucharest personally. At the foot of the mountain, there is a wall and a bell tower, both built of brick. As you pass through the entrance, you are in the middle of a flowery garden. Now when you climb a little steep staircase, you reach the small Bucur Church, which is barely larger than a peasant hut.
2. Radu Vodă Monastery
When you descend from Bucur Hill and cross the Radu Vodă Street, then you are at the foot of another hill, headed by one of the oldest monasteries of Bucharest: The Radu Vodă Monastery. It was founded in the early 16th century, during the reign of Voivode Mihnea the Evil. The present monastery was changed significantly over time, especially in the 19th century it was greatly modernized. When you ascend the hill, the mighty monastery church appears in front of you. Their entrance is to the left, next to the old clock tower.
3. St. Spyridon Cathedral
If the exit under the bell tower of the monastery is not open, you leave the monastery through the main entrance and walk to the next church, the St. Spyridon Cathedral. This is not only one of the most sumptuous and beautiful churches in the capital, it is even the biggest. Originally, in 1860, when it was inaugurated, the cathedral had high, Gothic towers. The repairs after wars and earthquakes gave it largely a Byzantine style.
4. Patriarchal Cathedral
Return to Șerban Vodă Avenue and walk to the intersection with Bibescu Vodă Street, where you turn left. This road takes you past the Theological Institute to the foot of Metropolis Hill, on whose summit you can see the Patriarchal Cathedral, the Patriarch’s Palace and the Palace of Deputies. At the entrance, there is still the bell tower of the former Holy Kings Constantine and Helena Monastery, which was founded by St. Constantin Brâncoveanu. The Patriarchal Cathedral dates from the 17th century.
You can leave the Metropolitan Hill through the back gate, beyond a bell tower, and then reach the Queen Mary Avenue. If you follow it 700 meters, you can reach an entrance to the historic city center of Bucharest, in front of St. Anthony Church. This church is one of the oldest of the city, coronations of Romanian rulers where held here already in the 16th century.
If you follow the French Street and turn on Post Street to the right, you will face the most beautiful church in the city, the Stavropoleos Church. This church is quite small, but it has a high architectural value. In the monastery courtyard you can finds grave stones and other ancient objects which may arouse the interest of archaeologists.
7. Russian Church
If you follow the Smârdan Street and turn right into the Ion Ghica Street, then you’ll find yourself in front of the Russian Church, also known as St. Nicholas Church. This is the only church in Bucharest which was built in Russian style. The church is not very big, compared to those in Russia, and yet it is a magnificent church. It has six towers with gilded domes, one in the middle, one in each corner and another above the main entrance.
8. New St. George’s Church
From the Russian Church you’ll walk towards Bucharest University and cross the University Square. Then you’ll follow the I.C. Brătianu Boulevard until you’ll see on the left side a park, where the St. Georg’s Church is located in. This church was founded by St. Constantin Brâncoveanu in the 17th century and has gone through many changes over time, until it regained it’s original appearance in the late 20th century.
9. Old St. George’s Church
The last church is harder to find. It is located behind a row of houses on the Elderly Avenue. The church is more impressive than the previous one, it is larger and more spacious. It was founded in the 15th century and is one of the oldest churches in Bucharest. In the 16th century, this church was the seat of Ungro-Wallachian Metropolis.
From the Old St. George’s Church you can go back to the I.C. Brătianu Boulevard and follow it until it takes you to the starting point at the Union Square. From here, you can use the subway or take a bus to visit other areas of Bucharest.