Cultural tours through the old districts and slums of Bucharest

The tours are organised as part of the project “Through the Bucharest that goes by.”

Those interested by the history of Bucharest can join free cultural tours through the old districts and slums of the town, starting last Saturday, informs a communique issued by organisers, the Romanian Association for Culture, Education and Normality (ARCEN). The first cultural tour goes on between March 29 and April 13, every Saturday and Sunday, starting 5.00 PM, departing from the foot of the Patriarhiei Hill – Piata Unirii Square.
ARCEN invites Bucharesters to discover the Story of the Flamanda Slum in a walking tour that will last one hour and a half: Bibescu Voda Street – Piata Unirii Square – Dealul Patriarhiei Hill – Ienachita Vacarescu Street – Principatele Unite Street – Olimpului Street – Piata Concordiei Square – Serban Voda Avenue – Bibescu Voda Street.
The tour dedicated to the Flamanda Slum features stories about the first tramway lines of the city, about pastry shops, the Dambovita River, the gardens of Bucharest, the road used by Fanariot princes to enter the Capital, as well as scary recollections about the thugs who populated the slums, the nightlife of a zone that was the outer edge of the old town, now part of its central area, while also telling the story of the handicraftsmen and merchants of old Bucharest.
With this project, ARCEN aims at increasing the awareness about the memory and identity of Bucharest, the old neighbourhoods of the Capital, each with its own identity, in-built zones dating from the 19th Century which preserve the memory of old Bucharest, areas that partly escaped destruction during the communist regime, only to be under the pressure of chaotic urban development today. According to organisers, “Through the Bucharest that goes by” (“Prin Bucurestii ce se duc”) is a project achieved from love for the city and for its inhabitants.

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