Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român)
- Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The country's most prestigious concert hall, the Romanian Athenaeum stands as a national monument to the arts -- built almost entirely out of donated funds from the public. Completed in 1888, French architect Albert Galleron sought to design an ancient temple for a modern city. The result was a stunning blend of classical architecture and the French flare for ornamentation. Inside, the venue is known for its superior acoustics; it currently hosts the George Enescu Philharmonic. The concert hall is also known for its great location downtown, which one TripAdvisor user says "is very nice" with "lots of cafes and restaurants" for you to enjoy.
The only way to experience the beautiful Athenaeum is at a concert, not on a tour. But recent guests say that could be a blessing in disguise. And fortunately, tickets are cheap; as little as 8 RON, or about $3 USD. Look at the philharmonic's website for tickets and concert info.