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CEC Palace (Palatul CEC) Tours

CEC Palace (Palatul CEC)
Built in the late 1890s and opened at the turn of the 20th century on one of Bucharest’s main boulevards, the CEC Palace (Palatul CEC) was designed by French architect Paul Gottereau and the construction of this fine Beaux Arts masterpiece was overseen by Romanian architect Ion Socolescu. Designated to be the HQ of Romania’s oldest savings bank, Casa de Economii și Consemnațiuni (CEC) and located opposite the National History Museum of Romania, it is a monumental mansion topped with five cupolas; the central one stands over the grandiose, colonnaded entrance and is made of glass and steel. The palace is slated for transformation into an art museum and was sold to the city council for more than €17.75 million in 2006; while plans are drawn up the CEC Bank rents it back from the council but its sumptuous, marble-clad interior – much of which was covered over in Ceaușescu’s time – is no longer open to the public.

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Calea Victoriei 13. Not open to the public. Take the metro to Piata Unirii.
Address: Calea Victoriei 13, Bucharest, Bucharest Municipality 030022, Romania
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Bucharest Past and Present - Step by Step Private Walking Tour

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Bucharest private walking tour, at nightCultural Tours

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Bucharest City Discovery Game: The Luxurious Calea VictorieiCultural Tours

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Tuk Tuk Self-guided Tours & Rentals

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2h tour of the Historic Center of Bucharest

Discover the historic center of Bucharest and learn about the history of the Romanian capital with a local guide.
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