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Continuing the nightly walk along Victory Road, at number 40 we find a little square with a fountain and in the background the beautiful building of the Odeon Theater. I researched the history of the building before writing this post and found out that the building and the piece of land it’s built on changed many hands and was used for many things during the years. I guess that’s probably normal for a piece of land with such a good location. In the end I decided to spare you all the little details regarding ownership and functionality. It’s Friday and it’s time for having fun rather than a history lesson. I’ll only say that the theater was built in 1911 and that its auditorium is probably the most elegant among all of Bucharest’s theaters. The statue in the foreground is that of Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey.

  3 Responses to “Victory Road at night – Part 3”

  1. The theater looks very elegant and the lighting is wonderful! Lovely shot! I hope you can take a photo of its interior one of these days.

    I know so little of your country so I hope you don't mind my asking: why is there a bust of Ataturk in Bucharest?

  2. Looks like a beautiful area. Never get tired of the history, even on Friday.

  3. Hilda: Good question and I don't mind you asking. In fact many bucharestians I know are asking the same thing 🙂 There is a Ramada hotel to the right of the theater and apparently the statue of Ataturk was placed there by the hotel's Turkish owner. He did it illegally, without approval from the city hall but years have passed and the statue still stands.

    B Squared: It is indeed a nice area. I never get tired of history either. That's the nice part about keeping this blog, I get to read a lot about the history of the places I pass by every day. Most of the time it proves to be very interesting.

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