IntroductionDespite being recognized, worldwide, as a cultural destination, Bucharest is actually a relatively new city, first referred to around 1459. In 1862, Bucharest became the official capital of Romania. Since then, the city has wasted no time in establishing itself as the cultural and economic capital of Romania, gathering national acclaim as the place to go for media, arts and culture. In fact, it has become so sophisticated that it is often referred to as “Paris of the East”.
During World War Two, Bucharest suffered considerable destruction, but this did little to impede the development of this thriving city. Recently, Bucharest has experienced a substantial economic boom. Today, the population of Bucharest is approximately 2 million.