Calea Victoriei is one of the oldest and most important boulevards in Bucharest. It is a symbol of the symbiosis of old and new, contemporary and times long gone. The street has a fascinating history: it was opened in 1692 but got the name it has today much later, in 1878. There is no question that Calea Victoriei is an important landmark in Bucharest worth discovering during your stay in the capital city.
Calea Victoriei: a walk down memory lane
Calea Victoriei has the length of 3.25 km. It starts with Splaiul Independentei and ends with the Romanian Government building. In the past it has been considered an important artery as the aristocrats have built houses along it and, with time, inns, restaurants, shops and public institutions started to take residence here.
Calea Victoriei was the first boulevard to benefit from electric illumination as well as the first paved street in Romania. The elites, political and cultural, national and international, would meet here. Owing a house or a business on this boulevard was a symbol of status in the past, just as much as it is now.
Calea Victoriei was a witness to and accommodated the creation of amazing books, governments and also passionate love affairs. It was the place to be if you were someone, just like it is today.
Calea Victoriei now
Just a look up and down the boulevard and you can see the past glory is still here, plastered on the buildings, in the atmosphere, on the windows of the glamorous shops that you can find at each step along Calea Victoriei.
Nowadays, Calea Victoriei is the perfect place for shopping for exquisite items; from boutique perfumery to luxury fashion and much more. But it is also the home of important landmarks which define Bucharest.
Some of the most quintessential historical monuments of the Romanian capital can be found here such as the National History Museum of Romania, Kretulescu Church, Romanian Athenaeum, and Cantacuzino Palace. On the streets adjacent to Calea Victoriei you can find even more locations worth discovering such as Antipa Museum, Art Collections Museum, and the Astronomical Observatory.
“New York Times” wrote a piece about Calea Victoriei mentioning that this street in Bucharest attracts tourists like it has some sort of magnet under the cement and asphalt.
If you want to get a taste of the old and new Bucharest, a good starting point to explore Calea Victoriei is Le Boutique Hotel Moxa, situated just across the street from Nicolae Iorga park.