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City hunt Bucharest Old town 1

This is a city hunt in the Old town of Bucharest. It is said that the city hides a great treasure, but nobody knows where. Now it is your turn to try to find it. But while you do that, discover the little jewelry hidden all over the city: beautiful buildings, interesting stories, hidden details.
 
How to play?
 
Go to the starting point and make sure you have a charged phone with Internet access. Check on the map the number you must go to. Use the printted map to reach it (and only if needed, Google maps). Once you have found the place, you must solve a task. Write the answer of that task in the answer field (first capital letter).

If the solution is correct, the app will take you on the next page. On this page you can read interesting stories about the place you discovered. If you can't find the correct answer, you can always use the clues below the question or click the "Answer" button to see it.
 
Cross only at the pedestrian crossing and use the passages marked on the map to discover other interesting places.
 
Along the way you will also discover a code that will represent your contribution to finding the treasure. Write it down and use it at the end. That's the only way you will get the treasure!
 
Details for Team 1:
Starting point: go to no.9 on the map 
Route length: approx. 5 km
Route duration: approx. 2 hours
You need: Internet and mobile phone

And don't forget: the purpose of this city hunt is to discover the city. Don't run, admire the places, take photos and enjoy the ride.
 
Let's go!
 
This is a city hunt in the Old town of Bucharest. It is said that the city hides a great treasure, but nobody knows where. Now it is your turn to try to find it. But while you do that, discover the little jewelry hidden all over the city: beautiful buildings, interesting stories, hidden details.
 
How to play?
 
Go to the starting point and make sure you have a charged phone with Internet access. Check on the map the number you must go to. Use the printted map to reach it (and only if needed, Google maps). Once you have found the place, you must solve a task. Write the answer of that task in the answer field (first capital letter).

If the solution is correct, the app will take you on the next page. On this page you can read interesting stories about the place you discovered. If you can't find the correct answer, you can always use the clues below the question or click the "Answer" button to see it.
 
Cross only at the pedestrian crossing and use the passages marked on the map to discover other interesting places.
 
Along the way you will also discover a code that will represent your contribution to finding the treasure. Write it down and use it at the end. That's the only way you will get the treasure!
 
Details for Team 1:
Starting point: go to no.9 on the map 
Route length: approx. 5 km
Route duration: approx. 2 hours
You need: Internet and mobile phone

And don't forget: the purpose of this city hunt is to discover the city. Don't run, admire the places, take photos and enjoy the ride.
 
Let's go!
 
Go to 9
Admire the beautiful, white palace on the corner and answer the following question:
 
Task
The red part of the building has many animals on it. How many have horns?
 
Clue
Search for the coat of arms above the entrance. Do you see the animals on it? How many of them have horns?
 
Answer
1

You are right! One aurochs appears on this coat of arms, together with 2 lions and an eagle. You have arrived here at Suțu Palace and the coat of arms belonged to the Suțu family.

The Suțu Palace, which currently houses the Museum of Bucharest, was erected in the first half of the 19th century by Grigore Suțu. Throughout the years it underwent some modifications by famous Romanian architects and sculptors, turning it into a sumptuous construction. The Suțu Palace was recognized for its balls and brilliant soirées, when the high society of Bucharest would gather here. It used to have a stunning garden with peacocks and pelicans.
 
The Museum of the Municipality of Bucharest has been functioning in this palace from as far back as 1956, having various names throughout the years.
 
Heritage showpieces and exhibits can be admired inside, the museum priding itself with having the richest patrimony of all the museums in the country.

You are right! One aurochs appears on this coat of arms, together with 2 lions and an eagle. You have arrived here at Suțu Palace and the coat of arms belonged to the Suțu family.

The Suțu Palace, which currently houses the Museum of Bucharest, was erected in the first half of the 19th century by Grigore Suțu. Throughout the years it underwent some modifications by famous Romanian architects and sculptors, turning it into a sumptuous construction. The Suțu Palace was recognized for its balls and brilliant soirées, when the high society of Bucharest would gather here. It used to have a stunning garden with peacocks and pelicans.
 
The Museum of the Municipality of Bucharest has been functioning in this palace from as far back as 1956, having various names throughout the years.
 
Heritage showpieces and exhibits can be admired inside, the museum priding itself with having the richest patrimony of all the museums in the country.
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The small park hosts a church inside it. Enter the park and look for a globe with the signs of the zodiac in the center of a rose.  

Task

Around the globe you will see the main cities in Romania with numbers below them. Search the city of Sibiu on the wheel. What number is written under this city?

Clue
The globe is in the corner next to the street, opposite the church. Look for the city of Sibiu on the edge of the basin around the globe.
 
Answer
274
Indeed, 274 is the number written under the city of Sibiu. This is considered the 0 kilometer of Bucharest. You are now in the courtyard of St. George’s Church, in front of the cadastral center of the city of Bucharest. It represents Km 0, the point from which all distances between Bucharest and the other cities in Romania are measured.
 
The monument represents a compass rose and between its points you can find the main historic Romanian regions: Muntenia, Moldova, Ardeal, Dobrogea, Banat, Oltenia, Basarabia, and Bucovina. In the center of the compass rose there is a sphere with a metal belt depicting the zodiac signs wrapped around its circumference.
 
The compass rose sits slightly sunken into a small basin with stone sides, which have the cities of Romania and the distances from this point to them carved in.
 
Your first part of the code: 1
Indeed, 274 is the number written under the city of Sibiu. This is considered the 0 kilometer of Bucharest. You are now in the courtyard of St. George’s Church, in front of the cadastral center of the city of Bucharest. It represents Km 0, the point from which all distances between Bucharest and the other cities in Romania are measured.
 
The monument represents a compass rose and between its points you can find the main historic Romanian regions: Muntenia, Moldova, Ardeal, Dobrogea, Banat, Oltenia, Basarabia, and Bucovina. In the center of the compass rose there is a sphere with a metal belt depicting the zodiac signs wrapped around its circumference.
 
The compass rose sits slightly sunken into a small basin with stone sides, which have the cities of Romania and the distances from this point to them carved in.
 
Your first part of the code: 1

Go to 11

The attraction no 11 on the map is located on Lipscani street. This street was known in the past as the place where merchants from Leipzig, Germany (hence the name Lipscani) came to sell their canvases and fabrics. Walking along it you will find a white building, with wide windows. At the entrance it has an advertisement representing a green book with a handle like a cup.

Task

Enter this building and explore it. What floor is the bistro on?

Clue
Go up on the stairs and count the floors until you meet the tables.
Answer
3
Yes, on the 3th floor is the bistro. And this is the Carturesti Carusel Bookshop, opened in 2015, after the Old Town historic building that houses it was renovated.
 
Since then, Carusel has become one of the most photographed spots in the city and welcomes its visitors with numerous books, a bistro at the top floor, and an art gallery.
 
Before all of this, from as far back at 1903, the building was actually a bank belonging to the Chrissoveloni family of bankers. The edifice was confiscated during the communist era and it was transformed into the Familia(family) store.
 
In 1991, the successor of the Chrissoveloni family started the process to repossess the building and finally, in 2007, he succeeded. He then got it up and running, renting it to the Carturesti bookshop to use as one of their stores.
 
Go up to the top floor and admire the view of the interior.
Yes, on the 3th floor is the bistro. And this is the Carturesti Carusel Bookshop, opened in 2015, after the Old Town historic building that houses it was renovated.
 
Since then, Carusel has become one of the most photographed spots in the city and welcomes its visitors with numerous books, a bistro at the top floor, and an art gallery.
 
Before all of this, from as far back at 1903, the building was actually a bank belonging to the Chrissoveloni family of bankers. The edifice was confiscated during the communist era and it was transformed into the Familia(family) store.
 
In 1991, the successor of the Chrissoveloni family started the process to repossess the building and finally, in 2007, he succeeded. He then got it up and running, renting it to the Carturesti bookshop to use as one of their stores.
 
Go up to the top floor and admire the view of the interior.

Go to 12

Get lost on the alleys of the old town and find the attraction no 12, located in the St. Anton's Square. Once you are here, search for the white stone cross that stands in the middle of a ruin. Go in front of it.

Task

If you look down, around the cross you will see the imprint of the former church of St. Anthony. It burned during the great fire that burned Bucharest. This event with its exact date is marked on the cross. In the same text it is also mentioned the year when the church was built. How many years did the church exist?

Clue
Two years appear on the cross. What is the difference between them?
 
Answer
112
Exactly! 112 passed between 1735, when the church was built and 1847 when the great fire destroyed it. You are now standing in the ruins of the old St. Anthony’s church, also known as the Prison’s church. It was called like that because it was inside an old prison. 
 
It was already standing here in the 16th century when prince Mircea the Shepherd built the St. Anthony’s Church you see in front of you, within the walls of the Bucharest fortress.
 
During the Great Fire of the 19th century, which consumed most of the city, the Prison’s church burned completely. All that was left was the icon of St. Anthony the Great. The icon was moved to Mircea the Shepherd’s church and so it became St. Anthony’s Church. The church you see behind the cross is the oldest church in Bucharest. In its courtyard, just to the left of the church, you can see the silver-covered icon that survived the fire.
 
On your left you can see a white building with gray roof. This is the Mannuc inn. Manuc’s Inn gets its name from the man who built it here at the beginning of the 19 th century: Manuc bei.

Manuc bei was a mysterious character: he was very rich, holding a monopoly over the salt trade in Wallachia and it is said that he was the first double agent on our territory, working for the Russian and for the Ottoman Empires at the same time.
 
He was the one who mediated the pact to end the Russian-Turkish war, a pact that was signed right here, at the inn. After Manuc bei’s death, the inn keeps changing hands, becoming first a theater (this is where the first operetta show in Romania was held) and then the Dacia Hotel.
 
From 2007, the inn’s owner is Prince Cantacuzino who renovates it, maintaining its traditional atmosphere and turning it into one of the most popular restaurants in Bucharest.
Exactly! 112 passed between 1735, when the church was built and 1847 when the great fire destroyed it. You are now standing in the ruins of the old St. Anthony’s church, also known as the Prison’s church. It was called like that because it was inside an old prison. 
 
It was already standing here in the 16th century when prince Mircea the Shepherd built the St. Anthony’s Church you see in front of you, within the walls of the Bucharest fortress.
 
During the Great Fire of the 19th century, which consumed most of the city, the Prison’s church burned completely. All that was left was the icon of St. Anthony the Great. The icon was moved to Mircea the Shepherd’s church and so it became St. Anthony’s Church. The church you see behind the cross is the oldest church in Bucharest. In its courtyard, just to the left of the church, you can see the silver-covered icon that survived the fire.
 
On your left you can see a white building with gray roof. This is the Mannuc inn. Manuc’s Inn gets its name from the man who built it here at the beginning of the 19 th century: Manuc bei.

Manuc bei was a mysterious character: he was very rich, holding a monopoly over the salt trade in Wallachia and it is said that he was the first double agent on our territory, working for the Russian and for the Ottoman Empires at the same time.
 
He was the one who mediated the pact to end the Russian-Turkish war, a pact that was signed right here, at the inn. After Manuc bei’s death, the inn keeps changing hands, becoming first a theater (this is where the first operetta show in Romania was held) and then the Dacia Hotel.
 
From 2007, the inn’s owner is Prince Cantacuzino who renovates it, maintaining its traditional atmosphere and turning it into one of the most popular restaurants in Bucharest.

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Enter the church yard hidden here, behind the blocks.

Task

In the courtyard, on the left, you will be greeted by the woman who gives the name of this place: Domnita Balasa. Find out in which year the church was built by King Carol I.

Clue

On the side of the plinth of the statue appears the name of King Charles I (Carol I in Romanian) and below it is mentioned a year. What year is it about?

 
Answer
1881

Correct! The year is 1881.

Mrs. Balasa, the one who gave the name to this church, was the daughter of Constantin Brancoveanu, voivode of the Romanian Country. She has been resting for almost 300 years in the place of worship that bears her name: Domnita Balasa.

In 1743, Miss Bălașa, the sixth daughter of Constantin Brâncoveanu, founded the first place of worship on the land in the center of old Bucharest, received as a dowry. In 1751 a small complex was built, consisting of a larger church, an asylum and a school, the last two being closed at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1838, an earthquake occurred, which seriously affected the place of worship.

Safta Brancoveanu, a lady married to the last descendant of the Brancoven family, Grigore, built another one in 1842, in neo-gothic style, in place of the one demolished by the earthquake. Brâncovenesc Hospital is also built next to the church.

However, the building was built on a land exposed to floods, and this church quickly deteriorated and only after 40 years it had to be demolished.

The current church was built during the reign of King Carol I and Queen Elizabeth, the construction lasting 4 years (1881-1885). In 1940, the church is affected by the great earthquake, so it is restored again.

Inside it, in two side niches, are the tombs of Lady Balasa (1693-1752), the sixth daughter of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu and Lady Zoe Brancoveanu (1800-1892).

Other interesting objects that you can see are the two gilts, positioned near the altar, on which the king and queen sat when they attended the service, also highlighted by the presence of the royal coat of arms on the back. You can still read "Nihil Sine Deo" - the royal motto.

In the Church park, the monument of Mrs. Balasa stands out, one of the most successful works of the sculptor Carol Storck-senior. On the plinth of the statue are written the names of the estates that constituted the dowry granted to the church.

The Brancovenesc Hospital built near the church has been functioning since its inception, being also renovated over time. During the Second World War, it functioned as a military hospital with a number of 500 beds. In 1948, during the government of Petru Groza, Brâncovenesc Hospital became the property of the state, and after the earthquake of March 4, 1977, Nicolae Ceaușescu found the pretext to systematize the entire area and in 1984, it was decided to demolish the building.

It is said that Safta Brancoveanu left a terrible curse on the church and the hospital, that no one should in any way touch the walls of the Brâncovenesc Hospital or the Domniţa church, and if he does not listen to her and move at least one brick from its place, "to be killed with all his people, hastily and mercilessly, on a day of great celebration". It is surprising that this was the fate of the dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu who, after the demolition of the hospital, was killed together with his wife on December 25, 1989.

Another surprising thing about the church is the fact that no funeral was ever held in Bălaşa! Bălaşa Church was and will remain a church of celebration.

Your second part of the code: 5

Correct! The year is 1881.

Mrs. Balasa, the one who gave the name to this church, was the daughter of Constantin Brancoveanu, voivode of the Romanian Country. She has been resting for almost 300 years in the place of worship that bears her name: Domnita Balasa.

In 1743, Miss Bălașa, the sixth daughter of Constantin Brâncoveanu, founded the first place of worship on the land in the center of old Bucharest, received as a dowry. In 1751 a small complex was built, consisting of a larger church, an asylum and a school, the last two being closed at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1838, an earthquake occurred, which seriously affected the place of worship.

Safta Brancoveanu, a lady married to the last descendant of the Brancoven family, Grigore, built another one in 1842, in neo-gothic style, in place of the one demolished by the earthquake. Brâncovenesc Hospital is also built next to the church.

However, the building was built on a land exposed to floods, and this church quickly deteriorated and only after 40 years it had to be demolished.

The current church was built during the reign of King Carol I and Queen Elizabeth, the construction lasting 4 years (1881-1885). In 1940, the church is affected by the great earthquake, so it is restored again.

Inside it, in two side niches, are the tombs of Lady Balasa (1693-1752), the sixth daughter of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu and Lady Zoe Brancoveanu (1800-1892).

Other interesting objects that you can see are the two gilts, positioned near the altar, on which the king and queen sat when they attended the service, also highlighted by the presence of the royal coat of arms on the back. You can still read "Nihil Sine Deo" - the royal motto.

In the Church park, the monument of Mrs. Balasa stands out, one of the most successful works of the sculptor Carol Storck-senior. On the plinth of the statue are written the names of the estates that constituted the dowry granted to the church.

The Brancovenesc Hospital built near the church has been functioning since its inception, being also renovated over time. During the Second World War, it functioned as a military hospital with a number of 500 beds. In 1948, during the government of Petru Groza, Brâncovenesc Hospital became the property of the state, and after the earthquake of March 4, 1977, Nicolae Ceaușescu found the pretext to systematize the entire area and in 1984, it was decided to demolish the building.

It is said that Safta Brancoveanu left a terrible curse on the church and the hospital, that no one should in any way touch the walls of the Brâncovenesc Hospital or the Domniţa church, and if he does not listen to her and move at least one brick from its place, "to be killed with all his people, hastily and mercilessly, on a day of great celebration". It is surprising that this was the fate of the dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu who, after the demolition of the hospital, was killed together with his wife on December 25, 1989.

Another surprising thing about the church is the fact that no funeral was ever held in Bălaşa! Bălaşa Church was and will remain a church of celebration.

Your second part of the code: 5

Go to 2

Cross the street at the pedestrian crossing and stop in the middle, between the two car lanes.

Task

On one end of the boulevard you will see Unirii Square and at the other end the second largest building in the world: the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. Look around you, closer: How many roosters in the stone can you count?

Clue

Admire the 2 fountains that frame the alley you are standing on. In one of them, do you see more roosters carved in stone? How many can you count?

 
Answer
2

You are right! 2 roosters are represented on the fountain.

Turn around, admire the impressive white building. This the Parliament Palace erected by the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. Afer the earthquaqe in 1977 (7.2 degrees on the Richter scale), Ceaușescu wants to build the Deputy chamber here, after a plan of king Carol II. The project is a part of his plan about Bucharest to turn him into Phenian, the capital of North Coreea.

A young architecture (28 years old) is chosen for the project and they start to demolish important buildings in the area to make room for the new one (the Uranus neighborhood, Vacaresti monastery, hospitals were demolished). The constrution started in 1984 and 20.000 workers worked for 24 ours in 3 shifts.

The plan included a large building with 9 levels in height, 9 underground, a house for the guests, a large boulevard (like Champs Elysee) - the one you are standing on today, the ministeries and a subway connection. It was planned to be finished in 2 years, only with romanian materials. But Ceaușescu was killed in 1989 and the communist era ended then.

Today, the building is not finished and out of its 1000 rooms only 440 used. It has 86 m height and 92 m underground and it hosts the Parliament of Romania, both chambers.

It holds several recordes: the second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon, the most expensive administrative building in the world and the heaviest. 

In 1990 a rich man from America wanted to buy it. Today it is evaluated at 3 bilion dollars.

You are right! 2 roosters are represented on the fountain.

Turn around, admire the impressive white building. This the Parliament Palace erected by the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. Afer the earthquaqe in 1977 (7.2 degrees on the Richter scale), Ceaușescu wants to build the Deputy chamber here, after a plan of king Carol II. The project is a part of his plan about Bucharest to turn him into Phenian, the capital of North Coreea.

A young architecture (28 years old) is chosen for the project and they start to demolish important buildings in the area to make room for the new one (the Uranus neighborhood, Vacaresti monastery, hospitals were demolished). The constrution started in 1984 and 20.000 workers worked for 24 ours in 3 shifts.

The plan included a large building with 9 levels in height, 9 underground, a house for the guests, a large boulevard (like Champs Elysee) - the one you are standing on today, the ministeries and a subway connection. It was planned to be finished in 2 years, only with romanian materials. But Ceaușescu was killed in 1989 and the communist era ended then.

Today, the building is not finished and out of its 1000 rooms only 440 used. It has 86 m height and 92 m underground and it hosts the Parliament of Romania, both chambers.

It holds several recordes: the second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon, the most expensive administrative building in the world and the heaviest. 

In 1990 a rich man from America wanted to buy it. Today it is evaluated at 3 bilion dollars.

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The no.3 is located on one of the most famous boulevards of Bucharest: Calea Victoriei, heavily trafficked by cars.

Task

Look for the imposing building with a sign the Museum of Romanian History on it. Climb its steps and admire the pillared corridor. At the 2 ends of the corridor are 2 doors. Look up over one of the two doors, at the statue with the 2 characters. What musical instrument has one of the 2 characters behind him?

Clue
It is a blowing musical instrument
Answer
Trumpet
Exactly, a trumpet is the musical instrument represented in the statue. The foundation stone of the imposing Museum of History edifice was laid at the end of the 19th century in the presence of Carol I, king of Romania, and of Lascar Catargiu, the prime minister at the time.
 
The building was to become the Palace of the Post and of the Telegraph, and its architect was inspired by the Palace of the Post in Geneva.
 
It was only in 1972 that the Museum of History was inaugurated, after important renovation works. The exhibits inside take you on the thread of history through its permanent and temporary exhibitions. Inside you can admire the crowns of the kings of Romania, gold jewelry from the Dacian times and a replica of Trajan's Column. 
 
Just across the street from the History museum you can see another beautiful buildingȘ the CEC palace. The CEC Palace is one of those architectural symbols of the Little Paris, as Bucharest was once known.
 
The palace was built on the place of a former monastery and it became the headquarters of the Deposit House - Romania's first bank institution, founded in 1864. That was 16 years before the National Bank. The building became then the headquarter of the CEC, the current CEC Bank. It is built in an authentic French Baroque style and remained intact after two big earthquakes (1940 and 1977), after the Soviet bombing (1941), and after the Anglo-American bombing (1944).
Exactly, a trumpet is the musical instrument represented in the statue. The foundation stone of the imposing Museum of History edifice was laid at the end of the 19th century in the presence of Carol I, king of Romania, and of Lascar Catargiu, the prime minister at the time.
 
The building was to become the Palace of the Post and of the Telegraph, and its architect was inspired by the Palace of the Post in Geneva.
 
It was only in 1972 that the Museum of History was inaugurated, after important renovation works. The exhibits inside take you on the thread of history through its permanent and temporary exhibitions. Inside you can admire the crowns of the kings of Romania, gold jewelry from the Dacian times and a replica of Trajan's Column. 
 
Just across the street from the History museum you can see another beautiful buildingȘ the CEC palace. The CEC Palace is one of those architectural symbols of the Little Paris, as Bucharest was once known.
 
The palace was built on the place of a former monastery and it became the headquarters of the Deposit House - Romania's first bank institution, founded in 1864. That was 16 years before the National Bank. The building became then the headquarter of the CEC, the current CEC Bank. It is built in an authentic French Baroque style and remained intact after two big earthquakes (1940 and 1977), after the Soviet bombing (1941), and after the Anglo-American bombing (1944).
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On the pedestrian street paved with cubic stone an old church will catch your eye.

Task

Enter its courtyard and as you look at the inner courtyard, search to your left for a bronze plaque with the face of the architect who renovated the church. What is the year of his death?

Clue
The plaque is at the entrance on the aisle to your left as you stand with your back to the church and facing the inner courtyard, right next to the "Historic Monument" sign. 
 
Answer
1912
Indeed, Ion Mincu is the architect that renovated the church and he died in 1912. You are here in the courtyard of Stavropoleos, a small church erected by a Greek monk from Epir, Greece in the 18th century. The monk came to Bucharest in order to make money for another church in Greece. He became a confessor and a few years later he was rich. With his wealth he bought the land where he would build an inn and in the inn’s courtyard, a small church.
 
Its name, Stavropoleos, means “the city of crosses” in Greek. After an earthquake, the inn crumbles and the church becomes a ruin. At the beginning of the 20th century,
the church is renovated, the job being coordinated by the famous Romanian architect, Ion Mincu.

In its courtyard you will find a lapidarium. All the crosses here are from churches that were demolished during the communist period.
 
Your third part of the code: 4
Indeed, Ion Mincu is the architect that renovated the church and he died in 1912. You are here in the courtyard of Stavropoleos, a small church erected by a Greek monk from Epir, Greece in the 18th century. The monk came to Bucharest in order to make money for another church in Greece. He became a confessor and a few years later he was rich. With his wealth he bought the land where he would build an inn and in the inn’s courtyard, a small church.
 
Its name, Stavropoleos, means “the city of crosses” in Greek. After an earthquake, the inn crumbles and the church becomes a ruin. At the beginning of the 20th century,
the church is renovated, the job being coordinated by the famous Romanian architect, Ion Mincu.

In its courtyard you will find a lapidarium. All the crosses here are from churches that were demolished during the communist period.
 
Your third part of the code: 4

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Go inside the passage on no.5.

Task

As the two sides of it unit, stand below the glass dome. People looking at each other are framed by circles. How many portraits like that can you count?

Clue
Do you see the bas-reliefs on the first floor representing humans framed by circles? How many are they?
 
Answer
8
Exactly, 8 basoreliefs are located below the dome. This is the Macca Villacrosse passage. But what is the story of this passage? Right here, there was an inn, running since the 17 th century. One of the owners of the inn gifted this property to his two daughters, one of whom was married to a famous furrier of that time, Macca, while the other was married to a Catalan man named Villacrosse, who was later to become the chief architect of Bucharest.
 
The inn changes its name to Villacrosse, the name of its new owner. Villacrosse wants to transform it into a luxurious hotel, but lacking the necessary finances, he makes an alliance that leads to him being betrayed and losing the inn, which becomes the Stadt Pesth Hotel.
 
Years later, there is need for a short access road between the National Bank erected in the Historic Center and the Main Boulevard of the time, Calea Victoriei. The owner of the Stadt Pesth Hotel refuses to sell it to facilitate the construction of the exit to Calea Victoriei, so a passage was built around it.
 
It has one exit toward Old Town and a U-shaped passage surrounding the hotel, with both branches leading to Calea Victoriei. The two branches were named after the two brothers-in-law, Macca and Villacrosse.
 
The Stadt Pesth Hotel no longer functions and the passage has become famous in Bucharest for being the place where you can find many places to smok shisha. During the communist period, the passage was named “Bijuteria” (Jewel) due to the numerous jewelers that had shops here. It was one of the places where young people would buy their wedding bands (you can still spot ads from that era here and there). 
 
Admire the passage before moving on.
Exactly, 8 basoreliefs are located below the dome. This is the Macca Villacrosse passage. But what is the story of this passage? Right here, there was an inn, running since the 17 th century. One of the owners of the inn gifted this property to his two daughters, one of whom was married to a famous furrier of that time, Macca, while the other was married to a Catalan man named Villacrosse, who was later to become the chief architect of Bucharest.
 
The inn changes its name to Villacrosse, the name of its new owner. Villacrosse wants to transform it into a luxurious hotel, but lacking the necessary finances, he makes an alliance that leads to him being betrayed and losing the inn, which becomes the Stadt Pesth Hotel.
 
Years later, there is need for a short access road between the National Bank erected in the Historic Center and the Main Boulevard of the time, Calea Victoriei. The owner of the Stadt Pesth Hotel refuses to sell it to facilitate the construction of the exit to Calea Victoriei, so a passage was built around it.
 
It has one exit toward Old Town and a U-shaped passage surrounding the hotel, with both branches leading to Calea Victoriei. The two branches were named after the two brothers-in-law, Macca and Villacrosse.
 
The Stadt Pesth Hotel no longer functions and the passage has become famous in Bucharest for being the place where you can find many places to smok shisha. During the communist period, the passage was named “Bijuteria” (Jewel) due to the numerous jewelers that had shops here. It was one of the places where young people would buy their wedding bands (you can still spot ads from that era here and there). 
 
Admire the passage before moving on.

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Search for the 5-star hotel on this street.

Task

At the entrance, a year is carved in marble. What year is it?

Clue
Look at the two pillars that frame the entrance and find the year on the one in the left. What year is it?
 
Answer
1915

Exactly, 1915 is the year carved in marble. The Marmorosch Blank Bank Palace was built between 1915-1923 (that is why you can see this year at the entrance), in a neo-Romanian style, with Byzantine and Gothic influences.

The Marmorosch Bank is one of the oldest banks in Romania. It was initially founded in 1848, in the context of the country's political and national revival. Its headquarters were in a small house in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Bucharest. Its founder was Iacob Marmorosch, merchant and "lender" of money.

The rise of the bank was favored by the family ties between Marmorosch and the banker Iacob Löbel, who became director of the Bucharest branch of the Imperial Ottoman Bank of Constantinople, under the firm "Banque de Roumanie". In 1863, Iacob Marmorosch associates with the young Mauriciu Blank. After six years of activity, the two became partners and in 1874 the bank became Marmorosch Blank & Co., one of the strongest credit institutes at that time.

In 1877, it participated in the financing of the Romanian army in the War of Independence. After gaining independence, the bank became involved in financing the construction of several railways.

In the 1920s, Marmorosch Blank bank was the most powerful commercial bank in Romania. In 1923, the bank had 25 branches in Romania and four abroad (Paris, Istanbul, Vienna and New York).

As a result of the world economic crisis of 1930, the Marmorosch Blank Bank became insolvent and could no longer meet requests for the return of deposits, entering bankruptcy.

It is saved by the National Bank of Romania and maintained until 1948, when it was nationalized.

In recent years, it was the headquarters of a foreign bank and then it was abandoned. But in recent years it has acquired a new life, becoming one of the most luxurious 5-star hotels in Bucharest.

Exactly, 1915 is the year carved in marble. The Marmorosch Blank Bank Palace was built between 1915-1923 (that is why you can see this year at the entrance), in a neo-Romanian style, with Byzantine and Gothic influences.

The Marmorosch Bank is one of the oldest banks in Romania. It was initially founded in 1848, in the context of the country's political and national revival. Its headquarters were in a small house in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Bucharest. Its founder was Iacob Marmorosch, merchant and "lender" of money.

The rise of the bank was favored by the family ties between Marmorosch and the banker Iacob Löbel, who became director of the Bucharest branch of the Imperial Ottoman Bank of Constantinople, under the firm "Banque de Roumanie". In 1863, Iacob Marmorosch associates with the young Mauriciu Blank. After six years of activity, the two became partners and in 1874 the bank became Marmorosch Blank & Co., one of the strongest credit institutes at that time.

In 1877, it participated in the financing of the Romanian army in the War of Independence. After gaining independence, the bank became involved in financing the construction of several railways.

In the 1920s, Marmorosch Blank bank was the most powerful commercial bank in Romania. In 1923, the bank had 25 branches in Romania and four abroad (Paris, Istanbul, Vienna and New York).

As a result of the world economic crisis of 1930, the Marmorosch Blank Bank became insolvent and could no longer meet requests for the return of deposits, entering bankruptcy.

It is saved by the National Bank of Romania and maintained until 1948, when it was nationalized.

In recent years, it was the headquarters of a foreign bank and then it was abandoned. But in recent years it has acquired a new life, becoming one of the most luxurious 5-star hotels in Bucharest.

Go to 7

Approach the imposing building with the "National Military Circle" emblem and the fountain in front.

Task

Its facade is decorated with many elements and 2 species of animals. 2 eagles stand on each corner of the facade. But how many animals can you count from the other species?

Clue

Look carefully at the facade, between the columns. Do you see the lions that seem to be sitting next to the pandas? How many are they?

 
Answer
7

Here was the Sarindar monastery, said to be build in 14 century. The monastery became a place for people with mental sickness because it had an icon that could heal those pacients.

In 1838 an earquaqe destrois the monastery and a few years later its ruins are demolished.

First, they built here a fountain (Sarindar fountain), that you can still admire, and the place was bought by the military club in Bucharest. They needed a building for cultural and leisure activities. The architect had the problem that the ground was muddy for the foundation because of small tributary of Dambovita river. So, they built the foundation on oak wood, that becomes hard when in contact with water.

In 1922 the building was finished as you see it todey and it became the national military circle (CCA abreviation in Romanian). Inside, there are some beautiful rooms used for meetings, concerts and expositions.

Here was the Sarindar monastery, said to be build in 14 century. The monastery became a place for people with mental sickness because it had an icon that could heal those pacients.

In 1838 an earquaqe destrois the monastery and a few years later its ruins are demolished.

First, they built here a fountain (Sarindar fountain), that you can still admire, and the place was bought by the military club in Bucharest. They needed a building for cultural and leisure activities. The architect had the problem that the ground was muddy for the foundation because of small tributary of Dambovita river. So, they built the foundation on oak wood, that becomes hard when in contact with water.

In 1922 the building was finished as you see it todey and it became the national military circle (CCA abreviation in Romanian). Inside, there are some beautiful rooms used for meetings, concerts and expositions.

Go to 8

Search for the entrance with wooden doors of this beautiful building.

Task

Discover who carved the door. His first name initials are CM. What is his name?

Clue

Look carefully at the door. On its left side, at the bottom, the name of its sculptor is carved in wood. What is the name after the initial CM?

 
Answer
Babic

That is correct! CM Babic is the culpture of this amazing door. You are here in front of the Ion Mincu University of Architecture. This is the oldest institution of its kind in Romania, being the successor of the many forms of architectural education initiated in 1892 through the School of Architecture.

The building that houses the institution today is called the Palace of the Institute of Architecture. Its construction began in 1912, according to the plans of the architect Grigore Cerchez (the name carved on the right side of the door), and was completed in 1927.

Since 1953, the school (and implicitly the building) has been named after Ion Mincu, Romanian architect, engineer, teacher and politician, promoter of an authentic Romanian architectural style, educated in Paris.

That is correct! CM Babic is the culpture of this amazing door. You are here in front of the Ion Mincu University of Architecture. This is the oldest institution of its kind in Romania, being the successor of the many forms of architectural education initiated in 1892 through the School of Architecture.

The building that houses the institution today is called the Palace of the Institute of Architecture. Its construction began in 1912, according to the plans of the architect Grigore Cerchez (the name carved on the right side of the door), and was completed in 1927.

Since 1953, the school (and implicitly the building) has been named after Ion Mincu, Romanian architect, engineer, teacher and politician, promoter of an authentic Romanian architectural style, educated in Paris.

Your route ends here. Have you written down the code found on the way? You'll be using it soon. Go to the X on the map and wait there until all the teams are gathered.
 
Then you will receive new instructions. IGNORE the Next button for now!
Your route ends here. Have you written down the code found on the way? You'll be using it soon. Go to the X on the map and wait there until all the teams are gathered.
 
Then you will receive new instructions. IGNORE the Next button for now!

Have you all gathered? Then together you will find the treasure, placing the teams in the reverse order. Everyone has their code. The coordinates will show you the exact location of the treasure!

Have you all gathered? Then together you will find the treasure, placing the teams in the reverse order. Everyone has their code. The coordinates will show you the exact location of the treasure!

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