Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) is a major avenue in central Bucharest and leads from Splaiul Independenței (Piata Natiunile Unite) to North, up to Piaţa Victoriei. The Boulevard has 2.700 m length.
The road was built in 1692 by Constantin Brâncoveanu through the domains of the Bălăceni of the Saint John Monastery, Zlătari Monastery up to the Sărindari Monastery.
The road became known as Podul Mogoșoaiei (Mogoșoaia Wood Paved Road) as it led to Mogoșoaia, a suburb of Bucharest.
At the Royal Palace, in July 1814, Podul Mogoșoaiei was the first street in Bucharest to be illuminated with candles during the night.
The road was renamed Calea Victoriei in 1878, after the Romanian victory in the Independence War of 1877-1878 because on this boulevard romanian army enters in Bucharest.
On this street you can find many buildings and monuments, from south to north: Palace Agricola Fonciera and Trieste, National Museum of History of Romania with the Statue of Trajan and the She-wolf, CEC Palace (1887), Victoria Store (ex Socec – Lafayette Gallery), National Military Palace (1914), Capsa Hotel (1852), Odeon Theatre (1911), Telephone Palace, Novotel, Revolution Square, BCU (Central University Bibliotheque) and Carol I statue, Royal Palace today Museum of Art Collections, Romanian Athenaeum (1888), Ştirbey Palace, George Enescu Museum etc.
I recommend you to walk on this boulevard from Piata Natiunile Unite (Splai Independentei - Dambovita River) up to Romanian Athenaeum.
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