Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) is a major avenue in central Bucharest, famous today for luxury shopping and old buildings. It was first opened to traffic in 1692, originally part of the route from the Old Court (Curtea Veche) to Mogosoaia, where Constantin Brancoveanu, that great ruler of these parts who did so much to modernise the country during his long and distinguished reign – had his main palace. 
The street has had many names over the years, including Ulita Sarindar, Drumul Brasovului and Podul Mogosoaia – its name until 1878 when it was christened Calea Victoriei in honour of victories won by Romanian armies fighting to preserve the country’s newly won independence from the Ottoman Empire.
Photos taken between 2009 and 2011.

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