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New website for season 2018 now online with direct Viator/Trip Advisor online Booking service.
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Bucharest Guided Tours special feature on Alexandru Ioan Cuza.

Alexandru Ioan Cuza was born in 20 March 1820 in Barlad, Vaslui County, Moldavia. Son of a landowner, he received a European education in Paris. Returning to his homeland, he became an officer in the Moldavian army becoming a colonel, and married his wife Elena in 1844.

Cuza became politically motivated during the Moldavian uprising of 1848, being arrested and eventually becoming a prisoner of war in Vienna. Cuza promptly escaped, supported by British interests in the region.
Returning to a more politically stable Moldavia, he became Minister for War. He was a prominent speaker in parliamentary debates and strongly advocated the union of Moldavia and Walachia.

In 1859 he was elected as Prince of Moldavia and after initial political indecision, street pressure led to him becoming prince of neighboring Wallachia, uniting the principalities, even gaining an uneasy acceptance of the Sultan of the ruling Ottoman empire. In 1862 the union was formalized and Bucharest named as capital city of the newly formed Romania, with Cuza becoming Domnitor of Romania.

Cuza implemented land reforms, removing ownership from the domineering Eastern and Greek Orthodox church, giving land to the peasants and farmers who worked it, in return for a percentage of their yield.

Cuza's reforms also included the introduction of a Criminal Code and Civil Code based on the French sytem of the era, a Law on Education including free compulsory public education for primary schools and he founded the University of Iași (1860) and the University of Bucharest (1864),
Cuza also played a major role in the setting up of a modern and organized Romanian army, which was against the wishes of the Ottoman rulers. He then went on to create the beginnings of the Romanian. Navy.

After 7 years of Napoleonic style rule, Cuza lost the support of the government, mostly over the results of his land reform bills and was forced by conservative members to formally abdicate. On the 23rd February 1866 Cuza left Romania, with his wife, to live in exile, firstly in Paris and then Vienna.

After Cuza’s departure, In May of 1866, the politcal establishment of Romania elected to bring Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringe to rule Romania as King.
King Carol was proclaimed king in 1881 and almost immediately proclaimed Romania an independent and sovereign nation.
Later in life Cuza moved to Heidelberg, Germany, to seek medical advice. He died in the Europa Hotel, Heidleberg on the 15th of May 1873.
In keeping with his wishes, Alexandru Ioan Cuza was buried inside the church near Ruginoasa Palace, Romania. Soon after World War II his remains were moved to Three Hierarchs Church in Iasi, Moldavia.

Alexandru Ioan Cuza is remembered for the reforms that contributed to the modernization of Romanian society and of state structure and most importantly creating the first stages of the eventual unification of greater Romania and the beginning of the road to independence from Ottoman rule.

A plaque dedicated the Prince of Moldavia and Domnitor of Romania can be seen on the front of the Europa Hotel in Heidleberg and a modern ring road, the Cuzaring was named after him.

In 1966 The National Bank of Socialist Republic of Romania issued a 50 Lei bank note celebrating the life of Alexandru Ioan Cuza and his historical significance to the Romanian state
There are many statues of Cuza throughout Romania including in the grounds of the Metropolitan Church, near Unirii Square, Bucharest and prominently in the main square, Iaşi, in the former Moldavia.
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Join our 'Days of Communism" Tour for only €19.00 pp -
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Learn all about these beautiful and interesting places with Bucharestguidedtours.com, on our friendly and professional walking tours of Beautiful and historic Bucharest.
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Bucharest Celebrates 555 years.

 On 20 September 1459,  Bucharest was mentioned for the first time in a document –  to be more precise, one that was signed by the Romanian Prince and ruler,  Vlad Țepeș.  A good reason for Bucharest to celebrate its 555th birthday this year!
Over the course of time the Romanian capital became known under various nicknames. In the 18th century, foreign visitors would informally refer to Bucharest as Hilariopolis,  ‘city of joy’. Bucharest really blossomed in the inter-war period when it became known as the “little Paris of the East”.  These colourful statues can be seen in points of interest all over the city until the year of celebration comes to a close in September 2015.
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If you like classic cars there's plenty here in Bucharest. The popular Dacia 1300/1400 seriese, (Renualt 12) can be seen in various forms all over the city.
Pictured here is a 1410 TLE with distinctive twin headlights. 
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Just a note from us to say how much we enjoy our time in this lovely restaurant, situated across from the Palace of Parliament, friendly staff and great service. May I recommend the club sandwich..
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Our new IT support staff member hard at work, getting ready for the 2015 season.
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Constanta Railway Station, viewed from the main line through the station, opened in 1960, this is the main station serving Constanta, located on the Black sea coast, the Riviera of Romania.
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