The University Square is also considered as representing kilometer zero in terms of the national road network in Romania. Moreover, this is highlighted by four monumental sculptural works: the statue of Ion Heliade Rădulescu, the statue of Gheorghe Lazar, the statue of Spiru Haret, and the statue of Mihai Viteazul.
University Square is one of the most important squares in Bucharest. There are some important landmarks to be visited or sightseen here, such as Sutu Palace (Bucharest Municipal Museum), National Theatre, Coltea Hospital, the University of Bucharest or the Intercontinental Hotel.
The Museum of the Municipality of Bucharest, located in the 1833 Neo-Gothic Şuţu Palace since 1956, is an institution the history of which dates back to 1921 when the local authorities decided on the foundation of a communal museum of Bucharest.
At the Museum of the Municipality of Bucharest, you will find many interesting things about the capital of Romania, including the first document officially mentioning the city, Vlad the Impaler’s or Dracula’s document dated back to 1459. The museum was built by Costache Suţu according to the plans of architects Conrad Schwenk and Johann Veit between 1833 and 1835.
Visiting the museum will not last more than two hours. Sometimes the Sutu Palace in Bucharest host thematic exhibitions.
The University of Bucharest is a leading academic center and a significant point of reference in Romanian society, as it adheres to the principles of academic integrity and critical thinking.
The huge building of the University was constructed by French architects more than 150 years ago. It hosts the Faculty of Mathematics, Geography, and Geology, Foreign Languages, and History. The University of Bucharest is rich in history and has been actively contributing to the development and modernization of Romanian education, science and culture since 1694. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in social sciences and humanities and natural sciences. The University consists of nineteen Faculties, each specialized in an academic field.
Across the University of Bucharest, you can see the National Theatre, a modern building with a very large bronze sculpture representing Ion Luca Caragiale, a famous Romanian writer, surrounded by his characters.
The current National Theatre is located about half a kilometer away from the old site, just south of the Hotel Intercontinental at University Square, and has been in use since 1973.
The new edifice reconstructed from 2010 to 2014, was inaugurated to the end of the year 2014, and with its 7 halls, among which the Grand Hall (Sala Mare) hosting 900 seats, is the biggest and the latest modernized theater edifice in Europe.
The oldest hospital in Bucharest functioning today) links its name to the one of Mihail Cantacuzino. He is the one who founded the Colțea Hospital, on December 14, 1704. Fascinated by the Italian model of the "Ospedale di S. Lazzaro e Medicanti" in Venice, which, at that time, was one of the most modern medical institutions in the world, Mihail Cantacuzino ordered the construction of a patient care facility.
The original building was destroyed by an earthquake in 1802, and the neo-classical building we see today, in fact, dates from 1888. Recently renovated (the facade, at least), Coltea hospital completes the University Square on its Eastern corner. The hospital remains a functioning municipal health center, and you may enter only if you have a medical situation.
The InterContinental Bucharest is a five-star hotel situated near University Square and is also a landmark of the city.
The construction of the hotel began in 1967 and it was finished in 3 years. With its height of 77 meters, when it was opened on 23 May 1971 it was the second tallest building in the city, after Casa Presei Libere. Although no longer holding that title today, it is still the tallest hotel in Bucharest. It became the hotel of choice for foreign press in Bucharest. Indeed, during the Romanian Revolution of 1989, the balconies of the InterContinental were a privileged point to report on the repression of the protests in University Square.
The building is designed so that each room has a unique panorama of the city. The highest 2 floors (21 and 22) contain a club lounge, conference rooms, and a health center with an outdoor terrace, indoor swimming pool and fitness center.