Calea Victoriei is one of the most important avenues of Bucharest and the entire Romania. This avenue is located in the central area of the city, starting at Piata Victoriei and ending towards the Splaiul Independentei. This avenue is bordered by many shops, restaurants and attractive spots and is a place which tourists should not miss during a vacation in Romania. As a matter of fact, visitors could hardly miss this avenue due to its importance and length and the several attractions to which it leads.
The origins of the Calea Victoriei Avenue can be traced back to endings of the 17th century when a paved road called Podul was created connecting the Mogosoaia Palace with the central area of Bucharest. This original road was first built with oak wood in order to prevent it from becoming muddy since this would happen to most roads in the city during that époque.
During the first years of the 1840’s, Calea Victoriei, then known as Podul Mogosoaia, became paved with cobblestone. After some decades as a road paved with cobblestone, Calea Victoriei became asphalted, and later, during the Russian occupation leaded by Kiseleff, this avenue was extended to Piata Victoriei. Despite of this, this avenue did not receive its actual name of Calea Victoriei until the year 1878, after the end of the Independence War.
While walking around and visiting Calea Victoriei, tourists could meet several important constructions and historical buildings. Among the most important constructions located on Calea Victoriei, there is, for example, the National Museum of Art of Romania, the George Enescu Museum, the Palatul Telefoanelor, the Odeon Theatre, the Stirbey Palace, the Cercul Militar National, the Casa de Economii Consemnatiuni, the Bucharest Financial Plaza, the Piata Revolutiei, the Casa Capsa, and the Athenee Palace.
One of the most interesting places tourists can visit in the Avenue Calea Victoriei is the Museum of Art Collections, hosting an important amount of attractive and interesting art works of different kinds. Besides this, the Calea Victoriei Avenue used to be home of several other historical buildings such as the Romanian National Theatre and the Constantin Tanase Revue Theatre.