National Art Museum

Housed in the Royal Palace, the National Art Museum (Muzeul National de Artâ; Map p60; @313 3030;; Calea Victoriei 49-53; adult €2, child & student €1; S 10am-6pm Wed-Sun) has more than 700 icons, tapestries and carvings presented in funky purple and red rooms as part of the Treasures of Romanian Art section. The European Gallery boasts works by Rembrandt, El Greco and Breughel. Spend a day absorbing both collections, 'fours in English or French (€4) must be booked in advance. Several branch museums of the National Art Museum are dotted around town.

Each spring, monarchists gather outside the Royal Palace to celebrate Romania's former national day (10 May). Built between 1812 and 1815 by Prince Dinicu Go-lescu, the palace became the official royal residence in 1834 during the reign of Prince Alexandra Ghica (r 1834-42). The current façade dates from the 1930s. Until 1989 it was the seat of the State Council and was called the Palace of the Republic.

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