Romanian Athenaeum is the most prestigious concert hall in Romania and one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest, home of George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and George Enescu Festival. The building was opened in 1888 and the design was made by the famous french architect Albert Galleron and revised by a group of Romanian specialists.
It has a 40 m high dome and 12 Doric columns that reminds of the famous greek temples. The same architect, Albert Galleron, designed the building of the National Bank of Romania, located in the Old Center which is a must see place, when you visit Bucharest.
Inside the building there is a 70 meters long and 3 meters wide fresco illustrating the most important moments in the Romanian history. The auditorium has 600 seats and 52 seats in loggias.
The birth of the Romanian Athenaeum is very interesting. A very large part of the project was finished by a public raise where every person was asked to donate one leu (romanian currency) for the construction of the building. In 1992 there were conducted some works of restoration and painting which saved the building from collapse.
In front of the Romanian Athenaeum there is a small park and a statue representing Mihai Eminescu, the greatest Romanian poet of all times. In the same area there are: National Museum of Art, Kretzulescu Church, and Cismigiu Park.
Photo source of the interiors - http://www.fge.org.ro/ro/ateneul-roman.html