Bucharest on the Romanian Plain Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Bucharest, which is the capital of Romania. Often called the “Paris of the east,” Bucharest is known for its French- inspired architecture and grand municipal buildings.
The Palace of Parliament is the world’s second-largest administrative building after the Pentagon in the United States. The building is home to the Parliament of Romania as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
Bucharest is located in the southeast corner of the Romanian Plain on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, a small tributary of the Danube.
Several lakes stretch across the northern part of the city, and Văcărești Nature Park can be found in the southern part of the city.
Economically, Bucharest is the most wealthy city in Romania. The city has a number of large convention facilities, educational institutes, cultural venues, traditional ‘shopping arcades’ and recreational areas.
The city proper is administratively known as the ‘Municipality of Bucharest’ (Municipiul București), and has the same administrative level as that of a national county, being further subdivided into six sectors, each governed by a local mayor.
Video Credit: ESA