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With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple.

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Address: Piata Presei Libere 1 (as it is still universally known) was designed by architect Horia Maicu.

There is no doubt that the building is a smaller replica of the Lomonosov University in Moskow - Russia (inaugurated in 1953).

Combining a neoclassical architectural style with art nouveau elements, it features wrought iron balconies, tall arched windows and a porte-cochere (an elegant wrought-iron doorway) flanked by two lions.

Today, the palace houses the George Enescu Museum (see details).

The square gained worldwide notoriety when TV stations around the globe broadcasted Nicolae Ceausescu's final moments in power on December 21, 1989.

It was here, at the balcony of the former Communist Party Headquarters, that Ceausescu stared in disbelief as the people gathered in the square below turned on him.

Between 19, the House of the Free Press housed almost all of Romania's capital printing presses and headquarters of print media companies.

Today, it carries out much the same function but the southern wing is now the home of the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

A ring of pink marble columns is linked by flowing arches where elaborate brass lanterns hang like gems from a necklace.

Inside the concert hall, voluptuous frescoes cover the ceiling and walls.

On the far side of the square stands the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Art Museum, the stunning Romanian Athenaeum and the historic Athenee Palace Hotel.

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