Bucharest — The Romanian capital of Bucharest is only a one-hour plane trip away from İstanbul. Romania has developed very rapidly since its revolution in 1989. It is located in a strategic and sensitive position. The country is very important in helping to maintain stability in the Balkans.

At one time, Bucharest was known by many as the “Paris of the Balkans.” As with many famous European cities, the Romanian capital was formed near the banks of a river, the Dambovita in this case, a tributary that snakes into the Danube. When Bucharest officially became Romania’s capital in 1862, it entered into a period of rapid change. It was during this period that an attempt was made to have the style of the city’s streets, boulevards, stores and even shop windows resemble those of Paris. So much so in fact that Bucharest even boasts a victory monument reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, the Arcul de Triumf. Another important location in the city is Victory Square, where the headquarters of the prime minister and the cabinet are located, as well as important work centers. Bucharest, it should be noted, is also the cultural and artistic capital of Romania.

The general silhouette of Bucharest is marked by many churches, large and small, as well as historic buildings and lots and lots of statues and memorials. There is a great deal of green space, too, as the city has many parks, and the fact that there is so much greenery gives the city a very wonderful natural feel

Of course, the most notable and the largest building in Romania is the Palace of the Parliament, formerly known as the House of the Republic. Construction on the palace began in 1984, during the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, though the Ceausescu family was unable to move in before the revolution took place. Even today, this palace is the world’s second-largest administrative building after the Pentagon. These days, this enormous structure houses the Romanian Parliament and is also open to cultural tourism. Its various exhibition halls also serve the public’s interest in culture and the arts, and in the end, both local and foreign visitors always make a point of visiting this unforgettable structure.

The general silhouette of Bucharest is marked by many churches, large and small, as well as historic buildings and lots and lots of statues and memorials. There is a great deal of green space, too, as the city has many parks, and the fact that there is so much greenery gives the city a very wonderful natural feel. Bucharest currently has a population of around 2 million, and more foreigners live there than in any other Romanian city.

There are an estimated 1 million or so vehicles in this city of 2 million. This means of course that traffic is a constant issue on Bucharest streets and boulevards. During the week, traffic is definitely at the same level of congestion as you would experience in İstanbul. Bucharest is Romania’s center of trade and industry, which is part of the reason for all this traffic. Despite the capital’s metro system, the traffic problems here have plagued people for years now. As for travel between cities, many Romanians opt to catch trains, which are fast and quite comfortable.

The Romanian Orthodox Church is the largest Orthodox church after Russia. Tributaries to the Danube are spread all over Romania, and this river is very important for all Romanians. The waters of this river are used for transporting goods. Large ships even travel down a canal all the way to the Black Sea.

Another beautiful Romanian city is the Black Sea city of Constanta. This city is home to a large Turkish and Tartar population, with Turks and Tartars making up the two largest minority populations in the city. Over past decades though, many of the ethnic Turkish Muslims living here migrated to Turkey. There are many mosques in Constanta. One of these is the Carol I Mosque, which was built as a result of an agreement during the reign of Romanian King Carol I. You can see traces of the Ottomans almost everywhere in this Black Sea city.

The Ottoman state referred to the Romanian principality of Wallachia as “Eflak.” The Wallachians recognized Ottoman rule in 1417, and the Ottomans used Wallachian soil as a base for expeditions into both Hungary and Transylvania. The Ottomans later gained control of other areas of present-day Romania, and their rule saw the introduction of all manner of services from postal services to railway lines. When you think about the fact that at one time there were up to 5,000 Ottoman words used in the Romanian language, you get a better feel for just how significant the Ottoman influence here was. Romanians tend to view Turks warmly. It is not unusual to hear them assert that “Turks are honorable people” or that “Turks keep their word.”

One of Islamic scholar Ahmet Yesevi’s students, Sarı Saltuk, and his disciples, went to the Dobruja region of Romania in the 13th century. Franz Babinger, a German historian who lived in Romania for many years, talked of how the Muslim Sarı Saltuk was much loved by the people of the region and how the local Christians supported him. Babinger also noted that the region’s Christian population actually wound up viewing the esteemed Sarı Saltuk with extreme respect and treating him as one of their own holy figures.

Of course, the story of connection between the Sarı Saltuk and Romania is not limited to the 13th century. There are schools opened by influential community leaders on Romanian lands today, and the successes enjoyed by these schools in academic Olympiads and university exams are considerable. After these schools first opened, they immediately became some of the most desirable in Romania.

The Lumina Educational Institutions were the first private high schools to offer genuine foreign language education in Romania. These are modern educational facilities established through the efforts of Turkish entrepreneurs. The International Computer High School of Constanta opened in 1994, the International Computer High School of Bucharest was established in 1995 and the International School of Bucharest was opened in 1996. There are students from 41 countries and five continents studying at Lumina Educational Institutions. Currently, there a total of 1,000 students studying at these schools. We went to watch a primary school class learning Turkish at one of these schools. The official Romanian school curriculum system only allows for education in a foreign language to take place after the third grade, but the parents of these students submitted special applications that would allow their children to learn Turkish from the first grade onward.

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A Black Sea neighbor, Romania

Bucharest — The Romanian capital of Bucharest is only a one-hour plane trip away from İstanbul. Romania has developed very rapidly since its revolution in 1989. It is located in a strategic and sensitive position. The country is very important in helping to maintain stability in the Balkans.

At one time, Bucharest was known by many as the “Paris of the Balkans.” As with many famous European cities, the Romanian capital was formed near the banks of a river, the Dambovita in this case, a tributary that snakes into the Danube. When Bucharest officially became Romania’s capital in 1862, it entered into a period of rapid change. It was during this period that an attempt was made to have the style of the city’s streets, boulevards, stores and even shop windows resemble those of Paris. So much so in fact that Bucharest even boasts a victory monument reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, the Arcul de Triumf. Another important location in the city is Victory Square, where the headquarters of the prime minister and the cabinet are located, as well as important work centers. Bucharest, it should be noted, is also the cultural and artistic capital of Romania.

The general silhouette of Bucharest is marked by many churches, large and small, as well as historic buildings and lots and lots of statues and memorials. There is a great deal of green space, too, as the city has many parks, and the fact that there is so much greenery gives the city a very wonderful natural feel

Of course, the most notable and the largest building in Romania is the Palace of the Parliament, formerly known as the House of the Republic. Construction on the palace began in 1984, during the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, though the Ceausescu family was unable to move in before the revolution took place. Even today, this palace is the world’s second-largest administrative building after the Pentagon. These days, this enormous structure houses the Romanian Parliament and is also open to cultural tourism. Its various exhibition halls also serve the public’s interest in culture and the arts, and in the end, both local and foreign visitors always make a point of visiting this unforgettable structure.

The general silhouette of Bucharest is marked by many churches, large and small, as well as historic buildings and lots and lots of statues and memorials. There is a great deal of green space, too, as the city has many parks, and the fact that there is so much greenery gives the city a very wonderful natural feel. Bucharest currently has a population of around 2 million, and more foreigners live there than in any other Romanian city.

There are an estimated 1 million or so vehicles in this city of 2 million. This means of course that traffic is a constant issue on Bucharest streets and boulevards. During the week, traffic is definitely at the same level of congestion as you would experience in İstanbul. Bucharest is Romania’s center of trade and industry, which is part of the reason for all this traffic. Despite the capital’s metro system, the traffic problems here have plagued people for years now. As for travel between cities, many Romanians opt to catch trains, which are fast and quite comfortable.

The Romanian Orthodox Church is the largest Orthodox church after Russia. Tributaries to the Danube are spread all over Romania, and this river is very important for all Romanians. The waters of this river are used for transporting goods. Large ships even travel down a canal all the way to the Black Sea.

Another beautiful Romanian city is the Black Sea city of Constanta. This city is home to a large Turkish and Tartar population, with Turks and Tartars making up the two largest minority populations in the city. Over past decades though, many of the ethnic Turkish Muslims living here migrated to Turkey. There are many mosques in Constanta. One of these is the Carol I Mosque, which was built as a result of an agreement during the reign of Romanian King Carol I. You can see traces of the Ottomans almost everywhere in this Black Sea city.

The Ottoman state referred to the Romanian principality of Wallachia as “Eflak.” The Wallachians recognized Ottoman rule in 1417, and the Ottomans used Wallachian soil as a base for expeditions into both Hungary and Transylvania. The Ottomans later gained control of other areas of present-day Romania, and their rule saw the introduction of all manner of services from postal services to railway lines. When you think about the fact that at one time there were up to 5,000 Ottoman words used in the Romanian language, you get a better feel for just how significant the Ottoman influence here was. Romanians tend to view Turks warmly. It is not unusual to hear them assert that “Turks are honorable people” or that “Turks keep their word.”

One of Islamic scholar Ahmet Yesevi’s students, Sarı Saltuk, and his disciples, went to the Dobruja region of Romania in the 13th century. Franz Babinger, a German historian who lived in Romania for many years, talked of how the Muslim Sarı Saltuk was much loved by the people of the region and how the local Christians supported him. Babinger also noted that the region’s Christian population actually wound up viewing the esteemed Sarı Saltuk with extreme respect and treating him as one of their own holy figures.

Of course, the story of connection between the Sarı Saltuk and Romania is not limited to the 13th century. There are schools opened by influential community leaders on Romanian lands today, and the successes enjoyed by these schools in academic Olympiads and university exams are considerable. After these schools first opened, they immediately became some of the most desirable in Romania.

The Lumina Educational Institutions were the first private high schools to offer genuine foreign language education in Romania. These are modern educational facilities established through the efforts of Turkish entrepreneurs. The International Computer High School of Constanta opened in 1994, the International Computer High School of Bucharest was established in 1995 and the International School of Bucharest was opened in 1996. There are students from 41 countries and five continents studying at Lumina Educational Institutions. Currently, there a total of 1,000 students studying at these schools. We went to watch a primary school class learning Turkish at one of these schools. The official Romanian school curriculum system only allows for education in a foreign language to take place after the third grade, but the parents of these students submitted special applications that would allow their children to learn Turkish from the first grade onward.

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