How to find the heart of Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania’s capital, has a plethora of interesting attractions. Many of them are famous, but there is one that, even though it is central, many people miss: the monument that marks the kilometre 0 of the city. You can find the Kilometre 0 monument it in the garden of the St. George the New Church, in the St. George Square in Bucharest.

Kilometre 0 monument in Bucharest

Built in 1938 by Constantin Baraschi (1902-1966), this monument marks the place from where all the distances in the city are measured, and all the distances to all the other cities are measured too.

The monument has the shape of a Compass Rose – and in between its rays you can see the names of the most important provinces of Romania.

There is also a sphere with the zodiacal signs.

Also, on the “wall” surrounding the monument you’ll see the most important Romanian cities and the distances from this kilometre 0 in Bucharest.

Kilometre 0 monument in Bucharest - How to find the heart of Bucharest
Kilometre 0 monument in Bucharest

How to find the heart of Bucharest?

Well, it’s pretty simple: you can find it between Union Square (Piata Unirii) and University Square (Piata Universitatii). There is a tramway station there – so look for that in order to be sure to discover it. You’ll most likely notice the station first, rather than the monument, as the monumet is just behind the station.

But, you can also notice the church – also behind the tram station – so, if you are set to see the heart of Bucharest – the kilometre 0 – you’ll discover for sure.

Why call it the heart of Bucharest?

It’s pretty simple, actually. It’s here that the old town centre starts. It’s located in the middle of a touristy area. And it marks the kilometre 0 of Romania’s capital.

While it may not be very famous among tourists, this monument is an interesting one and, if you are in the area, taking a walk, you should definitely check it out.

You’ll also see a clock here:

St. George Square Clock
St. George Square Clock

The St. George the New Church

Like I said, the Kilometre 0 in Bucharest is places on the field of the St. George Church – in the garden.

This church is also interesting. It is the only remaining church built by the St. Martis and Ruler Constantin Brancoveanu – and it is its most important church. Here the ruler was buries – and here visitors can find the hand of St. Nicholas – it is said to do miracles.

In front of the church you’ll also see a statue of Constantin Brancoveanu.

St. George the New Church sith St. Martir and Ruler Constantin Brancoveanu statue
St. George the New Church sith St. Martir and Ruler Constantin Brancoveanu statue

The metaphorical kilometre 0 of Bucharest

Yes, as strange as it may sound, Bucharest has two kilometres 0. The second one is metaphorical (and more touristy) as it is placed in front of the National Theatre in the University Square (Piata Universitatii) In Bucharest.

This monument marks the place where most of the events in the 1989 Revolution (which lead to the end of the communism regime in Romania) took place.
It is a place and monument that suggests new beginnings. Even though it is not geographically accurate, it is still important for the locals.

Anyway, when you’ll visit Bucharest, make sure to include seeing the Kilometre 0 monument in Bucharest on your list of things to do. In the end, it’s always nice to find the heart of a city 😀

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  • 25 July, 2017 at 01:44
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    Bucharest looks and sounds like an amazing place to visit! I would love to visit that memorial most.

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  • 25 July, 2017 at 06:14
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    I’ve never been to Bucharest, but it’s on my list of places that I want to visit. It looks so gorgeous, with so much history. I will keep this post in mind when I visit!

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  • 25 July, 2017 at 09:02
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    What a great place, it’s interesting how it shows the distance. I would love to be able to explore the sights and learn a few things.

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  • 25 July, 2017 at 09:32
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    I would have loved to see someone stand next to or in the heart of Bucharest to see how large it is but I guess it would be really disrespectful to just walk all over it. Thank you so much for sharing this, I love little gems like that and will sure add it to my bucket list. I want to see this in person.

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  • 25 July, 2017 at 22:34
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    Would love to explore Bucharest one day. Now after I’ve seen your picture I’m even more interested to see that place

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    Looks like a lovely little town. I love the compass slash km marker.

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    I’ve always wanted to see Bucharest, but I’ve never been able to get there. It’s so beautiful there. Hopefully, I can cross it off my bucket list soon.

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    Bucharest looks like a wonderful place to visit. I am going to add it to my travel bucket list.

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    It’s awesome that there is so much to see right at the heart of Bucharest. I’d love to see the church and the monument at kilometer 0!

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    That is a very lovely monument. I’d love to visit Bucharest some day and especially see the old church!

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    It’s definitely worth checking out especially if you’re in Bucharest. It’s a beautiful place and I’d love to see it in person!

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    I have never been there before and it would be so nice to visit! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Bucharest and I’d love to see this sight as well.

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    I have never been to Bucharest, but would love to one day. It is such a beautiful city, full of culture and stunning architecture.

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    Kilometer Zero is the work of a genius! I mean it would make looking for directions easier. if you are lost and find yourself in Kilometer 37, it means you are 37 km away from the heart of the city! I wish I could visit Bucharest and marvel at the stunning architecture, and of course, the Kilometer Zero marker too.

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    Interesting monument, this Kilometer 0. It just puzzle me that it is not something that tourists would flock to, because of its location (behind the train station). Anyway, I would look for it and take a gazillion photos of it. It is an amazing monument, and so with the clock and the Church too.

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