Bucharest is traditionally considered to be built upon seven hills, similar to the Seven Hills of Rome. Is situated on the banks of the Dambovita River, has numerous parks and several lakes stretch across the northern part of the city.
The city has an area of 226 square kilometers and having an approximately round shape, Bucharest's radius varies from about 10 to 12 km.
Bucharest has many landmark buildings and monuments like the Palace of the Parliament, the largest building in Europe and the second-largest in the world, Arcul de Triumf (The Triumphal Arch), the Memorial of Rebirth, the Romanian Athenaeum , the Cec Palace and many others.
During the "golden age" of Bucharest's architecture, the city grew in size and wealth therefore seeking to emulate other large European capitals such as Paris.
The city centre is a mixture of buildings dating from the beginning of the 20th century and a collection of modern buildings from the 1920s and 1930s. In the 2000s, historic buildings in the city centre underwent restoration, the city was continuously modernized and Bucharest's old historic centre is being restored nowadays.
After 2000 the city went through a period of urban renewal and architectural revitalization. Residential and commercial developments are underway, particularly in the northern districts and recently built contemporary structures such as skyscrapers and office buildings complete the landscape.