Bucharest is a city full of contrasts and architecture from different periods. It's difficult to say that Bucharest is a very charming city. The older architecture is more heavy than elegant and during the Ceauşescu era a great part of the historic centre was lost. Partly due to Ceauşescu, partly due to the earthquake in 1977. The building in the centre of the picture can illustrate this contrast, although its history it's different. It was destroyed during the revolution in 1989, and the upper parts were added in the 21st century.