Bucharest is the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania
Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea...

. It is the largest city in Romania, located in the southeast of the country, at 44°25′57"N 26°06′14"E, and lies on the banks of the Dâmbovița River
Dâmbovița River
Dâmbovița is a river in Romania. It has its sources in the Făgăraş Mountains, on the Curmătura Oticu. The upper reach of the rivers, upstream of the confluence with the Boarcăşu River is also known as Izvorul Oticului River or Oticu River....


Bucharest was first mentioned in documents as early as 1459. Since then it has gone through a variety of changes, becoming the state capital of Romania in 1862 and steadily consolidating its position as the centre of the Romanian mass media, culture and arts.

"I came to Bucharest two years ago with a legion of conquering heroes. I leave with a troupe of gigolos and racketeers!"

German Field Marshal August von Mackensen, on the moral effects of the German occupation of Bucharest during the World War I