One of the most impressive buildings in Bucharest is the Royal Palace. It keeps the name even though it has not been used as a palace since the last king of Romania, in 1940.
It was built in 1820 and further developed and renovated until 1940. Initially, it was a private residence, then in 1859 it became the ceremonial palace and residence of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the ruler of the newly formed Romanian Principalities of Moldavia and Walachia (Romania). After the communist takeover of 1948, it was used by the Council of Ministers and the National Museum of Art and after 1990, the museum was granted the use of the entire palace.
The Museum has two parts, the National Gallery and the European Art Gallery.
The European Art Gallery has art works such as: *The Annunciation *by Tintoretto, *The Return of the Prodigal Son* by Bernardino Licinio, *Venus and Cupid* by Lucas Cranach the Elder or The Triumph of the Virgin Surrounded by Angels by Pedro Campaña.
However, the greatest part is the National Gallery. It has medieval (mostly religious) and modern art, I like the late 16th century locally-created cup made of a coconut and the 1680 church Iconostasis the most. My favourite paintings are the ones from Max Hermann Maxy and this is the place where I can see some of the most famous Nicolae Grigorescu and Nicolae Tonitza paintings in real life.