Macca Villacrosse Passage, Bucharest

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Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse is a fork-shaped, yellow glass covered arcaded street in central Bucharest, Romania. Câmpineanu Inn (Romanian: Hanul Câmpineanu) once stood in the place nowadays occupied by the passage.The old Inn was bought by Petros Seraphim, who gifted it to two of his daughters as dowries. Daughter Polixena married in 1843 Xavier Vilacrosse, Chief Architect of Bucharest, 1840-1848, the Inn renamed after him. Daughter Anastasia married Mihalache Macca, who built luxury shops on their part. In the late 1880s, the city decided to buy the sites to build a Western style passage to relieve congestion. It was designed by architect Felix Xenopol, and opened in 1891.Because the central part of the site was occupied by the Pesht Hotel, which the owner refused to sell, the passage was executed as a two-tined, fork-like shape with two wings around the two sides of the hotel. The narrow streets were covered with a glass roof, allowing the entry of natural light while providing shelter from the rain. The ground floor was meant for shops, while the rooms on the first floor were for rent. One branch of the passage was called Vilacrosse, while the other one was called Macca, after the old owners. The two-tined end opens onto Calea Victoriei, one of Bucharest's main avenues; the other end opens toward the National Bank in the historic Lipscani district.Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse hosted the first Stock Exchange House of Bucharest, before a larger and more appropriate structure was built. Between 1950 and 1990 the passage was called Pasajul Bijuteria ("Jewelry Store Passage"), but the initial name was restored afterwards.
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  • A passage with touristic cafes, dirty, without charm, with a beautiful but not painted and not maintained facade , with a metallic net under a big part of the glass roof ( for birds? ). I expected a l...  more »
  • Compeeting here with some other european major city, Bucarest offers very surpring and pleasants locations such as a couple of "passages" opportunity for bars, shops and restaurants.  more »
  • It is a beautifull architectural stoa with very nice vitro at ceiling and many coffee stores with narghile or smoking. It gathers mostly locals. Its a must place to have a view of local life and try t...  more »
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  • The place can be attained either from Calea Victoriei or Strada Eugenieu Carada. I saw many beautiful photos of the passage in internet. But once inside, I was not sure. It was dark, desolate. Still, you can take many good picture of the place.
  • Beautiful place to walk by but quite pricey.
  • Beautiful passage between Calea Victoriei and National Bank of Romania. It's full of cafeterias and therefore it's usually crowded. It's a good place for a hookah.
  • A beautiful arcade. There's a lot of café-restaurant in the old town, in a central location. Hot and cold temperatures can hide behind.
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  • I was delighted, both night and day. At night it is a party zone, with people of all ages and a great atmosphere. Quiet day, but beautiful also.
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