I could happily spend hours – even days – in a great bookstore like this one in Bucharest. But even non-bibliophiles seem to love to visit the Cărturești Carusel Bookstore in Bucharest. It gets great reviews from TripAdvisor for the vastness of the store certainly, but also for the amazing interior of this historic building.
The building was created was created in the early 1900s by the very wealthy Greek Chrissoveloni family. It’s true to say that no expense was spared and yet when the country was overtaken by the communist regime in the 1950s the building was confiscated and taken away for the family.
The grandson of the original owner though was determined not to be deprived of his birthright and when the regime collapsed he spent twenty-four years engaged in legal battles to get the building – now abandoned and derelict – back into family ownership.
This he achieved in 2008 and then spent several years restoring the property – and turning it into the fabulous bookstore that we can visit today.
And now visitors can browse in the store to their hearts’ content. There is even a restaurant area on the top floor catering to book lovers who visit the amazing store.
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