Old and New Șelari

The Old Town of Bucharest is one of the main touristic attractions. Since the entrance, where the cubical stones still exists, you feel like you’re entering another world. A world long gone, but with fresh vibes which make you feel the energy of the city to your core. The Old Town is the heart of Bucharest and also, the center of fun. The old buildings have turned overtime into restaurants and pubs, suitable for every taste.


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The old streets of Bucharest have carried many names over time that came from important people that live there, from their social status, or important jobs. Șelari Street is a good example.

One of the most famous strees of Old Town is Șelari Street, which has a very long-going history. This street was mentioned for the first time in a document dating back from the 4th of March 1678 and it was named „Mahalaua Șelari” (Șelari Slum). An interesting fact about this street is that it was also named „The Grand Alley of Șelari”, even though in reality it is only 4 meters wide.

The name of the street comes also from its former inhabitants, who were named „șelari”. The inhabitants of the street were craftsmen who manufactured and sold saddles, harnesses and other objects for horses. Șelarii have remained in history for their manufacturing skills. A Swedish King’s messenger, who visited Bucharest in 1632, was impressed, among other things, by the „great luxury of the horses’ clothing“.

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The number of șelari dropped over time. In the first decades of the 19th century, only 16 șelari were attested. Instead of workshops and craftshops, various textile shops appeared.

Șelari Street was a very prosperous and populated comercial street that benefited from the construction of a church, known as the “St. Nicholas Church”, built at the intersection with Blănari 10. The construction has been severely harmed by an earthquake from 1802 and was rebuilt 65 years later.

Over time, Șelari Street hosted buildings of great historical significance such as: The Constantinopl Bazaar, the editorial office of the „Bulletin of Commercial Officials in Bucharest”, as well as the editorial office of “Proletarian Culture”.

The current New Era Hotel building has the privilege to be located next to former „Flower Castle”cinema and „Club Hermes”.

Currently, New Era Hotel preserved the architectural elements that have a special historical significance, but have adapted to current times. The buildings on Șelari Street have completely preserved their historical vibe, offering tourists the opportunity to discover the old vibes of the city. As now, back in the days, hygene was really important.

For an unforgettable experience we are waiting for you at New Era Hotel, right in the middle of Bucharest. From our location you can easily touch every part of the city, experience the great charm of the old buildings and find the comfort and safety you need in our hotel. For main tourist attractions, you have to take only a few steps from our location.

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