Hanul Manuc

The Manuc's Inn is the oldest operating hotel building in Bucharest, Romania;it also houses a restaurant, several bars, a cake shop, and (facing the street) several stores; its massive, multiply balconied courtyard hosts many performances and fairs and is a popular place for  Romanian television crews to shoot folkloric performances.

The building is located at 62 Iuliu Maniu street, across the street from the ruins of the Old Court (Curtea Veche). Although one side now faces a vast modern public square, Piata Unirii, there is no evidence of this in the courtyard or the inward-facing rooms.

The inn was built in 1808, and originally owned by a wealthy and flamboyant Armenian, Emanuel Marzaian, better known under his Turkish  name Manuc-bei.

Although Manuc's Inn has been subject to repeated restorations  in 1848, 1863, 1966-1970, and 1991-1992 its essential structure remains  intact; of the three surviving 19th century inns in the Lipscani district, it is the only one currently in use as a hotel. The inn was the site of the preliminary talks for the Treatry of Bucharest, which put an end to the 1806-1812 Russo-Turkish war. In 1842 it briefly housed Bucharest's  town hall. Around 1880 a hall at the inn as used as a theatre, and was the site of the first Romanian operetta performance.

Before Romania entered World War I, in 1914-1916, the hall "Sala Dacia" hosted meetings of the Wallachian pro-war party seeking to  establish a Greater Romania by uniting with Transylvania and Bukovina; speakers included Nicolae Filipescu, Take Ionescu, Barbu Stefanescu  Delavrancea, and Octavian Goga.