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BUCUREŞTI – Pasajul “Macca-Vilacrosse” / The “Macca-Vilacrosse” Passage | by Andra MB
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BUCUREŞTI – Pasajul “Macca-Vilacrosse” / The “Macca-Vilacrosse” Passage

The “Macca-Vilacrosse” Passage is a fork-shaped, yellow glass covered arcaded street in downtown Bucharest. An old inn (Romanian: Hanul Câmpineanu = Câmpineanu’s Inn) once stood in the place nowadays occupied by the passage. After the Chief Architect of Bucharest, Xavier Vilacrosse (a Catalan architect who had followed the French school), married the daughter of the inn owner in 1843, the couple received the inn as a wedding present, renaming it with the architect's name. Toward the end of 19th century it was demolished, being replaced by a two-stories-high, ornate structure, in the style of Western passages.

The two narrow streets making up a two-tined, fork-like shape 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 Mihalache Macca, the builder's brother-in-law. 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.


Today it hosts several indoor/outdoor eating establishments, including an Egyptian-themed bar/restaurant, the Blues Cafe, a bistro, a Chinese restaurant and a wine bar.



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Taken on February 13, 2011