Charles de Gaulle Square
() is a square in northern Bucharest
. It lies at the intersection of Aviatorilor, Constantin Prezan and Primăverii Boulevards, and Calea Dorobanţilor.
In the centre of the square stands Paul Neagu
's Crucea Mileniului
(Millennium Cross), built in the 1990s. In September 2006, on the occasion of the Francophonie
Summit held in Bucharest, a statue of Charles de Gaulle
was unveiled. Sculpted by Mircea Spătaru, it is 4.6 m high and was financed by the government.
is located to the northwest of the square, Arcul de Triumph
is located in its own square a few hundred metres to the west, on Constantin Prezan Boulevard, while Piaţa Victoriei
, where the Romanian Government headquarters
is situated, is located south, at the end of Aviatorilor Boulevard.
The state-owned Romanian Television
is located about 100 metres to the southeast, on Calea Dorobanţilor. The Primăverii
neighbourhood, which used to include the houses of the Communist nomenklatura
, is located to the northeast.Charles de Gaulle Plaza
, an office building inaugurated in 2004, is located in the southeastern part of the Square and the Aviatorilor metro station
is located right underneath the Square, oriented from north to south.
The square was originally Piaţa Jianu
, from Iancu Jianu
, a haiduc
(brigand) and folk hero who fought together with Tudor Vladimirescu
in the 1821 Wallachian......