Macca – Villacross Passage is one of the most well-known Bucharest passages, built at the end of the 19th century, by architect Felix Xenopol.
The passage, being at the same time street, residential building and commercial space, was built between 1890 – 1891 with the purpose of linking the headquarters of the National Bank of Romania with the most intensely circulated commercial area of that time – Calea Victoriei, which is why this passage was called the National Bank Passage.
The resemblance to the “passages” of Paris and Milan is striking, only the proportions differ, the commercial impact being as strong.
The branch from Lipscani street was named the Villacrosse passage, in memory of the Romanian Catalan architect, Xavier Villacrosse who had been chief architect of the Capital in the years 1840 – 1850, and the second – the Macca passage, after the name of Mihalache Macca, the brother-in-law of the Villacrosse architect.
Macca – Villacrosse Passage is one of the few places in Bucharest with such a rich history. After 1950, during the communist period, the passage was known as the “Jewelry Store Passage”, according to the specificity of the stores.
Since 1990, the passage resumes its original name of Macca – Villacrosse, at present the passage maintains its commercial character on the ground floor, with numerous bars and cafes; tailoring, photo and jewelry workshops, pawn shops. On the other floors there are offices and houses.
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