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Castles & Palaces

The Bran Castle

Location: in Bran locality, 28 km far from Brasov.
Description: The castle was built in 1377-1378 by Ludovic I Anjou on top of the Bran Hillock. In 1427 Sigismund I of Luxembourg, the king of Hungary enters in possession of the castle. In 1448 the castle becomes the property of Iancu de Hunedoara. During 1498-1878 the Bran Castle belonged to the people of Brasov. Initially the castle had military purpose that of defending the vital way which connected Brasov town with Campulung town but it also had a commercial role as it functioned as a custom point. On the 1st of December 1920 the City Council of Brasov donated the castle to Quinn Maria of Romania. During 1920-1927 the castle was restored under the supervision of Carol Liman, the Royal Court's architect who transforms it into a beautiful summer residence, surrounded by a park with promenade aisles, a lake, fountains, terraces. In 1948 the castle enters in the state's possession and starting with 1956 houses the Feudal History and Art Museum. In 1961 was opened an out-door ethnographic section.

The Corvins' Castle

Location: in Hunedoara city.
Description: The castle was built in the 14th century on the spot of a Roman camp and in 1409 it was endowed to the Romanian nobleman Voicu, Iancu de Hunedoara's father by Sigismund I of Luxembourg, the king of Hungary for his courage during the fights. Entered in Iancu de Hunedoara's possession the castle suffered a series of changes and addings during 1440-1453. The castle functioned as the princely residence but it also had military purposes. The wing built by Matia Corvin, Iancu de Hunedoara's son, is realized in Renaissance style. In 1618-1623 due to Gabriel Bethlen, Prince of Transylvania during that time the castle suffers new changes. In the castle's yard there is a well which is told to be dug by three Turkish prisoners who were promised to be released if they could reach the water.
The Corvin's Castle is considered to be the most important lay monument of Gothic architecture from Romania.

The Iulia Hasdeu Castle

Location: in Campina city, Prahova County, 33 km far from Ploiesti.
Description: The Iulia Hasdeu Castle was built in 1893-1898 by the Romanian writer Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, after the death of his daughter, Iulia. It is told that the castle’s drafts were transmitted by Julia's Spirit during the spiritistic meetings. The castle became Hasdeu's refuge. Here, surrounded by loneliness, the writer spent the last years of his life. After the earthquake from 1977, the castle entered in a long process of restoration. Since 1994 the Iulia Hasdeu Castle has been housing the "B.P.Hasdeu” Memorial Museum which displays furniture, personal belongings of Hasdeu family, photos and original documents, manuscripts, Hasdeu's reviews, many pictures made by Nicolae Grigorescu and Sava Hentia.

The Huniazilor Palace

Location: in Timisoara, Timis County.
Description: The Huniazilor Palace is an edifice built in 1307-1318 at the orders of Carol I Robert Anjou. In 1441-1447 the palace was enlarged by the initiative of Iancu de Hunedoara. During 1852-1856 the building was restored. Presently the Huniazilor Palace houses the Banat Museum (Banat is a historical and geographical province of Romania situated in the south-western part of Romania). The museum displays collection of archeology and history, ethnography, art and natural sciences.

The Banffy Palace

Location: in Cluj.
Description: The Banffy Palace was built in 1774-1785 in baroque under the supervision of the architect Johann Eberhard Blaumann. The Banffy Palace houses the National Art Museum from Cluj. The museum displays collections of works belonging to painters like Nicolae Tonitza, Lucian Grigorescu, Ion Tuculescu, Gheorghe Petrascu, sculptures of Dimitrie Paciurea, Ion Irimescu, Corneliu Medrea, Ion Jalea, graphics, pieces of old furniture.

The Princely Palace from Alba-Iulia

Location: in Alba Iulia, judetul Alba.
Description: The Princely Palace was built during the 13th -18th centuries. The palace functioned as the residence of Transylvania’s princes and also was the residence of Mihai Viteazul, the Romanian Prince who realized in 1600 the first Union of the main Romanian provinces (Transylvania, Moldavia, Wallachia).

The Brukenthal Palace

Location: in Sibiu.
Description: The Brukenthal Palace is one of the most important monuments built in baroque style from Romania. It was built in 1778-1788 as the residence of the Baron Samuel von Brukenthal, Governor of Transylvania in 1777-1787. The façade is preserving the family blazon and inside objects belonging to Brukenthal family are to be found. The Brukenthal Palace houses the Art Gallery and the Brukenthal Library (with very valuable books). The Art Gallery displays the following permanent exhibitions: the National Art Gallery, the Stamps Cabinet, the Decorative Art Collection and the Brukenthal picture gallery (with exhibits brought by the baron from Vienna).

The Episcopal Palace

Location: in Oradea city, Bihor County.
Description: The Episcopal Palace was built in 1762-1770 in baroque style under the supervision of the architect Franz Anton Hillebrand. Presently the Episcopal Palace houses Tara Crisurilor Museum (Tara Crisurilor can be translated as “the land of the three rivers Cris”). This museum displays collections of history and archeology, numismatics, ethnography, clocks and silvering.

The Teleki Palace

Location: in Targu Mures city, Mures County.
Description: The Teleki Palace was built in 1797-1803 in Baroque style combined with Neo-classical elements under the supervision of the architect Ugrai László. In 1848 this palace was the official residence of the General Jósef Bem. Presently the Teleki Palace houses the Teleki Library. The Teleki Palace wears the name of the Chancellor of Transylvania, Samuel Teleki.

The Palace of Culture from Targu Mures

Location: in Targu Mures, Mures County.
Description: The Palace of Culture was built in 1911-1913 under the supervision of two architects: Jakab Dezsö and Komor Marcell. The outside and inside decorations draw the attention. You can admire the roof made of majolica, the monumental mosaic, the bas-reliefs, the frescoes and the stained glass windows. The inside hall is made of Carrara marble and displays two Venetian mirrors and two mythological frescoes. Presently the Palace of Culture houses some cultural institutions: the Philharmonic, the Mures County’s Library, the Art Museum, the Art Galleries, the permanent exhibition of the History Museum.

The Mures County Administration Palace

Location: in Targu Mures, Mures County.
Description: The Mures County Administration Palace was built in 1906-1907 in Secession style under the supervision of the two architects: Jakab Dezsö and Komor Marcell. For 55 years this building has been functioning as the City Hall. The clock-tower of 60 m high and the roof made of coloured majolica draw the attention. The outside floral decorations are also made of majolica. In 1990 the palace became the headquarters of the Mures County Administration.

The Castle from Lazarea

Location: in Lazarea commune, Harghita County.
Description: The Castle was built in 1532 and after that it suffered some changes in 1598 and 1631-1632. The costruction was realized in the Renaissance style.

The Palace of Culture from Iasi

Location: in Iasi city, Iasi County.
Description: The Palace of Culture was built in 1907-1926 on the place where the Princely Residence used to function. The Neo-Gothic construction was realized under the supervision of the architect I.D.Berindei. Today the Palace of Culture houses four museums dedicated to Moldavian history, ethnography, art, science and technology.

Dinu Mihail Palace

Location: in Craiova, Dolj County.
Description: Dinu Mihail Palace was built in 1896 in French academic style under the supervision of the French architect Paul Gottereau. Presently the palace houses the Art Museum. The museum was founded in 1954 and displays collection of paintings, graphics and sculptures (There are exhibited seven of Constantin Brancusi’s works).

The Cantacuzino Palace

Location: in Bucharest.
Description: The Cantacuzino Palace was built in the French baroque style. The façade impresses by the monumental entry guarded by two lions. During the World War II, the palace was the residence of the Presidency of the Ministry Council. Today it hosts George Enescu Museum (Music Museum).

The Royal Palace

Location: in Bucharest.
Description: It is situated on Calea Victoriei, in the Revolution Square. It was built in 1812-1815 by Dinicu Golescu. In 1859 it functioned as the residence of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza. In 1882-1885 it was rebuilt under the supervision of the architect Paul Gottereau and it was used during the official ceremonies. The old boyar’s house became the residence of King Carol I. Presently it houses the National Art Museum. The museum displays works of some famous artists like El Greco, Rubens, Renoir, Delacroix, Tintoretto, Monet, Brancusi, Grigorescu.

Stirbei Palace

Location: in Bucharest.
Description: Stirbei Palace is situated on Victoriei Street. It is an elegant building decorated with Greek architectural elements (columns, caryatids) realized in 1833-1835 under the supervision of the architect Michael Sanjouand. The building functioned as the private residence of Prince Barbu Stirbei.

The Ghica Tei Palace

Location: in Bucharest.
Description: The Ghica Tei Palace was built in 1822 at the orders of Grigore IV Ghica, replacing the former house of Ban Costache Ghica. The construction was realized in Italian Neo-classical style combined with elements of French Renaissance. The palace functioned as the prince’s summer residence. Since 1979 the palace has been housing the “Tei” restaurant

The Mogosoaia Palace

Location: on Mogosoaia lakeside, in Mogosoaia commune, Ilfov County, 15 km far from Bucharest.
Description: The Mogosoaia Palace was built in 1702 by orders of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu and it functioned as the Prince’s summer residence. The Palace is situated in the middle of a big garden and it represents a representative construction of Brancoveanu’s era. The columns and the banisters made of stone are richly carved in baroque style. Presently the Palace houses The Medieval Art Museum which displays sculptures in stone, silvering, icons and rare printing works.

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