6 Palaces in Bucharest

6 Palaces in Bucharest 6 Palaces in Bucharest

Bucharest or "Little Paris" is sprinkled with palaces or aristocratic houses, patrimony buildings over which time was spent and, in many cases, forgetfulness.

1. Cotroceni Palace

Cotroceni Palace is a royal residence in Bucharest, serving today as the headquarters of the Romanian Presidency.

In 1679, Mr. Serban Cantacuzino raised a monastery on Cotroceni hill. In 1862 Alexandru Ioan Cuza decided to use the Cotroceni Monastery as the royal residence of the summer. At the beginning of the reign, Prince Carol I of Romania receives as summer residence the old royal houses of Cotroceni. Carol I decides to build a palace in the monastery, in the use of Crown heirs, to serve as his official residence in Bucharest.

In August 1916, at the Cotroceni Palace took place the Crown Council, chaired by King Ferdinand, where Romania entered the World War I on the ANTANTA side.

Palatul Cotroceni
Palatul Mogosoaia

2. Mogosoaia Palace

Mogosoaia Palace is a historic building in Mogosoaia, Ilfov County, Romania, about 15 km from downtown Bucharest. The complex contains its own building, its courtyard with the watchtower, cuhnia (kitchen), guest house, glacier and cave of the Bibescu family, as well as the church "Sfantul Gheorghe" located near the walls of the courtyard.

Mogosoaia Palace has been in the possession of the Brancoveanu family for about 119 years, then passed into the ownership of the Bibescu family.

3. The Cretulescu Palace

The Cretulescu Palace, also known as the Kretzulescu Palace, is a historic building located near Cismigiu Park in Bucharest, sector 1, located at the side of Stirbei Voda Street, at 39.

Elena Kretulescu (1857-1930), descendant of two great boyar families, Maria Filipescu's daughter and veneric Constantin Kretzulescu, born in 1857 in Paris, inherited the land and his father's houses built in 1718. At the beginning of the 20th century In 1902, she hired the architect Petre Antonescu (1873-1965) to make plans for building a larger building in the style of the French Renaissance with baroque influences.

Palatul Cretulescu
Palatul CEC

4. CEC Palace

The palace of the House of Deposits, Consignments and Economics (known as CEC Palace, after the name of the institution) is a building in Bucharest, located in Calea Victoriei, in front of the Poste Palace built in the same period.

The cornerstone of the CEC Palace was put on June 8, 1897, in the presence of King Carol I of Romania and Queen Elizabeth.

Until 1875, in that place was the monastery and the inn "Saint John the Great". Dating back to the 16th century, the restorations were restored by Constantin Brancoveanu in the years 1702 - 1703, after which, being degraded, they were demolished in 1875. The current building was built after the demolition of the first headquarters of the House of Deposits in turn instead of the monastery).

Designed by architect Paul Gottereau's plans, with specific elements in French architecture at the end of the 19th century, the CEC Palace was completed in 1900.

5. Royal Palace from Bucharest

The Royal Palace is a monumental building in Bucharest, located on Calea Victoriei, in the Palace Square (renamed the Revolution Square after the events of December 1989).

The building symbolizes the center of monarchical power in Romania and is the main royal residence in Bucharest. It was actually used to host the official activities of the Royal Family of Romania until August 24, 1944, when it was bombed and remained uninhabited until King Michael's departure in his exile.

After the forced abdication of King Michael (produced on December 30, 1947), the Palace hosts the National Art Museum of Romania.

Palatul regal Bucuresti
Palatul Parlamentului

6. Parliament House

The Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania known before the Revolution as the House of the Republic or the House of the People) measures 270 m 240 m, 86 m tall and 92 m underground realized in the spirit of realistic socialist architecture.

It has 9 surface levels and 9 other undergrounds. According to the World Records Academy, the Parliament Palace is the second largest administrative building for civilian use as the world's surface, and the most expensive administrative building in the world and the toughest building in the world. The Palace of Parliament building is located in the central part of Bucharest (sector 5), today called Arsenalul Dealul, located on Izvor Street in the west and northwest, the United Nations Boulevard to the north, Libertatii Boulevard to the east and 13th Calea to the south.

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27 October 2020