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Sighisoara Fortress

Sighisoara, judetul Mures

Sighisoara is a medieval fortress with architectural ensembles made in rural Gothic style, but also in Renaissance and Baroque styles, which are the result of a constructive effort appeared later in t [read more]

Cetate, Categoria: Istoric
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Barsana Monastery

judetul Maramures, Maramures

The Monastery “Synaxis of the 12 Holy Apostles" from Barsana is a convent, located at 22 km southeast of the Sighetu Marmatiei city, at the exit of Barsana, to the Slatioara bridge, where t [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios | Biserica, Categoria: Religios
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Voronet Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Founded by Stefan cel Mare, Voronet Monastery church dedicated to "St. Gheorghe" is a synthesis of Byzantine and Gothic elements, made in an original manner. With a brilliant ingenuity, with [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA)

Delta Dunarii, judetul Tulcea

With Romania's adhesion to the Ramsar Convention in 1991, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA) was recognized as a wetland of international importance especially as waterfowl habitat. Taking into ac [read more]

Parc, Categoria: Natura
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Humor Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Situated at a distance of 5 to 6 km of Gura Humorului, Humor Monastery is one of the most famous foundations of the Romanian Middle Ages. It was built in 1530 by Toader Bubuiog, member of the divan of [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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Hurezi (Horezu) Monastery

Horezu, judetul Valcea

Among the historical monasteries, which decorates the Romanian ground, Hurezi Monastery is considered, along with its hermitages, the most representative architecture complex, defining the Brancoveanu [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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Cuza Palace

judetul Iasi, Moldova

AddressCom. Ruginoasa,


Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza's Palace in Ruginoasa is a palace built in neo-gothic style in 1804, which originally belonged to Sturdza family. Currently is a memorial museum dedicated to the prince of union. In 1862, Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza of the united principalities of Moldavia bought the palace from Bank of Moldova, at an auction, with the purpose to turn it into summer residence. He deposited in January 1862 the sum of 52,011 ducats, as the Court of Reinforcements said, then the ownership documents were concluded in April 1862. The first concern of the ruler was to totally renovate the palace.

Although the prince spent little time in the palace, there lived his wife, Mrs. Elena Cuza (1825-1909), who took care of the decoration and furnishing, of the garden and outhouses. She hired artisans to restore the building and German gardeners to restore the park surrounding the castle. The central staircase was made of marble, the walls were hang with tapestry of silk brought from Paris, fireplaces were built and expensive candelabrums were brought . The furniture was made at order in 1863 in Paris, the order act being keeped today at the Romanian Academy.

The palace in Ruginoasa was officially opened by Prince Cuza, during the Easter holidays in April 1864, when he arrived here together with Baligot of Beyne and Nicolae Pisoski. In September 1864, he arrived again at the palace, where he remained about one month, after the promulgation of rural Law 14/26 August 1864, through which were given to more than 400,000 peasant families agricultural land plots, and nearly 60,000 other villagers received lands for domestic use. He was expected by 6,000 villagers who came to thank him, being greeted by six elderly who have welcomed him with bread and salt, and a ram decorated with tricolor ribbons.

The prince continued the activity at the palace in that time, making appointments for prefects and taking measures for the autumn agricultural works. Gothic style building, inspired by German romanticism, Ruginoasa Palace resembles to Miclauseni Sturdza Palace. The palace is a square building with a floor, with four nearly symmetrical facades with wide and straight platforms and balconies on all sides supported by stone slabs. Once it had four towers, which weren't preserved until today. Currently, the central staircase is built of wood.

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