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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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Jean Mihail Palace

Craiova, judetul Dolj

AddressCalea Unirii, 15

Description

Jean Mihail Palace was built between 1899-1907, according to the plans of the French architect Paul Gottereau, at the request of Constantin Mihail - one of Romania's richest people of the time. Palace is a true architectural masterpiece. The building's destination was the private house. To construct the building there were used the best quality materials.

The valuable stucco, some golden, Venetian mirrors, skylights, painted ceilings, columns, stairs of Carrara marble, Murano crystal chandeliers, walls upholstered in silk from Lyon, paneling, hardware and others, all gave the rooms an air of elegance and refined style. The palace was covered with slate from the very beginning and provided with electrical installation and central heating.

In late 1907, Constantin Mihail became ill and then died in 1908 without enjoying the beauty and comfort of the palace. His eldest son, Nicolae (1873-1918), lived more in France, where he squandered his fortune. So, in the palace lived his youngest son, Jean (1875-1936), but without taking advantage of the luxury, he has lived retired in a small room that winter was often unheated. Jean continued to increase his wealth, especially when he inherited the wealth of two relatives, Elena Dumba and Maria Coloni, reaching one of the richest men in the country, possibly the richest.

It is said that in the years of global economic crisis of 1928-1933, Jean Mihail vouched for Romanian state for some of the loans which it contracted abroad. He passed in nothingness in 1936 and being the last representative of the family, the entire fortune - made up of many estates, of which over 80,000 hectares of arable land, dozens of buildings and land for construction in various cities, 30 million lei in cash, other 950 million in effects and stocks at various banks in Romania, with an additional cash and jewelry from the treasure of iron houses and from the treasures of the buildings that he inhabited in Craiova and Bucharest - was donated to the Romanian state, with the condition to found "Jean Mihail Foundation".

The foundation had the task to liquidate his assets, selling the land to peasants into small lots, at reasonable prices, to found schools, community centers, libraries in villages, a secondary school of agriculture, a maternity, to endow the poor girls etc.

But the foundation's officials had high salaries and vague duties, so they didn’t rush to comply with the testamentary will of the donor. After a while followed turbulent times so nobody cared about the Foundation. Between 24-31 October, 1943, the palace housed the great exhibition "Oltenia’s Week", within which the public could see freely for the first time, this palace which was closed during the life of Jean Mihail, and after his death.

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