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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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Mogosoaia Palace

Bucuresti, Muntenia

AddressCom. Mogosoaia,Valea Parcului, 1
Contact personDoina Mandru

Description

Mogosoaia is mentioned in documents since April 24 1598. In 1702, after buying more land in the town, Constantin Brancoveanu decided to build a building for his son Stefan. The drawings of this building were made after the model of another palace built by him at Potlogi.

Mogosoaia Palace belonged to the Brancoveanu family until the beginning of the nineteenth century, the last owner being Grigore (1767-1832). In 1824 Grigore Brancoveanu adopts Zoe, daughter of Alexander Mavrocordat, Gheroghe Bibescu’s wife, the future ruler of the country. He deals with the restoration of the palace between 1824-1848.

After the revolution of 1848, George Bibescu is established in France and the palace of Mogosoaia remains in the possession of his son Nicholas (1830-1890) and his mother Zoe, who continues to renovate (1860-1880), calling the services of a French architect. The appearance of the palace is changed by a series of restorations. Nicolae Bibescu didn’t stay in the palace, building near a new house, villa Elchingen. He built a chapel in the park, in which were buried the last owners of Mogosoaia and their relatives. Mogosoaia estate was bought in 1911, from the daughters of Nicolae Bibescu by Martha and George Valentin Bibescu.

Martha Bibescu began in 1912 the restoration works, calling for a team of Italian craftsmen, led by Venetian architect Domenico Rupolo. So the palace’s facades get a Venetian, being covered with brick. The restoration works were completed in 1925 by architect George M. Cantacuzino, grandson of the sister of George Valentin Bibescu.

Until 1945, the palace Mogosoaia was a point of interest to many Romanian and foreign personalities from British diplomats, Lord Thomson and Reginald. Hoare, to the American-Franklin Mott Gunther, the French Adrien Thierry and Jacques Truelle, the Swiss René de Weck to Patriarch Miron Cristea, Gheorghe Tatarescu, Constantin Argetoianu, Grigore Gafencu, Nicolae Iorga, Pamfil Seicaru or Mihail Sebastian.

Over the 3 centuries, the palace witnessed the tumultuous Romanian history, a symbol of life, always victorious. Of all the residences of Constantin Brancoveanu, Mogosoaia palace is the best preserved building that reached up to now without great changes in structure and so everyone can admire the basic elements of Brancoveanu style.

Bracoveanu Palace harmoniously combines Wallachian and Byzantine decorative features with characteristic traits of the Italian Renaissance.

The basement of the palace there is a cellar which is composed of four semi-spherical domes arranged around a central pillar. At the ground floor we can find several modest looking rooms and other living spaces for the servants. On the first floor we can find the suits of the princely family and the reception halls for the important guests.

The external stairs lead from the main courtyard in a separate balcony located in the middle of the main facade. Both the balcony and the rooms on the first floor were originally adorned with oriental stucco and mural paintings which represents the princely family members and many historical scenes. On the facade overlooking to the lake, there is a balcony with an unique architecture with three arches.

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