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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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UNESCO

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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The Romanian Athenaeum

Bucuresti, Muntenia

Phone021 3150024
021 3156875 (rezervari bilete)
021 3152567
AddressFranklin, 1-3
Fax021 3122983
Emailinfo@fge.org.ro
secretariat.muzical@fge.org.ro
nicolae.licaret@fge.org.ro

Description

The current building of the Romanian Athenaeum was built between years 1886-1888, following the project of the French architect Albert Galleron, in neoclassical style. The Athenaeum is considered to be one of Romania's architectural values, representative for Bucharest.

The building of the Romanian Athenaeum was built with the support of the 'Athenaeum Cultural Society' which had as members a group formed of Constantine Esarcu, V.A Ureche, C. Rosetti, N. Kretulescu, Al. Odobescu and others important names of that time.
The Athenaeum building was initiated in 1866 through the project 'Give one leu for the Athenaeum', the first building works starting 20 years later, in 1886.

The Athenaeum opened in February 14, 1888. Since 1953, the Athenaeum hosts the activity of the State Philharmonic 'George Enescu'. The exterior of the Romanian Athenaeum impresses the visitor with a peristyle of six columns, representing the Ionic style. Thus the building is similar to a Greek temple, under wich you can find, in medallions, the faces of five Romanian rulers: Neagoe Basarab, Alexandru cel Bun, Vasile Lupu, Matei Basarab and King Carol I.

The dome’s form follows the plans of architect Albert Galleron, and was given by a team of Romanian architects and engineers.
Concerning the interior, it can be said that it is perhaps more beautiful than the outside the building.
One of the attractions is the entrance hall, which includes four spiral staircases that surround the Carra marble columns and the decorative sculptures. The Auditorium of the Romanian Atheneum has 600 seats downstairs and 52 lodges and has a great acoustic. However, the hall has an impressive mural painting 70 m long and 3 meters high, made around the room.

The fresco is the result of a constant 5 years work (1933 to 1938) of the painter Costin Petrescu, who managed to reproduce in 25 colours scenes from the history of Romania: 'The entrance of the Emperor Traian in Dacia', 'The colonization with Roman Legionnaires', 'The forming of Daco-roman people', 'The Roman Guard', 'The barbarian invasion', 'The beginnings of the Romanian people', 'The establishment', 'The dismounted', 'The military status', 'The Administrative State with the division of dignitaries', 'The Crusade', 'Ruler Stephen the Great', 'Age of peace and faith', 'The Unifying of Romanian Countries – Michael the Brave', 'The beginnings of Romanian culture', 'The three heroes of the peasant uprising - Horia, Closca and Crisan', 'The Revolution of Tudor Vladimirescu 1821', 'Year 1848 in the Principalities', 'The Union of the principalities in 1859', 'The Independence War led by Carol I', 'The completion of the nation War - 1916-1918', 'Ferdinand I' and 'The Age of consolidation'.

During the Second World War the building of the Romanian Athenaeum escaped from the bombardments that have turned into ruins all the buildings around it. The Romanian Athenaeum hosts the beauty of the Romanian culture, found in many notable concerts of the greatest Romanian and international precentors.

1 March 1898 remained in history of the Romanian Athenaeum as the day when people heard for the first time the sounds of the impressive Romanian Suite Poema Romana. As a precentor, was the composer of the Poem, George Enescu, at that time a 17 years young man.

Over time, the Romanian Athenaeum sheltered concerts of famous personalities such as Sergiu Celibidache, Ionel Perlea, Herbert von Karajan, Dinu Lipatti, Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals, Erich Kleiber, David Oistrakh, Igor Strawinsky, Richard Strauss, Paul Robeson.

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