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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]

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Vernescu House

Bucuresti, Muntenia

Phone021 3119744
AddressCalea Victoriei, 133
Fax021 2125487


In 1763, when Constantin Racovita was for the second time the prince of the Romanian Country, Jean-Baptiste Linche, a French nobleman in Marseille, becomes secretary of French language for the prince. Jean-Baptiste Linche married a Romanian woman and has a son, Philip Lens, who in 1821 builds the house. This house is offered as a wedding gift to Lisaveta Balotescu-Carpinisanu when she becomes the wife of Philip Lens.

After the fire of 1822, he restores the building making it the most beautiful house in Bucharest at that time.
Lens Philip dies in 1853, with the beginning of the Crimean War, during which the house hosts, one at a time, the Military College, the Ministry of War and  the General State of the Russian Army. The House is even visited by the great Russian writer Lev Tolstoy.
The building was damaged during fire again in 1882 and in 1886 the house is sold by the heirs of Philip's Lens to Guta Vernescu, lawyer and politician, founder of the Liberal Party.

Between years 1887 and 1889, Guta Vernescu hires the great architect Ion Mincu to restore the villa; the house becomes the most beautiful house on Victoria Road, place for the famous fashionable balls and soirees. The marble’s harmony with gilded decorations, which endow especially the ceilings and walls, the stained glass and massive mirrors give to the house an impressive fast.

Vernescu House is rebuilt in eclectic style, with a great care for detail, to which are added in 1890 the paintings of G.D. Mirea. The works of G.D. Mirea create a world of dream, with Cupid clouds, painted light in a translucent blue. At the end of his life, Guta Vernescu impoverishes and the house is bought by the state.

By the end of World War II, inside the house conducted their activities the Ministry of National Economy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and even the Romanian Government.

In 1944, Lens-Vernescu House was requisitioned by the Red Army, which destroys much of the wall paintings. Vernescu House is taken over by the Groza government immediately after 1945. By 1990, here was the protocol house of some ministries and in 1990 it becomes the headquarters of the Writers Union from Romania. After 1993, rebuilding and upgrading works are made, Vernescu House becoming the place of a five star restaurant.

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