Interested in palaces?
Bucharest is also known as Little Paris due to it’s elegant palaces that are all over the City. Lots of them are very well conserved because they host important institutions. There are some spectacular palaces in Bucharest that are less widely publicized, well preserved buildings, but hidden from view.
Biblioteca Centrala Universitara (Central University Library in Bucharest), is a library frequented mainly by students, but also by other participants in academic life. It is located in the Palace of Carol I Foundation.
The building was built on the site bought by King Carol I. It was designed by the French architect Paul Gottereau. The inauguration was done by King Carol I on 14 March 1895.
During the Revolution of 1989, the building was burned and the library lost many rare books. Over 500,000 volumes, rare maps, nearly 3,700 manuscripts belonging to personalities of Romanian culture, were destroyed.
In the beginning of April 1990, under the auspices of UNESCO, the rebuilding and modernizing of the library started. The exterior of the building was restored and on the 20 th of November, 2001 was the official reopening.
Boteanu Street, No.1
Palatul CEC (The CEC Palace) was built in 1900 and is situated on Calea Victoriei, opposite the National Museum of Romania History. It is the headquarters of the national savings bank C.E.C, nowadays called CEC Bank. The palace was built as a new headquarters for Romania’s oldest bank, the public savings institution.
The land was bought and the building constructed with the institution’s own funds. Work started on June 8, 1897 and was completed in 1900. The project was designed by the architect Paul Gutterea.
After 106 years of service, the building was deemed no longer fit for modern banking and was therefore sold to the municipality of Bucharest to be used as a museum. Although no longer open to CEC clients, the bank continues to rent the building as its headquarters until a suitable replacement is found or built.
Calea Victoriei, No. 13
Palatul Bancii Marmorosch Blank (BlankMarmoroschBank Palace) is a building in Centrul Vechi, which was the Bank Marmorosch Blank in the interbelic period. It was built between 1915-1923, by the architect Petre Antonescu. The building is built in several styles: Romanian, Byzantine and Gothic. Inside, the palace is decorated in Art Nouveau and Art Deco Style. Marmorosch Bank is one of the oldest banks in Romania, founded originally in 1848 as a house bank, in the context of the country’s political and national rebirth. In 1905 the bank was transformed into a joint stock company with a share capital. The bank had strong business relationship with the German, Austrian, French and American banking groups, being used by them as the main channel for the penetration of Western capital in the Romanian economy. In 1923, the bank had 25 branches in the Romania and four abroad (Paris, Istanbul, Vienna and New York). The bank wasnationalized in 1948.
Doamnei Street, No.4
Palatul Bragadiru ( Bragadiru Palace) belonged first Romanian industrialist brewer. In year 1900, he built the palace around the brewery. The building first appears geographically represented by the Institute of Geographic Army in the years and 1911. The construction was done according to the plans designed by the Austrian architect Anton Shuckerl . The Palace is composed of a spectacular ballroom that can function as a theater or concert hall, a library, a bowling alley, many rooms, shops and offices.
Since 2006, many social and cultural events took place in the Palace.
Calea Rahovei, No. 147-153
Palatul Bursei (The Stock Exchange Palace) is an impressive building in Old Town (Centrul Vechi ), designed by the architect Stefan Burcus. The stone foundation was laid by Prince Ferdinand and Princess Maria on 11 May 1908 and it was opened three years later on May 27, 1911 by a solemn ceremony in the presence of King Carol I.
The construction proportions are well shaped with elegant decoration.
Ion Ghica Street, No. 4
Palatul Camerei Deputatilor (Palace of the Chamber of Deputies, currently Patriarchal Palace) was built in place of the former palace of the Chamber of Deputies, on Dealul Patriarhiei) in 1907 by the architect Dimitrie Maimarolu.
The facade of the building is designed in neo-classical style and has a length of 80 m. The main part of the building has six Ionic columns, grouped by two. The dome of the building is similar to the Athenaeum, located above the courtroom. The facade is decorated with pilasters on two levels, and their bodies are decorated and dominant corner.
In the socialist era building functioned as the headquarters of the National Assembly, the supreme organ of state power of the Socialist Republic of Romania. After the events of 1989, it has become the Chamber of Deputies and in 1997 it has been acquired by the Romanian Patriarchate.
Aleea Dealul Mitropoliei, No. 25
Palatul Cantacuzino or National Museum “George Enescu” . The building was built by architect John D. Berindeyin according toFrench Baroque architecturalstyle, on Calea Victoriei. The owner was Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, former president of the Council of Ministers, nicknamed “Nabob” because of his fabulous wealth. After the death of “Nabob”, the building was inherited by his son Mihai who died in 1929 and left the Palace to in his wife Maruca. Maruca remarried in December 1939 to famous composer George Enescu. The building, known as the “Cantacuzino Palace”, hosted on the eve of the Second World War, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
In 1956, the Cantacuzino Palace was inaugurated the Memorial Museum “George Enescu” dedicated to the great Romanian composer and became a national museum since 1990.
Calea Victoriei, No. 141
Palatul Cercul Militar National (The National Military Club) hosts the central institution of the Romanian Army culture. The palace was build in order to have a meeting point to promote cultural-educational, artistic, recreational, representation and of course, protocol.
The works for the construction of the National Military Club started in 1911, although the land where the building would stand, on Calea Victoriei, was ceded by the Ministry of areas since 1898.
The necessary funds were collected from donations, subscriptions and contributions of officers (80%) and state subsidies and loans repayable.
The palace isusedfor weddings, auctions, balls or other social events.
Bvd. Regina Elisabeta, No. 20
Palatul Cotroceni, ( Cotroceni Palace) the assembly was raised between 1679-1681, at the west of Bucharest by Prince Serban Cantacuzino and was the most important foundation of his. Within the assembly there was a church and the magnificent royal palace, built in the baroque spirit.
It is one of the most important Palaces in Bucharest, located in the Cotroceni, where .the Presidential house is. There is also a museum, were you can see the rooms were King Ferdinand and Queen Mary lived.
Bvd. Geniului, No 1