WINTER PALACENumber one on Romania’s best museums list has to be the Fine Arts Museum.
And you can spend not just all day in Bucharest’s most famous museum but all of the day after, too !
Even the palace hosting museum’s fascinating collections will have you gasping with wonder.
So it’s definitely a good idea to add this amazing landmark to the very top of your itinerary.
Winter Royal Palace of King Carol I of Romania
King Carol I of Romania’s extraordinary winter residence has a short but impressive past.
This continues to captivate visitors inclusively with its exhibitions, collections and treasure.
It was founded in 1948 to house the former Royal Collection and those of various other museums in Bucharest. This is now Romania’s leading art museum.
The superb Neoclassic Royal Winter Palace from the capital’s heart now hosts the National Art Museum of Romania.
Since the opening it hosted different and exciting temporary exhibitions throughout years.
These keep the place sparkling and buzzing with life most of the time.
And mark it out as a spot that you never get tire of visiting.
At the palace where art reigns
As Azzurytt’s guest, you will have at disposal personal designated curators.
These will uncover for you not only current exhibitions and permanent collections, but also the Royal Palace.
Your tailored tour focus either on your individual interests or on museum’s highlights:
– Medieval icons,
– Brancusi’s sculptures,
– European & Romanian masters.
Come on the third weekend of the month to enjoy its best !
Then, access to Voivodes’ Stairs, King Carol’s Throne Hall and Royal Dining Room within palace’s central wing will be granted to you.
On this occasion you will also visit the exhibition “Fragments of memory – Royal Portraits – The Royal Palace”.
This reconstructs moments from the history of royal:
– family (in Throne Hall Annex) and
– palace (in Royal Dining Room Annex).
Period photographs, building plans, furniture pieces, royal portraits and other objects are now on display here.
Did you know that you can also come visit museum’s galleries by night ?
It is all about art
Romania’s most important art museum enjoys increasing stature on the international scene.
Famous for its stunning permanent collections of historic treasures, museum’s exciting galleries showcase over 110,000 items.
So this is a must for both first time travelers and experienced collectors.
National Art Museum of Romania is widely acknowledged as housing national and world treasures stretching back to the Middle Age.
One of the highlights of this region’s culture, it features 2 surprising and enchanting art galleries.
Romanian Art Gallery includes Medieval and Modern Romanian Art.
It displays thousands of pieces from medieval icons to some masterpieces by sculptor Constantin Brancusi.
It also features works of national painters such as: Theodor Pallady, Nicolae Tonitza, Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu and Gheorghe Petrascu.
Universal Gallery – divided into European Art and Oriental Art – features masterworks of painters like Rubens, Monet, Rembrandt and El Greco.
CENTRAL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
Located within Carol I University Foundation Palace, it benefits of the most modern endowments.
The library has about 1,000 users per day.
The book “New Library Buildings of the World” (Shanghai, 2003) mentions it among the 100 most beautiful libraries.
At the 25th reign anniversary, King Carol I of Romania bought this land.
Here, the French architect Paul Gottereau designed a palace in French Renaissance style.
They inaugurated the palace, equipped inclusively with a library, in 1895.
The edifice extended in 1914, imposed itself as one of Bucharest’s remarkable urbanistic landmarks.
Between the two world wars it hosted many cultural events before being bombed during the Second World War.
In 1948, after communist regime instauration, it changed its name into Central University Library.
Between 1963 – 1989 this gradually became the country’s most complex university library.
Its collection grew from over half a million volumes (in 1949) to over 2 million (in 1970).
During 1989 Romanian Revolution the fire started within Library made it a ruin hosting ashes of over 500,000 rare books.
Reconstructed and modernized with UNESCO help starting from 1990, the library received as donations over:
– 100,000 volumes from the country and
– 800,000 from abroad.
The memorial plaque placed on the wall at 2001 reopening mentions Grigore Peucescu had his house on the site of the palace.
He was editor of Time Newspaper where poet Mihai Eminescu worked.
Within his house, Eminescu read for the first time the poem The Third Letter.
In 2011 King Carol I’s equestrian statue returned in front of Library palace.
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