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Cantacuzino Palace (George Enescu Museum)

 

  • situated on one of the oldest boulevard from Bucharest – Calea Victoriei, 141
  • it was built between 1898-1900 for Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, president of the Council of Ministers, nicknamed “ Nabob” because of his great wealth
  • it was built after the architect I.D.Berindei’s plan
  • it is in French Baroque style of Ludovic XVI epoch
  • the interior is decorated with monumental paintings painted by G.D. Mirea, Costin Petrescu, Arthur Verona, Nicolae Isidor Vermont, as well as sculptures made by Frederick Storck and Em. Becker

  • it was renowned in the Bucharest of that time through the balls organized here by Grigore Cantacuzino and his wife Maruca Rosetti
  • it has four levels:
  • a high basement that constitutes the base of the construction
  • a groundfloor with vaulted windows and with stone balustrades
  • a floor with straight windows with wrought iron balconies
  • an attic with rich ornamented skylights
  • the façade has as dominant element the entrance, slightly unhooked, preceded by ample marble steps, guarded by two stone lions and protected by a shell shaped cover
  • after the death of “the Nabob”, the building was inherited by his son Mihai who, dying in 1929, bequeathed it to his wife Maruca, who remarried in 1939 with George Enescu
  • about World War II, the building sheltered the residence of the Council of Ministers
  • in 1956, Cantacuzino Palace became "George Enescu" Memorial Museum dedicated to the famous Romanian musician
  • the museum exhibits documents and the musician’s personal things
  • here one can see, besides the violin Enescu got as a present at the age of 4, scores of his work, diplomas and medals he was awarded, among which that of the French Legion of Honour

 

* Dan Berindei, Sebastian Bonifaciu – Bucharest Touristic Guide, 1980 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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