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Theodor Pallady Museum – Melik House

 

  • situated 22, Spatarului St.
  • built somewhere between 1750-1760 Melik House is the oldest civilian building from Bucharest that was preserved in its original form
  • nobody knows who the first owner of the house was but it was sold in 1815 by its heirs to an Armenian merchant named Chevorc Nazaretoglu – his real name being Nazaretian
  • Chevroc Nazaretian and his wife moved in the house in 1822
  • Agop Nazaretian, Chevorc’s son, dowered the house to his daughter Ana,at her marriage with the architect Iacob Melik
  • the name of the house comes from Iacob Melik who lived here together with his family and who repaired the house many times
  • Ana Nazaretian Melik, who died in 1913, bequeathed the house to the Armenian community from Bucharest, with the wish to found an asylum for the poor widows of the community
  • Eugen Melik, descendant, attacked the will and got the property for a short period of time
  • the Armenian community won the trial and an asylum was arranged that functioned between 1921-1947
  • during this period different tenants lived in the house and it suffered modifications and degradations
  • towards the end of the 1960s Gheorghe and Serafina Raut, husband and wife, negotiated with the authorities from Bucharest the donation and partial redemption of the art collection they owned – a building in Place Daufin, and in one of the appartaments, they used to let, lived for a rather long period of time Theodor Pallad
  • one of the essential condition of the donation was to assure a proper place to exhibit the art collection and to host Pallady Museum
  • between 1970-1994 the National Art Museum from Bucharest used it as a place to deposit valuable works of art that were going to be restored or those being in transit
  • in 1994 it has gained its final destination – Casa Melik, Serafina and Gheorghe Raut art collection and Pallady Museum – museal complex
  • the size of the rooms, the breadth of the windows and the width of the doors were preserved inside the house
  • the pieces of furniture are entirely pieces of collection
  • the closed veranda hosts every Saturday morning courses of initiation for children in the art of drawing and colour 

 

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