ROMANIAN ATHENAEUM

ATHENAEUM HEADQUARTERS

HOUSE OF ENESCU FESTIVAL IN

BUCHAREST

ATHENAEUM SQUARE AND HEADQUARTERS

Romanian Athenaeum Bucharest
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Photographed In: Athenaeum Square, Bucharest
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Description: The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city

HOW THE ROMANIAN ATHENAEUM WAS BUILT

Romanian Athenaeum is one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest and cultural center and also host for GEORGE ENESCU FESTIVAL. In 1873 there was a Society called The Romanian Cultural Society Athenaeum whose members decided they needed a headquarters. Thus, there had been a public subscription under the motto Give one leu for the Athenaeum.

THE ROMANIAN ATHENAEUM

George Enescu Festival Bucharest
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Photographed In: Athenaeum Square, Bucharest
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Description: The Romanian Athenaeum is near the Royal Palace in Bucharest

HISTORY OF THE ROMANIAN ATHENAEUM

In 1886, authorities bought the land where the future Athenaeum was to be built. This is how the history of the Romanian Athenaeum begins.  The French architect Albert Galleron and the Romanian architects Grigore Cerchez, Alexandru Orascu, Ion Mincu and I.N. Socolescu started the project. Works began in 1886 and were finished in 1889. It was built in neoclassical style, it has a Greek temple elements but also French decorations from the end of the 19th century. A circus was on the land of the nowadays Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. The entrance has 6 Greek columns, the dome is Baroque style, 41 meters high.

MIHAI EMINESCU AND THE ROMANIAN ATHENAEUM

Bucharest Athenaeum George Enescu
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Photographed In: Athenaeum Square, Bucharest
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Description: The statue of the Romanian National Poet Mihai Eminescu is in front of the Athenaeum in Bucharest

THE ATHENAEUM AT WAR

The interior of the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest includes exhibits rooms, concert halls and conferences halls. 12 Greek columns sustain one of the main halls, the Rotonda. 4 monumental stairs start from here, imitating Carrara marble, made by the famous architect, Carol Stork. The honor stairs also starts from here. The great circular hall is 16 meters high, 28,50 meters in diameter and 784 seats capacity. There is also an ensemble of 75 meters long and 3 meters high of paintings, made in al fresco style, representing 25 scenes from Romania’s history. In 1944, during the war the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest was devastated by German and American bombs but it was rebuilt in 1945.

ENESCU FESTIVAL AT THE ATHENAEUM IN BUCHAREST

Where is Enescu Festival in Bucharest
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Photographed In: Athenaeum Square, Bucharest
Date Uploaded:2016-03-28
Description: The Romanian Athenaeum houses Enescu Festival every two years

EVENTS HOUSED BY THE ATHENAEUM

The Romanian Athanaeum housed the ratification of the Great Unification in December 1st, 1919 by the first Parliament of Great Romania, and amazing concerts. Musicians like George Enescu, Dinu Lipatti, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Yehudi Menuhin held concerts here. Was also witness to Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime ending in 1989 in REVOLUTION SQUARE nearby. Historians, politicians, writers, even Nobel Prize winners held conferences in the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, like Orhan Pamuk, in 2008, or Herta Muller in 2010. Other great concerts can be found at the OPERA. One ought not to miss events housed here.
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