Cretulescu Palace

Cretulescu Palace, Bucharest: Address, Cretulescu Palace Reviews: 4.5/5

Cretulescu Palace
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  • Eroilor (Heroes) • 9 min walk
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
A 20th century architectural jewel surrounded by a small park
Sep 2019
Cretulescu Palace is on the north side of Cișmigiu Gardens. The building was commissioned by Elena Cretulescu (designed by Romanian architect Petre Antonescu) and was built in 1902, replacing a previous family palace. The Creţulescu family acquired the land around 1700, when Safta, (daughter of the Prince of Wallachia, Constantin Brâncoveanu) married into the family and received the land as part of her dowry. The original Cretulescu family palace was built on the plot and modified over the centuries. Finally, Elena Cretulescu (born in Paris in 1857) inherited all her family houses, and decided to completely rebuild the palace early in the 20th century. Cretulescu Palace exhibits an exuberant eclectic style of architecture, embellished with Renaissance elements and Baroque influences. The façade facing Cișmigiu Park has a tower and an imposing outer stair. The Știrbei Vodă side has richly decorated windows, drawing the eye upwards to attic dormers covered by a steep slate roof and surmounted by wrought iron cresting. In 1927, swamped in debts, Elena Cretulescu was forced to sell the palace to Bucharest's City Hall. Since then, it has housed a variety of government offices and ministries. The palace has been the headquarters of UNESCO‘s European Centre for Higher Education since 1971. Unfortunately, the building is not open to the public. The palace is surrounded by a lovely two-hectare park with trees, formal flower beds, a pond, artesian fountains and water springs (the former stables and green house were removed). The park is open at all times with no entry fee.
Written 20 April 2020
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Elena P
Romania4,702 contributions
Amazing architecture
Jun 2019 • Couples
The palace is having an amazing and impressive architecture. You cannot visit it inside but having a look is also a privilege.
Written 7 June 2019
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John S
Melbourne, Australia1,787 contributions
Great building
May 2019 • Couples
This is a historic building near the Cișmigiu Gardens It was built for the Crețulescu family at the beginning of the 20th century, by Romanian architect Petre Antonescu.
From 1972 to 2011, it housed the headquarters of UNESCO's European Centre for Higher Education UNESCO-CEPES.
Written 24 May 2019
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