DAILY PICTURE: Historic Houses of Romania (1 Sep.‘09)

Coltea Hospital Bucharest

The majestic Renaissance - Baroque facade of Coltea Hospital in Bucharest. The architecture is characteristic of France's Second Empire styles, widely adopted in Romania, usually in a provincial manner, in the last two decades of the 19th century until WWI. The hospital was founded in 1707, at a time when this part of Romania and also its architecture was part of the Ottoman realm. The statue of its founder, Prince Mihai Cantacuzino, wearing a typical 17th c. Ottoman-Greek attire, embellishes the park in front of the entrance. Coltea is one of the oldest such establishments in Romania's capital and is currently undertaking major repair and renovation works after more than six decades of neglect (©Valentin Mandache)

My goal through this daily series of images is to spark the interest of a diverse international audience into the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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