Daily Picture 10-Dec-09: Potlogi Palace Access Stairs

The access stairs and veranda of Potlogi Palace, located in the environs of Bucharest, one of the archetype buildings from which the modern Neo-Romanian architectural style traces its origins. (©Valentin Mandache)

Potlogi Palace is a late c17th edifice built by Italian architects for the Wallachian prince Constantin Brancoveanu on a late Venetian Renaissance country villa framework, using local decorative and structural elements. The symbiosis resulted in a unique style, encountered in similar edifices commissioned by Brancoveanu and his contemporaries (Mogosoaia Palace, etc.), termed by some specialists as “Romanian Renaissance”, but which I prefer to define as “proto/early Neo-Romanian”, as the motifs and elements encountered in these buildings were synthesised at the end of c19th by the architect Ion Mincu and his colleagues within the modern Neo-Romanian style, one of of the remarkable national schools of architecture of that period in Europe.

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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