Daily Picture 24-Feb-10: Neo-Romanian Style Columns

A photomontage of ornamental columns and capitals, which I selected from among the myriad of such beautiful artefacts that adorn the Neo-Romanian style houses of Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

This remarkable architectural order, the Neo-Romanian style, which is the national style of Romania, was very popular in the country over a  period of 60 years, between 1890s and late 1940s, constituting an essential and valuable part of the local heritage and identity, today very much ignored and in a rapid process of destruction by rapacious property developers and speculators, under the indifferent eye of the authorities and a public largely ignorant about its own heritage.

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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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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.