Royal Property Restitution: new documents submitted by Simeon of Bulgaria

This post has initially been published in Diana Madache’s weblog on royal history and deals with the increasingly difficult issues of property restitution faced by the King of Bulgaria and his family in their quest to recover abusively confiscated property during the communist regime. There is stiff opposition against restitution by many political circles in Bulgaria, especially from parties situated at the extremes of the political spectrum: communists and nationalists alike. What is happening in Bulgaria is also mirrored in Romania and Serbia, although on a more muted level, but nevertheless raising serious doubts about the commitments to fulfill the democratic property rights assumed by the post-communist regimes in those countries. Romania, as Bulgaria, is an EU member, which also has a deeply corrupt political elite, with a long anti-monarchic tradition inherited from the communists and inter-war extreme right nationalists. That elite has also grown accustomed to use royal properties for their own pleasure and interests ever since the communist times and finds it hard to renounce now to those perks. Those specific impediments add to the current difficulties faced by the Romanian royal family in completely recovering its rightful property.

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King Simeon of Bulgaria 

King Simeon of Bulgaria has submitted documents showing he has all rights to deal with the royal property in Bulgaria. The letter of attorney has been issued on December 20, 1999, in Munich, and is signed by five of Simeon’s relatives giving him all rights to manage the property of Bulgaria’s Tsars Ferdinand I and Boris III. The information was announced on September 24 by Simeon’s press secretary, Tsvetelina Uzunova, and was revealed in connection with statements coming for the Chair of the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Committee and leader of the far right Order, Law and Justice party, who is questioning the royal property restitution in Bulgaria. The date of the letter is one year after the Bulgarian Constitutional Court declared the Nationalization of the Private Property of the Bulgarian Royal Family Act illegal. Simeon of Bulgaria had further submitted with the Parliament and other State institutions additional documents showing the relations with his family have been settled clearly and according to the law. [Source: Sofia news agency] ©Diana Mandache’s Weblog Royal History

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Daily Picture 30-Sep-09: Art Deco Sporting Theme Panel

(©Valentin Mandache)

Hotel Lido (early 1930s), Bucharest: Art Deco sporting theme on the main decorative panel above entrance (©Valentin Mandache)

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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.

Daily Picture 29-Sep-09: Modernist Look Neo-Romanian Style House

Neo-Romanian style house, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Neo-Romanian style house, mid-1930s, Dorobanti area Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The building above, which has seen better days in the inter-war period, is a massive Neo-Romanian style house from Romania’s capital, where the main diagnostic elements for this style such as the citadel-like aspect, a fortification-like tower, monumental arched doorway, arched windows or Byzantine type ornaments are plainly visible. The modernist aspect is rendered by the clear boxy shape of its main components, delineated by clear straight horizontal and vertical lines and edgy right angle corners and also sober, discreete decoration. It is an interesting symbiosis of architectural styles at a time (1930s) when in Bucharest the modernist current became increasingly popular at the expense of the previously fashionable type of flamboyantly decorated Neo-Romanian houses, with a series of edifices such as the one presented here combining elements from both styles.

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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.

Daily Picture 28-Sep-09: High Quality Art Deco House

Bucharest: Neo-Romanian Art Deco house (©Valentin Mandache)

Bucharest: high quality grand Art Deco house, 1930 (©Valentin Mandache)

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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.

Daily Picture 27-Sep-09: Early Art Deco Peasant Market Ornamental Panel

Matache Market decorative panel (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco decorative panel (end 1920s) above main entrance of Matache Market Hall, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Bucharest is traditionally supplied with fresh agricultural products by the peasants farming in the vast countryside surrounding Romania’s capital. They sell their products in a number of markets throughout the city. One of the oldest and largest such place is Matache Market, located close to the main train station of the city, Gara de Nord, allowing easy access of peasants selling their products form further afield, even from as far as Transylvania. The market is still using many of its old 1920-’30s buildings, which although are in a very run down state, still display interesting early Art Deco elements peculiar to the industrial architecture of that era. The most conspicuous ornament is an early equivocal Art Deco style panel (see above) depicting a butcher at its centre and on both sides peasants in traditional dress unloading their products, a scene that has not changed very much and can still be witnessed live today, nearly a century later (©Valentin Mandache)

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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.

Daily Picture 26-Sep-09: Botched Renovation Works

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Neo-Romanian style house mutilated and damaged as a result of ongoing unprofessional renovation works, undertaken by a cowboy construction company; Cismigiu north area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The botched renovation and restoration of historic houses have reached epidemic proportions in Romania’s capital, being even more destructive than the vicissitudes endured by these edifices during WWII and five decades of communist regime. That unprofessional approach and its results threaten the esthetic of the city and the fabric of its identity. The situation is further exacerbated by innumerable cases of illegal and abusive demolitions of historical buildings perpetrated because of ineffective and in many instances corrupt city authorities, under the indifferent eye of a majority of its citizens.

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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.

Daily Picture 25-Sep-09: Industrial ‘Little Paris’ Architecture

Trajan Market Hall, one of the best examples of French inspired fin de siecle industrial architecture in Bucharest, recently renovated and restored (©Valentin Mandache)

Trajan Market Hall, one of the best examples of French inspired 19th c. 'fin de siècle' industrial architecture in Bucharest, recently renovated and restored (©Valentin Mandache)

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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.

Daily Picture 25-Sep-09: Industrial 'Little Paris' Architecture

Trajan Market Hall, one of the best examples of French inspired fin de siecle industrial architecture in Bucharest, recently renovated and restored (©Valentin Mandache)

Trajan Market Hall, one of the best examples of French inspired 19th c. 'fin de siècle' industrial architecture in Bucharest, recently renovated and restored (©Valentin Mandache)

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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.

Daily Picture 24-Sep-09: Neo-Romanian Art Deco Panel

(©Valentin Mandache)

Art Deco shapes on a panel decorating the front wall of a grand late-1920s Neo-Romanian style house in the Dorobanti area of Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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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.

Daily Picture 23-Sep-09: Small 1910s Town House

Bucharest 1910s town house, a type normally associated with Little Paris architecture (provincially interpreted French 19th century styles), but in this case decorated with decorated with Neo-Romanian motifs (Valentin Mandache)

Bucharest 1910s town house built as a light Little Paris structure, popular at that time in the city, decorated with the then new Neo-Romanian style motifs (©Valentin Mandache)

The above type of small town house is usually encountered in the former outskirts of the turn of 19th to 20th century Bucharest, areas nowadays located quite close to the city centre. Its architecture and decorations are usually rendered in the Little Paris fashion (provincially interpreted French 19th century styles), popular in that period among the local public, including small merchant and state employee classes (policemen, clerks, teachers) that built and inhabited that type of small house, which today constitutes excellent renovation projects. The unusual fact associated with the above example is its Neo-Romanian style decorations grafted on a Little Paris house structure. One can see the hallmarks of this style for example in the Ottoman inspired latticework motifs and window top and house corner medallions. It indicates a preoccupation and desire at that time among the lower middle classes to adopt and adapt the patriotic Neo-Romanian architectural style, which was usually a heavy investment afforded only by wealthy citizens because of its highly decorative and monumental character.

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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.

Daily Picture 22-Sep-09: Exquisite Art Nouveau Roof Eave Painting

Exquisite Art Nouveau stye roof eave painting in Cosmonautilor area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Exquisite Art Nouveau style roof eave painting in Cosmonautilor area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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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.

Daily Picture 21-Sep-09: Art Deco Name Tablet

Art Deco architect name tablet (for inter-war architect Emil Gunes), Cismigiu area building, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Name tablet for inter-war architect Emil M Gunes, rendered in Art Deco style (see the typical letter format and the Art Deco floral background motif), Opera area building, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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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.

Daily Picture 20-Sep-09: Unsightly Garish Decoration

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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Unsightly renovated "Little Paris" style house, Cotroceni area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Unsightly renovated "Little Paris" style house, Cotroceni area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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If you are interested in 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.

Daily Picture 19-Sep-09: Art Nouveau Windows

Art Nouveau windows, Opera area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Nouveau windows, Opera area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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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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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.

Daily Picture 18-Sep-09: Early Neo-Romanian Style Doorway

Early Neo-Romanian style doorway (1920s), Victoriei area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Early Neo-Romanian style doorway with Ottoman inspired Art Nouveau motifs (1900s), Victoriei area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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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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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.