Daily Picture 21-Oct-09: Sutu Palace

Sturdza Palace. Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Sutu Palace, cca. 1830, central Bucharest- today hosts the Municipal Museum (©Valentin Mandache)

Sutu Palace, a landmark of Romania’s capital, boasts an array of styles from Neo-Classical to Neo-Gothic, fashionable in Central Europe in the first part of the 19th c. (designed by architect Konrad Schwink). Its primary use was that of a ‘party’ palace- hosting receptions, balls and other society events given by the local powerful aristocratic family Sutu; it was not used for habitation. The image above shows the front entrance of the building with an impressive awned platform, made from a cast iron frame, were once upon a time luxurious horse carriages delivered their rich aristocratic occupants or high ranking officers from the many foreign armies that used the territory of Wallachia as a war theatre during the tumultuous 19th century in this part of 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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