“Islamic” Neo-Romanian Style Veranda

The picturesque veranda of a 1920s Neo-Romanian style house defined by mosque like pointed arches, short columns and latticework fence, motifs inspired from the religions architecture, especially Islamic, of the Ottoman Balkans. Magheru area, Bucharest. (Valentin Mandache)

There is a striking similarity in this example with the Moorish style architecture of Spain and its Islamic and Christian confluences, explained by the fact that the Neo-Romanian style expresses the architectural identity of a region also situated at the confluence between Christianity (of Byzantium) and Islam (of the Ottoman Empire).

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I endeavor through this daily series of images and small articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and 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 sourcing 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.

Happy Spring 2010!

Flowers of an apricot tree in its spring blossom glory in the Icoanei area of Bucharest- a very soothing and fragrant encounter, especially after the winter snowstorms that ended only about a couple of weeks ago. (©Valentin Mandache)