Tour in Piata Victoriei

Dear Readers,

This is an invitation to an architectural history tour in Piata Victoriei area of Bucharest: open to all of you who would like to accompany me, the author of the Historic Houses of Romania blog, for two hours, between 11.30h – 13.30h, on Saturday 27 February 2016!

I will be your guide through a remarkably rich and architecturally varied area of central Bucharest, where famous public buildings often stand side by side with quaint Little Paris, Neo-Romanian or Art Deco and Modernist style private houses. The character of the local built landscape has been in large part determined by the architecture embellishing two important boulevards that cross the area: Calea Victoriei, the oldest thoroughfare of Romania’s capital, and Continue reading Tour in Piata Victoriei

Tour in Plantelor area

Plantelor Street SignDear readers,

I would like to invite you to another tour from the new series of Bucharest architectural walks that I am preparing, this one centered on the area around the picturesque Plantelor Street, sitting just east of Mantuleasa. It has an alluring residential character, with well presented historic buildings of architectural value, many surrounded by efflorescent gardens. Plantelor area is a sample of how pleasant and stimulative for artistic creativity this town has been in the La Belle Époque and the interwar periods.

The tour is scheduled to take place this Sunday 21 February 2016, between 11.30h – 13.30h. This cultural excursion could be of interest to any of you visiting Romania’s capital as a tourist or on business, looking to understand the character of this metropolis through discovering its peculiar and fascinating old architecture.

The name “Plantelor” (Engl. for Plants’) given to this iconic street, is an echo of the La Belle Époque times, when Bucharest’s houses of its famous Little Paris and also Art Nouveau architecture were provided with Continue reading Tour in Plantelor area

Tour in Bellu Cemetery

Dear readers,

I am organising a thematic two hours walking tour (between 11.30h – 13.30h) this Saturday 20 February 2016, on the less conventional subject of funerary architecture found within the confines of Bellu Cemetery, the most famous and exquisitely embellished necropolis of Romania, the equivalent in these parts of Europe of Paris’ Père Lachaise or London’s Highgate cemetery. It may be of interest to any of you visiting the town as a tourist or on business, looking to find out more about its fascinating historic architecture and identity.

Bellu Cemetery is considered the National Pantheon of this country, containing the graves and remarkable funerary monuments of important personalities that built the modern Romanian nation, people such as Mihai Eminescu, the national poet, Ion Mincu, the initiator of the Neo-Romanian architectural style or general Christian Tell, one of the Continue reading Tour in Bellu Cemetery

Tour in Mosilor area

Dear readers,

This is an invitation to an architectural walking tour in Mosilor area of Bucharest, open to all of you who would like to accompany me, the author of the Historic Houses of Romania blog, Sunday 14 February 2016, for two hours, between 11.30h – 13.30h.

I will be your guide through one of the most picturesque areas of historic Bucharest, that has known a spectacular development after the unification of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia in the aftermath of the Crimean War. It is located on the road stemming from the old city toward Moldavia, known in the olden times as “The Highway” (“Drumul Mare”). Its name comes from that of the famous Mosilor fair, held outside Bucharest’s walls, where traders and peasants from Moldavia and north-eastern Wallachia came with their goods and Continue reading Tour in Mosilor area

Tour in Dacia area

Dear readers

This is an invitation to an architectural history walking tour in the area centred on Dacia – Eminescu and Polona streets of Bucharest, endowed with some of the best quality historic architecture of Romania’s capital, open to all of you who would like to accompany me, the author of the Historic Houses of Romania blog on Saturday 13 February 2016 between 11.30h – 13.30h.

I will be your guide in this distinguished Bucharest quarter, packed with impressive building designs, especially Neoromanian, belonging to its mature (such as the image on the left) and late flamboyant phases, along with Art Deco and Modernist designs. Dacia also encompasses Little Paris and a multitude of mixed style buildings of a powerful personality. The architects of many of these structures were from among the golden inter-war generation of such highly regarded professionals of Continue reading Tour in Dacia area

HHR drinks at The Harp

Historic Houses of Romania drinks event, at The Harp pub, on Thursday 13 August, from 18.30h
Historic Houses of Romania drinks event, at The Harp pub, on Thursday 17 Dec., from 18.30h

Dear readers,

You are cordially invited at the next Historic Houses of Romania – drinks” event, the end of 2015 edition, scheduled to take place this Thursday 17 December at The Harp pub, starting with 6.30pm. This is a get together for those of you who follow my blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter pages, or participate at the architectural tours, thus fostering a sense of community for those appreciating the built heritage of Bucharest and Romania, and continue discussing at such gatherings on old houses, their architecture, history and economic potential and uses, in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

The pub is located in Unirii Square of Bucharest, close by the exit for Unirii Square tube/ metro station, on Cantemir Blvd. By clicking the following links you can access its Continue reading HHR drinks at The Harp

Tour in Carol Park: the 1906 Exhibition

Dear Readers,

I would like to invite you to a Historic Houses of Romania tour in Carol Park, which apart from intellectual fulfilment, would also offer the possibility to take a breath of fresh air and witness the onset of spring season at this latitude. The tour is open to all of you who would like to accompany me, the author of this blog, for two hours, on Sunday 21 June 2015, between 11.30h – 13.30h.

We will identify and examine the fascinating vestiges of the Great Exhibition of 1906 (also known as the Royal Jubilee Exhibition, see the pictures presented here), held in that park created specially for the event, when the Neo-Romanian architectural style was popularised to the wider public, contributing to the inception of its mature phase of development for the next two decades and its large scale adoption throughout Romania and neighbouring regions, where the country had a direct influence, especially during the interwar period.

The 1906 Royal Jubilee Exhibition has been the largest such event in south east Europe, modelled after the great universal exhibitions that took place in the western capitals or America starting with the mid c19th. The event was a proud gathering place of some of the best creations Romania had to offer at that date, celebrating 40 years of Continue reading Tour in Carol Park: the 1906 Exhibition

Architectural walking tour in Targoviste

Dear readers,

This is an invitation to an architectural history tour in Targoviste, renowned as the former capital of the former Principality of Wallachia and one of the seats of Vlad the Impaler, among many other fearsome medieval Wallachian rulers of the Medieval era, located north-west of Bucharest, 80km away, in the foothills of the Transylvanian Alps. The tour is open to all of you who would like to accompany me, the author of the Historic Houses of Romania blog on Saturday 13 June 2015!

I will be your expert guide in this excellently endowed in old architecture town. Targoviste contains a superb selection of period houses and public buildings, reflecting the styles and architectural evolution of Romania’s provincial towns since late Middle Ages. The locals are proud of the city’s heritage and legacy as a former princedom capital, somehow as Winchester is seen in England, if I may draw that parallel, with ample medieval ruins poignantly reminding its glorious past. The meaning of “Targoviste” in old Romanian language is that of  ”market town”, a true reflection of its Continue reading Architectural walking tour in Targoviste

Video-invitation: HHR Romania Drinks

Video-invitation to Historic Houses of Romania Drinks event on Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 19.00h-22.00h, at Freddo bar in Lipscani.

HHR drinks at Freddo Bar, 9 June

Dear readers,

Those of you, and your friends into ideas, who follow my blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter pages, or participate at the architectural tours, are warmly invited to the next “Historic Houses of Romania Drinks”, the periodic gathering of our forming up community, to continue discussing in an informal and friendly atmosphere about old houses, their architecture, history, and economic potential and uses.

The event is scheduled to take place next Tuesday, 9 June 2015, after work, between 19.00h – 22.00h or so, at Freddo bar in Lipscani quarter of Bucharest (click link for location). They have a standing up bar area at the centre of the venue hall, where you can see me there, or at a nearby table, when entering the place.

If you fancy such an informal event, please do not hesitate to come. It is free to get together, although each of us has to pay for her/ his own drinks:)

I look forward to meeting you at Freddo!

Valentin – HHR

Historic Houses of Romania drinks
Historic Houses of Romania drinks

Reports and research by Valentin Mandache

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