Sunday 1 March: architectural tour in Matei Basarab area of Bucharest

Dear readers,

This is an invitation to an architectural history tour in Matei Basarab area of Bucharest: open to all of you who would like to accompany me, the author of the Historic Houses of Romania blog, this Sunday 1 March ’15, for two hours, between 11.30h – 13.30h!

I will be your expert guide throughout this architecturally and once ethnically varied area of Bucharest, with an important Jewish population, that took shape during the mid-c19th urban growth of Romania’s capital, on the eastern edge of the old city, along the commercial roads leading to the maritime Danube and the Black Sea Ports, once these waterways were freed for international navigation and commerce, following the Crimea War. The architecture comprises of charming Little Paris (historicist French c19th architecture), Neo-Romanian of all three phases (early, mature and late) and Art Deco and inter-war Modernist styles. The area contains a series of architecturally significant old churches and synagogues. We will also encounter and examine some of the Bucharest’s Jewish community’s most significant buildings, such as the Museum of Romania’s Jewish Communities (the former Tailors’ Synagogue), the Jewish State Theatre, or creations signed by architect Marcel Iancu and other designers of this ethnicity (Zilberman, Mahler, etc.). Matei Basarab is a more off the beaten track central expanse of Romania’s capital, and thus a reservoir of wonderful architectural history surprises, which are waiting to be discovered and photographed by you! :)

The tour costs Lei 45 (Romanian currency) per person, book by emailing v.mandache@gmail.com or using the comments section of this post. You will be informed of meeting place on booking.

I look forward to seeing you at the tour,

Valentin Mandache, expert in Romania’s historic houses (tel: 0040 (0)728323272)

Historic Houses of Romania walking tour in Matei Basarab historic area of Bucharest

Historic Houses of Romania walking tour in Matei Basarab historic area of Bucharest

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I endeavour through this series of periodic 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 or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.

Sunday 1 Feb. architectural walking tour in Calea Calarasi historic area

Dear readers,

This is an invitation to an architectural walking tour in Calea Calarasi historic area of Bucharest, open to all of you who would like to accompany me, the author of the Historic Houses of Romania blog, this Sunday 1 February 2015, for two hours, between 11.30h – 13.30h.

I will be your guide through this quaint Bucharest quarter, reminiscent of its heydays as the Little Paris of the Balkans, but also containing a multitude of fine Neoromanian, Art Deco and vernacular architectures. Apart from those designs, there are also a few old houses from the Ottoman era displaying forms and motifs encountered in the wider region, from the Balkans to Anatolia. Calea Calarasi area is located in the centre-east part of the old Bucharest, which took off as a commercial quarter in the first part of the c19th, when Bucharest was still firmly within the orbit of the Ottoman Empire’s economy and the city was expanding along the road that went toward the then Turkish ports of the maritime Danube and the Black Sea. There are many hidden architectural gems that speak of the social history and tastes of those bygone ages. Most of the edifices are domestic buildings, a fact which adds to the discreet charm of their architecture. Among the few commercial edifices is the “Trajan” market hall, a jewel of Victorian cast iron structural engineering, built in 1896 after a design by the Italian architect Giulio Magni, one of the then city hall chief architects. Calea Calarasi used to be a very cosmopolitan place, with a large Jewish population and other ethnic communities, an open encyclopaedia of Bucharest’s social and architectural history in its most intimate setting, that of the old families that can trace their roots to the small traders of the past eras. All of that enchanting architecture is waiting for you to be discovered and photographed! :)

Book by emailing v.mandache@gmail.com or using the comments section of this post. You will be informed of meeting place on booking.

I look forward to seeing you at the tour,

Valentin Mandache, expert in Romania’s historic houses (tel: 0040 (0)728323272)

Historic Houses of Romania walking tour: the architecture of Calea Calarasi area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Historic Houses of Romania tour: Calea Calarasi area map

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I endeavour through this series of periodic 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 or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.

Autumn is around the corner in Bucharest

It seems that the autumn is not far away from Bucharest now, as I was able to discern during the architectural history and photography tour yesterday in Calea Calarasi area. Bellow is a sample of images, which I hope would convey that wonderful feeling of autumnal peace to you, dear readers. Calea Calarasi, although is within walking distance from the centre of Bucharest, the sixth largest city of the European Union, it retains in many aspects a semi-rural character, typical of this part of south east Europe, which makes it delightfully picturesque, as is testified by the bucolic scenes, announcing the harvest season, presented in these photographs.

Valentin Mandache, expert in Romania’s historic houses

Wine grapes in the morning sun on 28 August '11, Calea Calarasi area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Flowers in the late morning sun of 28 August '11, Calea Calarasi area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

"Semi-rural" scene in Calea Calarasi area, not far from the centre of Bucharest, in the strong and clear morning light on 28 August '11 (©Valentin Mandache)

Autumn is around the corner in Bucharest, cat on the steps of a derelict Neo-Romanian style house in Calea Calarasi area (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavour through this series of periodic 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 or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.