! New tour ! – Batistei area , a well preserved Little Paris corner of Bucharest, Sunday 27 September

Walking tour in Batistei area of BucharestDear readers,

I would like to invite you to a brand new Historic Houses of Romania architectural tour, focused on Batistei area, one of the most charming old corners of central Bucharest, with many of its buildings dating from from the La Belle Époque period, in a wonderful Little Paris architecture, where one can also admire other brilliant designs such as Neoromanian, Art Deco and inter-war Modernism. The walk is scheduled to take place this Sunday 27 September 2015, between 10.00h – 12.00h. 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 Batistei area is very central, stretching east from the National Theatre neighbourhood to the confines of the Mosilor. Its name comes from that of the church around which the parish has crystalised in medieval times, which in its turn is a place name meaning in old Romanian language a “swampy lake,” a testimony of the former local natural environment that has been taken over by the town’s inexorable development. The church is also one of the very few survivors there of the original Brancovan style architecture that embellished Bucharest during the times of the Ottoman rule, until the western styles, provincially interpreted, especially the French inspired neo-rococo architecture, replaced it wholesale starting with the mid-19th century, as part of the Europeanisation and national emancipation process. The houses of that era, which are still in great abundance and well preserved in Batistei area, with their rich ornaments and sweets box like aspect, have imprinted the character of the town, giving it the nickname of the the “Little Paris of the Balkans”.  We will also find interesting examples of Art Nouveau sprinkled among the Little Paris motifs and ornaments. The subsequent decades, after the La Belle Epoque period vanished, saw the emergence of the flamboyant, citadel-like Neoromanian style, the national architecture of this country, where on the route of this tour we will see some of its prime quality buildings. The prosperous late inter-war period is also well represented by alluring Art Deco and ahead of its time Modernist edifices. All of this enchanting architecture concentrated in Batistei area, and the captivating social and economic history behind it, is waiting for you discover as part of this cultural peregrination.

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)

Architectural walking tour in Batistei area of Bucharest. Historic Houses of Romania - Case de Epoca

Architectural walking tour in Batistei area of Bucharest. Historic Houses of Romania – Case de Epoca

Historic Houses of Romania architecture tours - Batistei area map

Historic Houses of Romania architecture tours – Batistei area map


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