Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cantacuzino Palace, Bucharest, Romania

The National Museum “George Enescu” was opened in the Cantacuzino Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest, a historical monument and one of the European Heritage Label buildings. The sumptuous entrance, in Art Nouveau style, announces the luxury and the refinement of the époque, reunited in one of the most imposing palaces in Bucharest.

Built in 1899–1902 by Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, former mayor of Bucharest, leader of the Conservative Party, and one of the richest men in Romania ever. After Cantacuzino died in 1913, the palace was inherited by his son Mihail Cantacuzino and his wife, Maria.

After the premature death of her first husband, Maria re-married in 1939, becoming the wife of George Enescu, Romania's greatest composer. George Enescu (1881-1955) was a composer, a violinist, a teacher, a pianist and a conductor, a complex and brilliant artistic personality.

After the death of George Enescu, in 1955, his wife donated the domain to the Museum and to the Composers’ and Musicologists’ Union of Romania, to be dedicated to the memory of the musician. Thus, on the 19th of June 1956, George Enescu Museum was opened.

From a large set of stamp picturing Romanian Pottery, Pots & Cups II - Pot handcrafted in Transylvania.


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