Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bucharest, Romania - The Kretzulescu Palace

The Kretzulescu Palace (also spelled Cretulescu Palace) is a historic building next to the Cismigiu Gardens. 

It was built in the early 20th century (1902) under the supervision of Romanian architect Petre Antonescu, 
commissioned by Elena Crețulescu. 
The palace was built on the foundations of an older palace, which dates from the reign of Constantin Brâncoveanu. 
There are no traces of the old former structures, 
since the restoration works carried out by Antonescu have screened or completely removed the previous architectural elements. 
The new palace was built in the French Renaissance style and had Baroque influences. 

It originally functioned as the new Cretulescu family residence.

The palace was a Cretulescu family property until 1927, when Town Hall bought it from its owners. 
Since then, the palace has functioned as headquarter of various cultural and administrative institutions. 
Since 1972 it has been accommodating the headquarters of UNESCO-CEPES 
(UNESCO European Center of Higher Education - Centre Europeen pour l'enseignement superieur). 

Despite the fact the Kretzulescu Palace is not accessible to the visiting public, 
it does, however, stand as an architectural reference point in Bucharest.

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