luni, 11 octombrie 2010

Pretty places

Mogosoaia's Palace is near Bucharest and is one of the most wanted and more attractive places because of the valuable architectural patrimony, located in a picturesque natural environment, close to the City of Bucharest. The castle is build on the lakeshore and is surrounded by a large park with many very old trees.

It was built between 1698-1702 by the Romanian ruler of that time, Constantin Brancoveanu. Later was renovated in 1920 by the novelist and poet Martha Bibescu, which was received as a gift from her husband, George Valentin Bibescu. To renovate the palace Martha Bibescu spents much of the money she received from selling her books and poems.

The name of the palace comes from the Mogos squire's wife, which belonged the land before the castle where building. Mogosoaia Palace itself is gorgeous, and the same thing can be said also about the area in which it is placed. The palace was built on Lake Mogosoaia in the middle of a park full of greenery and colorful flowers.

The facade of the palace has an elegant Italian loggia, columns with stone masonry as they occur in the Romanian folk art (albeit they are traditionally carved in wood), a flight of stairs of marble on the exterior, and a balcony. All these elements, which are characteristic to Italy and to the Orient, which give the building a special charm. 

Another delight of the Mogosoaia Palace, is the hedge from park which are made it with beautiful items such as mini-mazes, columns and arches, all refreshed from place to place with flowers. Constantin Brancoveanu loved art and culture. 

The second half of the 17th century until his execution in 1714 in Istanbul can be characterised as the Romanian Renaissance, as Brancoveanu brought masters from countries that had a strong tradition in building. It was they who brought the elements of the Renaissance, which, together with the local style of the hillside, put together the Brancoveanu style. Currently, the palace is in full restoration process but you will be really surprised when seeing the castle                                 Mogosoaia Palace Artifacts

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