Photographer's Note

Cantacuzino Castle was erected by prince Grigore Cantacuzino, nicknamed “Nababul” (“The Mogul”) and inaugurated in 1911 (101 year ago!). It was built in neo-Romanian style in stone and brick after the plans of the Romanian architect Grigore Cerchez and it covers a total surface of 3148 sqm. The interior decorations create a strong romantic ambience. Stained glass windows, marble, brackets and ceilings with painted beams, wood, stone or wrought iron railings and bronze hardware represent a master of artistic craftsmanship. The white stone fireplaces decorated with polychrome mosaics complete the atmosphere of boyar residence.
During the communist era, the castle served as a sanatorium and most of the original paint of the walls was covered with the green color to create the specific look of an hospital.
Several years ago, the land and the Cantacuzino Castle were bought by a group of investors who wanted to develop a luxury holiday and ski resort. Nowadays, probably because of the global economic recession, the plans have been postponed and the place is open for visitors as a museum.

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Additional Photos by Ovidiu Sotiriu (Schnappilic) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 600 W: 51 N: 1071] (9692)
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