Buzau old high street

A presentation of the old commercial street of the town of Buzay in southeast Romania. Its origins date back from the Ottoman times, and it is still retaining an Oriental character. The architecture is still on large portions in Little Paris style, the ornate facades and wrought iron balcony, in provincial fashions typical of the prosperous years of the La Belle Epoque period.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Tour in Dacia area

Dear readers,

This is an invitation to an architectural history walking tour in the area centred on Dacia – Eminescu and Polona streets of Bucharest, endowed with some of the best quality historic architecture of Romania’s capital, open to all of you who would like to accompany me, the author of the Historic Houses of Romania blog on Sunday 14 January 2018 between 11.30h – 13.30h.

I will be your guide in this distinguished Bucharest quarter, packed with impressive building designs, especially Neoromanian, belonging to its mature (such as the image on the left) and late flamboyant phases, along with Art Deco and Modernist designs. Dacia also encompasses Little Paris and a multitude of Read more

Tour: Art Deco and Modernist Bucharest

Dear readers,

I would like to invite you to an after working hours walking tour, this Saturday 13 January 2018, between 11.30h – 13.30h, on the subject of the Art Deco and inter-war Modernist buildings of Bucharest. The tour may be of interest to any of you visiting the city as a tourist or on business, looking to find out more about its fascinating historic architecture and identity.

The Art Deco style, which emerged during the “roaring ’20s” and became a global phenomenon in the 1930s was the first truly international architecture, embraced with gusto by the Bucharest people and the rest of urban Romania. The city became in those years a veritable Art Deco architectural regional “power“, embellished with high Read more

Buzau Commune Palace

Buzau Commune Palace (Palatul Comunal, in Romanian) is a beautiful major piece of public architecture in the early Neo-Romanian style. Its designer is arch. Alexandru Savulescu, and was built between 1899-1903. It exhibits particular characteristics, such as a round/ multifaceted tower, enfilade galleries on the ground level and Art Nouveau overtones. It is one of the amplest edifices in the entire country in the early phase of Romania’s national style.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

The “Persian” origin of some Romanians – making fun of nationalism

One of the enduring myths of the Romanian nationalism is the origins of the nation in the ancient Dacians who once lived in the Carpathian basin and were conquered by the Romans. This has become the one of the tenets of the Romanian extreme right, much as in Hungary the nationalists there claim the origin of the nation into the fearsome Turkic Magyar warriors of one millenia ago, or in Poland their counterparts are the descendants of the galant Sarmatians. As most of the national myths of origins, the Dacian one is laughable and easily demolishable through basic historic facts and arguments. One of the most obvious is the not very European roots of this ancient tribe, which were probably in Persia, or other part of Asia, a fact which the Romanian nationalists are at pain to avoid speaking or debating about it. In this video I bring arguments in a good natured way to show the probable Iranian origin of the Dacians and how nationalism corrupts the scientific enquiry in that regard. I use examples from my engraving collection, recent study trip to Ravenna and also from my small collection of Roman coins.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Unpacking the Architectural History journal

I am a member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and have just received by post the long awaited Architectural History journal, the topnotch annual scholarly publication of the society, the volume for 2017. This video shows the exciting experience of the unpacking of this very much sought after publication, shared with the followers of Facebook, Twitter and now YouTube.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Bucharest restaurants in historic buildings – a missed opportunity

Restaurants are some of the most suitable businesses to bring back to glory an old building, as the place where they function, through using the historic architecture and the history of that house for corporate identity, marketing and enhancing the experience of the dinners coming there. In Bucharest that is a missed opportunity, despite the availability of a large stock of old architecture buildings, some of them already housing restaurants, but where that design and aesthetics is not used, ignored, destroyed through aggressive renovation, or at best well underused. That is a result of the lack of architectural history education of both the restaurant owners and also of their patrons, clients attending those dinning places. This video details that situation peculiar to Bucharest.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Little Paris style house waiting to be rescued

I am pleading with the public and the owners, if they would watch this video, to rescue this significant Little Paris style house, so emblematic for the La Belle Epoque Period Bucharest. It is what imprints the identity of a place, its genius locci. The house is in Plantelor Street area.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Wood burning stoves of the Ottoman era

The domestic heating devices of the Ottoman era Wallachia and Moldavia were the wood burning stoves made from cob, sun dried brick, and/ or burned earth brick, a sort of transition fireplace from the open hearth one typical of the more meridional territories of the Ottoman Empire and the brick and majolica stoves of Central Europe. This video explains their typology, and also elements of symbolism associated with their decoration and design.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Happy winter holidays!

I would like to wish, to all my readers and those interested in my work at Historic Houses of Romania – Case de Epoca, a very happy winter holidays season, with this early Christian mosaic of the three Magi, represented in Persian attire, embellishing the basilica of King Theodoric, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, in Ravenna, and created sometimes in the 6th century of our era. I photographed the mosaic during my recent study trip to that marvelous town, a former capital of the Western Roman Empire, then the capital of the Ostrogothic Kingdom of Theodoric, followed by the seminal period of the Ravenna Exarchate of the Eastern Roman Empire, also known nowadays as Byzantium, all unfurled between the 5th and the 8th centuries.

The Three Magi mosaic, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, 6th century our era