Elaborate Neo-Romanian Roof Finial

A superlative Neo-Romanian style roof finial on a house dating from mid 1920s. The design is inspired from the shape of tiled roof towers of Byzantine style churches from Southern Romania. Stirbei Voda area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

I wrote some months ago an article entitled “The Finials of Neo-Romanian Style Houses” (click link for access) in which I described the particular significance of this ornamental structure for the decorative register of the Neo-Romanian architectural order. The elegant finial in the image above, which I photographed in a bright summer day last year, is one of the more elaborate such examples, with a design inspired from the ceramic tiled tower/ cupola roof of Romanian Orthodox churches from the province of Wallachia.

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

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