Imposing Neo-Romanian Style House

A fine example of grand Neo-Romanian style house from mid-1930s, the period when this architectural style peculiar to Romania has reached its zenith. Piata Scanteii area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The house is an architectural jewel and encompasses many features that define the Neo-Romanian style: a citadel-like aspect, similar with that of the fortified houses, the cula, built between c17th – c19th by the yeomen of the Oltenia region, with a suggestion of a bastion in the big first floor bay window, a big veranda on left hand side, arched windows and even a pointed arch window inspired from the Ottoman-Balkan church architecture. The decorative panels contain grape vine representations symbolising branches of the tree of life, a central motif in Romanian mythology.


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


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