Just to the north of the National Art Museum is the Athénée Palace, so evocatively captured in its post-revolutionary,...
Central University Library
The 1895 Central University Library houses the European Union Information Centre, HVB bank and the university library.
National Art Museum
Housed in the 19th-century Royal Palace, this massive, multipart museum – all signed in English – has three collections, including one...
The historic Athenaeum is home to the respected George Enescu Philharmonic and offers a wide array of classical music concerts from...
Mama knows what she's doing. This converted villa, with a sprawling covered deck that's filled to all hours, dates from the late 19th...
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Romanian Athenaeum information
The exquisite Romanian Athenaeum is the majestic heart of Romania’s classical music tradition. Scenes from Romanian history are featured on the interior fresco inside the Big Hall on the 1st floor; the dome is 41m high. A huge appeal dubbed ‘Give a Penny for the Athenaeum’ saved it from disaster after funds dried up in the late 19th century.
Inside, the peristyle is adorned with mosaics of five Romanian rulers, including Moldavian prince Vasile Lupu (r 1512–21), Wallachian Matei Basarab (r 1632–54) and King Carol I (r 1881–1914). It was built in 1888, and George Enescu made his debut here in 1898, followed five years later by the first performance of his masterpiece, 'Romanian Rhapsody'. Today it’s home to the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra.