The Romanian Athenaeum Bucharest

Posted by carlyluvsunited on Saturday, 18 April 2009

romanian athenaeum bucharest
romanian athenaeum bucharest
romanian athenaeum bucharest
The Romanian Athenaeum

(Ateneul Roman)

Address: Str. Benjamin Franklin 1

Tel: (21) 315.00.26 or 315.25.67


The work of French architect Albert Galleron, who also designed the National Bank of Romania, the Athenaeum was completed in 1888, financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. One of the preeminent public fundraising campaigns ever in Romania, the "Give a penny for the Athenaeum" campaign saved the project after the original patrons ran out of funds. With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple.

The lobby has a beautifully painted ceiling decorated in gold leaf, while curved balconies cascade in ringlets off a spiral staircase. A ring of pink marble columns is linked by flowing arches where elaborate brass lanterns hang like gems from a necklace. Inside the concert hall, voluptuous frescoes cover the ceiling and walls. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, it is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian George Enescu Philharmonic.


Luxury Hotels Bucharest said...

This is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen and one of the most iconic landmarks in Bucharest. I recommend to everyone who haven't seen it to go and do it. You will not regret it.


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