Kretzulescu Palace

Built in 1902

Kretzulescu PalaceThe Kretzulescu Palace (also known as Crețulescu Palace) is a palace built in 1902. The building was designed by the Romanian architect Petre Antonescu. It originally functioned as the new Crețulescu family residence. The palace is located in the west part of the city center in Bucharest, next to the Cișmigiu Gardens.

The Kretzulescu Palace in the early 20th century
The Kretzulescu Palace in the early 20th century

At the request of Elena Crețulescu, the palace was built on the foundations of an older palace, which dates from the reign of Constantin Brâncoveanu. The new palace was built in the French Renaissance style and had baroque influences. Since Elena Crețulescu loved nature, she built next to the palace a flower garden and a greenhouse.

The old palace in the late 19th century
The old palace in the late 19th century

The palace was a Crețulescu family property until 1927, when Town Hall bought it from its owners. Since then, the palace has functioned as headquarter of various cultural and administrative institutions. Since 1972, the building is the headquarter of UNESCO-CEPES (European Center for Higher Education UNESCO).

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  1. An interesting building

    The Kretzulescu Palace is reminiscent of a palace from France along the Loire, a fact which is quite unusual. In Bucharest, respectively throughout Romania, there are few such buildings. The only ones that have been built in this style developed recently, just 100 years ago, while the French castles have a 500-year history.

    Unfortunately you can not visit the palace. It now houses offices.

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