Romanian Athenaeum

Built in 1886

Romanian AthenaeumThe Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român) is the main concert hall and one of the landmarks of Bucharest. Currently, it houses the Philharmonic “George Enescu”.

Sketch of the first proect
Sketch of the first project

The building was designed by the French architect Albert Galleron. It was build between 1886 and 1897 on the site of a little park called Episcopal Garden, belonging to noble family Văcărescu. The building was officially inaugurated 1888, on February 14.

The Romanian Athenaeum in 1957
The Romanian Athenaeum in 1957

Initially, the Romanian Atheneum housed the Art Gallery of the State. The pictures which were exhibited there are now at the National Romanian Museum of Art.

The Athenaeum looks like an ionic temple, with six front and two side columns. The entrace has the same proportions as the entrace of the Erechteion Temple on the Acropolis. Today, the Romanian Athenaeum is a representative building for architecture in Romania.

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  1. Impressive architecture

    The building is located in the north of the old town, apart from other attractions of the city. Nevertheless, the building must be seen, not only from the outside but also from the inside. The architecture of the building is great! You absolutely have to go in the concert hall upstairs and admire the 70-meter-long fresco reproducing the history of Romania in 25 episodes.

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