Bucharest at the turn between centuries

La Belle Epoque Bucharest
Turn of the 20th century Bucharest during the vibrant years of La Belle Époque (old postcard, Valentin Mandache collection)

The old postcard above is a general view of old Bucharest taken from a point near the base of Patriarchy Hill, with Domnita Balasa Church as most prominent building in the background. It is signed by Hélène Robesco (from a local well known grand old family) and dated 23 March 1902. Turn of the 20th century Bucharest was a vibrant cultural place where three major architectural styles were developing side by side: the Little Paris style (provincially interpreted French architecture fashions of the La Belle Époque period), an interesting with local overtones Art Nouveau and also the first iconic Neo-Romanian style buildings were erected. The residency from the foreground of the picture is a Little Paris building endowed with a notable light well that illuminated a stained glass celling of a central hall. That type of residence is still present in a notable quantity in today Bucharest and in the right hands would constitute excellent renovation projects.


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


If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.


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