Potlogi Palace brief

The access stairs and veranda of Potlogi Palace, located in the environs of Bucharest, one of the archetype buildings from which the modern Neoromanian architectural style traces its origins. (©Valentin Mandache)

Potlogi Palace is an early 18th century edifice built by Italian architects for the Wallachian prince Constantin Brancoveanu, where one can still find structural elements, especially in the basement, typical of a Venetian villa rustica, decorated with an original panoply of motifs inspired from Ottoman art, but also indigenous Wallachian sources, which constituted a unique style, encountered in similar edifices commissioned by Brancoveanu and his contemporaries (i.e. Mogosoaia Palace), termed by some specialists as “Romanian Renaissance”, but usually called “Brancovan” after the name of the prince and his family. The national style of Romania, also called Neoromanian, which emerged in the late 19th c and unfurled for over six decades afterwards, uses in large part the Brancovan inheitance.


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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