Why I am closing down the Facebook page Historic Houses of Romania

I am closing down my over 7 years old Facebook page called Historic Houses of Romania – Case de Epoca, which contains the richest and best structured collection of images and opinions available on any social media network, anywhere, about the historic architecture of Romania, with considerations on that phenomenon in southeast Europe. I had to take that step because of vicious online (so far) attacks from Romanian nationalists and populists, who insists lecturing me their crooked version of history, and hating my international and multicultural approach in dealing with the architectural history of Romania and southeast Europe. The page represents over seven years of arduous work, thousands of kilometres walking and doing fieldwork and research, which attracted about 14,000 followers from all over the world (over 1/3 were non-Romanian speakers), and surely I am quite sad to close it, but there is no alternative under this deluge of nationalist attacks, which seem to become the fashion in Europe and the US. I identified the problem in becoming such a target in the name of the page, “Historic Houses of Romania”, the title containing the particle “Romania”, which for many in this country, educated in the crude tradition of national-communism see it as a sort of exclusive property of theirs, its role being assumed as nothing more than a nationalist propaganda mouthpiece, its multicultural approach and methodology perceived as a threat, not conforming to their perverse worldview. That is why I have set up a new page, called “Valentin Mandache, architectural historian”, hoping to avoid such unwanted attention, and where you are kindly invited to follow me: https://www.facebook.com/vmarchitecturalhistorian/

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

6 thoughts on “Why I am closing down the Facebook page Historic Houses of Romania

  • Valentin…… Sorry to hear that you have to close your Facebook page. I’ll miss your interesting articles and insights.

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  • Sorry to hear of this, Valentin. Will miss your posts, which are invaluable to those of us on the other side of the world as we seek information about Romania. Best wishes Robin

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  • Dear Mr. Mandache,

    I am very sad to read that you are being attacked for spreading scholarly information on Romania’s architectural history. I hope you will continue to post blog’s however, and we hope you will continue to lead walking tours. A friend of mine, the late Hungarian architectural historian, Janos Gerle, was the first person to explain this to me many years ago.

    Don’t take time to reply to this. We only want you to know you have far-flung supporters (in California, soon to be moving to the UK). We hope to see you in Bucharest in a couple of weeks, on one of your walking tours.

    Ted Bosley and Denise Maior-Barron

    Edward R. Bosley
    James N. Gamble Director
    The Gamble House/USC
    4 Westmoreland Place
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    213-400-1292
    bosley@usc.edu

    [cid:31B9FDC2-9B57-479A-9445-05D9010843F2@charter.com]

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