Tour: The Neo-Romanian style at its peak

Dear readers,

I will organise an architectural tour this Saturday 17 September 2022, between the hours 11.30h – 13.30h, on the subject of the mature phase of the Neo-Romanian architectural style, when it reached a peak in terms of expression and development. That represents an extraordinary creative period, unfurled throughout the first three decades of the c20th, which produced the most iconic and accomplished edifices in this manner of architectural design specific to Romania and neighbouring regions where the country had influence. The Neo-Romanian style had thus became the most visible identity marker of this nation and is now considered its chief contribution to the world’s built heritage. Bucharest is the best endowed place with edifices in that architecture, with a great selection of buildings from the period when the Neo-Romanian reach its magnificence. The tour may be of interest to any of you working as expatriates here or visiting the town, looking to find out more about its fascinating historic architecture and identity.

The mature phase of the Neo-Romanian style was initiated with the Great Royal Jubilee Exhibition of 1906 in Bucharest, when the pavilions of that venue were designed according to rigorous tenets, and the style was thus first properly and eloquently presented to the wider public of that epoch, and went on until the end of the third decade of the c20th, when it reached a certain crisis of expression under the impact of new, international, architectural fashions such as Art Deco and Modernism, styles also associated with cheaper and more rapid building technologies. The tour endeavours to explain the messages, symbolism and characteristics of some of the significant Neo-Romanian buildings designed and built at the apogee of the development of this indigenous architectural order, edifices located in central Bucharest (see the map bellow for the tour area), such as arch. Petre Antonescu’s Marmorosch Blank Bank headquarters (1915 – ’23) or the Palace of the Post Office Customs designed by arch. Statie Ciortan (1914 – ’26), offering you a good grounding in recognising and understanding this remarkable architectural phenomenon and its huge impact over the cultural identity of Romania’s capital and the rest of the country.

Book by emailing or using the comments section of this post. The deadline for registrations is Friday 16 September, 20.00h (Bucharest hour). You will be informed of the meeting place on booking. Minimum three participants, maximum ten.

I look forward to seeing you at the tour,

Valentin Mandache/ architectural historian, tel: 0040 (0)728323272

Valentin Mandache, architectural historian walking tour in Bucharest: The mature phase Neo-Romanian Style
Valentin Mandache architectural historian’s walking tour: the Neo-Romanian style at its apogee


I endeavour through this series of periodic articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.


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


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