Short Neo-Romanian style column inscribed with masonic symbol/ monogram

An attractive example of short and ornate Neo-Romanian style column, deorated on the capital with a stylised letter "G"; en of the 1920s - early 1930s mansion, Cotroceni area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The “G” letter inscribed on the column capital in the photograph above is very intriguing as it may be a masonic symbol representing the masonic gnosis in the form of the letter G shaped as a fragmented square, or it could be the more prosaic possibility that the letter is the monogram of the house owner. My inclination is toward the masonic connection as many among the Romanian elite of the era when the house was built were freemasons and some lived in the upmarket Cotroceni quarter. I documented a few weeks ago another architectural rendering of a masonic symbol discovered in this area, click here to access the article.


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