The present Kretzulescu Palace (also spelled Crețulescu Palace) was built in the early 20th century (1902) under the supervision of Petre Antonescu, commissioned by Elena Crețulescu to rebuild the historical residence of the Crețulescu family.

Indeed, neighboring on the celebrated Cişmigiu Park of Bucharest, the site of the palace had been the property of the Crețulescu family for centuries, more precisely, since the reign of Constantin Brâncoveanu until the 20th century (more precisely, until 1927, when the mayoralty of Bucharest bought the venue from its historical owners).

There are no traces of the old former structures, since the restoration works carried out by Petre Antonescu have screened or completely removed the previous architectural elements. However, even so, the present Kretzulescu Palace is a notable architectural presence in Bucharest, by its eclectic style enriched with prominent French Renaissance touches.

Since 1927 until now, the Kretzulescu Palace was used to different purposes, but chiefly as headquarters of sundry administrative and cultural institutions. Since 1972 it has been accommodating the headquarters of UNESCO-CEPES (UNESCO European Center of Higher Education). Despite the fact the Kretzulescu Palace is not accessible to the visiting public, it does, however, stand as an architectural reference point in Bucharest.

Name:
Kretzulescu Palace (Palatul Kretzulescu / Palatul Crețulescu)
Address:
39, Strada Ştirbey Vodă, Bucharest, Romania

39, Strada Ştirbey Vodă, Bucharest, Romania

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