The Post Palace is one of the most monumental buildings in Bucharest. Far from being a fancily decorated structure, the palace strikes by its size and architectural soberness. Its tourist worth derives from its historical background and from the fact the palace has been hosting the National Museum of Romanian History since 1972.

The National Museum of Romanian History is one of the most valuable museums in Bucharest, and a must visit for all tourists (foreigners and nationals alike) who want to make a direct experience of the history of the Romanian people. However, the museological patrimony aside, the Post Palace is in itself a tourist sight worth searching out.

It was built between 1894 and 1900 by the design of Alexandru Săvulescu, in order to serve as headquarters of the Romanian Post, which it deed, until 1972. The designated use of the building left an understandable mark on the architectural qualities of the palace since, as said, the palace strikes by its monumentality and soberness. The building consists of an elevated underground, a ground floor and two superior floors, and the stone facade is bordered by stairs from one extremity to another and pegged out by massive Doric columns. The building is overtopped by two cupolas placed at each of the extremities of this rectangular structure. All the structural and decorative elements yield an eclectic dash with visible neoclassical insertions. Moreover, the Post Palace of Bucharest is often compared with its counterpart in Geneva.

But the history of the site where the current Post Palace is located goes back to the late 17th century, when Prince Constatin Brâncoveanu ordered the construction of the so-called Prince Constantin’s Inn (Hanul Constantin Vodă). The construction works took two years (between 1692 and 1694), but the inn was raised to the ground by a fire in 1847, and its last remnants completely pulled down and removed between 1849 and 1862.

Until the beginning of the construction works at the Post Palace (almost 30 years) the place was used as site for two circuses and as public square. Only five years after the installation of the National Museum of Romanian History, the building was seriously affected (at least as far as the bearing structure was concerned) during the 1977 earthquake. The restoration works were long delayed, such that the beginning of the 21st century found the Post Palace in the same precarious condition.

Name:
Post Palace (Palatul Poştelor)
Address:
12, Calea Victoriei, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone:
0040 021 3158207
Email:
edpr@mnir.ro
Website:
www.mnir.ro

12, Calea Victoriei, Bucharest, Romania

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