Pelisor Palace

Sinaia, Romania

Pelișor Palace was built in 1899–1902 by order of King Carol I, as the residence for his nephew and heir, the future King Ferdinand (son of Carol's brother Leopold von Hohenzollern) and Ferdinand's consort Queen Marie.

In 2006, it was decided that the entire complex, including Pelișor, long a museum and tourist site, is the legal property of the King Michael I of Romania. The royal family was to assume legal possession of it and lease it to the Romanian state, so that it will remain in its current status. The main castle of Peleș is already under lease, but negotiations for other villas and chateaus are ongoing. King Michael I of Romania maintained that Pelișor would remain a private residence for the royal family.

Pelișor was designed by the Czech architect Karel Liman in the Art Nouveau style; the furniture and the interior decorations were designed mostly by the Viennese Bernhard Ludwig. There are several chambers, working cabinets, a chapel, and 'the golden room'. Queen Marie herself, an accomplished artist, made many of the artistic decisions about the design of the palace, and participated in its decoration, including as a painter. Queen Marie considered Art Nouveau a weapon against sterile historicism, creating a personal style combining Art-Nouveau elements with Byzantine and Celtic elements.

Pelișor Castle hosts today a museum.

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Founded: 1899-1902
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Romania

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marius minea (19 months ago)
A place to remember and always revisit with pleasure
Larry Frakes (21 months ago)
Absolutely astounding. Don't miss taking the extended tour for 60 RON.
Javier Remoli (2 years ago)
Very well maintained, very friendly staff.
Dada VFC (2 years ago)
A masterpiece, an awesome castle, a great surprise...
Ceemf Europe (2 years ago)
Very nice location to visit. he Pelişor Castle was opened to the public in February 1993. The museum, with an invaluable value, including a historical, other memorial and artistic value, is an important component of the cultural dowry of the Romanian people. This building is an integral part of the vast architectural ensemble created by King Carol I in the valley of the Peleş Stream, in a period that overlaps practically all of his life lived in Romania. The interior decoration, designed by the Queen Maria in various periods, 1902-1903 and 1925-1928, illustrated her belief in beauty. In the moral testament to the "Land and the Romanian People," Queen confessed: "If all the beautiful ones remind you of me, I will be fully worshiped for the love I have worn you, for the beauty of me was a belief."
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