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Old March 3rd, 2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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Traditional Architecture in Romania

During the middle ages in Romania there were two types of construction that developed in parallel and different in point of both materials and technique. The first is the popular architecture, whose most spectacular achievements were the wooden churches, especially those in the villages of Maramureş, Banat and Apuseni Mountains, where the tradition is still carried out today. In Maramureş, in Surdeşti village, the 54 m high church tower built during 1721–1724 is among the highest of this kind in Europe. The second comprises mainly of monasteries, as well as princely seats or boyar mansions.

Brancovenesc style is a type of architecture developed in Romania during the reign of Constantin Brâncoveanu in the 17th and 18th century. I am going to present some buildings of this style.


Some of the most representative buildings are

Bucharest








Craiova


I will present more buildings and details in the folowing posts:

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Old March 3rd, 2010, 11:19 PM   #2
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Some Mansions built in this style




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Old March 6th, 2010, 10:54 AM   #3
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No matter about the thread, but Brancovenesc style looks very attractive.
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Old March 7th, 2010, 02:31 PM   #4
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Don't worry about in which forum this should be. The architecture sections is a mess anyway.


Thank you for opening this topic. I like to see some more of the architecture of everyday life. Do you have more examples of Brancovenesc buildings? For now, this Brancovenesc style looks a bit like a combination of Jugendstil and Neo-Mudejar.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 11:16 AM   #5
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Interesting thread. I'd like to see some more material, as I'm quite fond of Romanian/Transylvanian architecture.

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Sory Sory WRONG THREAD. I actualy wanted to post it in the classic architecture thread . Can any of the mods please help me and move it HERE please.
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Old March 11th, 2010, 03:52 PM   #6
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The proper term for the "(neo-)brancovenesc" style would more likely be "neo-romanian",for it comprises not only architectural designs that marked Prince Constantin Brancoveanu's reign(byzantine,venetian),but also Ottoman and vernacular features too,both of which were employed later.

As for the resemblance to Art Nouveau,this "Neo-Romanian" style should be view in accordance with 2 parallel historical settings.
First of all,the "neo-romanian" style,along with its counterparts form Bulgaria and Serbia,appeared during a time of national renaissance for the Balkan people, being thus susceptible to be grouped and called "balkan national revival styles" ,sharing many common features;yet unique and recognizable for each nation.Officially,this style appeared in Romania in 1886( http://www.flickr.com/photos/norida/2286496007/ and http://historo.wordpress.com/2009/12...ahovary-house/ ).

Secondly,just as Art Nouveau's sources are found in exotic/Eastern settings(Japanese mainly),so is the Neo-Romanian style grounded partly on another Asian pattern:the Otttoman style.Hence its semi-resemblance to some Art Nouveau architecture through their common Oriental features:winding and curved lines,floral patterns etc.Not to mention that due to their close birthdate,the Neo-Romanian style borrowed from time to time certain design and decorative aspects from Art Nouveau;at least until WW1.

A huge difference though(apart from the diverse architectural sources) between Art Nouveau and the Neo-Romanian style(as well as the other Balkan styles) is the date of death,of which in the case of the former is WW1 and of the latter,WW2/Communist takeover.The clear proof is represented by the huge number of Neo-romanian-style villas,apartment and public buildings build in the 1920's and early 30's.And I suspect that's the case for Bugaria or ex-Yugoslavia too and their national revival architecture.

P.S.:Here is a brief article on this style: http://historo.wordpress.com/2008/12...-and-features/

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Old March 12th, 2010, 04:05 AM   #7
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Interesting thread. I'd like to see some more material, as I'm quite fond of Romanian/Transylvanian architecture.


Done.
Thanks Erbse! I've already planned some pictures and some materials so I'm going to post them these days.
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Interesting thread. I'd like to see some more material, as I'm quite fond of Romanian/Transylvanian architecture.


Done.

Well,that's a bit of a contradiction between terms,as Transylvanian architecture has a strong German and Hungarian influence,while Wallachian&Moldavian styles are significantly different.More photos will prove this;I'll try to post some in a logical and chronological order.

P.S.:The first post is somewhat misleading.Firstly,because Romanian wooden churches from Transylvania don't really have anything to do with Orthodox architecture;they're Catholic in style.Secondly,it should be pointed out that the first 2 photos don't actually represent early XVIII century mansions.There are bearly any buildings left from that period,with most of them being churches and monastaries.Those above are villas from the 1920's or 1930's(check my previous post).

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Well,that's a bit of a contradiction between terms,as Transylvanian architecture has a strong German and Hungarian influence,while Wallachian&Moldavian styles are significantly different.
I'm pretty much aware of this. Siebenbürgen offers an amazing stylistic clash of German, Romanian and k.u.k. architecture. Marvellous area.
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k.u.k.?
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"Kaiserlich und Königlich", the former Donau Monarchy of Austria-Hungary.


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please let's stick to topic.

So as I promised I selected some photos with Romanian Traditional Architecture buildings.




Craiova's City Hall








Bucharest's City Hall






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Mogosoaia's Palace near Bucharest



















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I'll post more pictures tomorow

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Bacau

Post-office



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Constanta

Ion Jalea sculpture Museum





National History and Archaeology Museum



Bucharest


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BTW, just for correctness, it's Brâncovenesc with diacritics.
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yes, thanks for the correction . I ussualy don't use diacritisc though it's the correct form.

Anyway more of Brancovenesc style

Comparing 1920 Bucharest to 2009 Bucharest




Some more of Mogosoaia Palace



Mogosoaia is the place where the cultural event named "Muzica la Palatele Brancovenesti"(Music at Brancovenesc Palaces) is being held.
It is a classical music concert with artists playing great composers songs like Robert Schumann & Frederic Chopin

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Mogosoaia Palace looks smaller then it actually is. Nice thread!
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Thank you! Yeah, Pictures can trick you, Mogosoaia Palace is actually pretty big.


Another piece of the art of Brancovenesc Style

Sambata de sus - Brasov area

Brancoveanu Monastery














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Some lovely examples of this style. Thanks a lot for sharing!
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thanks

I will post some more because there are many buildings with this kind of architecture in Romania.

some pics I took yesterday



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