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Peles Castle (Castelul Peleş)
Sinaia, Prahova County
Built as summer residence for King Carol I of Romania (1866-1914) in German Neo-Renaissance style, Peles Castle is now one of the most visited tourist attractions in Romania.
The cornerstone was laid in 1875; construction began a few years later. Initially the Royal Family appointed Viennese architect Wilhelm von Doderer to lay out the plans of the new building, but his blueprints failed to meet the financial requirements and architectural taste of Carol I. Thus von Doderer’s assistant, Johannes Schulz, was asked to design a new set of plans. Eventually, Schulz’s final project was approved and building started in 1879, to continue, in two stages, until 1914. The end result is as much the work of Schulz as it is that of Karel Liman and André Lecomte du Noüy, who further contributed to the design of the palace by altering the facade and interiors as well as adding a third floor to the building.
The 160 rooms of Peles Castle also bear the mark of several German and Austrian interior decoration firms, who left their imprint on the many items of furniture, textiles, etc. of this sumptuous residence. Nowadays the Castle is a museum, and its interior a showroom of several styles: German Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Baroque, Neo-Rococo, Art Nouveau –- styles in fashion at the time of its construction and decoration. The many objects and rooms, however, defy the style characterization, for these interior spaces are filled with many antiques and references. There are Murano chandeliers, Venetian mirrors, a Moorish hall, a Turkish room, filigree-like Indian teak wood furniture, Klimt paintings in the theatre/cinema room -- where the first movie was projected in the last years of the 19th century --, and much more.
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