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    Campina-Nicolae Grigorescu High School

    by adema29 Updated Dec 22, 2011
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    It is probably the best high-school in the city,or at least the most "targeted" one.
    I could be the Romanian "Brancovenesc style" building even if it is a much newer construction... please corect me if I'm wrong!

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    Campina-Grigorescu's House

    by adema29 Updated Jul 3, 2009

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    Grigorescu’s name does not need any reccommendation for a Romanian. He is the best known Romanian painter (1838-1907), .
    The house has been re-built after the original plans in 1955 with the financial help from the local companies, under his son’s supervision.
    In that house (museum now) you can find a lot of documents, colections, drawings and pictures from his last years of life.
    If you are coming in Campina you cannot leave without visiting that museum.

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    Campina- Peace at the "Slobozia" Orthodoxe Church

    by adema29 Updated Sep 14, 2007

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    This is a place were you can find two churches (!), a beautiful parochial house, a kindergarten and the peace of course.
    The old church has been built in 1714 and the new one in 1995-2000. The parochial house is here from 1842 and watching it you can still enjoy the old Romanian architecture. Congratulations to the priest for keeping un-affected the construction.

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    Campina-Take a look on the Bride's Lake

    by adema29 Updated Sep 13, 2007

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    About that lake you will hear a lot of legends from the old people leaving around. Some of them will tell you about the old monastery where the monk were doing “hard sins” and due to this fact the God was sinking the church under the lake, together with the people being inside.
    It seems that the only real story is that one about the young bride, which was killing herself in the wedding night because her parents forced her to take another man than she has loved.
    As a curse, in that lake are drowning only gents. What is strange here is that even the medics are confirming that fact. Perhaps because the women did not go there for fishing and swimming :)

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    Campina-Hernea's Chapel

    by adema29 Updated Sep 13, 2007

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    A hidden treasure in our city.

    After many years hidden under the vegetation and indolence, a new beauty start to be recovered from the dust of the last years history.
    I am living in Campina from 1998 and just now in 2007 I have found it. And this was only due to my wife’s grand father (who is 82 years old).
    Only few old people and a bunch of “connaiseurs” still remember about that monument partially destroyed by the lack of interest in the last years. And this is the only baroc monument in our city. The photos will speak about that beauty instead of me...
    The Chapel was built in 1886 in the memory of Dumitru Hernea, a pioneer of the Oil Industry in Campina region.
    Dumitru Hernea has bought in 1880 from the Prince Barbu Stirbei, the oficial owner of the Campina estate, the southern side of the actual city, with a surface of 305 ha, paying for it 120000 lei in gold (this was a small treasure in that period). He started to explore the area digging more than 100 wells all over the plateau. This was giving to Campina a good ocasion for development and we can consider Hernea the founder of the modern city... actually his act was pushing forward all the industry and economy in that area. Attracted by the new oil industry about 1000 foreigners came here, most of them having a high level of education. The old people still remember "the germans" from the old good times...
    Together with Hasdeu Castle and the House with Griphons it can create the "face" of our city, in a world fighting to save it's cultural identity.

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    Campina-Do not miss Hasdeu Castle

    by adema29 Updated Sep 13, 2007

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    The Castle was built after the early death of Iulia Hasdeu(18 years old) in 1893 (the construction was finished in 1896).
    Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, Iulia's father and a well known Romanian politician, philologist and writer from the 19th century, declared that the shape of the castle was suggested in a spiritism session by his death daughter.
    The Castle is dedicated to his wife Iulia, too. So, he used to call the castle- the house of his "two Julies". It was also the reason to comemorate his death on the 2nd of July (The Celebration of the Two Iulia's).

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    Campina- House with Griphons

    by adema29 Updated Sep 12, 2007

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    In this house you can find now the City Hall. It was built in 1901 by Gheorghe Stefanescu, being in that time the first building with electric light from the city. It was donated to Drilling and Refining Foreman's School (Scoala de Maistri, Sondori si Rafinori) in 1904, becoming the first school in the world that was preparing personell for oil industry.

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    Campina-The "House with the Clock"

    by adema29 Written Sep 11, 2007

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    The owner of the house in the early years of 20th century was the attorney Branza.
    I could not find more about him and I will appreciate if you can help me with details if, by chance you will find some. :)

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    Campina-The Catholic Church

    by adema29 Written Sep 11, 2007

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    In a country mostly Orthodox, a Catholic curch is still looking different and it will attract for sure your attention.
    The Catholic Church from Campina was built in 1906 due to the project and financial support of the Engineer Anton Raky.

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    Campina-City Center

    by adema29 Updated Sep 11, 2007

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    View to Grigorescu High School
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    You can see here indeed the comunist past of the city. What is making the difference between that "Civic Center" and the others is the fact that the comunist megalomania is not so visible like in the big cities and here is still present the past. And the past of Campina was comunist too, even if you like to recognize it or not.

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    Stirbei Highschool (nowadays, Grigorescu high)

    by josephescu Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    In 1919, Countess Martha de Blome, the daughter of Prince Stirbei, one of the landlords of the town, donates the mannor and the park surrounding it “for the opening of a highschool for boys”, upon the only condition that the highshool would bear the name of his father.

    The actual building was constructed between 1928-1930 in neo-romanian style.
    For obvious reasons, communists have changed the name of the highschool from Prince Stirbei into Grigorescu, the name under which it still functions.

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    Gryphons House

    by josephescu Updated Aug 9, 2006

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    Former private residence of the rich oil-man Gogu Stefanescu, the building was constructed in 1900 - 1902. After the first world war, the businessman donates the building to be used as “School of Oilworkers and Refiners”, the first of its kind in the world.

    Now, the building hosts the town hall and has been completely restored to its former glory.

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    Grigorescu cottage

    by josephescu Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    Nicolae Grigorescu is considered the greatest and most famous Romanian modern painter. He built this cottage in the countryside when he was 66 years old and lived here, together with his concubine and his son, during his last years of his life (i.e. until 1907).

    The house is organised as a museum, showing a number of Grigorescu paintings, and maintains the domestic univers of the artist during his life here.
    Notice his last painting remaining unfinished on the easel, together with the exquisite collections of oriental carpets, furnitures and artefacts he collected from his voyages.

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    Hasdeu Castle - a place of love & spiritism

    by josephescu Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    In 1893, Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, a brilliant man of science, scholar and academician, after the suffering provoked by the death of his own child, Iulia Hasdeu, started the construction of this castle, using the design transmitted by Iulia's Spirit, during spiritist meetings.

    The small castle is conceived like a temple dedicated to his daugther's memory. It will be Hasdeu's refuge, where he will spend the sadness of his last years, surrounded by the loneliness and by his contemporain's misunderstanding.

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    Church of Fir Trees

    by josephescu Written Aug 5, 2006

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    The church was built in 1883 and is most typical for the orthodox churches in the country. As suggested by its' name, the church is built in a small park and surrounded by fir trees.
    The church can be visited, and inside pictures are allowed.

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