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    Pelisor Castle

    by antistar Updated Jan 15, 2014

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    Humbled by its more extravagant neighbour, Pelisor is more of an impressive house than a castle. It's actually part of the same Peles castle complex, although separated from it. The house was built by the then King of Romania for his nephew and heir. The Romanian government gave the complex back to the former Romanian royalty after the end of communism, with the idea that they sell it back to the Romanian people and let it become part of a historical legacy for all.

    After selling back Peles, the royal family had second thoughts, and despite the generous offer have so far refused to sell back Pelisor.

    The castle is a strange creation, looking like a cross between a Tudor mansion crossed with Art-Nouveau Gothic, especially the tower, which looks like it was modeled on a real defensive tower from the fifteenth century Hunyad Castle on the other side of Transylvania.

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    Sinaia Monastery

    by antistar Updated Jan 15, 2014

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    Old Church, Sinaia Monastery
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    The monastery is how the town got its name. In the 17th century Prince Mihai Cantacuzino went on a pilgrimage to Mount Sinaia, and when he returned he started building the monastery in what was to become the town of Sinaia.

    It's a small complex, but most people crowd around the main monastery building itself. You can slip through side doors into the quite courtyard and find a wonderful crumbling old church inside. This was built a couple of centuries later, but has some wonderful neo-byzantine murals.

    The monastery is free to visit. Getting inside the main building is a bit confusing, but seems to be free as well. I certainly didn't pay. Lots of people were queuing up to buy incense, postcards and other tourist knickknacks.

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    Peles Castle

    by antistar Updated Jan 15, 2014

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    Even though Sinaia isn't strictly Transylvania, you'll have a hard time believing that when you spy Peles castle for the first time. If one place in this city is going to have bats in the belfry, it will be this place. So you probably won't want to get caught out here late on a winter's night, unless you are laden with garlic and a silver cross.

    King Carol I obviously didn't have vampires in mind when he had this place built at the end of the 19th century; it's just the local style. It was a vastly expensive project, designed and built by people from all over Europe. But the final product is one of the most breathtakingly unforgettable buildings in the region. Not only for its architecture, but for the stunning backdrop of snow-capped Carpathian peaks.

    The castle is free to visit, but there are relatively expensive guided tours of about 30 or so of its nearly 200 rooms. If you don't want a tour, you can enjoy its decorative gardens, with the fantastic views across Prahova valley. Or just drop into its courtyard and admire the ornate murals.

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    George Enescu - Luminis Villa

    by Ekahau Written Mar 30, 2013
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    Well if you’re playing George Enescu’s Romanian rhapsody and you should be will visiting Sinaia as Enescu is deeply connected to this beautiful mountain resort. Enescu is one of the great composers of the world and the most well know respected Romanian composer he did much of his composing in Sinaia first as a royal guest at Peles palace. While at the Peles palace I ask to be shown the rooms where Enesco composed his music which for a little extra cash happened.

    I learned in the Enescu rooms in Peles Palace that many of his famous works of musical genius were completed. I also learned that Enescu wrote his first musical composition at five years of age at seven he started at the Vienna conservatory and graduated at 12.

    I learned in that conversation that Enescu love Sinaia so much that he had is own retreat built there as well and called it "Vila Luminis" . I also learn there was a USA connection ant that is that he made the money to build the "Vila Luminis" from the money he made with his tour of the USA.

    "Vila Luminis" ithe retreat Enescu built in 1923 is now a museum where you can see the original "Ibach" piano that Enescu used to play and write his music on.

    What luck for the world that we musical geniuses like Mozart and Enescu to enrich our live so if you a music lover a stop at

    "George Enescu" Memorial House - Luminis Villa, Cumpatu
    Address: 2, Yehudi Menuhin street, Cumpătu, Sinaia, Prahova County
    Phone: +40 244 311753
    Opening hours: 10.00 – 17.00, Tuesday to Sunday

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    Peles Castle

    by TravellerMel Written Oct 23, 2012

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    Peles Castle is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe. Inaugurated in 1883 as home to King Carol I, the castle was built in the German Renaissance style (although I see hints of Italian Renaissance as well). I've heard the interior (and it's 160 rooms) is quite exquisite; however, we were disappointed to discover that the museum is closed on Mondays so we had to satisfy ourselves with a stroll around the lovely grounds. I would love to go back to visit Peles Castle...

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    Peles Castle

    by Penelope4 Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    As one of the most beautiful castles in Romania, it is known that King Charles I of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1839-1914) preferred to reside in Peles Castle. The castle was built between 1875 and 1883. King Charles I and his wife Queen Elisabeth (Carmen Sylva) were art lovers and supporters.They had great art historians as advisers and thru their suggestions the couple had come up with a very rich collection of weapons, arts and books. Many Romanian monarchs have found their resting place in Peles Castle, it is said. Pay a visit and you will find it really awesome! The Entrance Hall will take your breath away. Outside and inside, you'll love the place!

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    Peles castle.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Mar 2, 2010

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    The Peles castle is situated near Sinaia and it was built between 1873 and 1914 in Neo-Renaissance style. The cost of the project to build this castle is about 120 000 million US dollars. Between three and four hundred men worked constinently on the construction of the castle. After King Mihael´s abdication in 1947 the Communist Party seized all Royal property and in 1953 it was declared to be a museum. Between 1975 to 1990 Nicolae Ceausescu closed this area for normal people. After the revolution 1989 many things changed it became a Royal castle again. In 2006 it became a museum again . The castle has over 170 rooms and more then 30 toilettes. Many of therooms are built in different styles like Florentine, Turkish, Moorish, French and Imperial. The collection of arms in the castle includes more then 4000 pieces.

    In the entrance you have a statue of King Carol I by Raffaello Romanelli.

    Pele castle also have one of the finess and most important painting collections in Europe, almost 2000 pieces in this collection.

    Each year in November the castle is closed to the public for the whole month, during which time is used by the owners.

    When you get inside here, you have to pay extra for your camera and video camera, if you want to take pictures. But it can be worth it. Many beauitful things to take pictures at.

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    Peles Castle

    by codrutz Updated Nov 17, 2009

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    Peles Castle is one of Romania's most important museums in the country since it was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs including King Carol I, who died here in 1914.
    The building of the castle began in 1873 under the direct order of the Viennese architect Wilhem Doderer and was continued in 1876 by his assistant, Johann Schultz de Lemberg. During 1877-1879 because of the war they abandoned work. That's why the castle was inaugurated only on October 7, 1883. To the initial castle the Czech architect, Karel Liman added, during 1896-1914, Pelisor, a small castle with 70 rooms.
    The castle was built in wood, stone, bricks and marble and comprises more than 160 rooms. The representative style used is German Renaissance, but one can easily discover elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, German Baroque and French Rococo style.
    Peles is surrounded by seven terraces decorated with statues (sculptured by the Italian, Romanelli), stone-made-wells, ornamental vases and Carara marble. The architects used an abundance of wooden decoration, both for the exterior and for the interior of the castle, which confers a very special quality to the building.
    Quite outstanding are the Big Armoury Room, the small Armoury Room, the Florentine Room, the Reception Room (where paintings and wooden sculptures depicting 16 castles of the Hohenzollerns are exhibited), the Moresque Room, The French Room, the Turkish Room, the Council Room, the Concert Room as well as the Imperial Suite.
    It is also worth mentioning other exquisite attractions such as the statues, the ceramics, the gold and silver plates, the Meissen and Sevres porcelain, as well as the extensive weapon collections.
    Near Peles castle there is Foisorul, a kings' residence with 42 rooms designed in the Swiss style.
    For taking photo inside the castle there is a fee of RON 50/30 (flash/no flash) which is higher than the admission ticket itself, so you might consider buying a guide about Peles.

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    The Sphinx that's not in Egypt

    by DSwede Updated Sep 8, 2009

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    Romanian Sphinx

    If you take the cable car to the top of the mountain from either Sinaia or Busteni, you can visit the natural sphinx. I was originally told that the nose was damaged a few years back (making the connection to the Egyptian more of a coincidence), but it has been confirmed that the Sinaia Sphinx actually never had a nose.

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    Gondola Lift

    by antistar Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    View from Cota 1400, Sinaia
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    Sinaia is all about the mountains, skiing or hiking, so even if you only come here on a day trip, you should take a gondola lift up the mountain side. For the journey you have two choices of destination: Cota 1400 and 2000. These both refer to the height above sea level.

    At 1400 you will find great views, if occasionally blighted by communist legacy architecture. You'll also find lots of cars, people, cafes, and smaller ropeways that will take you up to different skiing locations and hiking routes. Cota 2000, which I didn't go to, is much more isolated.

    It's worth a trip just for the shaky gondola cabin, and the views at Cota 1400 alone. But if you want to go hiking or skiing, it's a must do trip.

    It's difficult to figure out the timetable. It just seemed to go whenever it filled up.

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    Sinaia Town Hall

    by antistar Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Town Hall, Sinaia

    Tucked back from the main central street is the Primaria Sinaia, or Sinaia Town Hall. While it's one of the more impressive buildings in town, you'd easily overlook it due to it not commanding a very dominant spot at all. The only reason I noticed it was that I wondered why all the police cars and flags were out front.

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    Back Streets

    by antistar Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Old House, Sinaia

    Despite the few sights, they are quite spread out, and it's easy to overlook the rest of the town when rushing about. But the back streets have some wonderful old buildings, many still untouched by modern renovation, with rusty tin roof intact.

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    Peles Castle

    by dobbelking Written Jun 1, 2009

    By the time we got to Sinaia, I was seriously ill with the flu. Did not expect it to be this cold here. We are not used to snow and such cold winters. I still enjoyed it though. Peles Castle was the summer residence for Romanian`s Kings. n 1873 ,Prince Carol de Hohenzollern Sigmaringen started the building of the castle and its offocial inauguration took place in oct.1883.

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    Peles Castle

    by DSwede Updated Apr 26, 2009

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    Peles Castle in fall

    Peles (pronounced pelesh) Castle is a small but magically situated mountain estate. It is still actively used by the ruling family as a residence, even though their titles are more traditional and less functional due to the democratic revolution.

    Provided the family is not in the castle at the time, it is open to tourists.

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    Sinaia/Busteni cable car to top of the mountain

    by DSwede Updated Apr 26, 2009

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    Sinaia Frosty Mtn Pass

    If you are in Sinaia or the nearby town of Busteni, you can take a cable car to the top of the mountain ridge. It is a wonderful viewpoint on the high plateau on the edge of the steep mountains. There will likely be sheep grazing around and you can walk the series of pathways in the plateau.

    If you venture to the north, you can see the huge cross on the mountain that overlooks the lower valley of Sinaia. Remember that it can be ~15 degrees colder on the top than in the valley, dress accordingly.

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