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    The Armoury room-Peles castle

    by Dariana Updated Jul 10, 2004

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    The armoury room was arranged between 1903-1906 and exhibits a rich collection of 4000 European and Oriental pieces of different weapons coming from XIV-XVIII centuries.There are also a suite of German armours dating from XVI-XVII centuries and beautiful stained glass windows .
    If you take a moment and listen you can hear the sound of ancient batles.

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    Peles Castle

    by Nemoa Written Oct 17, 2004

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    A must-see.
    This used to be the residence of King Carol I and when it was built was one of the most modern and comfy castles of Europe (it was the first one to have central heating and electricity!).

    The interiors are nice but nothing you have not seen in other castles across Europe.
    Besides the guided tour is not what I would call knowledgeable. Quite short and not very interesting.

    I would have preferred to have the option of visiting the castle on my own ...

    There is an admission fee but it is not pricey.

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    Peles-one of the most beautiful castles in Europe

    by Dariana Written Jul 10, 2004

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    Peles Castle was the summer residence for Romanian`s Kings.In 1873 ,Prince Carol de Hohenzollern Sigmaringen started the building of the castle and its offocial inauguration took place in oct.1883.
    The characteristic features of the architecture are specific to German neo-Renaissance style:vertical and slim sharps profiles, irregular shapes, abundance of carved wood and decorative elements. The terraces was adorned with statues,vases,columns,perfect integrated in the magnificent landscape.

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    Pelisor Castle

    by Dariana Updated Jul 10, 2004

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    Pelisor Castle is a small castle near Peles,in the same museum complex.It was built between 1899-1902 and inhabited by the princely couple Ferdinand and Maria who became monarchs after the death of King Carol I.Queen Maria imposed her personal style,eclectic with elements of Art-Nouveau and influences of Byzantin and celtic origin.

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    Pelisor Palace

    by Nemoa Written Oct 17, 2004

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    Beautiful residence of Marie and Ferdinand (nephew of King Carol ).
    A very special palace. It was furnished and decorated following the designs and tastes of Marie (she was a painter and a poetess herself) and the result is a pretty residence in the style of Art Nouveau very personal and charming.

    I personally appreciated it more than Peles Castle because despite being a lot smaller and simpler it has a lot more of character.

    Don't miss the Golden Room! I am pretty sure you have not seen anything this extravagant anywhere else in Europe...

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    Peles -one of most beautiful castles in Europe

    by Dariana Written Jul 10, 2004

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    The interior is dominated by the same elements of German neo-Renaissance style ,but combined with various other styles:Italian renaissance,German baroque,French rococo,Hispanic-moorish and Turkish style.
    Its 160 rooms are magnificent decorated in ebony, walnut and leather, chrystal chandeliers and contains a precious collection of sculptures,paintings,tapestries and stained glass windows.

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    Sinaia's Monastery

    by Nemoa Written Oct 18, 2004

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    Built in the 17th Century .
    This is a sight you should not miss in Sinaia.
    The monastery is home to a small comunity of monks and the you can access to the nice church free of charge ( a donation is appreciated, though).

    There is a big church called Biserica Mare and a smaller one, Biserica Veche, which is older, dating from 1695.

    A small History museum can be visited too for a small price and there you can find some interesting pieces, as the first translation of the Holy Bible into Romanian Language (1668).

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    Interior Pelisor Palace -Queen Marie's Chapel

    by Nemoa Written Oct 17, 2004

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    Despite the fact that taking photos inside the palace is forbidden, you might get a surprising offer from the wardens...

    My experience is that no matter how forbidden things are, you normally can "buy" your right to break the law :-)

    In my case the warden herself offered me to take a couple of photos of my husband and myself in some of the rooms. The price is normally a little tip. In my case I offered her 50.000 lei but I was told later by my Romanian friends that 20.000 lei was more than enough.

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    Peles Castle

    by Andraf Updated Nov 9, 2003

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    Surrounded by a beautiful landscape Peles Castle is the main attraction in Sinaia and has become one of Romania's most popular tourist attractions. Closed to public during communism, the palace is visited by Romanians and foreigners alike - in fact the line for Romanians was 4 times longer when I was there. One can visit the palace only as part of a guided tour, hence the two lines. Guided tours in English are also available.
    The castle was a summer residence for King Carol I of Romania. It was built between 1875 and 1914 in a Germanic neo-Renaissance style. The complex contains two smaller palaces, Pelisor and Foisor. The interior is a mix of multiple styles; it is lavishly adorned and very beautiful.

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    Peles Castle

    by Nobbe Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    The characteristic features of the external architecture of the Peles Castle are specific to the German neo-Renaissance style: vertical and slim sharp profiles, irregular shapes, fragmented composition of the facades, asymmetry of the corps, abundance of carved wood and decorative elements.

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    Peles castle

    by Aurorae Written Apr 7, 2004

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    You absolutely cannot miss the majestic Peles castle, perhaps the most beautiful one I have ever seen, with such graceful architecture and interior design (most of the things are in wood!)
    It was a residence of the last Romanian king.
    You can walk there from Sinaia.

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    Peles Castle

    by mvtouring Written Jan 31, 2007

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    Peles Castle was the summer residence for Romanian`s Kings.In 1873 ,Prince Carol de Hohenzollern Sigmaringen started the building of the castle and its offocial inauguration took place in oct.1883. The characteristic features of the architecture are specific to German neo-Renaissance style:vertical and slim sharps profiles, irregular shapes, abundance of carved wood and decorative elements. The terraces was adorned with statues,vases,columns,perfect integrated in the magnificent landscape.

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    Peles Castle

    by Nobbe Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    Peles Castle is one of the best-preserved royal palaces in Europe. It served as the summer residence of the first Hohenzollern king of Romania, Carol I, and his wife Elizabeta (a writer and poet also known as Carmen Sylva, or "the poet of the forest").. Built in the latter half of the 19th century, it was the king's attempt to imitate the styles of his former homeland, creating a Bavarian setting in the mountains of Romania. The palace is ornately decorated, inside and out, with intricate wood carvings and paintings of scens form Wagner operas. Tours in English are available upon request.

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    Peles Castle

    by Nobbe Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    Very much like the exterior, the interior is dominated by the same elements of the German neo-Renaissance; nevertheless, there are combined various other styles, resumptions of the Italian, English Renaissance, of the German Baroque style, the rococo, Hispanic - Moorish and Turkish styles.

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    Peles Palace

    by Dabs Written Jun 5, 2005

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    If you have a chance to visit one castle or palace in Romania and you like seeing lavishly decorated rooms, this is it.

    Peles Palace was built in 1875-1883 for the first king of Romania, Carol I, and his wife Elisabeta. Carol I was a German, recruited to be the first king, so it is not surprising that Peles is reminiscent of a German castle.

    You must visit on a guided tour, English is one of the options. The tour is just of the more public rooms on the ground floor, the bedrooms are not open to the public.

    The rooms that you can visit are all elaborately furnished, starting with the carved wood design at the top of the staircase, the Venetian style rooms with the Murano chandeliers and mirrors and my favorite room, the Moorish room.

    No interior photographs are allowed.

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