Kretzulescu Church, Bucharest
This beautiful, small red brick church was already on the shortlist to be pulled down after the WWII reconstruction plans of the communist regime. Only the effort of locals saved it – however, like many churches in Bucharest, it looks tucked away between larger modern buildings. Kretzulescu church was finished in 1722 and refurbished several times – the last time after some damage during the 1989/1990 revolution. Frescoes by Georghe Tattarescu, who decorated several other Bucharest churches in the 19th century, can be seen inside. After several churches have been demolished during the communist years, Kretzulescu church is one of the oldest remaining churches in Bucharest.
This small palace was constructed in 1902 on one side of the Cismigiu gardens, as the residence of Princess Elena Kretzulescu.
In 1927, the building was purchased by the Romanian government ans sicne then it served various purposes – Prime Ministre’s office (1928 – 1929), museum of religions (1929 – 1946 – closed after the arrival of communists) and since 1972 – UNESCO offices in Romania.
It may be possible guardians in front of the palace say "no pictures", as it happened to me. Do not listen, and remember - as long as there is no sign in this sense, it means you can make as many pictures as you want.
Although im not a big fan off the Ortodhox churchs this beautiful small church attracted me a lot from the first minoute that i saw it, I guess that because of its color and location.
It was built between 1720-1722 by the Kretzulescu family and today its one of the oldest and most importent Brancovenesc style (that dominated in the city in the 17th century) buildings in Bucharest.
The Kretzulescu Church is one of Bucharest's oldest churches, it goes back to 1720-1722. It has taken the Kretzulescu name after its founders: the great chancellor and his wife (who was a daughter of Constantin Brancoveanu, a Wallachian ruler). I guess this church must have been a place for some important historical events only I haven't done my homework properly :-]
The church is said to be a great example of characteristic style of the Brancovan Epoch. I liked the columned porch which seemed to me to be a typical feature of Romanian orthodox churches. It is impressive but, personally, I found the architecture of the Stavropoleos church more intriguing...
I found the interior more impressive with the wall paintings by the famous Romanian painter Tattarescu (made in 1859-1860). Check them out when you're there, and feel the quietness despite the heavy traffic in Calea Victoriei.
It's a nice pause from rushing around and ticking off places to see...