National Bank of Romania, Bucharest

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  • National Bank of Romania
    by liliana91
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    by liliana91
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    The Old BNR Palace

    by liliana91 Updated Jul 14, 2011

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    The old National Bank of Romania,on Lipscani street is emblematic of the neo-classical style with rationalist influences that prevailed in the interwar period.
    Right in front of this building,you can admire the ruins of an old market,covered with glass.
    All the area is beautiful,is the historical centre of Bucharest,you can find here many old buildings,plus you are on Lipscani so after you are finished with taking pitures you can relax at a drink.
    Best way to get here?With the subway(my favourite)-station name is Piaţa Unirii.

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    National bank of Romania

    by Vanity666 Written Sep 17, 2009

    The National Bank of Romania (BNR) stands on the site of one of the most famous buildings in Romania: the Hanul Serban Voda, which from 1678 until 1883 was the home of various institutions ranging from a pub to an inn to a girl's dormitory! After two fires gutted the building, however, the land was leveled and in 1883, work began on the BNR, completed to the designs of French architects Cassien Bernard and Albert Galleron in 1885. Built in neoclassical French style, the building boasts a facade with Corinthian columns and an enormous central banking hall. The passing of time has left its marks on the building, but it remains a classic worthy of admiration.

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    National Bank of Romania

    by iwys Updated Nov 28, 2007

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    The Banca Naţională a României building was built during World War II, after the foundation stone had been laid in 1937.

    The construction work was mainly carried out between 1942-44 under the direction of architect Ion Davidescu assisted by Radu Dudescu and N. Creţoiu.

    The building is in the Neo-Classical style, with monumental granite stairs, huge Corinthian columns forming the façade, and white marble halls inside the building.

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    The Romania National Bank

    by edvin_br Updated Mar 4, 2005

    The Romanian National Bank was built ovewr 1883-1885 by the French arch. Cassien Bernard and Albert Galleron. It was built in neo-classical style and has a beautiful facade.
    The sight is situated at Bucharests Historical Center.
    During the history new wings were added to the building, all of them keep its classical view.

    The National Bank at the financial district
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    Romanian National Bank

    by codrutz Updated Jul 8, 2004

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    The head office of the National Bank of Romania with the view of Lipscani Street is one of the most imposing and massive bank edifices in Romania, nowadays a historic, art monument, and protected as such. It was erected on the former site of the inn built by Serban Cantacuzino (1678-1688).

    On 26th February 1882, architects Cassien Bernard and Albert Galleron were assigned the task to blueprint the NBR Palace. The construction of the building in the eclectic style of the late 19th century, with some neo-classical elements, proceeded between 12th July 1884 (when the foundation stone was laid) and June 1890 under the direction of the architect engineer Nicolae Cerchez assisted by architect E. Baicoianu.

    With the façade on Doamnei Street (in the picture), the new wing of the NBR Palace was built during World War II, after having laid the foundation stone back in 1937.

    The construction works carried on between 1942-44 under the direction of architect Ion Davidescu assisted by two other architects, Radu Dudescu and N. Cretoiu.

    The building is emblematic of the neo-classical style with rationalist influences that prevailed in the inter-bellum period. It impresses by the monumental granite stairs, the huge Corinthian columns forming the façade, and the large, white marble-coated halls inside the building.

    The National Bank of Romania (the "NBR" or the "Bank") was commissioned on 11/23 April 1880 as a result of the Romanian liberal way of thinking centred on the idea of putting in place a solid credit system. The then Minister of Finance, Ion Campineanu, became the first governor, Eugeniu Carada -the true founder- together with Emil Costinescu were responsible for the organisation and functioning of the Mint, while Theodor Stefanescu was in charge of the accounting organisation of the Bank.

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