Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

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    Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român)

    by TravellerMel Written Nov 8, 2012

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    Romanian Athenaeum is a beautiful concert hall in the center of Bucharest, and a landmark of the capital city. Opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city's main concert hall and home of the George Enescu Philharmonic and of the George Enescu annual international music festival. Unfortunately, there were no performances the days I was in Bucharest. :-(

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    Romanian Atheneum (Ateneul Roman)

    by Andraf Updated Sep 25, 2010

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    This is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. It was built in 1888 in neo-classical style after a design by the French architect Albert Galleron. The project was conceived by the diplomat Constantin Exarcu and the money for the completion of the building were gathered in a public collection in which people were asked to "give a leu for the Atheneum" (The "leu" being the currency of Romania).

    With its 40 m high dome and the Doric columns it resembles an ancient temple. The beautiful facade is adorned with mosaics of five Romanian rulers. On the inside there are scenes from Romanian history. This is the place to hear classical music in Bucharest. The resident orchestra is George Enescu Philarmonic.

    The inside of the building can only be seen if you're attending a concert.

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    Ateneul Român

    by iwys Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    The Ateneul Român or Romanian Athenaeum is considered by many to be Bucharest's finest building. At sunset it is certainly attractive and the gardens in front of it are much favoured by newly-married couples for wedding photos.

    It was built, in 1888, in neo-classical style after a design by the French architect Albert Galleron. It has a 40m high dome and Doric columns. It is actually a concert hall and the home of Romania's premier orchestra, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, named after the country's leading composer, who gave the first performances of his major works here.

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    The Romanian Athenaeum (Atheneul Roman)

    by Vanity666 Written Sep 17, 2009

    The work of French architect Albert Galleron, who also designed the National Bank of Romania, the Athenaeum was completed in 1888, financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. One of the preeminent public fundraising campaigns ever in Romania, the "Give a penny for the Athenaeum" campaign saved the project after the original patrons ran out of funds. With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple.

    The lobby has a beautifully painted ceiling decorated in gold leaf, while curved balconies cascade in ringlets off a spiral staircase. A ring of pink marble columns is linked by flowing arches where elaborate brass lanterns hang like gems from a necklace. Inside the concert hall, voluptuous frescoes cover the ceiling and walls. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, it is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian George Enescu Philharmonic.

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    The Concert Hall in the Athenaeum

    by codrutz Updated Jun 12, 2009

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    Another picture taken with my digital phone (but is the general idea it counts, isn't it). It is taken inside the main concert hall. The hall has a total of 652 seats. Around the interior of the cupola, there is a 3 meters high and 70 meters long painting - made by Constantin Petrescu - showing some of the main (25) events in romanian history.

    Concert Hall inside the Romanian Athenaeum
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    The Athenaeum: stop here for a good concert

    by monica71 Updated Mar 6, 2008

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    The Athenaeum was inaugurated in 1888 and it was designed by French architect Albert Galleron (who also conceived the shapely National Bank of Romania in the Lipscani District).
    To experience the Athenaeum try to attend a concert here in the evening. The Philharmonic George Enescu, the city's premiere orchestra, gives lots of concerts here.

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    Romanian Athenaeum

    by Dabs Written Dec 3, 2007

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    The most beautiful building we saw in Bucharest was the Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman), a concert hall opened in 1888 in a building designed by French architect Albert Galleron.

    Some of the funding for the building came from a 20+ year funding raising effort from the publicwith the slogan "Dati un leu pentru Ateneu!" (Give one leu for the Ateneu!). Had we stayed in Bucharest for a longer period of time, I would have loved to see a performance here, alas all we got to see was the exterior of the building.

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    Romanian Athenaeum

    by frankcanfly Updated Oct 9, 2006

    The Romanian Athenaeum is the work of French architect Albert Galleron. It was built in 1888 and was financed almost entirely with money donated by ordinary citizens during a fundraising campaign which has remained famous to this day, called "Give a penny for the Athenaeum."

    It is the home of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, and hosts foreign philharmonic orchestras, as well as a wide range of other top performers.

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    Romanian Atheneum

    by traveloturc Written Jul 4, 2006

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    In front of Athenee Palace in the middle of the city Romanian Atheneum is really very beautiful and interesting building.They say that the French architecht Galleron made the work and Romanina people pay for it lei by lei.The place is used as concert hall.The area is also known for the revolution against Caucescu and I am one of the lucky man who use to stay Ýn the Athenee Palace just at this period.

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    Ateneul Roman

    by draguza Written Jun 7, 2006

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    Possibly the finest building in the city, the Romanian Atheneum, with its sublime baroque cupola, stands proudly at the flux of the city's busiest public square, competing with the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel, the Royal Palace and the old national library for attention. The work of French architect Albert Galleron, who also designed the National Bank of Romania, the building was inaugarated on Febrary 26, 1888, and was built almost entirely with money donated by ordinary citizens of the capital

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    Romanian Athenaeum

    by surudream Written Apr 12, 2005

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    With the help of an intellectual group, Constantin Esarcu, V.A.Urechia, and Dr.N.Kretzulescu are only a few of them, a monumental cultural edifice, called Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) was built in the center of Bucharest between 1886 and 1888. Due to the fact that this group, called Literary Society "Ateneul Roman" had not enough funds, they raised the money for the building by public subscription, their motto being "Give one leu for the Athenaeum". The French architect Albert Galleron designed the building in neoclassical style on the property that had belonged to the Vacarescu family. Having a big dome, in baroque style, it has the aspect of an ionic temple with 6 frontal columns and other two in lateral sides.

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    Inside the Athenaeum

    by codrutz Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    One night in a concert break I snatched a blurry picture with my phone's digital camera, but I have to take a better looking one next time.

    The picture shows the entrance hall, named "Rotonda", where the people gathers before and between the concerts. The hall above is sustained by 12 columns covered in pink marble. The four monumental stairs leading to the concert hall are also in pink marble.

    Rotonda Hall - Athenaeum

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    The Pearl Of Bucharest

    by edvin_br Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    The Romanian Athenaeum is without a doubt one of the most amazing projects that have been ever seen in Bucharest.
    It was built between 1886-1888 in Neoclassical style by the French architect Albert Galleron.
    The Athenaeum was built almost entirely by donations of the citizens of Bucharest under a mision to rescue the establishment of the impressive building.
    Today the building proudly seats in the central Revolution square along with the Romanian Royal palace and the Hilton "Athenee Palace".
    The Athenaeum houses today the "George Enescu" Philharmonic and in front of the building stands a statue of greatest Romanian poet, Mihai Eminescu.

    Great piece of architecture
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    Would you spare a leu for the Athenaeum?

    by Romanian_Bat Written Sep 4, 2004

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    The Athenaeum was built in 1888 through a public fund raising campaign entitled “dati un leu pentru Ateneu?”. It was meant for a literary society, then it played host for the Deputes (1919-1920) and, being bombed by the German planes in August 1944, it was restored after the war and used ever since as a host for classic music concerts. The best time to visit this place is when there is a classic music concert.
    The main hall has 600 seats and 52 loggias disposed on two rows. It has a circular shape, a 28 m. diameter and a 16 m. height. The hall has an outstanding 3 m. wide and 70 m. long fresco going around the walls, presenting moments of the Romanian history. It shows the following succession of 25 scenes: Traianus entering Dacia; Romans colonizing Dacia; the formation of the Dacian – Roman state; the Roman guard; the barbarians’ invasion; the beginning of the Romanian people; peasant defending his land; the first lands organizing around knights; Mircea the Old, founder of the military state; Alexandru the Good giving weapons; the Romanian crusade against the Turks (Ioan Corvin of Transylvania, Vlad Dracul of Wallachia and Stefan the 2nd of Moldavia); Stephen the Great receiving a message from the Pope (“soldier of Christ”); peace and faith (Neagoe Basarab at Curtea de Arges Monastery); Michael the Brave, the first unifier of the Romanian kingdoms; the beginning of Romanian culture; Horia, Closca and Crisan, the three revolutionaries of 1784; Tudor Vladimirescu and the revolution of 1821; year 1848 in Transylvania; year 1848 in Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the first voyevode of the unified Romanian kingdoms; year 1859: the unification of Wallachia and Moldavia; Charles the 1st and the Independence War; the 1916-1918 war for nation completion; Ferdinand the 1st; the consolidation (Charles the 2nd and Michael the 1st).

    The Athenaeum seen from Esarcu Street The Romanian Athenaeum The Romanian Athenaeum The Romanian Athenaeum - main entrance Medalion depicting King Carol I of Romania
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    Athaeneum

    by Aurorae Updated Jul 20, 2004

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    Romanian athaeneum is a beautiful building in the center of the city, and a very important one - that is where the various manifestations take place, especially concerts of classical music. It's the dome of Romanian Philcharmonic orchestra. If you get the chance, go to a concert!

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