Romanian Savings Bank, Bucharest
This beautiful building, designed in the eclectic style by the French architect Paul Gottereau, was constructed between 1896-1900. It sits on the site of a former 16hr century monastery, St. John the Great. This was the only bank that was allowed to do business during communism when it served as the state savings bank called “CEC” (“Casa de Economii si Consemnatiuni” in Romanian). After the 1990 Revolution, when other banks were allowed to open offices in Romania, the CEC lost many of its customers. The bank was privatized and now it’s called “CEC Bank”. I’ve read in the newspaper that the building is set to become a museum but at this moment it is still used as a bank.
Not very much a touristic attraction but a landmark and/or meeting point, the Government building is located in Piata Victoriei (Victoriei Square), a big square clogged by a lot of traffic during rush hours, also an important hub for transport as the Piata Victoriei Metro station is below this square.
Vis-a-vis of the Government building there is the more interesting Museum of Natural History "Grigore Antipa".
The Monastery of Sfantul Ioan cel Mare was built in 1577 and in 1734 there was also added an inn around it. Affected by the 1802 earthquake, it was restored in 1828 and in 1850 the Savings' House was settled in the inn. The inn was demolished in 1863, and the church was demolished in 1895, as it was ruined. The actual Palace of the Savings Bank was built on the site in 1896-1900, following the plans designed by Architect Paul Gottereau. The palace was built in Eclectic style and it was topped with a glass and steel cupola, meant to provide the main hall inside with natural light. The monumental entrance is endowed with a huge semicircle fronton that stands on two pairs of Composite style columns.
This marvelous building is the central headquarters of the Romanian Commercial Bank, the country's largest bank.
Nearby are 4 statues of important figures of Romania's history, including that of a 16th century Romanian king called Michael the Brave, one of the last to undertake crusades against the Ottoman Empire with the Pope's blessing.
This building on Calea Victoriei is the headquarter of the oldest bank in Romania, the state savings bank, where all the people use to keep theirs savings. I also had little savings here when I was a child. After 1989, with many banks to choose from, Romanian Savings Bank (C.E.C. in romanian) is not so popular as it used to be
I also worked there for 18 months, from July 2005 to January 2007.
This building - situated just across the street from the University - dates back to 1887 and it was initially the headquarter of a large insurance company.
Now it is the central headquarters of the Romanian Comercial Bank - the country's biggest bank, recently aquired by Erste Bank Austria.
The building of the Romanian Savings Bank (CEC) was errected in 1896-1900 after the blueprints of Paul Gottereau. On this spot, dating fron the 16th century there were a monastery and an inn. Both degrading, they had to be demolished in 1875. Check out the pictures!! The main conference room is very nicely done, rich in wood ornamentations. The four pictures on the sides represents the royal family of Romania. They were taken down during communism and they were repainted and placed back in November this year.
The Saving Bank is one of the most beautiful sights that can be seen in Calea Victoriei. It was built according to plans of the French arch. Paul Gotereau over 1896-1900.
A lot was invested in this palace and you can notice the the beautiful small details and the massive columns at the entrance to the building.
The foundation stone of the palace was laid in June 8, 1897, in the presence of King Carol I and the Queen Elisabeta, of the Government members and other officials.With clear elements characteristic to the French academism of the end of the 19th century, the CEC Palace is a well-proportioned edifice, with a symmetrical facade with the entrance in the middle, highlighted by a magnificent central archway, sustained on both sides by two twin columns in a composite style. The sensible decorations on the facades and the balance of the volumes make this palace an interesting architectural monument of the city.
The impressive Banca Comerciala Romana building dates back to 1887, when it was constructed to house a large insurance company. Now it is the headquarters of Romania's biggest bank.