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. :-(
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.