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A rich landlord, Constantin Faca had a house built on this site at the beginning of the 19th century. However he did not live to see it accomplished and it was finished by Treasurer Romanit. The building hosted the Voyevodal Treasury (1834) and it was then bought over by the state (1836), hosting the Administrative Court and later on the Ministry of Finance. In 1883 it was expanded into a palace, with a part of the old building being incorporated into this one. In 1978 it was turned into a museum, gathering 33 art collections donated to the government or confiscated by the Communist government from its owners. Most of these collections used to be hosted in their owners' houses or in houses especially built for that, but some of these buildings were razed off to make place for Ceausescu's communist development, while others were given another use or were abandoned (e.g. Avakian House). Some of the collections hosted by the museum include Anastasie Simu, Dona, Weinberg, Oprescu, Garabet Avakian. Some of the most interesting collections are the Oriental Art room and the cellar, hosting pieces of stone carving taken from Vacaresti Monastery (when it was foolishly demolished by Ceausescu). Nowadays only the Southern wing is properly restored and open to the public, while the Northern one is neglected. The museum is open daily, except for Mondays and Tuesdays, 10.00-18.00.
Address: 111 Calea Victoriei
Directions: It lies close to the crossing of Calea Victoriei with Dacia Avenue.
Phone: +40 21 314 8119
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