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  The Lutheran Church of Bucharest
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In 1574 Pierre Lescalopier mentioned the existence of a Lutheran church in Bucharest, in the Stejarului (En. Oak) Quarter. However this church was accomplished on July 4, 1777; it was built mainly for the Transylvanian Saxons living in the city, and its construction was possible thanks to the pressure exercised by the King of Sweden through his Ambassador in Constantinople. Next to the old church there was raised a more imposing one between 1851 and 1853; it was the tallest structure in the city at its time (36 m. tall); important figures of the time contributed to its being raised: the Austrian Emperor, Prince Bibescu, Composer Franz Liszt among others. The church also hosted around it an important Girl School, which reached 2000 pupils and 64 teachers in 1910. The church was damaged by a great fire in 1912, and also during the 1940 earthquake. The 1944 Allies' bombardments destroyed most of the adjacent buildings (the parish house, the school). It was restored in 1994. The church hosts the grave of Principe Wilhelm Friedrich Heinrich von Wied (1876-1945), ruler of Albania in 1914, nephew of Queen Elizabeth of Romania.

Directions: It is located on Luterana Street, just off Revolutiei Square (100 m. East of the Hilton).

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  • Written Feb 12, 2008
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