"Cotroceni Palace" Cotroceni Palace Tip by monica71

Cotroceni Palace, Bucharest: 5 reviews and 9 photos

  Cotroceni Palace
by monica71
  • Cotroceni Palace - Bucharest
      Cotroceni Palace
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  • Palace Entrance - Bucharest
      Palace Entrance
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This is a must see if you are in town. If you have time to visit just one place in Bucharest, make Cotroceni Palace the place! Make sure you have your passport with you, the security is tight here. Last time I was in Bucharest and visited the place, the admission entrance was about $7. It is closed on Monday. You are not allowed to take pictures inside, but you can take as many as you want outside :)

The palace is the official residence of the president. It was built by Carol I in the late 19th century. It has undergone many transformations since the initial designs were executed: During Ceausescu's dictatorship it was used as the "Pioneer's Palace," where young leaders were schooled in the ways of Communism, and -- after the devastating earthquake of 1977 -- restored as a guesthouse, although it never served this function.
You will pass through a host of reception rooms, sleeping quarters, and private chambers, each styled to a particular theme: the German New Renaissance dining room, private dining quarters of Carol I in Florentine style; Oriental painting room used by Queen Marie and her children; the hunting room which showcases trophies hunted by King Ferdinand, as well as bearskin rugs hunted by Ceausescu.

Address: south side of Bucharest: B-dul Geniului 1
Phone: 021/221-1200
Website: http://www.muzeulcotroceni.ro/

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  • Updated Mar 6, 2008
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