Cantacuzino Palace (1906) – “George Enescu” National Museum
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Located on Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), the most emblematic street of the capital, the sumptuous Cantacuzino Palace is not only an architectural monument of outstanding value, considered one of the most beautiful houses in Bucharest, but a major cultural landmark as well, sheltering the Memorial House and a museum dedicated to the greatest of all Romanian composers George Enescu (1881-1955), outstanding personality of the national and universal classical music of the 20th century.
Designed in French academic style with conspicuous Art Nouveau features by Ion D. Berindei, Romanian architect trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, The Cantacuzino Palace was conceived after the model of Parisian nobility residences, being among the edifices that created Bucharest’s image as “The Little Paris”. The façade is distinguished by the spectacular shell-shaped glass awning above the entrance, which could be considered a visual emblem of the city of Bucharest. The interiors were adorned with monumental paintings made by George Demetrescu Mirea, Nicolae Vermont and Costin Petrescu (the latest, professor at the School of Fine Arts and official painter of the royal court).
The palace was raised in the early years of the 20th century for one of the richest men of the time, descendant of a historically prominent family, Grigore Cantacuzino nicknamed for his fabulous fortune “The Nabob”. In 1937 it became the residence of George Enescu who married Maruca Cantacuzino, the widow of the elder son of Grigore Cantacuzino, who had inherited the estate.
Enescu and his wife did not actually live in the main building of the palace, but in the small austere pavilion at the back of the garden, behind the palace. The three rooms displaying original furniture and personal objects recreate the familiar ambiance of the artist.
George Enescu expressed his unique musical talent through a multitude of ways, as a composer, virtuoso violinist, pianist, conductor and professor. Very popular through his Romanian Rhapsodies, Enescu is the author of the most important Romanian opera, Oedip.