- 18 Nov - 24 Nov, 2017
- 23 Sep - 29 Sep, 2017
Over 40 years, dozens of builders, artists and wood-carvers brought Peles Castle into existence. Located in Sinaia (44 km from Brasov), Peles Castle is considered by many as one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe. It was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs including King Carol I, who died here in 1914. The neo-Renaissance masterpiece was commissioned by Romania’s first king, Carol I, and its first stone laid in 1875. The former royal summer residence is a wildly popular tourist attraction.
The building of the castle began in 1873 under the direct order of the Viennese architect Wilhem Dodererand and was continued in 1876 by his assistant, Johann Schultz de Lemberg. During 1877-1879, because of the war, they abandoned work. That’s why the castle was inaugurated only on October 7, 1883. Several other buildings, annexed to the castle, were built simultaneously: The Guard’s Chambers, The Economat Building, The Foisor Hunting House, The Royal Stables, and the Electrical Power Plant. The Sipot Villa was constructed later. This would serve as the work site of architect Karel Liman. Liman would later supervise the building of Pelisor (1889-1903, the future residence of King Ferdinand and Queen Mary of Romania). as well as of the King’s Ferdinand Vila in the Royal Sheepfold Meadow.
The castle was built in wood, stone, bricks and marble and comprises of more than 160 rooms. The representative style used is German Renaissance, but one can easily discover elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, German Baroque and French Rococo style.