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România frumoasă‘s Today’s memory

România frumoasă‘s Today’s memory

România frumoasă‘s Today’s memory

Romanian Athenaeum

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February 14, 1888 – The Romanian Athenaeum was inaugurated

The Romanian Athenaeum (Romanian: Ateneul Român) is a concert hall in the center of Bucharest, Romania and a landmark of the Romanian capital city. The ornate, domed, circular building is the city’s main concert hall and home of the „George Enescu” Philharmonic and of the George Enescu International Music Festival.

In 1865, cultural and scientific personalities such as Constantin Esarcu, V. A. Urechia and Nicolae Creţulescu founded the Romanian Atheneum Cultural Society, to serve its purposes, the Romanian Athenaeum, a building dedicated to art and science, to be erected in Bucharest. The building was designed by the French architect Albert Galleron. A portion of the construction funds was raised by public subscription in a 28-year long effort, of which the slogan is still remembered today: „Dati un leu pentru Ateneu!” (Donate one leu for the Ateneu )

The overall style is neoclassical, with some more romantic touches. In front of the building there is a small park and a statue of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu.

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