Peles Castle

Peles Castle is one of the most important historical structures in Romania, having a unique character and due to its historical and artistic value, it is one of the most representative monuments in Europe. Peles Castle is located on Prahova Valley, at Sinaia, 122 km from Bucuresti.

Peles Castle was built starting with 1873 at the initiative of King Carol I, who personally supervised its setting up. For a long time Peles Castle served King Carol as summer residence, invested with political, cultural and symbolic responsibilities.

 

Peles Castle

There is a series of peculiarities about the history of this impressive structure which you are invited to discover below

  • The cornerstone of Peles Castle was laid in 1875, burring underneath it a few tens of 20 lei in gold pieces, the first Romanian coins with the effigy of Carol I.

  • The plans of the castle were made by the German architect, Johannes Schultz, who won King Carol’s sympathy with his German inspired neo-Renaissance architecture.

  • The first stage of the building was completed in 1883, requiring funds of approximately 6.5 million lei in gold (approximately 50 million dollars in today’s currency).

  • At the end of the 19th century, Peles Castle was one of the most modern European royal residences, being equipped with central heating, electricity and indoor elevator.

  • Peles hosted personalities of the time, musicians, writers, kings, queens, the most prominent visit being that of Franz Joseph, the Emperor of Austria-Hungary, in 1896.

  • In 1893, at Peles, Carol II was born, the first heir to the throne, born on Romanian soil. In 1921, at Foisor, a smaller building next to Peles, King Mihai I was born, and still in 1921, Peles hosted the wedding of Princess Ileana, one of Carol II’s sisters, a wedding that gathered many of the personalities of the time, among them, Nicolae Iorga.

  • Peles Castle was completed in 1914 and had 170 rooms and over 30 bathrooms.

  • Peles Castle hosted important meetings such as the Crown Councils of 1914 and 1925.

  • In 1948, Peles was confiscated by the communist regime and in 1953 turned into Museum open to the large public. The most important Halls to visit are: the Hall of Honour, the Royal Library, the Music Hall, the Armory, the Theatre Hall, the Concert Hall, the Imperial Apartment etc.

  • Peles is the second most wanted museum in our country, after Bran Castle, the number of annual visitors being impressive.

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