Just 15km from Bucharest, in a charming natural setting, on the banks of one of the lakes the meandering Colentina river brings forth in the northern part of the city, there stands an essential landmark of the Romanian art and culture, the Mogosoaia summer residence of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu (1688-1714).
During his long reign, Brancoveanu, a highly cultivated humanist and owner of a fabulous fortune, managed to associate his name to an unprecedented art renewal that assimilated the local and Byzantine-Ottoman tradition, the late Italian Renaissance and the “efflorescence of the Baroque”, giving birth to an original and magnificent style which was to become a turning point in the Romanian art history.
Completed in 1702, Mogosoaia Palace is the best preserved of the several residences Prince Brancoveanu erected. In the period between the two World Wars the palace was fortunately saved from ruin and restored by Princess Martha Bibescu, a legendary character in the fashionable, cultural and political European circles of the time. Today, the interior of the palace is arranged as a museum, whose remarkable exhibits try to restore the atmosphere of the different historical periods following the Brancoveanu’s death to present.