Sutu Palace – History Museum of Bucharest
Right in the heart of Bucharest, in the University Square, sits a much overlooked museum, despite its location in the very center of the city. This museum lies in a building made (between 1833-1834) by the wealthy merchant Sutu in a very elegant Neo-Gothic style. It is among the oldest boyar palaces still standing in Bucharest. The Sutu family, of Greek origins, gave Princes to both Wallachia and Moldavia. The luxury of Sutu Palace became legendary and was acknowledged and admired by the entire elite of the time. It was said that it was the only place which rivaled the luxury of The Royal Palace.
The highlight is probably the selection of maps of Bucharest through the ages, while there is also an original log from the Podul Mogosoaia: the forerunner of Calea Victoriei, in the days when the street was paved with logs. The exhibition is well captioned in Romanian and English, and while small an enjoyable hour can be spent here. You will leave feeling as though you want more, however.
The stunning central hall has a monumental staircase that splits into two wings, between which lies a superb large mirror brought from Venice. The interior decorations are the original ones, and were realized by the Romanian sculptor and decorator of German origin Karl Storck. Apart from its splendor, the palace attracts by housing the highly interesting exhibits of the History Museum of the City of Bucharest, among which the document issued by Prince Vlad III Dracula (Vlad Tepes “The Impaler” himself, identified by many with Count Dracula, Bram Stoker’s famous character) on September 20th 1459, mentioning for the first time Bucharest as a Princely residence.