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Ilfov

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  • Day28

    Snagov Monastry

    July 7, 2016 in Romania

    Today we went on a country side tour to Snagov Monastery where Vlad the Impaler is meant to be buried.

    The monastery is on a tiny island in a lake just outside of Bucharest, which local tradition states is the burial place of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.


    Originally founded in the 14th century and later excavated in 1933, the monastery is a seemingly simple place of worship taking advantage of the calm its water-locked isolation brings. However, the story goes that after his notoriously cruel lifetime, Vlad Tepes III was buried in the church as per his request prior to his death. A number of archaeologist's and historians have worked to verify whether this tale is fact or simple tale and none have been able to prove that the dictator was ever laid to rest on the island. After having dug up some of the site’s burial stones all that was found were a mix of horse and human bones, but nothing that confirms the possible Dracula’s interment.

    Most historians now believe that the Prince of Wallachia was buried in a monastery in the Comana area, but this has not stopped the locals from spreading the myth.

    A footbridge has been built to the island and visitors are encouraged to stop by the Snagov Monastery and view the supposed grave.
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    Mogosoaia Palace

    July 7, 2016 in Romania

    Back in the bus and off to Mogosoaia Palace.

    Mogosoaia Palace has a history that goes back more than 300 years, part of the lives of some of the greatest families in the history of Southern Romania, the palace and its vast gardens are beautiful.

    The story of Mogosoaia Palace begins before it was built, in 1680, when a rich aristocrat, Constantin Brancoveanu, bought the large property in order to build a residence for his second son, Stefan. The palace was completed by 1702 when Constantin Brancoveanu was already the prince of Southern Romania.

    Extremely important in terms of political, economic, but especially cultural development, the rule of Constantin Brancoveanu ended tragically in 1714 when he was executed together with his four sons by the order of the Ottoman sultan. His legacy is astonishing even if today only a few of the many churches, monasteries and palaces built during his time are still standing.

    Soon after the beheading of the prince, the palace of Mogoaia, with its luxurious decorations and interior painted walls, was devastated and robbed by the Ottoman armies. Regained only many years later by the widow of the prince, Mogosoaia Palace was just a ruin, and continued to be attacked even in the following years by the Ottoman Empire. Through a dramatic matrimonial alliance, the palace eventually went into the property of another noble family, Bibescu.

    Martha Bibescu, a rich aristocrat and talented writer, received Mogosoaia Palace as a gift from her husband the renovation works actually began. This long and complicated process started before the First World War and ended only in 1935, although Martha Bibescu started living in the palace a few years before, transforming it into one of the trendiest aristocratic residencies from this part of Europe.

    Faithful to the original plans of the palace and invested with all the importance of her ancestors, Martha Bibescu was the one who transformed a ruin into a veritable work of art of the Brancovenesc style, an architectural theme developed centuries before by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu.

    An original combination of local, Byzantine, Italian and Baroque elements, this architectural style is very elegant and well-balanced, using rich decorations for its rock carved columns and porches. The renovation process led by the young architect emphasized perfectly the features of this architectural legacy, making the palace again one of the highlights of the Brancovenesc style.

    As all private property in Romania, the palace was confiscated in 1948 by the communist authorities, and Martha Bibescu was forced to leave the country. The palace functioned as a museum ever since. The basement is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the demolished Vacaresti Monastery, the former kitchen and the ice house.
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