Since summer is almost here, a few hours closer to nature are always welcome. If you are in Bucharest and you fancy going out in the open, but a regular park doesn’t sound so interesting, or you do not want to further away from the city too much we suggest Mogosoaia Palace.
Mogosoaia is located about 15 kilometers further from downtown Bucharest and within easy reach, being an accessible spot even for those who have no personal car. A halt at the lake and a walk among the tall trees in a warm and sunny day, the beautifully attended walkways are a comfort for the soul and luckily picnics are allowed, so things can get even better.
Mogosoaia Palace was built by Constantin Brancoveanu and was completed at the beginning of the eighteenth century, on a piece of land that belonged to the wife of a boyard named Mogoş – hence the name of the assembly. Afterwards it was taken into custody by the Brancoveanu family for about 120 years, and then turned over to the Bibescu family. The palace is designed in a Renaissance style Romanian known as Brâncovenesc – an eclectic style that combines elements Renaissance, Baroque and Oriental.
You will be seduced from the beginning by the beautifully sculpted statues placed on one of the gates of the domain and the floral details on buildings that are absolutely fascinating.
The buildings are in very good condition, recently renovated, there is no advertising banner that affects the fairytale-like charm of the place. Alleys also integrate into the landscape and welcome you to discover every corner of the place.
Entrance to Mogoşoaia complex is free, you pay only if you want to visit the Museum of Art situated in one of the buildings.
St. George Church is right outside the complex, at the entrance. As you pass the gate, it appears in front of a wide, airy yard, inviting you to relax and step into the world of voivodes and dames of past times.
An exterior ladder will help you reach the gate tower, and from here you can admire the whole domain. The atmosphere has something of the simplicity of a monastery and exposes a discreet elegance.
Overall, that architecture of the ensemble is rather transparent, uncomplicated, but pleasant and harmonious: brick and romantic floral decorations or other plant motifs are predominant. The façade that faces the lake guards an Italian-style garden with clipped hedges that form a small maze and the steps leading to the water are guarded by two stone lions. On another side of the Palace there is a parcel full of colorful flowers and another one with purple irises, that make it look like a set from Kink Arthur’s tales.
An important side of the palace we have the Cuhnia, an archaic word signifying the Brancovenesc style kitchen; it was built between 1681 and 1702 and now hosts exhibitions and different events.
The guest house had been built by George Bibescu in 1870 on the site of a seventeenth-century mansion and it was restored by George Matei Cantacuzino between 1922-1930. Currently, there is a terrace where you can serve something.
Other impressive elements that make up the Mogoşoaia complex are greenhouses, ordered by Nicolae Bibescu at a workshop in Paris in 1890 and rebuilt in 2002; the Bibescu family vault, which is beautifully nestled between tall trees; and the ice supply, which in the past, blocks of ice from the lake Mogosoaia used to be kept under thatched.
The best time to visit this magnificent place is during the week, when the area is fairly quiet and there is hardly anyone around. On weekends when the weather is good, the place fills up, but the atmosphere is as delighting, it only depends on yourself If you like to be surrounded with crowds, or you prefer to stroll along and meditate without being disturbed.
Mogosoaia Palace organizes all kinds of events, concerts and festivals, the best known being MogoşoaiaClasic Fest.