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⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ peles castle
⠀⠀located between sinaia and busteni. this is not only a historical monument, but also a museum with a rich exposition. the internal "filling" is a mix of all possible styles: english, turkish, spanish-moorish, italian and german renaissance, french rococo. 160 rooms (30 of them are en-suite) have their own unique interior. the terraces surrounding the residence of the romanian monarchs and a magnificent park, which are made in the style of the italian renaissance, also deserve attention.
⠀⠀at the end of the 19th century romania became a kingdom uniting the three principalities - transylvania, wallachia and moldova. the german prince karol i of the hohenzollern dynasty was invited to rule the state. the sinai landscapes reminded him of his native germany so much that he decided to build a summer residence here. but the monarch wished that it was noticeably different from other european castles, was refined, original and comfortable. the demanding ruler rejected a number of projects before settling on the idea of a palace proposed by the architect johann schulz.
⠀⠀he planned to use a mixture of styles during the construction of the residence: take the german neo-renaissance as a basis, complement it with baroque and rococo features, harmoniously weave moorish motifs. the construction of the castle lasted for 40 years from 1873 to 1914 (including finishing work), but the result exceeded all expectations. about $ 120 million was spent on the project in total. peles castle served as a royal residence until 1947, and then the communists who came to power confiscated it, along with other royal property. in 1953 the museum was located in the complex and in 1975-1989 it was a closed territory intended for recreation and official meetings of the romanian ruler ceausescu.
⠀⠀since 1990 the palace has been open for tourists, and in 2008 it was returned to the former king of romania mihai i. after negotiations between him and the government, the latter bought peles for a tidy little sum of 30 million euros. nowadays, a museum is located here, and the building itself is considered to be a historical monument.