The architectural jewels of Moldova, put up for sale
* Știrbey Palace in Darmăneşti, Casino in Slănic Moldova, CAstelit CantcousinGhiccup dGreek or Bogdan mansion, historical monument with tower from Gâdinţi commune are offered by the owners * the amounts are peppered, of course, but the buildings are impressive * most of them, three in number, are from Bacău county
Five of the North East Development Region’s finest historic buildings are up for sale by owner. The list opens with a famous building – the Casino in Slănic Moldova (Bacău county), the first built in Romania in the Art Nouveau style. The amount requested is commensurate with the beauty of the building with 18 rooms – 1.9 million euros. Built by Italian masons according to the plans of architects George Sterian, H. Rick and Nicolae Ghica-Budești, the casino was put into use in 1894, thus being the first casino in Romania. It was followed by the casinos in Vatra Dornei (1898), Constanța (1910) and Sinaia (1912). It is part of King Carol I’s strategy to develop Romanian resorts following the model of those famous abroad. Slănic Moldova was compared at the time with the more famous Karlovy Vary and Vichy, its mineral springs being awarded at international exhibitions in Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna. Also in Slănic Moldova, Vila Rica can be used, an emblem for the city. The building, built in Romanian medieval style, was, in 1944, the headquarters of Hans Friesnner, the commander of Army Group “Southern Ukraine”, and hosted many dialogues with Marshal Ion Antonescu on the subject of the penetration of Soviet troops into the front line. The sale price is 890,000 euros.
Those interested in purchasing a sumptuous property at their disposal or another – Știrbey Palace, from Dărmanestii Bacăului. The building with 59 rooms came into the possession of the families following the marriage of Prince Alexandru Știrbey with a descendant of the Ghica family. In the years 1863-1864, the prince built the mansion on the Buftea estate, family life unfolding between several residences – in the winter in Bucharest, in the spring at Buftea, and in the summer with relatives in Moldova, at the Comănești and Dărmănești estates. The residence was also the host of Queen Mary on several occasions, of which she said that “Darmanesti is everything I expect. A beautifully situated house and a superb garden designed with perfect taste and conception. It has something I’ve never seen before and it’s fantastic, huge swaths of flowers, almost like fields of garden mistletoe, hundreds and hundreds of flowers in huge clusters, absolutely gorgeous.“. The palace was renovated by the owner and is considered a unique gem of the Romanian built heritage. As for the price, the details can only be found by contacting Romanian Sotheby’s International Realty (agency specialized in the brokerage of luxury properties), through which it was put up for sale. Vila Rica is another building in Bacău that could change its owner
The first trading house of Botoșani, put up for sale
The Cantacuzino-Ghica Deleni Castle is also on the list, testimony of one of the oldest boyar courts of Moldova.
Cantacuzino-Ghica Deleni Castle (Iaşi County) is one of the most representative castles of Moldova, remodeled, like the palace from Dărmănești, according to the plans of the architect Nicolae Ghika-Budești. During the Second World War, for two years, Soviet troops were quartered in the Deleni castle. After nationalization, the building housed the Cultural Home of Deleni, later becoming a preventive medical unit, a destination it still has today. The price can only be found by contacting the bidder.
If you like Botoşani, you can buy one of its emblematic buildings – Casa Ankele, named after a famous Armenian family. Attracted by the growing sales market in the Romanian principality, Carol Ankele came to Botoșani where he created the first chamber of commerce in the town. The Armenian was the first importer of cars from Moldova, and on the ground floor of the house he opened the only car service in the region. The building can be bought for 550,000 euros. Also in Botoșani, a preliminary contract was made for the Alexandrescu Mansion in Guranda, built in neo-Romanian style, for which 300,000 euros are requested. All the buildings are home to famous stories and are an important tourist attraction that could bring great benefits to Moldova.
The mansion in Gâdinţi, estimated at 350,000 euros
And the Bogdan Mansion, a historical monument with a tower in Gâdinți commune, Neamț county, was put up for sale for the sum of 350,000 euros, he announces Romanian Sotheby’s International. The main body, a class B historical monument, representative of the local heritage, together with the ten annexes, extends over 1.75 hectares. The main building has a constructed area of 1,406 square meters.
The Bogdan mansion was built by the boyars Dimitrie and Georgeta Bogdan, who built between 1806 and 1812 the “Saint Dumitru” Church, inside which the two founders are buried. The Bogdan family was descended from an old boyar family from Moldova, known since the 16th century.
The Hospital for the mentally ill operated for several years in the manor. The heirs of the mansion, after coming into its possession, sold it to a Romanian natural person.
In May 2010, the mansion gave the impression of being abandoned, partially collapsed – as far as could be seen from the bell tower and over the rather high enclosure wall that separates it from the Orthodox church.
Today, the mansion can become an event space, private residence, clinic or luxury center for seniors. The Siret River is 400m away, the Gâdinți town hall 1.5 km away and the Roman municipality starts 5 km away..” – notes Romania Sotheby’s International Realty in the description of the mansion.Maura ANGHEL, Denisa PINTILIE
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