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Today the Orthodox Patriarchy Palace, former Assembly of Deputies or during communism era Great Popular Assembly.
The Orthodox Patriarchy in Bucharest is built on a small hill in the center of the town, near the River Dāmboviţa. In the past, even not very high, named the Patriarchy (or in the past, the Metropolitan) hill. At origins was called the "wine growers hill", all the hill was covered with vineyards, having on the top a small wooden hermitage. After 1658 was built a brick monastery called " the vineyard monastery" who became in 1660 the main church of the Orthodox Wallachian Metropolitan. The church was in the middle of a courtyard, the monastery was composed as a small fortress, with a Priory much developed. As the Metropolitan bishop of Wallachia was in the XIX century the leader of the National Assembly, named still after the old Ottoman influence "Divan" (divan = sofa, as the were not seats but sofas in the Oriental mode), the works of the National Assembly were hold in the Priory of the Metropolitan monastery (in Orthodoxy all bishop churches are monasteries). In the late XIX century this Priory was changed into a more specific building for an assembly, and at the beginning of the XX century was decided the built of a new ensemble more monumental, for the both structures, the Parliament and the Metropolitan church. Only the old monastery buildings were demolished, by fortune the church escaped to this project. The new Assembly of Deputies Palace was built on the southern slopes of the hill, with some very nice and monumental stairs, and a big auditorium -900 seats- the roof having a big skylight. Romanian architect Dimitrie Maimarolu, between 1906-1908 was in charge of the project, in the French Neo classic style, and as engineer was Gogu Constantinescu a great pioneer of the reinforced concrete (he built also the Carol I mosque in Constanţa, previously presented last months here) This building was the first reinforced concrete building done in Romania. But in the huge quake from November 1940 (7.8 oh Richter scale) the dome collapsed. Became after 1947, under the communist regime the headquarters of a decorative institution - the Great People Assembly - the real power had its headquarters under the roofs of the Romanian Communist Party
After 1990, the Senate and Deputies Chamber were moved to the huge Ceausescu's building called "the People House - second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. So, as at origins was the land and edifice of the Romanian Church, the government has gave the right to use to the Orthodox Patriarchy in 1997, and in 2010 had gave completely ownership to the Church.. Becoming the Church property allowed me to take pictures, when being the Parliament, was so difficult to take shots.

A special thank to Nezih (nonur) and Ray (rayme330) for their so appreciated awards. As you could see, had a lot of things to do and cannot spend but only 15 minutes on this site - put my pictures, write the text, vote some of your pictures if had time, and went out.

Tags: Church Palace Architecture Romania Orthodox Bucharest Patriarchy

Voters: Jat_Riski, Eastlands, MileJanjic and 21 more


26 Mar 2015 7:08PM
You've certainly been busy here, a super set displaying fine architecture.
gss 7 1 Romania
26 Mar 2015 7:27PM
For interiors scroll down this official page and you'll find a lot of interior thumbnails (click to enlarge)
26 Mar 2015 8:03PM

Quote:You've certainly been busy here, a super set displaying fine architecture.

Exactly what I think Silviu. Cathy
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2015 9:22PM
A terrific set and especially love V16.
rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2015 8:31AM
Another mammoth and spectacular series, of architectural shots, Silviu. Plus, of course, the comprehensive write up.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2015 12:21PM
I love the view point in V1.
Another great iconic set...
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
27 Mar 2015 12:34PM
Excellent documentation.
V2 is such a powerful composition, and I also like the tones of v3.
Very fine work.
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
28 Mar 2015 6:23AM
Lovely set of good photographs of this monumental structure, Silviu. Thank you for the link. The interior views show how magnificent it is inside as well as outside. Good job, my friend.
helenlinda Plus
13 367 22 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2015 1:35PM
Snap - the same pov
Yes, I see what you mean SmileSmileSmile
Great collection here and v2 and v3 are my favourites
21 beautiful photo with lovely colours and great attention to detail, excellent photography, SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
I have looked at all your photos they are fantastic, SmileSmile

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