The sunny afternoons in November, surprised me in a fairytale place, just 15 kilometers away from the center of Bucharest. Here, history stops time, beauty has another meaning, and autumn colours slowly roll into the multicolored carpet made by the leaves, that contrasts with the walls of the buildings.
Mogoşoaia Palace is not only an important touristic attraction but a historical monument with an exceptional architecture. Mogosoaia is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
You can enter to visit the palace for free, you will only pay if you want to visit the Brâncoveanu Art Museum. The entire complex is built in a Renaissance style, combining Venetian and Ottoman elements, consisting from the palace itself, the inner courtyard, the Tower of the Gate, Cuhnia ( the old kitchen), Elchingen Villa (the old guest house transformed into a restaurant), the glacier, the family grave and the flower garden.
After passing through the gigantic gates of exceptional beauty, you will see outside the walls, the Church of St. George, the orchard and the outdoor gardens.
The interior staircase helps you capture fairytale landscapes, climbing into the gate tower. From here, you can capture the whole area through the lenses of your camera.
What you can do to the Palace?
Visit the permanent and seasonal exhibitions, take a walk in the gardens of the Palace, admire the view among the linden trees and conifers or enjoy a coffee on the terrace of the Mogosoaia Palace restaurant, which is built in the old guest house (Elchingen Villa).
I have admired the simplicity, the elegance of the location and in the same time its mystery. The brick, the floral motifs of the architecture of the whole complex, sent me to think about the old-time stories. The guest house was built by Gheorghe Bibescu and restored between 1922 and 1930 by Matei Cantacuzino.
To get to walk through the gardens, you will have to go through some huge gates to reach the lake. The statues and motifs of the gate have the same architecture as the complex.
I would have loved to live those times, to know the beginnings or the history. Every alley here makes you go back in the past. Mogoşoaia Palace was redeemed by the prince Ştefan Cantacuzino and later returned to his nephew, Constantin Brâncoveanu. He then remained in the possession of the family until the beginning of the nineteenth century.
The palace was renovated between 1860 and 1880 by Bibescu family. After the death of Grigore Brâncoveanu, the palace remained the heritage of his adoptive daughter, Zoe Mavrocordat, who later married Gheorghe Bibescu.
During the Second World War, the palace was a diplomatic meeting place.
Mogosoaia is a place full of history and culture, I invite you to discover its beauty, not far away from Bucharest. It’s a perfect destination at the end of autumn, because the most wonderful stories are written or rewritten for the fall again.
Be a Fairytale Traveller! See you soon. 🙂