Cantacuzino Castle

The Cantacuzino Castle, located in Bușteni, was built in the year of 1911, in a park owned by the prince Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, also known as ‘Nababu’ (tr.n. the nabob), due to its impressive fortune. 

The castle is surrounded by waterfalls, caves and fountains and it is placed among the first class castles from Romania, in terms of architecture. 

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With an impressive size, the Cantacuzino castle is compared with other edifices built in a neobrâncovenesc style, like the Patriarchal Palace, the Peleș complex from Sinaia and the one from Cotroceni. The decorative repertoire, inside the castle, composed of a polychrome moulding, ornamental and figurative paintings, stained glass, carved woodwork, coffered ceilings, carved stone balustrades with wrought iron or wood, floor with decorative tiles and marquetry parquet, gives the ambiance a well-defined romantic character, even if the structure of the interior columns and thecarved door headboards are a reminiscence of the brâncovenesc decorative repertoire. The stained glasses, the balustrades, the pavilion’s stairs and the ceilings with exposed beams, some painted, some not, are a reminiscence of the romantic decorative repertoire.

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This repertoire is nothing else but a clear evidence of the uniqueness of the edifice. The blazon of the Cantacuzino family and the blazons of the families related to it, painted in the reception hall, among the fresco of the most illustrious members of the Cantacuzino line of noblemen, highlight the uniqueness of the castle.

The complex is in full coordination with the ample landscaping, terraces and sustaining walls, ramps and stairs with stone railings, which, in addition to the perfect functionality, integrate the volumes in the mountain area.

Moreover, the complex is located in an area scientifically proven to be an important power pole.

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On the terrace located in front of the castle, with a view of the Bucegi Mountains, tourists can enjoy a coffee at the Nababu Café, just like Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino and the select society of the time did many years ago.


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