Peles Castle residence of the kings, Sinaia, Romania – info / history
The Peles Castle was the residence of the Romanian kings. Is a castle located in Sinaia. Now the castle become an museum and can be visited by the tourists.
According to wikipedia.org
“Peles Castle in Sinaia, the summer residence of the kings of Romania, was built at the wish of King Carol I of Romania (1866 – 1914), by architect Johannes Schultz, Carol Benesch and Karel Liman, and was decorated by famous decorators JD Heymann Hamburg, August Bembe from Mainz and Bernhard Ludwig from Vienna.
Peles Castle is one of the most important historic buildings in Romania type having unique character and is, by its historical and artistic value, one of the most important monuments of its kind in Europe from the second half of the nineteenth century.
Prince Charles, elected prince of Romania in 1866, first time visitors to Sinaia in August of that year, remaining enchanted by the beauty of these places. At that time, Sinai was a small mountain village called Neagului Bridge / (Romanian) Podul Neagului. The King decide to build a castle in a secluded and picturesque place called: Piatra Arsa. A few years later, in 1872, he bought the land (1000 acres) and work began in 1873 under the leadership of architects Johannes Schultz and Karel Liman Carol Benesch. First, workers have struggled to master the whimsical elements of nature, such as underground water courses or landslides.
In 1883 it takes place the official inauguration of Peles, which the King saw as a “headquarters” of the new dynasty. And its location in the Prahova Valley was not accidental. Not far away, in Predeal, Romania was then the Austro-Hungarian border. But later on, after the unification of Transylvania with the Old Kingdom, the castle came to be in the very heart of the country.
Castle has hosted many personalities of the time, writers, musicians, and kings and queens. The most important visit was that of the old Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph, in 1896. It made a lot of photos on that occasion, was impressed by the beauty and richness of the castle. In 1906 expect another visit to the king on the occasion of the 40 year reign of King Charles I. On this occasion the castle was arranged imperial suite, but Franz Joseph’s visit never took place.
Besides the castle were built castle the little Peles, the Guards Corps, Economatul, House Hunting Arbour, the Hunting House, the Stables, the Power Plants and Villa Şipot. By the end of the castle (1883), King Carol I and Queen Elizabeth, lived at the lodge, go before the castle to be finished. Because of its electrical plant, Peles castle was first electrified castle in Europe.”