Sinaia Sightseeings

Sinaia is more than just a resort, it is history.The city is officially documented first time around year 1200. Its position, on the valley that connects Muntenia (the southern part of Romania) with Transylvania, made of Sinaia one important village from old times. The city's orthodox church is the oldest proof and one of the interesting places to visit.

George Enescu Memorial House - George Enescuís connection with the Royal House of Romania started in 1898, following the success of The Romanian Poem Enescu's first opus, which ended with the Royal Anthem. The artist benefited from the support of Queen Elisabeta, also known as Carmen Sylva - her pseudonym as an artist. The queen, acknowledging the talent of the young musician, offered him a room, at his disposal, in the Peles Castle, a place where he could study. Also, Enescu was often invited by the queen to play in recitals at the Palace. At the entrance of the villa there is a marble bust of George Enescu, made by the Romanian sculptor Ion Irimescu who was fascinated with the personality of the musician. The upper floor rooms are large and comfortable, the furniture and the decoration expressing refinement and inspiration. The Romanian traditional style, the oriental style and the Bidermayer style are harmoniously and originally reunited, in the ornamental elements and in the pieces of furniture. Many valuable objects in crystal, china, metal and ceramics bring glamour to the interiors. The attic floor was added by the architect Radu Dudescu, in order to bring equilibrium to the tour's verticality within the villa's ensemble. In the two rooms documentary material on the life and work of the musician is exhibited.

Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls. The furniture in the Music Room is carved of teak, a gift to King Carol I from the Maharajah of Kapurtala in India, while handmade silk embroideries adorn the ceiling and walls of the Turkish Salon. The ceiling paintings and decorative frescoes in the Theater Hall were designed by the renowned Austrian artists Gustav Klimt and Frantz Matsch. King Ferdinand, who succeeded Carol I, commissioned the smaller, art nouveau-style Pelisor Castle nearby. Pelisor's 70 rooms feature a unique collection of turn-of-the century Viennese furniture and Tiffany and Lalique glassware. Also worth exploring in town is Sinaia Monastery, founded by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino in 1695, and named after the great Sinai Monastery on Mount Sinai. The monastery served as the residence of the royal family until Peles Castle was built, and now is home to a monastic establishment.