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The Romanian Atheneum is one of the most important cultural symbols of Romania. It was built in Bucharest more than 100 years ago (between 1886 a… Read More
The Romanian Atheneum is one of the most important cultural symbols of Romania. It was built in Bucharest more than 100 years ago (between 1886 and 1888). The project belongs to the french architect Albert Galleron who was assisted by Romanian architects and engineers -- Grigore Cherchez, Alexandru Orăscu, Constantin Băicoianu, Ion Mincu, Ion Socolescu. Part of the construction funds were raised by public subscription, under the slogan "Donate one Leu for the Atheneum". (Leu is the Romanian currency unit.) The building is used mostly for symphonic concerts as well as other cultural events. During time, the Atheneum witnessed also historical events, such as the conference of leading Romanians who voted to ratify the unification of Bessarabia, Transylvania, and Bukovina with the Romanian Old Kingdom to constitute Greater Romania. The statue in front of the Atheneum portrays the national poet Mihai Eminescu. Read Less
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