The story of the Mogoşoaia Palace, the jewel that dazzled Europe

There was as soon as a palace, named after the locality the place it was situated, Mogoşoaia. A magnificence… And I stated all of it with only one phrase. An entire Europe marveled on the location, the place, the structure, the furnishings, the work, every part.

It was a gem within the truest sense of the phrase. He did it, within the palace, I say, when Brâncoveanu reigned. Martha Bibescu redid it when she acquired it as a present. It was claimed, 12 years in the past, by her descendants.

Ascension and decline

Just lately, some younger folks captivated with magnificence, historical past, artwork, who’re additionally very near me, made a visit to Mogoşoaia. To seek out out extra about his existence by way of time. Because the little one from the first courses is aware of, the palace was constructed by Constantin Brâncoveanu, within the very candy Brâncovean model, for certainly one of his sons.

Brâncovean favored what got here out after the development, as a result of, throughout his life, this palace was certainly one of his dearest residences. He had purchased the place, with a number of homes, from the widow of the Mogoş nobleman.

Earlier than erecting the majestic palace and earlier than being the lord of the nation, Brâncoveanu, together with his girl, erected, as any ruler did, a church. And when misfortune befell his household, all of them died within the Edicule jail, the palace marvel was ravaged and became an inn.

Mogosoaia Palace

When he returns from exile, the Brâncovean household – what’s left of it – will get the area again. Solely later, over 100 or so years, the ruler Gheorghe Bibescu, husband of Zoe Mavrocordat, who grew to become inheritor to the palace, started to renovate the buildings.

One thing that his descendants proceed to do, increasing, over time, the palace, the gardens, the area. From Marie Nicole Bibescu, daughter of Niculae Bibescu, in 1912, in a slightly superior state of decay, Prince George Bibescu would purchase part of the attractive property. It’s the second when he provides it as a present to Marthe, his spouse.

A really massive a part of the rise and recognition loved by the edifice is linked to the title of this Palace. The attractive, good and erudite Martha Bibescu begins to renovate and broaden the palace and the park by the lake, spending a fortune on these items. A ebook could possibly be written about her efforts alone to make the place great.

A lot later, the legionnaires come and set their sights on the sector. The communists did not prefer it both. However Martha, who fought like a lioness, manages to acquire the title of historic monument and thus saves the palace. Solely 4 years, although. In 1949, all the area from Mogoşoaia grew to become the property of the State.

From right here, nonetheless, a big a part of what Martha had left was stolen and destroyed. It’s stated that, for days on finish, vans filled with every part left the property. As soon as within the fingers of the communists, the palace turns into, over time, a artistic home for writers. One of many favorites was Marin Preda, who wrote, amongst different issues, the well-known novel “Cel mai iubat dint pămăteni”.

Lenin and Petru Groza

And, as if to say, in a joke, after the Revolution, statues of some communist leaders, collected from Bucharest, have been delivered to Mogoşoaia, to the palace of Brâncovean and Marthe: Petru Groza and Vladimir Ilici Lenin! Maybe, if the one who took them down together with his personal crane, in whole contempt for the communists, Gheorghe Gavrilescu, had not dedicated suicide 4 years later, he would have continued to take care of the destiny of the statues. Could also be…

It is simply that no one cared about them for a very long time. Overturned face down, the 2 monuments appeared to chunk, in jerking ache and defeat, the soil of Mogoşoaia. From their dreamless sleep, they have been usually solely disturbed by scrap steel thieves. An arm, a leg, a finger, every part that could possibly be minimize from the statues meant some cash for them.

The guards, folks with none extraordinary energy, have been no match for the Roma, who got here geared up with a flex, a chisel and a firecracker to tear a little bit of iron from the statues. The Ministry of Tradition was liable for the situation of the 2 big our bodies – corpses of a bygone period – however it had forgotten about them.

As with others… As with every part… And, for about 20 years, these statues stood within the courtyard of the Mogoșoaia Palace. In fact, they too with their story. About which, maybe, we’ll discuss one other time. Sooner or later, they left the palace premises. However the episode remained. Like a seal on the brow of the Brâncovean building.

Mogosoaia Palace
Mogosoaia Palace

The inheritors

In 2010, Christopher John Ghika, a British citizen, along with Jeanne Valentine Louise Ghika-Comăneşti, filed an motion to assert the palace on the Bucharest Court docket. The 2, represented in court docket by the previous Minister of Justice, Valeriu Stoica, confirmed that they’re Marthea’s heirs and that they’ve possession rights over all the area.

They acknowledged that the expropriation was carried out illegally and that, actually, the state has no proper over the property. So far as I do know, there was no additional speak about retrocession. Probably, the 2 acquired greater than ten million euros from the Romanian State.

Jean Valentine Louise Ghika and Christopher John Ghika are the youngsters of John Nicholas Ghika, son of Prince Dimitry Ghika Comănești (Dede Ghica), husband of Marthea Bibescu’s daughter.

Heiress Valentina Ghika-Comănești is the one daughter of Marthea Bibescu, who died in 1973. She was married to Prince Dimitry Ghika Comănești, who after her loss of life remained inheritor.

Marthea Bibescu’s descendants submitted a collection of paperwork to the court docket, together with translations of the inheritor’s certificates and several other minutes detailing what surfaces, actual property and objects have been on the area when the state took it over.

Presently, the park, the orchard and the greenhouses across the Mogoşoaia Palace are beneath the administration of the Palatele Brâncoveneşti Tradition Middle.

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