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BUCHAREST - The Romanian Athenaeum

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   In 1865, cultural and scientific personalities such as CONSTANTIN ESARCU, V. A. URECHIA, and NICOLAE CREŢULESCU founded the ROMANIAN ATHENEUM CULTURAL SOCIETY. To serve its purposes, the ROMANIAN ATHENAEUM, a building dedicated to art and science, would be erected in BUCHAREST.

   Inside, the ground floor hosts an ornate conference hall as large as the auditorium above; the auditorium seats 600 in the stalls and another 52 in loge seating.

   A 75-sqm long and 3-m wide fresco by COSTIN PETRESCU decorates the inside of the circular wall of the concert hall. Painted using the al fresco technique, the piece depicts the most important moments of ROMANIAN HISTORY, starting with the conquest of DACIA by Roman Emperor TRAJAN and ending with the realization of GREATER ROMANIA in 1918.
   Recognized as a symbol of Romanian culture, the building has been inscribed in 2007 on the list of the LABEL OF EUROPEAN HERITAGE sites (i.s.).


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