Sunday, March 13, 2011

TRIANON PALACE IN FLORESTI-PRAHOVA - Castelul din Floresti
















































































Sufletul Castelului Cantacuzino inca bantuie orasul.
Zidurile puternice apara fantomele fantanilor arteziene, salilor de bal, saloanelor - niciodata folosite .
Inceput pe la 1911 de Grigore Gheorghe Cantacuzino, castelul pare bantuit de un blestem .
Un proiect ambitios , o imitatie a vestitului Trianon, de la Versailles, Castelul zace azi parasit dupa ce cutremurul din ’40 , prapadul lasat in urma de rusi in al doilea razboi mondial, colectivizarea si furturile n-au reusit sa-l distruga complet.

Obiect de patrimoniu national (aflat in evidentele si grija autoritatilor statului) – ‘Micul Trianon’ isi ofera ranile cu o solemna demnitate , vizitatorilor rataciti in zona. Fatada - inca intacta prin nu stiu ce miracol – ascunde un dezastru interior. Ziduri prabusite, ornamente de piatra atarnate de fierul beton in ancadramente crapate, caramizi dislocate, gunoaie …
Mai exista speranta?
mai multe informatii despre castel : Metropotam , Teoalida


In the village of Floresti, in Prahova county, some 80 km north- east of Bucharest, the Cantacuzino family, a family with a long-standing history in Romania, built a palace called Le Petit Trianon-the Little Trianon. Conservative politician Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, nicknamed The Nabob for his immense fortune, started building the mansion in 1911, at the request of his niece, Alice. It was a palace like none before in Romania. As requested by Alice Cantacuzino, the mansion had 150 bedrooms, seven ballrooms, and a tree park of 150 hectares, with rare trees, aqueducts, hunting grounds, golf courses, and horse riding grounds. However, the mansion was never finished. In 1913, Gheorghe Cantacuzino died without seeing the palace to completion. In 1914, French, Italian and Greek builders had finished the exterior and were starting on the roof. The walls were built of thick brick coated with travertine. The objects to decorate the interior were stored in the basement, and were never set up. They were stolen along the years. After the death of the magnate, no one took care of the castle, and no one ever lived in it. Princess Alice left to live abroad, and her uncle’s gift, the Princess’ Palace, as it was known, went into oblivion, and still lies forgotten.


The Little Trianon in Floresti is nowadays gutted. The roof and interior compartments are no longer, but the outer walls still stand, almost intact. The interior walls are ruined, and the bricks that escaped the thieves are scattered on the floor. The effects of time, disrepair and vandalism were disastrous.
 It all started in world war one, when German troops stripped the roof of its copper sheet, took out the terracotta stoves, and furnishings.
Devastating events were to follow. In 1944, the Red Army took a few Ionic columns from the building. Then locals started breaking off the exterior Baroque, neo-Classical, and Renaissance decorations, decorating their stables and pigpens. As the stone was stolen, the building lost support. The earthquake of 1977 brought down the chimneys and some of the interior walls. During the communist regime, the building hosted a state farm, a dog training school, a military barracks.
The drama of Little Trianon is that is lies forgotten, in spite of promises made by the authorities. With a name like Trianon, it should have a better fate.


source : RRI

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48 comments:

Amelia & Mihai-Stefan CHIRCA said...

Foarte, foarte interesant!

Cătălin said...

Anul trecut arăta mai bine...

Olivier Jules said...

amazing shots here! well done

Joop Zand said...

Great shots with nice colors and beautiful light.....well done.

Greetings, Joop

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Love the treatments on these photos. What a sad story behind such beauty.

Roger Gauthier said...

What an extraordinary series, and many many many thanks for it. As much for this photographic gift to us as for this painful lesson in History.

I do not, cannot understand that such a treasure has been left to abandon, to go into oblivion in fact! The most tragic part of it all is that it is most probably too late, much too late to do anything about it. I cannot see how. And it fills me with a kind of despair for the people of Romania, for everybody in fact.

I knew nothing about this. Now I know.

Roger

shaman said...

E uimitor cum ne batem joc de patrimoniul national. Nice foto

se-cret said...

Ce trist că așa arată.De ce oare nu se poate îngriji puțin trecutul?Se rupe inima când vezi asemenea splendori în totală ruină!!!

MonsterSternchen said...

Hi! Great photos!

My project "365 Days of Monster" is over. I hope you continue to follow my new blog monstergraphie.blogspot.com

greets

Luis Gomez said...

Amazing photos! What a great place to photograph.

magda said...

What a shame such a wonderful building, jewelry aschitektonikis!
Always your photos, wonderful!!
Thanks for the tour
Good week

Amelia & Mihai-Stefan CHIRCA said...

Impresionant! O caracterizare pe care trebuia sa o mentionam in comentariul de azi-dimineata...

P.S. Puteţi să trimiteţi un mesaj/comentariu pentru Ruma, în Japonia?
Detalii pe http://chirca-aici-acum.blogspot.com/2011/03/japonia-calligraphy-in-landscape-ruma.html

Va mulţumim!

Brosu Constantin said...

Excelentă seria de fotografii!
Mă inspiră, îmi dă idei!
Felicitări!

cartim said...

Fotografiile sunt superbe dar ce acat ca statul nostru nu face nimic pentru refacerea acestui minunat palat cantacuzin.

Oare chiar nu le pasa?
Avem monumente unice si le lasam in paragina, si mai spunem ca se pune accent pe turism in Romania ??

Fram Actual said...

These ruins are a virtual feast for a photographer, Wind. One could wander there for days, even weeks, looking for unique angles and configurations, playing with the light and the shadows, posing people interacting with the surroundings. You have done a marvelous job revealing the beauty and the mystery that remains.

In one sense, it is a shame the palace ends this way. It could have been splendor unleashed. But, this way probably is for the best. Now, it stands as a monument to the decadence of mankind and a reminder that nothing and no one is forever on earth.

This is one more place I would like to visit some day.

The dog seems to have the legs of a wolf and the head of a bear. Fantastic.

smalldot said...

frumoase detalii

Leovi said...

Magnificent series of these romantic ruins with an excellent mix processed B / W. I love the framing, very poetic. I wish you a wonderful week!

muzeul virtual al apei ploiesti said...

Multumesc Daliana !...eram sigur ca vei fi si aci...incearca sa te abati de la DN 1, nu e departe, prin Buftea, la cladirea (conac, palat, castel ?) de la Manesti...nu vei regreta...Sarutmana !

ruma said...

I deeply thank for your warm heart and thoughts...

From Japan, ruma

fotolucian said...

Excelenta serie,cum de gasesti asemenea ruine??Felicitari,foarte bine lucrat.

Dumitru ( micky65 ) said...

E trist sa admiri ruinele Castelului Cantacuzino.Pacat! Fotografiile sunt superbe! Multumesc Daliana !
O saptamana minunata!

Jesus de Leon said...

Es una autentica pena lo de este Palacio. Buen documento el que nos muestras y bonitas y desoladoras fotos.

Un saludo

Windsmoke. said...

What a grand palace it would have been it's sad that it wasn't finished and abandoned by the family :-).

Traveling Hawk said...

Seria e minunata dar...imi vine sa plang! Ne vor judeca generatiile viiotare dar cui ii pasa?!

Vhincci Subia said...

The story behind this was interesting, so as the photos... Great architecture! I love it! I'm new here. I followed you back... Thank you for visiting my blog. Hope I can join your community on Rainbow... :)

Vhincci
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Anamaria said...

what a story, Daliana!It could inspire someone to make a movie about it.It's sad to see wasted resources, it's a pity. Good and interesting post, wonderful pictures, as always. Hugs from your brazilian friend Anamaria

Kaya said...

Wind, I would like to tell you that I am often silent but I am always present. As I said before you are my inspiration.

I looked at these beautiful buildings and thought how sad that people couldn't preserve them.

I love very much these images. I love colors and composition. And the way you see the things. This is a very special way.

Beautiful and powerful photography!

My warm wishes to you, Wind!!!!!!

Tammie Lee said...

It is so amazing to see such a wonderful place left to ruin! So many astonishing details. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos with us.

ρομπερτ said...

What an adventure this place looks to be.

Please have a good new week.

daily athens

T. Becque said...

Bravo! The colors and lighting are so peaceful, sometimes a contrast with the subject and in others a working relationship. Beautiful.

Ola said...

such a pity-a devastated beauty!

ANRAFERA said...

Excelente reportaje el que nos expones de éste, decadente Palacio. Una pena se encuentre en ésa situación. Bellas fotografías y estupendos sus procesados.
Que tengas una estupenda semana.
Cordial saludo.
Ramón

Bitch said...

What a sad story.
Such a amazing building.
Sometimes the life is telling us
that so many things are made in vain!!

Greetings
Monika

Lara @ Uproad said...

how sad. authorities don't care. maybe they are waiting that the final brick collapses so they can build a new residential area :(

Mr. Paparazzo said...

I can imagine how beautiful was this building!
Nice photo series!

nothingprofound said...

Magnificent shots! Truly illuminates the sad history and splendor of these ruins.

Ignacio Santana said...

Hola, Wind!!!...hacía algún tiempo que no podía visitarte...me alegra ver que sigues haciendo estupendas fotografías!!!

Felicidades por el buen trabajo realizado...un abrazo!!! ;)

Victor said...

într-un asemenea loc, până şi primăvara e tristă...
a fost frumos, a fost superb, dar pietrele acelea, dacă ar putea, ar plânge... e trist, e foarte trist...
săptămână bună să ai!

Bob Bushell said...

There is hope. Brilliant photography.

Gabriel Tora said...

extraordinare fotografiile...si locul !

SKIZO said...

Beautiful
thank you for sharing

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

A masterclass in composition and framing. It seems a shame that the building has had such a traumatic history that no-one can put a stop to it.

this too will pass said...

sad story, great pictures

robert said...

Fotografiile tale valoreaza mai mult decat acest obiect din patrimoniul national. Si pana la urma din ce este compus un patrimoniu national?

Macar este imprejmuit? Are paza, ceva?

ioan said...

Maine sau duminica, daca ai iar drum prin Prahova, recomand fostul conac "Matac" din Valea Calugareasca...sau poate noteaza-l pe agenda pentru cand va inverzi si inflori totul...cam prin luna mai...il cunoaste foarte putina lume, prietenii stiu de ce...e doar " pour les connaisseurs " !

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Anonymous said...

cata tristete in toate...
atata eleganta pe internet si-n frunte ... tot mizerille, ca paduchii. de ce nu-i altfel, nu pot si cred ca nici nu vreau sa stiu.

in fata a ce-am vazut pe pagina asta, ma-nclin.

Nancy_Blog said...

Frumoase fotografii....pacat de aceasta splendoare arhitecturala lasata in paragina, daca ar fi prima si ultima in asemenea situatie, dar......

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