If asked to name a famous Romanian castle, the first to think about would be the Dracula’s castle, right? But another great place is hidden in the Carpathians, and its beauty is way above the average. Kings and queens once spent a fortune to enjoy their living here in a more comfortable way than any other European royalty at their time.
This is Peles Castle, the former home of Romania’s royal family. Since I presume you’ve hardly knew about it, I’ll help you discover this Romanian treasure, whose story you can easily find it HERE.
Look at these 40 pictures that prove that Peles Castle is a hidden gem that more people overseas should explore!
No, This is not Germany nor Italy!
This type of architecture is usually seen in Germany.
But this is not Germany.
If you’ve ever been in Italy, then you probably saw this type of mural painting before:
Well, this is not Italy, but the inner court of Peles Castle in the Carpathians. This is one of the areas that tourists are allowed to visit free of charge.
The Honor Hall
Let’s enter the castle! This is the Honor Hall, where you see a lot of carved wood panels and sculptures, and also a huge stained glass that works as a mobile ceiling. This was one of the most advanced facilities that one castle had at the time.
And here comes more carved wood. I don’t know about you, but I love the stairs and the balcony…
The Grand Armory
There are a few thousand arms and armories that the King Carol I of Romania had in his collection, which was one of the biggest collections of this type in Europe. Only a small part is shown in the Grand Armory room of the castle, and the ones that I loved the most were from Middle East.
This room reminded me that carved wood easily turns into a form of art. Just look at these masterpieces!
This one is my favorite. I love the wooden furniture and the sofas, the paintings, the colors, the fabrics, everything.
The Florentine Room
This is a place to study step by step. First, take a deep breath near the bronze entrance, and count the angels on the door. Then take one more step and look up. Don’t stare too much at the golden ceiling, you still have a lot of things to see before leaving the room! The black rosewood closet is one of them.
A few more steps and stop again! Do you see the Venice mirror on the wall? Stand in front of it and look again into the crystal surface: the painting that covers the ceiling will be revealed, and there is no better place to admire it. One step further you stop again, because the Murano chandelier is above you and requires your attention.
You’d like to stay more but the next room is waiting in white marble. Once you entered, look on the right to see how the royal family was dining in style in their lovely wooden dining room.
The Oriental Rooms
I love Oriental culture and I was happy to see that Romanian royal family loved it too.
…for a Romanian tourist, next thing to do after leaving Peles is planning his next trip back.
You should also take into account a trip to Peles if you ever come by. Here are some info about tickets and working hours, in case you plan to visit, and remember that the most expensive ticket costs less than $5.
So, what do you think about it? Would you pay a visit if spending your holiday in Europe?
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