The Cantacuzino Castle

castel-cantacuzinoRomania is a beautiful country. But most of all complete. It includes all the landforms, plus some natural jewellery, such as The Carpathians, The Black Sea and The Danube Delta. And besides these riches destined by the universe, there are more out there shining, forged by human hands.

Such an architectural pearl dwells in a mountain town, dear to the Romanians in every season. The Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni embellishes the place since 1911 up to the present, having been built under the guidance of the architect Grigore Cerchez at the demand of the ex prime minister of Romania, Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino. The building that nowadays houses a museum has been for a while in the possession of the Cantacuzino family, becoming after 1948 a sanatorium of the Ministry of the Interior. It carries historical, documentary, and artistic value, impressing with a neoromanian architecture which ennobles the territory of our country.

Formed of 4 corps, the castle includes a central pavilion with semi-basement, ground floor and first floor, and a service pavilion, both having concrete foundation, walls of carved stone and tile roof. The other two corps are made up of an administrative villa with one floor, and of a chapel.

Arriving in the aria of Zamora in Busteni, any visitor may bathe his eyes in the historical beauty of the place. Like a glade in a forest, arises on a surface of 3148 square meters the building whose walls made of stone and brick are imprinted with a special charm. The castle is crowned by a park with beautiful alleys which guide the steps to cascades, artesian fountains, and other restful beauties detached from heaven. They make up a prelude of the eyes that are to be stolen by the Romanism of the inner decor, which comprises stained glass, consoles, bronze fittings, ceilings with painted beams, polychrome mosaics, fireplaces with white stone, and other beautiful ornamental objects. The cultural value is increased by the heraldic collection housed in the reception hall, being a unique element in Romania. This represents both mural portraits of the Wallachian members of the Cantacuzino family and the escutcheons of the noble families akin by alliance with the Cantacuzino.

A peril of passing into oblivion of the artistic value has threatened the castle in the period when it served as a sanatorium, its walls being uniformly painted. After the retrocession the original paintings have went through a restoration process, being beautifully displayed today for the delight of the visitors.  Thus reigns in the present a Romanian rich forged by men, fraught with many cultural values which stay proof of the undeniable beauty of our country.

Gabriela Tăbăcaru