Romanian state wants to buy Peles Castle, Minister of Culture says

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Minister of Culture Vales-Daniel Breaz said on Thursday that the Romanian state is ready to buy the Peles Castle, but it depends on the amount requested by the Royal House. The discussion was brought up in the context in which the rental agreement expires at the end of the month.

“We will negotiate again with the Royal House, as on June 30 the rental agreement expires, we’ll extend the contract, maybe we receive a sales offer from the Royal House. (…) First of all we’ll speak about the rental offer, to extend the contract, it is normal that the museum stays open, the works of art to be visited,” Minister Breaz said during a press conference, realitatea.net reports.

He stressed that the Romanian state’s offer is to buy Peles Castle.

‘The Romanian state’s offer, of the Romanian Government, is to buy Peles Castle. The offer and the financial proposal should come from the Royal House, secondly the Royal House should have the availability to sell the castle,” the minister added.

The Romanian state made an offer to the Royal House, in 2010, with the amount of EUR 30 million, but the transaction was not concluded. Currently, the state pays RON 72,000 as rent.

The offer was made also in February 2019 by the Ministry of Culture.

Currently, the Government has taken the castle under rent for RON 2 per square metre, money taxed by ANAF. Overall this means RON 6,000 per month.

Peles Castle is second after Bran Castle in terms of visits from the tourists.

Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was constructed for King Carol I.

The complex is composed of three monuments: Peleș Castle, Pelișor Castle, and the Foișor Hunting Lodge, according to Wikipedia.org.

Artists like George Enescu, Sarah Bernhardt, Jacques Thibaud and Vasile Alecsandri visited often as guests of Queen Elizabeth of Romania (herself a writer also known under the pen name of Carmen Sylva). In more recent times, many foreign dignitaries such as Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Muammar al-Gaddafi, and Yasser Arafat were welcomed at the castle.

A personal property of the Royal Family from the beginning, Peleș Castle was nationalized after King Michael abdicated and left the country following an agreement with the government dominated by communists in 1947. In 1997 the castle was returned to the Royal Family after a long judicial case that has been finalised in 2007. However, the former king expressed his desire that the castle should continue to shelter the Peleș National Museum, as well as being occasionally used for public ceremonies organised by the Royal Family.

On May 10, 2016, on the occasion of Romania’s Independence Day marking 150 years of existence of the Romanian Royal Dynasty, the personal standard of Princess Margareta was flown on Peleș Castle, for the first time since 1947.

 

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