Pelisor Castle, Sinaia’s sophisticated jewel

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Pelisor is a small palace built on the same domain as Peles Castle in Sinaia, Prahova Valley. Pelisor Castle, also called Pelisor Palace or Little Peles was built for the Romanian Royal Family and was an important royal house in the early 20th century. The palace was erected between 1899 and 1903 by the order of King Carol I, who wanted a home for his nephew, the King to-be, Ferdinand. It is located near the much larger, Peles Castle.

Unlike Peles Castle, Pelisor is a much smaller one, having 99 beautiful decorated and furnished rooms. Most of these rooms impress by their refinement and elegance. Decorations were chosen by Queen Maria with the help of the Viennese artist Ludwig Bernhardt. It was built by the Czech architect Karel Liman between 1899 and 1902, the same architect who has contributed to the construction of the Peles Castle, between 1893 and 1914.

Pelisor was designed in the Art Nouveau style; the furniture and the interior decorations were designed mostly by the Viennese Bernhard Ludwig.

The Castle was built on King Carol I’s wish, as a summer residence for Prince Ferdinand and Maria starting 1903. Ferdinand and Maria’s children Carol (later King Carol II), Marioara (Queen of Yugoslavia), Elizabeth (Queen of Greece) and Nicholas grew up here.

The main rooms of the Pelisor Castle are:

Hall of Honor, refined by its simplicity, decorated with oak-wood cassetons and stained glass ceiling, specific architectural element for the 1900s.

King Ferdinand’s solemn study resembles the German Neo-Renaissance from Peles made of walnut, plated with three carved panels illustrating Peles, Pelisor and Foisor Castles.

The Golden bedroom is furnished with pieces made in 1909 at the Arts and Crafts Workshops in Sinaia (school founded by the king), according to the queen’ plans and drawings.

Queen Mary’s study, adorned with columns made in Brancoveanu style and a fireplace specific for Romanian interiors, also includes furniture designed by the queen.

The Golden Room, the pivot room of the palace, is very special as decoration. Gilded stucco walls bear thistle leaves, a motif very special to the queen as it was the emblem of Nancy, capital of Art Nouveau, but also linked to Scotland, Mary’s birthplace. The furniture, decorated with Celtic and Byzantine elements is also highlighted by the Celtic cross-shaped skylight on the ceiling.

Opening hours at Pelisor Castle:

Summer (15 May – 15 September): Monday closed, Tuesday 11.00 – 17.00, Wednesday – Sunday 09.00 – 17.00

Winter (16 September – 14 May): Monday, Tuesday – closed, Wednesday 11.00 – 17.00, Thursday – Sunday 09.00 – 17.00

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