Cantacuzino Palace can be found on Victory Avenue in the center of the city, very close to the Victory Square. It was built in 1903 in French Baroque style and it’s one of the most beautiful buildings in the city; it has been a European Heritage Label monument since 2007. Currently, it houses the GEORGE ENESCU National Museum.
I like this palace the most because of its story, one that is closely connected to the life story of a beautiful Romanian woman, Maria Rosetti-Tescanu (aka Maruca Cantacuzino). She was born in a Moldavian boyar family, Rosetti-Tescanu, and married the heir of the richest family of the time, Mihai Cantacuzino. After his death in 1929, Maria inherited the palace and in 1939 she married George Enescu, regarded as Romania’s most important musician and lived together until the end. They used the palace as their home and later it was transformed into the museum we have today. The original Tescanu mansion (near Bacau) was also converted to a George Enescu Museum.
The museum has two parts. I like them both, for different reasons. The first one is the actual palace dedicated to his works which displays objects that help build Enescu’s professional timeline through photographs, manuscripts, musical instruments, documents or awards. The second part is the Memorial House situated behind the castle. You can find a more personal timeline there of the artist’s life. I love how each part complements the other to create a complete view on the life of this great musician.