Carol I was a great king and military leader. It was under his sovereignty that our country gained its independence in 1877. It was a flourishing period then.
Although he was born and lived in Germany, he learned Romanian so well that he could correct even the native speakers.
He ruled the country for 48 years (the longest period in Romanian history).
The Building of the Castle
The building of the castle began in 1873 under the supervision of the architect Wilhelm van Doderer. 300 workers fought with all the obstacles that occurred during its construction. The King himself supervised all the steps.
On the 10th of August 1875 the king lay the foundation of the castle, following the tradition which said that you had to put money there if you wanted it to resist in time. He put there 100 golden coins of 20 LEI, together with the foundation paper. The coins had his effigy on them.
Today, among collectors, these coins are worth 10,000 Euro each. The King carved in stone the following words, "May this castle be an eternal cradle for my dynasty!"
The Importance of the Castle
This castle had a great importance in our history. Carol II was born here in 1893. He was the king of the country between 1930 and 1940. He was the first king of the dynasty who was born on the Romanian land and who was baptised in the Orthodox religion. In 1921, his son, King Mihai I, was born at Foisor. In 1921, at Peles, it was princess Ileana's wedding in which a lot of great personalities of the time participated, among whom the prime minister, Nicolae Iorga. Two years later, it was the 50-year celebration of the castle.