In 1866 Carol I, from the Hohenzollern Sigmaringen family became the king of Romania. In 1873, they started the construction of a royal residence in Sinaia, located in the Southern Carpathians. The main castle was names Peles. It was finished in 1914, being the Romanian royal family's favourite summer residence.
Legends, Stories, Weird Facts
We have already mentioned above what you may find at the foundation of the castle: a collection of 100 coins with the King's effigy on them, two parchments and the foundation paper.
The construction materials are Romanian: the masonry work comprises gravel from the Prahova river, the stone comes from the Piatra Arsa and Lunca Mare quarries, the green stone is from Slanic, the wood is from the surrounding forests and the bricks were burnt directly on the building site.
The 300 workers involved needed two years in order to finish the designs under the personal supervision of the King.
The castle hosted great personalities of the time: writers, musicians, queens and kings. The most important visit was that of the old Emperor of Austria-Hungary, Franz Joseph, in 1896.
The Peles Castle shelters about 60,000 art objects. Some of them were inherited, some were acquired and some were received as gifts.
The legend says that King Carol I visited many places along the Prahova valley before choosing one for his family's holiday house. While travelling along the Teleajan valley, a wheel of his royal carriage broke down. As a result, he spent the night at the Sinaia monastery. He was fascinated by the landscape of that place which became the location he was looking for.
It is said that, while digging for the plumbing, the workers found over 100 golden plates with inscriptions in an unknown language on them, as well as more golden objects and coins. The history of this treasure is still unknown.
The Peles Castle is the first Romanian building whose foundation is made of concrete.
In the queen's studio there is a Japanese porcelain coffee set called "egg shell" because it is very thin. It had been transported in butter in order to be protected.
In July every year, before the date of Queen Maria's death, an exotic Indian violet perfume can be felt. It is not anybody's imagination, but a mysterious phenomenon that museum curators cannot explain in any way. It does offer a certain extra charm to the place, though.
Architectural Details about the Castle (really important for making a castle replica)
Peleş Castle has a 3,200-square-metre (34,000 sq ft) floor plan with 160 rooms with several entrances and interior stairs. The central tower is 66 metres tall. In the same area, besides the Peles Castle, you may find other two smaller constructions, the Pelisor and the Foisor. A private power station was designed in order to provide the electricity of the castle, which made it unique in Europe at the time.
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