The Pelesh Castle in Sinaia is a symbol not only for Sinaia, but also for Romania, which stands out through its architecture since the 22nd of August 1875 not only within the country, but also in Europe. You can also get inspired with other locations using some of our past articles – Lichtenstein Castle -The Only True Fairytale Castle-Germany and The Jewel Of Lake Schwerin- Schwerin Castle And Park to help get you started planning your net family holiday. The castle was built in wood, stone, bricks and marble and comprises more 160 rooms out of which 80 bedrooms and 30 very modern bathrooms … which only 10 can be visited by tourists on area of 3200 sqm. During Ceausescu’s era, the castle was used as a private retreat, each room was furnished to reflect a different European country where leading communists and statesmen from around the globe used. Despite the passing of time till today the castle construction and the rooms are just as they were in the times of the former owners through several premieres. The castle is a true wonder; it is adorned with the finest examples of European art due to the sculpted wood it also shelters various valuable collections of Murano crystal chandeliers, the German stained glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls as the statues, carpets, furniture, tapestries, potteries, the ceramics, the gold and silver china plates, the Meissen and Sevres porcelain and much more.
Valuable collections of Peles Castle – The Jewel of Romanian Architecture:
Peles is surrounded by seven terraces decorated with pieces of art; statues (sculptured by Romanelli, of Italian descent), beautiful wells made out of stone and decorative ornamental vases. The architects used Carrara marble and an abundance of wooden decoration to be the main materials both for both inside and out, of the castle, which confers a very special quality to the building. The castle shelters generous collection of valuable paintings and extensive XIV-XVII century weapons and armor collections that boasts over 4,000 European and Oriental pieces.
Most notable grand rooms are:
The Grand Armory:
The armory rooms were built and decorated in the neo-renaissance style 1903-1906.The Grand Armor Room displaying King Carol I’s collection of 1,600 of the 4,000 pieces of weaponry and armor reside. King Carol I’s collection is considered one of the most impressive collections of hunting equipment and war implements in Europe is found dated between the 15th and the 19th century.
The Small Armory:
The Small Armory is where it features predominantly silver , gold and adorned with precious stones Oriental (Ottoman, Arab, Indo-Persian) arms and armor pieces .Tourists can gaze upon the armors and weapons used in the past, such as chainmail armor, helmets, scimitars, yataghans, daggers, matchlocks, lances, pistols, shields, axes, and spears.
The Imperial Suite:
The emperor’s residence was built in 1603 and decorated with furniture pieces in the style of Empress Maria Tereza on the occasion visit a friend of the Romanian Royal Family ; the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef’s visit. Hence, decorator Auguste Bembe the person in charge of the decoration preferred the sumptuous Austrian Baroque in style of Empress Maria Theresa to please the Austrian ruler. One wall of the room has been perfectly maintained itself for more than five-hundred-year-old tool holder” made out of Cordoba leather which is the rarest of such quality.
The Honor Hall;
The Entrance Hall is magnificent, it is the most sumptuous reception hall of the entire castle, was finished completely in 1911 by the architect Karel Liman. It spreads over three floors. Walls are dressed in exquisitely carved walnut and exotic timbers woodwork, covered with bas-reliefs and statuettes.
At first floor and is decorated in Louis XIV style arranged in 1906, with sixty seats and a Royal Box. Architectural decoration and mural paintings are signed by Gustav Klimt and Frantz Matsch.
The music room of the queen:
The furniture was a gift to King Carol I from the Maharajah of Kapurtala in India, became a musical soirée salon at Queen Elisabeth’s wish for Romanian cultural evenings.
The Moorish Saloon:
Another spectacular room from the Peles Castle; was executed under the guidance of the French architect André Lecomte du Nouy in 1890 and 1892. It was created in the Hispano-Moorish and North-African interior style reminding of the Alhambra Palace from Granada, Andalusia. Mother-of-pearl inlaid furniture, marble fountain indoor salon Chandeliers in a minaret shape, fine Persian Sarouk and Ottoman Isparta rug made in oriental style and on the walls oriental weapons and armor from the collection of the king which perhaps are the most expressive elements.
The Turkish Room :
It was used as a smoking room for gentlemen.It emulates an Ottoman “joie de vivre” atmosphere as it has a collection of Turkish and Persian brass pots and vases, copperware from Anatolia and Persia, Turkish Izmir rugs , on the ceiling there are handmade silk embroidery made in Vienna, and Arabic hand written on the doors “in the name of Mahomed the allmighty”.
The Florentine Room “The Great Salon”:
It is the first reception room of the castle with impressive Italian neo-Renaissance style design in a balance of composition and the richness of architectural details. Most impressive are the solid bronze doors executed in Rome; ceiling sculptured out of linden trees, ateliers of Luigi Magni; gilded two great chandeliers, and the Grand Marble Fireplace executed by Paunazio with Michelangelo motifs…the stylistic interpretation of the models found in the Renaissance palaces of Florence.
The Council Room;
The Council Room was added in 1906 for the Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Josef I in English neo – renaissance style who visited the palace as a friend of the Romanian royal family celebrating 40 years of King’s Carol I region. On the First World War when decided Romania’s neutrality in 1914 it resembled one of the of the City Hall’s room in Lucerna, Switzerland.
It was the work of architect Charles Lecompte de Nouy, having the most expressive North-African and Spanish-Moorish elements such as Oriental weapons and armor, a complete indoor Carrara marble fountain, replica of a similar piece in Cairo, mother of pearl inlaid furniture and Ottoman Isparta rugs.
The Reception Room;
The Reception Room was built in 1991. The architect Karel Liman created a true wonder where paintings, rich sculpted wood and the stained glass windows were used depicting the 16 castles of the Hohenzollerns.
The theater room;
The theater room accommodates 60 places and the royal lounge the first Romanian movie ever about the independence war was seen there. The ceiling paintings and decorative frescoes were painted by the famous renowned Austrian painter Gustav Klimt and Frantz Matsch in the style of Louis XIV.