If you are looking to visit a place protected from the hustle and the background noise of Bucharest, then the Mogosoaia Domain is an ideal destination.
The architecture of the Palace, specific to the Brancoven style, the Old Church, the green gardens and the lake make the Mogosoaia Domain a real precious stone of the surroundings of Bucharest.
Besides the Palace, the Royal Court and its annexes, the park itself, is listed as one of the most beautiful parks in Bucharest and its proximity.
It is a superb location, ideal for spending leisure time, relaxing or why not photographic and video activities. The palace and the Domain, has been an inspiration place for photographers, videographers, directors. Sequences from acknowledged films, commercials, video clips have been made out here.
How do you get to the Mogosoaia Palace?
The park and the Mogosoaia Domain are just 15 km from away from the center of Bucharest being a very accessible location.
BY CAR: If there is no crowding in traffic, in less then 30 minutes (starting from the center of Bucharest you should reach your destination.
By bicycle: the route can be covered in about an hour (depends on how fast you move);
For public transportartion, use the metro to Parc Basilescu station, then change with the surface transport, Bus460 which will leave you near the entrance to the park.
Mogosoaia Palace Hightlights
The Mogosoaia Palace is built in a Romanian Renaissance architectural style, which is also called as Brancovenian style. Due to the splendor of the building, annexes and surroundings, the Mogosoaia Domain attracts a large number of visitors.
The park is very clean and well maintained, located on the shore of Lake Mogosoaia. It is a place full with a lot of pure Romanian history. The palace was built sometime in 1698 (a very tumultuous historical period for the European and the Balkans area).
You can do a lot of activities here, starting from a picnic on the grass, on the lakeside, a romantic dinner at the palace’s functional restaurant or water activities: renting a rowing boat, water bike or water sailing.
The historic décor, surrounded by lush vegetation and water, old walls, stairs, columns and stone arches attract many photographers and videographers in search of authentic creations.
Visiting tips for Mogosoaia Palace and Park
Being a very popular location, it’s likely to be a little crowded during the weekend. If it does not bother you then it’s great!
History, melancholy and romance are in their element in this location.
Assign at least a few hours visiting this location. During the day, focus on the Palace area and the annexes ( The Old Church, the garden area, gazebo, greenhouses etc.) and when the sun begin to fall down, ley yourself led by the light of vintege lanters in the alleys of the park.
In winter: The Domain and the Mogosoaia Palace are accessible throughout the year, including in the cold season. Mogosoaia Park is recognized for the decorations and fairs that are organized here during the winter.
History of Mogosoaia Palace
Mogosoaia Palace is a historical monument, considered to be an architectural masterpiece of Brancovenian style (Romanian Renaissance). The palace served as the summer residence of Romanian prince Constantin Brancoveanu.
The edifice was completed in 1702 AD. In over three centuries of existence, the Palace has had a tumultuous history: confiscated twice by Ottoman Turks and then communists, devastated or sacked over the years.
Despite the vicissitudes of the times, Mogosoaia Palace managed to preserve its grandeur, being a pillar of Romanian diplomacy: numerous visits and receptions, treated, were consumed between its walls.
In the year of 1714, the Romanian ruler, Constantin Brancoveanu (the owner of the Palace and domain), is executed, together with his children, in Istanbul by the Turks.
The members of the Brancoveanu family are ritually decapitated, in turn, because they refuse to convert to Islam and choose to die in the Christian law. *according to the legend
For these facts, the Brancovanians were canonized by the Romanian Orthodox Church, being commemorated as Brancovenian Martyrs.
After the tragic death of the ruling family, the palace and the Mogosoaia estate were confiscated by Ottoman Turks and turned into Turkish INN.
He was later redeemed by the leaders of the Romanian Country and retreated in the patrimony of the descendants of the Brancoveanu family.
In 1945 he Mogosoaia Palaces was seized by the Communists, robbed of artworks and other important masterpieces, vandalized , close to ruin!