|Town or city||Sinaia|
|Client||King Carol I of Romania for the future King Ferdinand I of Romania|
|Owner||King Michael I of Romania|
|Size||Art Nouveau (Byzantine and Celtic)|
|Design and construction|
Pelişor Castle (Romanian: Castelul Pelişor) is a castle in Sinaia, Romania, part of the same complex as the larger castle of Peleş. It was built in 1899–1902 by order of King Carol I, as the residence for his nephew and heir, the future King Ferdinand (son of Carol's brother Leopold von Hohenzollern) and Ferdinand's consort Queen Marie.
In 2006, it was decided that the palace complex, including Pelisor, long a museum and tourist site, is the legal property of the heirs of the Romanian royal family. They will take legal possession of it and sell it back to the Romanian state, so that it will remain in its current status. The main castle of Peles has already so sold, but negotiations about other villas and chateaus are ongoing. King Michael I of Romania appears decisive that of the complex, Pelisor castle will remain as place for his heirs, the Royal Family.
Pelişor was designed by the Czech architect Karel Liman in the Art Nouveau style; the furniture and the interior decorations were designed mostly by the Viennese Bernhard Ludwig. There are several chambers, working cabinets, a chapel, and "the golden room". Queen Marie herself, an accomplished artist, made many of the artistic decisions about the design of the palace, and participated in its decoration, including as a painter. Queen Marie considered Art Nouveau a weapon against sterile historicism, creating a personal style combining Art-Nouveau elements with Byzantine and Celtic elements.
The hall of honor is very simple with the walls covered with oak-timber and a glass ceiling.
Opening hours at Pelisor Castle:
- Summer (15 May - 15 September): Monday closed, Tuesday 11.00 - 17.00, Wednesday - Sunday 09.00 - 17.00
- Winter (16 September - 14 May): Monday, Tuesday - closed, Wednesday 11.00 - 17.00, Thursday - Sunday 09.00 - 17.00
In the period 15 October - 30 November the Castle is closed for works of preservation.
Admission fee is 20 RON.
- nettyroyal.nl, Royal News: January 24th
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