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– Lipscani Street
is the heart and life of Bucharest. Its name comes from Leipzig (Leipzig), which recalls the highly dynamic commercial life of Wallachia.
Even before the official “birth” of Bucharest (September 20, 1459) Lipscani was the most circulated area of the city. With the establishment of political and economic center of the Old Court around them gathered many guilds like furriers, shoemakers, copper-smith saddlers, grocers.
Several nearby streets are still named after them.
Along with Romani, it brought together the community of merchants Greeks, Bulgarians, Serbs, Armenian, Hebrew, Albanian and Austrian. The mosaic of civilizations reverberated including in the architecture of the place.
We can still see homes built in absolutely different styles: Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and also joints of all of this styles.
More specifically it is a mixture of luxury and poverty, glamour and misery. Lipscani Street is talking also today about how the oriental world met the occidental world in romanian ground.
– Hebrew Theatre of State
Hebrew Theatre of Romania has a tradition of 125 years. Documents are proving that, on 19 August 1876 in the famous summer garden “Green Tree” in Iasi, the artist and writer Avram Goldfaden founded the world’s first professional Hebrew theater presenting a show with his own band.
Noteworthy is that the first chronicle of these performances bear the signature of the most prominent Romanian poet, Mihai Eminescu, who appreciated the excellent play of the actors.
After a series of performances, Goldfaden and his troupe goes to Bucharest, playing in the towns through which they passed. Success in stimulated Goldfaden we create new dramatic works.
The success recorded stimulated Goldfaden to create new and more dramatic works.
Since that year of grace 1876, and until now, the Hebrew theater has been operating continuously. After a period particularly difficult – especially because of the political situation during the World War II – in 1948 Hebrew Theatre of Bucharest has became a state institution. Since then he has presented over 200 premieres, bringing to the public a rich repertoire, providing possibilities of affirmation for really great actors. Sevilla Pastor Maurice Sekler Dina König and then Samuel Fischler, Mano Rippel and Seidy Glück, and today Leonie Waldman-Eliad, Rudy Rosenfeld, Maia Morgenstern, Roxana Guttman illustrated their rich resources performing in drama, comedy, musical performances because, by tradition, Hebrew actor plays, dances and sings.
A unique aspect of the activity for the Hebrew Theater State is the organization of large international events.
In 1991 and in 1996 he organized and participated in the first two editions of the International Theater Festival held in Bucharest in Yiddish.
– Odeon Theatre
One of the most representatives theaters from Bucharest it was founded in 1946, under the name Workers Theater CFR Giulesti. Majestic hall was inaugurated in 1974 being one of the most elegant theaters halls with sliding ceiling from Bucharest and the only one from Europe.
In 1990 it becomes Odeon Theatre.
It is a repertory theater with a stable team of 42 actors, 2 directors and 2 stage designers.
It has a l’italienne scene and a capacity of 300 seats.
In time the theater team participated in numerous international festival and tournaments: in Great Britain with the show Richard III by Shakespeare, directed by Mihai Maniutiu (1994), in Bratislava, Slovakia with the show The barber of Seville by Beaumarchais directed by Dinu Cernescu (1996), in Oldenburg, Germany (1996) At Gypsyes directed by Alexander Hausvater, in Berlin (1999) and Hanovra (2000) with the show Saragossa – 66 days after Jan Potocki, directed by Alexandru Dabija (1999), in Cairo, Egypt with the show Seminar Theater by Petre Tutea directed by Dragos Galgotiu, in Berlin with the show Brothers by Sebastian Barry directed by Alexandru Dabija (2001), in Canada with the show Gossip Ladies by Michel Tremblay directed by Petre Bokor (2001).
In 2003 “Why cook baby in polenta” by Aglaja Veteranyi directed by Radu Afrim participated at Journees Theatrales de Carthage, in Tunisia and in 2004 at Bienala from Wisbaden, Germany.
In 2006 Joi.megaJoy was presented in Hungary, at Budapest and Debrecen, and The Portrait of Dorian Grey at Bruxelles, Belgium.
In 2007 “Un tango mas” he was invited to Jerusalem, as part of the International Fair of the Book.
From Avis Boutique Hotel Bucharest you can take the bus 301 and 381 at George Enescu street or you can drive 7.5 Km (~ 14 minutes).
– Vernescu House
Vernescu house is a very special place.
During the second dominion in the Romanian Country of Constantin Racovita, in 1763, Jean-Baptiste Linche a French nobleman from Marseilles becomes secretary of french for the prince.
Count Jean-Baptiste Linche is getting married with a romanian girl and has a son. Filip Lens will become later the Wallachian Boyar and he builds the house in 1821.
Filip Lens is getting married with Lisaveta Balotescu-Carpinisanu and gives this Palace as a wedding gift. He restores the building after the fire in 1822, turning it into the most beautiful House in Bucharest at that time.
In 1882 the building the house burns again, and in 1886 the heirs of Filip Lens sell the house to Guta Vernescu, lawyer, politician and the founder of the Liberal Party.
Between 1887 and 1889 Guta Vernescu hires the great architect Ion Mincu to restore the house and becomes the most beautiful house on the Victoriei Way.
The harmony of marble with gilded decorations which enriches especially walls and ceilings, stained-glass windows and massive mirrors gave the house an impressive fast.
The eclectic style, with great care for detail of those times is filled in 1890 with the paintings of G.D. Mirea. He created a dream world with bright clouds painted in translucent blue. The master of house, erudite godson, reserved space top, close to ceiling, to write the names of some famous writers like Seneca, Pascal, Shakespeare, etc.
Elegant carriages, prom dresses, topper, jewelry, salon conversation, all from Bucharest gave the shimmer to this place.
At the end of his life, Guta Vernescu becomes poor and the house is bought by the State.
Until the end of The World War II the house sheltered the Ministry of National Economy, the Ministery of Industry and Trade and even the Government of Romania.
In 1944 Lens-Vernescu house was recruited by the Red Army and they destroyed much of the murals paintings.
Immediately after the 1945 the house is taken by Groza Government. Until 1990, here it was the protocol home for some ministries, and in the 1990 becomes headquarters of the Writers Union of Romania.
After 1993 through a remarkable human and material effort Vernescu house is rebuilt and modernized, becoming the location of a five stars restaurant.
The old coaches may have been replaced with the luxury limousines, people from all over the world came to sample the famous delicacies and beverages offered here.
Worthy an full of mystery, Vernescu house passed trough time, remaining on the Mogosoaiei bridge, Victoriei Way of today, a landmark of Bucharest’s life now and then.
The distance between Casa Vernescu and the best hotel in bucharest (Avis Boutique Hotel) is 7 km (13 minutes ride).