Romania King Carol Palace called Peles from Sinaia.

Peles Castle

Historical context: The Peleş Castle was built at the initiative of King Charles I, to serve as a summer residence, invested with political, cultural and symbolic functions. After 1914, the Peleş Castle has still functioned as a representation site and a museum, but without being lived in for six months of the year as the founding ruler used to. By 1947, it became royal court for official visits or military ceremonies. The most important event hosted by the Peleş Castle until the abdication of King Michael I, in December 1947, was the celebration of the semi-centenary of the castle in 1933. From January to March 1948, the castle was closed by the order of the communist authorities and the heritage assets were inventoried. Most collections of paintings, furniture, textiles, decorative art pieces and books were transferred to the National Art Museum in Bucharest. The same year, in May, other pieces came into the custody of various cultural institutions in different cities of Romania, Bucharest, Braşov, Sibiu, etc. Since 1953, the castle has been a National Museum, open to the public, while the other estates at Peleş, such as Pelişor Castle, the private residence of the second royal couple, Ferdinand I and Marie, Foişor Castle, the former hunting lodge belonging to the first King of Romania and the residence of the Kings Charles II and Michael I became boarding houses for writers, artists and musicologists accepted by the communist regime. Two decades later, in 1975, the more critical conservation status of the property led to its closure and to the evacuation of a large part of the patrimony in storehouses arranged in Bibescu’s old family mansion of Posada, a place located about 20 km south of Sinaia. Between 1966 and 1982, the Museum of Decorative Art (Ceramics), which showed the representative parts of the royal collections, was arranged in a former dependency of the royal castle. Simultaneously with the massive work of restoration, the castle housed a series of visits of Heads of State. From 1990, respectively 1993 until today, the Peleş and Pelişor castles have been reopened to visit. In 2007, after five years of negotiations between the Romanian State and the Royal Family, an agreement was reached and he Peleş and Pelişor castles, as well as the entire Peleş area consisting in the former royal outbuildings have been transferred into King Michael I’s property, but continue to be administered by the Romanian State. The agreement with the Royal House, which expired in 2009 for Pelişor Castle and in 2010 for Peleş Castle, was extended.


Part of Peles Castle, Romania
historical stone statue
Peles castle
Romania King Carol Palace called Peles from Sinaia.