The palace was destroyed by the Ottomans in the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774, as the big money Brâncoveanu Nicholas had kept the Russians in conflict. A new destruction of the palace took place during the revolution of 1821 when the last descendant of Brancoveni Brâncoveanu Gregory fled to Brasov and the building was occupied by dolphins. After Gregory’s death in 1832, the palace remained heritage adoptive daughter, Zoe Mavrocordat and through her marriage to Prince George Bibescu put his family and was renovated between 1860-1880 by Nicholas Bibescu, who built the family vault the palace park and nearby villa Elchingen. The palace was given further Bibescu family which, however, moved to the new villa and the old building remained uninhabited. This until 1911, when Mary-Nicole Darvari sold her cousin George-Valentin palace Bibescu, who gave as a wedding gift to his wife, Martha.

Cuhnia (kitchen Brancovan) Bibescu Martha was busy renovating the palace since 1912. During World War I renovations were further hampered by damage sustained German bombing. During the German occupation of southern Bucharest and Romania, Princess Martha Bibescu remained in the capital, dealing with Queen Mary Hospital and lived for a while even in the palace.

Returned home after going to London, is accused of collaborating with the Germans, Martha Bibescu resumed after renovations in 1920, spending much of the collective wealth of the books he wrote. The palace was re-inaugurated, so in 1927, some interior work continued, however, until 1935.

During the Second World War, the palace was the venue for diplomats allies are, for a few months rent Swiss Legation in Romania. After March 6, 1945, the estate was nationalized by the communist government forced Martha Bibescu obtaining from the authorities declared a historical monument of the palace, which I still hold. Princess left the country permanently but in September 1945, leaving the palace his daughter Valentina and her husband, Dimitrie Ghica-Comăneşti.

In 1949, the palace was also nationalized, Valentina and Dimitrie Ghica-Comăneşti being arrested. By 1957, the building was devastated and looted, stolen art collections being dismantled. Only in 1957 the palace became the seat of feudal division of the National Museum of Art, being restored since 1977.

Today, the Palace houses the Museum of Art Mogoşoaia Brancovanian and is a major tourist attraction.


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