Câmpulung-Muscel: On the Golescu Villa, or how a heritage site can be restored through civic involvement

The Câmpulung-Muscel Golescu Villa was restored and reintroduced to the tourism circuit. Its story is a happy example of how a heritage site can be saved with a bit of goodwill and civic involvement. In 2002, Irina Golescu, the owner of the building, donated the house and all its surroundings to the Pro Patrimonio foundation because she lacked the resources to maintain the site. With the help of donations and volunteer work, the building and its beautiful surrounding park have been restored and have become a tourist attraction.

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The Petre P. Carp Mansion in Țibănești, rescued by a project dedicated to heritage and crafts

The mansion once inhabited by the great Romanian statesman Petre P. Carp located in Țibănești, Iași county, has been restored to its glory days state. Back in 2005, the building was little more than a ruin: no doors, windows, fireplaces, and a completely ruined facade. Despite the fact that the retrocession of the building did not include the park around the mansion, the new owners immediately started work on the building. The heirs have managed to transform the mansion from a barren, derelict site, into a veritable crafts and heritage center. The „Țibănești” cultural project now attracts tens of Bucharest and Iași students and Romanian and foreign NGOs each year.

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Vrancea: The Sihleanu Castle, where King Carol I once slept, used as a source of construction materials for the village Agricultural Co-op

The communist regime has bulldozed not only impressive buildings in Vrancea’s cities, but has also mutilated a stylish castle located in the south of the county, in Sihlea. The 19th Century building was the home of the Sihleanu family. Once seized by the state, the Communist Party appreciated that the castle tower and second story, which were visible from the railway, were an affront to the working class and tore them down, using the brick to build the former HQ of the commune’s agricultural co-op, as the village elders recall. Currently, what’s left of the building serves as a secondary school. The local authorities have tried over the past few years to attract funds from the Norwegian Government to restore the site, but have had little luck so far.

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