Cultural Craiova

National Theater Great Hall

Jean Mihail Palace – Unirii Street

Jean Mihail Palace is the most beautiful building of Craiova, being built between 1900 and 1907, according to the designs of architect Paul Gottereau, at the request of Constantin Mihail, one of the richest men of the time. The best quality materials were used in building the palace. The valuable stucco work, partly gilded, the Venetian windows, the ornamented Murano crystal chandeliers, the Carrara marble stairs, the wall tapestry made of Lyon silk, the stylish furniture and iron works, lend the rooms an air of elegance and refined taste. Since August 1954, Jean Mihail Palace shelters the Art Museum of Craiova which has a stock of over 12,000 items of foreign and Romanian art.

Marin Sorescu National Theatre – A. I. Cuza Street, No 11

The National Theatre in Craiova was founded in mid 1800s and functioned in more locations along time. The present-day building was inaugurated in 1973 and comprimes two performance halls totaling 820 seats and a multifunctional foyer. Starting with 1989, the acting staff start their co-operation with the director Silviu Purcarete, and since then the performances staged in Craiova have become world wide known. Other cultural events that gather great actors from abroad and the country also perform here. Marin Sorescu National Theatre is the first theatre in eastern Europe to become a member of the European Theatre Convention, as a token of its acknowledgement and artistic value.Jean Mihail Palace is the most beautiful building of Craiova, being built between 1900 and 1907, according to the designs of architect Paul Gottereau, at the request of Constantin Mihail, one of the richest men of the time. The best quality materials were used in building the palace. The valuable stucco work, partly gilded, the Venetian windows, the ornamented Murano crystal chandeliers, the Carrara marble stairs, the wall tapestry made of Lyon silk, the stylish furniture and iron works, lend the rooms an air of elegance and refined taste. Since August 1954, Jean Mihail Palace shelters the Art Museum of Craiova which has a stock of over 12,000 items of foreign and Romanian art.

Craiova Landmarks

Mihai Viteazu Square and The Administrative Palace

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FORD Plant – Henry Ford Street

In 2007, Ford Motor Company invests in Craiova buying the majority pack of shares from Automobile Craiova, taking over its plant in March 2008. One year later, in September 2009, the first white Ford Transit Connect came out of the conveyor belt, which was donated to the Municipal Hospital of Craiova.

The Administrative Palace of Craiova -Unirii Street, no. 19

Situated in the central area of the city and surrounded by old and new monumental buildings, the Administrative Palace was designed by architect Petre Antonescu, a promoter of the neo-Romanian style in architecture. The building, erected between 1912 and 1913, is remarkable for the original interpretation of the window and door frames, columns, caps and other specific elements of the old Romanian architecture. The Palace is at present the headquarters of the Dolj Prefecture and of Dolj County Council.

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The Medicine and Pharmacy University – Petru Rares Street, no. 2

The Medicine Faculty of Craiova was inaugurated on October 1st, 1970. Even from the start this institution carried out its activity in the Building on 2-4, Petru Rares Street, on the premises of the former Regional Hospital of Surgery, and before that “Gheorghe Chitu Commercial School”. In 1998 Romania’s Parliament issued a law to set up the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, by detaching it from the University of Craiova.

The Town-Hall of Craiova -A. I. Cuza Street, no.7

The main residence of the Mayoralty of Craiova is hosted by one of the most elegant buildings of the city, erected at the beginning of the 20th century, according to the design of Ion Mincu, the creator of the Romanian modern school of architecture. Sheltering initially the ex-Commercial Bank, the construction impresses both with its exterior aspect and the interior one, richly decorated with stucco works, stained glass, mosaics, and cast iron lattice works.

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The Town-Hall of Craiova -A. I. Cuza Street, no.7

The main residence of the Mayoralty of Craiova is hosted by one of the most elegant buildings of the city, erected at the beginning of the 20th century, according to the design of Ion Mincu, the creator of the Romanian modern school of architecture. Sheltering initially the ex-Commercial Bank, the construction impresses both with its exterior aspect and the interior one, richly decorated with stucco works, stained glass, mosaics, and cast iron lattice works.

Landscape Architecture

National Park Suspension Bridge

Alexandru Buia Botanical Garden – Iancu Jianu Street

Alexandru Buia Botanical Garden in Craiova was founded in 1952 by the PhD University Professor Alexandru Buia, who was teaching botany at the time, and later became the Rector of the Agronomy Institute of Craiova. It was arranged on an area of about 17 ha on the place of the former city park, following the model of the great university botanical gardens in the country and abroad.The main residence of the Mayoralty of Craiova is hosted by one of the most elegant buildings of the city, erected at the beginning of the 20th century, according to the design of Ion Mincu, the creator of the Romanian modern school of architecture. Sheltering initially the ex-Commercial Bank, the construction impresses both with its exterior aspect and the interior one, richly decorated with stucco works, stained glass, mosaics, and cast iron lattice works.

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The English Park – A. I. Cuza Street

The English Park was laid between the two world wars and is part of the urban pile including the former Commercial Bank, now the Town Hall, and the White House. Its arrangement started in 1930, according to the designs of the French architect Emile Pinard, while the landscape is created in English style, with solar spaces and small sized bushes.

The ensemble of fountains in Mihai Viteazu Square

An important part in the new urban designe of Craiova’s center is played by the ensemble of fountains which represents a source of delight, due to the water and colour plays and an oasis of freshness in the hot summer days. Among them, the Musical Fountain stands out as it is the largest artesian fountain in the country and one of the few such fountains in Europe. Hundreds of water jets, lights in many colours and classical music fragments create a delightful show for the natives or tourists strolling in the city center.

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The Nicolae Romanescu Park

Craiova takes pride in one of the most picturesque parks in the country and the third largest in Eastern Europe. This wonderful green place bears the name of Nicolae Romanescu, Craiova’s Mayor at the beginning of the 20s Century, who initiated its creation. Its arrangement was made according to architect Edoard Redont’s designs, a project that was awarded the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, in 1900.

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