Cantacuzino Castle - Busteni

Cantacuzino Castle from Busteni, of a great architectonic, historic and artistic value, was built and inaugurated in 1911 at the wish of Prince Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino (also known as “the Nabob”-prime minister of Romania between 1899-1900 and 1904-1907)

The castle, built in neoromanian style, is surrounded by a park who’s alleys take you to the grotto cascades and fountains. The Reception Hall houses a unique collection of heraldry in Romania. The building made of bricks and stone according to the plans of Grigore Cerchez, is built in a neo-romanian style and stretches over a surface of 3148sqm.

The decorations give the interior a strong romantic ambiance. The stained glasses, the stucco marble, the cantilevers, the exposed painted ceilings, the wooden, stone or forged iron handrails, the iron work cast in brass and richly decorated are exquisitely crafted. The fireplaces made of white stone and bearing polychrome mosaics complete the atmosphere of a manorial residence, increasing the value of the building.

The castle holds an unique collection representing the coat of arms of the boyar families related to the Cantacuzino family members of the Wallachian side.

Impressive in terms of gauge, we can compare the castle to other buildings realised in the neobrancovenesc style like the Patriarchal Palace complex in Sinaia, the Peles castle and the Cotroceni complex.
The castle is surrounded by waterfalls, grottoes, fountains and is in the top castles in Romania in terms of architecture.

The interior is distinguished by the Italian ceramic,the romanian mosaic in the lobby , original carved ceilings, coffered painted with floral motifs , carved woodwork, wrought iron railing or wooden stairs , with steps made of Carrara marble, columns decorated with interior brancovenesc style, wooden doors carved with headboards of the Cantacuzino family crest, fireplaces with Albesti stones, very beautiful stained glass , the original chandelier from the Honorary salon and the loggia with arches and ornamented columns on the west side.