Curtea Veche

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For the publishing house, see Editura Curtea Veche.
Curtea Veche (September 24, 2011)
Curtea Veche Church (September 3, 2011)

Curtea Veche (the Old Princely Court), built as a place or residence during the rule of Vlad III Dracula in the 15th century,[1] now operates as a museum in the centre of Bucharest, Romania. The residence was moved under the rule of Radu cel Frumos, who moved the princely residence and the Wallachian capital to Bucharest.[citation needed] In the 16th century Mircea Ciobanul rebuilt it completely and afterward it became the nucleus of the Bucharest, surrounded by the houses of traders and craftsmen. Alexander Ypsilantis built a new princely court in 1775 at Dealul Spirii and the old one acquired its present name.[citation needed] In its current role as a museum, the palace and neighbourhood inspired Mateiu Caragiale to write his novel Craii de Curtea-Veche. It is also at the center of efforts to restore the historic center of Bucharest.[2]


  1. ^ John Moore (2007-07-28). "Lifting the Iron Curtain". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  2. ^ Andreea Pocotila (2006-07-21). "'A Beautiful Bucharest' - the Next Step in Restoring Historical Heart". Bucharest Daily News. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 

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Coordinates: 44°25′48.53″N 26°6′3.47″E / 44.4301472°N 26.1009639°E / 44.4301472; 26.1009639