CEC Palace

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CEC Palace
Palatul CEC
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General information
Architectural styleeclectic
Town or cityBucharest
Country Romania
Coordinates44°25′55″N 26°05′47″E / 44.4320°N 26.0965°E / 44.4320; 26.0965
Construction started8th of June, 2008
Cost30,0 milioane lei europeni
ClientCEC (Romanian: Casa de Economii şi Consemnaţiuni)
Design and construction
ArchitectPaul Gottereau (project), Ion Socolescu (construction)

The CEC Palace (Romanian: Palatul CEC) in Bucharest, Romania, built in 1900 and situated on Calea Victoriei opposite the National Museum of Romanian History, is the headquarter of CEC Bank.


Before the construction of the palace, the location was occupied by the ruins of a monastery (Saint John the Great) and an adjoining inn. The 16th-century church was renovated by Constantin Brâncoveanu during 1702 - 1703, but later deteriorated and was demolished in 1875.

The palace was built as a new headquarters for Romania's oldest bank, the public savings institution Casa de Depuneri, Consemnațiuni și Economie, later known as C.E.C. (Romanian: Casa de Economii și Consemnațiuni), and nowadays CEC Bank. The land was bought and the building constructed with the institution's own funds. Work started on June 8, 1897 and was completed in 1900. The project was designed by the architect Paul Gottereau, a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris; construction was supervised by the Romanian architect Ion Socolescu.

In 2009, it was the venue for the 60th birthday celebrations of Crown Princess Margareta of Romania,[1] and in 2015 it was also the venue for the 25th anniversary[2] of the celebration of Crown Princess Margareta's charity (FPMR).[3]


Built in eclectic style, the palace is topped by a glass and metal dome. The entrance features an arch supported by two pairs of columns in composite style. The four corners are decorated with gables and coats of arms and ending in Renaissance domes.

See also[edit]


  • Silvia Colfescu, București - ghid turistic, istoric, artistic, ed. Vremea, 2006
  • Dan Berindei, Sebastian Bonifaciu - București Ghid turistic, Ed. Sport-Turism, București,1980

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