CEC Palace

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CEC Palace
Palatul CEC
Palacio CEC, Bucarest, Rumanía, 2016-05-29, DD 91-93 HDR.jpg
The CEC Palace in May 2016
General information
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
Town or cityBucharest
Country Romania
Coordinates44°25′55″N 26°05′47″E / 44.4320°N 26.0965°E / 44.4320; 26.0965
Construction started8 June 1897[1]
Cost30.0 million lei
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 between 8 June 1897 and 1900, and situated on Calea Victoriei opposite the National Museum of Romanian History, is the headquarters 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,[2] and in 2015 it was also the venue for the 25th anniversary[3] of the celebration of Crown Princess Margareta's charity (FPMR).[4]


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.

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  1. ^ Marinache, Oana (2017). Paul Gottereau - Un Regal în Arhitectură (in Romanian). Editura Istoria Artei. p. 184. ISBN 978-606-8839-09-7.
  2. ^ Monarchists blog http://monarchists.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/crown-princess-margarita-celebrated.html
  3. ^ "Dineul oficial de la Palatul CEC, 18 ianuarie 2015 | Familia Regală a României / Royal Family of Romania".
  4. ^ http://www.fpmr.ro
  • 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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