This Place Used To Be the Most Magnificent Building in Romania
One of the most unique places to visit in Romania, the abandoned casino used to be the most magnificent building in Romania.
The Casino from Constanta was once the most magnificent building in Romania, and after all this time, is still remains one of the symbols of Romanian seaside.
Located on the cliff, on Elisabeta avenue from Constanta, it represents one of the most emblematic buildings of the city.
Its construction began around 1904, with the originals plans made by architect Petre Antonescu, who designed the building inspired by the strong Romanian traditions.
After the base of the building was completed, the plans changed, and the City Hall turned to Swiss architect, Daniel Renard, to finish the construction.
The finishing product?
The result was a building constructed in Art Nouveau style, which finished in 1910, and opened its doors in 1911.
Why was the building abandoned?
After the 1989 Revolution, the Casino continued to function as a restaurant, which was used to host weddings and other parties and for some cultural events.
Then the building passed on City Hall administration in 2000, after a long process. After the casino went to the City Hall administration, the place was used to host meetings for the Local Council.
And then, nothing happened. No one cared about the fate of the building anymore and was abandoned.
Will it be repaired in the future?
They found no solutions to the rehabilitation of the building, but this April, the vice-mayor of Constanta, declared that some measures of rehabilitation could start in the fall of this year.
All this comes after Romain Veillon, a French photographer, passionate about abandoned buildings went and shot a few pictures of the building.
Then he went on an website and shared his experience, hoping to share the beauty he has found in Romania and showing the world that Romania deserves to be seen.
“During a recent trip to Romania, I had the chance to shoot the abandoned casino in Constanta. As a pearl watching over the Black Sea where wealthy travelers and the elite flocked from all over Europe to play and dance all night in what used to be the most magnificent building of the country.
I hope my photographs will give you a glimpse of what was the atmosphere back in time!” You can read about his experience on his website, romainveillon.com.
The French photographer also talks about the period where the Casino was the main attraction from all Europe, and about his passion of photographing unique, abandoned buildings.
Not a long ago we’ve covered some of the unique buildings located in Romania, and after reading this article you can go and check that one too.
And don’t forget about the 20 pictures that will make you visit Romania!
Would you like to visit the Casino Constanta? Would you take a trip to Romania, one of the most beautiful countries in the world?