Romanian « Petit Trianon », Filipeștii de Pădure Monastery, Pană – Filipescu Mansion, Ploiești Clock Museum
Half-day trip: round trip, approx. 85 km
We recommend our several days staying guests to discover the surroundings. Some very pleasant surprises await you. For today, we suggest an interesting and varied route, which contains, as usual, something for the soul, the mind and the senses.
37 km separate Casa Timiș from Florești. The beauty of the old days still permeates the ruins of the Romanian “Petit Trianon”, built by the Nabab, Prince Gheorghe Cantacuzino. Imagine what a glimpse of Versailles would have looked like in the Prahova landscape. For this exercise in imagination, the description of Maruca Cantacuzino, the Nabab’s daughter-in-law, could help: “A true earthly paradise, harmoniously divided: flowery layers, the intense green velvet of the smooth meadows, impeccably trimmed branchy hornbeams, bushes full of fragrant flowers; pools, French-style artesian wells, the classic line of long alleys, covered in fine gravel, reminiscent of the Versailles gardens, enlivened by the mid-August sunset; clusters of bright villas and cheerful pavilions, adorned with capuchins and geraniums. ”
Head on to Filipeștii de Pădure, where you will get in less than ten minutes. Like blinking five times. Here a beautiful church, recognized as the Voroneț from Muntenia, awaits you. Admire its old wonderful mural painting, one of the most important creations of the great “house painter” Pârvu Mutu.
Part of the large estate belonging to the Filipești family, important Wallachian boyars, Filipeștii de Târg is located a stone’s throw from Filipeștii de Pădure. In ten motorized minutes, you can reach the Pană Filipescu Mansion, the only forerunner of the brâncovenesc architectural style, in Prahova County. An hour spent in a traditional aristocratic setting, which is said to have served as a model for Constantin Brâncoveanu’s palace in Mogoșoaia.
Five of the ten rooms of the Mansion house a museum. Among the exhibits, are paintings by Theodor Aman, models of mansions built by Cantacuzino family members or valuable prints. The cellar houses a lapidarium and old peasant objects. The estate’s park with alleys, benches, flowers and fruit trees invites you for a walk.
Next, go to Ploiești. In less than half an hour you will reach the capital of Prahova County, where you can visit the unique Clock Museum. It is said that it is not time that passes, but we are the passers-by in front of it. Here you have the opportunity to pass in front of the 500 exhibits, one more interesting than the other, in the hour you will dedicate to measuring time.
In 10 minutes you are back at the Mansion. A late lunch awaits you, filled with fine dishes and selected wines.
Unique information about the objectives you are going to visit can be found on the Casa Timiș website blog.
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