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  • Ariana Preda

Monumental Buildings in Craiova

Updated: Nov 4, 2023

Administrative Palace of Craiova

Built around the year 1912 under the influence of Wallachian architecture in the centuries VII și VIII, The Administrativ Palace of Craiova, also known under the name of The Prefecture Palace, is today one of the most beautiful and interesting building in Craiova. It is located in the center of the city, on “Calea Unirii”, number 19, hosting today two of the most important institutions in the region: The Prefecture and The Council. Program: from Monday to Friday, from 08:00 o’clock to 16:00 o’clock Address: in the center of the city, on “Calea Unirii”, number 19 Phone number: 0251 414 424


Craiova Townhall

On December 12, 1897, Constantin Neamțu founded the well-known “Palatul Banca Comertului”(The Comert Bank Palace), the building that right now is hosting The City’s Hall. It was designed by the architect Ion Mincu in 1906 and finished 10 years later by his student, Constantin Iotzu, being located on the street Alexandru Ioan Cuza 7. Phone Number: 0251 416 235 Program: from Monday to Friday from 08:00 o’clock to 16:00 o’clock Address: Alexandru Ioan Cuza 7 Street.


House of Universities

You cannot go through Craiova and not visit the University House (Casa Universitarilor). With the headquarters at the old house of Nicolae Romanescu’s family, it has one of the most beautiful views in Craiova. It entered in the possession of The University of Craiova on november 25, 1985, being located on “Calea Unirii”, number 57. Program: from Monday to Sunday from 08:00 o’clock to 00:00 o’clock Phone Number: 0738 656 996 Address: Calea Unirii, number 57


Palace of Justice

The Craiova Courthouse, also known under the name of University of Craiova, is one of the important bultings situated on Craiova’s territory, designed by the Romanian architect, Ion Socolescu, in 1890. The palace has been built on the place where the Ganescu Church was situated between 1752-1757. In 1884, it was decided the church’s demolition and, in her place, the Courthouses’ built. In 1914 the place had 4 levels. Repaired and modernized, the palace ended up with 6 levels. Address: Cuza Alexandru Ioan street, 13


Vorvoreanu Palace

This palace was built in the early years of the twentieth century and belonged to a well-known family of that time, the Vorvoreanu family. It was the headquarter of the German command during the occupation from 1916-1918, and also the action of a famous Romanian writer, Petru Dumitriu, takes place in the Palace of the Vorvorenilor. Address: “Fratii Buzesti” Street, number 10


House of Culture "Traian Demetrescu"

Traian Rafael Radu Demetrescu(November 3, 1866, Craiova-April 17, 1896, Craiova) was the second born of his 7 brothers. He started writing poems when he was 13 and some of them had been published by Alexandru Macedonski in his magazine, “Literatorul”. The House of Culture “Traian Demetrescu” is a public institution which is working under the authority of The Local Council. It was established in 1973 and some of its objectives are: the organizing of artistic cultural activities, the elaborating of monographs and works of civil education and public informing and supporting bands formed of amateurs through festivals and competitions. Phone number: 0351 413 369 Address: Traian Demetrescu Street, number 13


Vernescu House and Pencioiu House

Craiova is a place full of monuments. For example 2 of the local monuments are the two houses located in the same neighborhood, The House of Vernerescu, a house which belonged to Dumitru Vernescu, one of the representative figures of the medical world in Craiova in the first part of the twentieth century and The House of Pencioiu, in which lived D.G. Pencioiu who was a lawyer, a literary critic and a Romanian translator. He held the position of mayor of Craiova in 1918, during the German occupation. Address: Mitropolitul Firmilian, nr. 20, The House of Venerescu and the House of Pencioiu number 18.


Omnia National Library

The OMNIA library has been fondated because of a group of intellectuals from Craiova-writters, teather players, university professors, plastic artists. There are around 30000 volumes and on May 25, 1990, through the Minister on Culture from that time, Andrei Pleșu, Omnia Library has became a national library. The official inauguration was on Julie 1, 1991. It is located on Mihail Kogalniceanu Street 21. Program: from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00; Phone number: 0251 310 228 Address: Mihail Kogalniceanu 21 Street.


Poenaru House

Another beautiful house which is located in Craiova is Poenaru House which belonged to a family who had big lad proprieties, being the place where where on October 4, 1881 the scientist and inventor Gogu Constantinescu, the discoverer of sonicity, was born. Address: Eugeniu Carada Street, 10.


Constantin Vălimărescu House

This house has been a historical monument since 1892, the first owner of this house was a magistrate named ConstantinVălimărescu, the house being named after him. While the communist regime was in charge, in that house was ASCAR and after that the building had been distributed to the Art Museum. Address: Calea Unirii, number 4.


Costache Petrescu House

This house has been owned by a painter whose name was Costache Petrescu, the house being named after him. One of the most famous paintings of his was “Constitutia”, in which you can see a group of people who where going with the national flag to the kings palace for a revolution. Address: Vasile Contra street, number 14.


Glogoveanu House

Glogoveanu House is a historical monument which belong to Craiova, which hosted Craiova’s Hall and after that, until 2016, Dolj’s Law Court, being built in 1802 by Glogoveanu Family who moved to Craiova for being informed with what was happening in the politics, economic social and cultural of the society. Address: Brestei street, number 12.


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