Vitraliu | Vila Retezat Sinaia Vitraliu | Vila Retezat Sinaia The Retezat Villa has the architecture and specific elements of the start of the previous century:
spectacular stained-glass windows (like above), sculpted and painted ceilings, wooden staircases etc.



The Retezat Villa is situated in a select part of Sinaia called Furnica, a natural setting, surrounded by green spaces.

The villa's terrace offers a spectacular view of the city and the Bucegi Mountains.

It is designed and build in a German renaissance style at the beginning of the twentieth century by the czech architect Karel Liman, a good friend of king Carol I for whom he designed the Pelisor Castel and the Honour Hall of the Peleş Castle, all having similar design features specific to the time.

Although 100 years have passed since the villa was built, it keeps the charm and warm atmosphere of the old days.

 
Arhitectul Karel Liman (circa 1914)

Karel Liman (1860?-1928), made his studies in architecture at the Universities of Prague and Munchen. He took part, alongside the Fellner und Helmer firm, in making the plans of the Albert Rotschild Palace in Vienna. Later he made the plans for the royal family of Hohenlohe from Javorino, in Slovakia. After 1884 he worked as an restaurateur architect, within the Ministry of Cults and Public Instruction in Bucuresti. Pelişor Castle SinaiaBy the year 1896 he became chief of the architecture bureau of the Royal Residence of Sinaia; later, the construction of the Pelisor and the royal stables on the Furnica starts, as well as the transformation of the other landmarks in the castle's park, The Economat and The Guard Corps. After 1920, at Queen Maria's demand, he made the restoration and the fitting out works of the Bran castle.
Architect Karel Liman (aprox 1914)
Through its proportion, the project made by Karel Liman went close to illustrate the idea of a royal residence, like the sovereign wanted at the beginnings. The new architect, an admirer of the Italian art, combined in the front the Italian neorenaissance and the German neorenaissance styles, and within he transformed the Peles in one of the most remarkable monuments of historic architecture, due to the combination of the neostiles. Equally important, through the arrangements made after 1900, at the second floor's level the most coherent Art Nouveau ensemble from Romania was born. The residence was heightened with another floor, and so was the main tower, thus underlining the stateliness of the main front(facade). In its final form, the building unfolds on 3200 square meters, having 160 rooms and over 30 bathrooms.

Anastasie Simu, the owner of the villa after Karel Liman's death, was a well-known Romanian art collector, his collection being displayed at the National Museum of Art in Bucharest. The Retezat villa is also known in the touristic circuit as "The Memorial Anastasie Simu Residence".

 

Retezat Villa