The Romanian Athenaeum (Romanian: Ateneul Român) is a concert hall in the center of Bucharest, Romania and a landmark of the Romanian capital city. Opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city’s main concert halls and home of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic

In 1865, cultural and scientific personalities founded the Romanian Atheneum Cultural Society and to serve its purposes, they decided a building dedicated to art and science would be erected in Bucharest

The building was designed by the French architect Albert Galleron, built on a property that had belonged to the Văcărescu family and inaugurated in 1888, although work continued until 1897. A portion of the construction funds were raised by the public over a 28-year-long effort, of which the slogan is still remembered today: “Donate one leu for the Ateneu!”

The overall style of the theater is neoclassical, with some more romantic touches. In front of the building there is a small park and a statue of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu. Inside, the ground floor hosts an ornate conference hall as large as the auditorium above, seating 600 in the stalls and another 52 in loge seating

Recognized as a symbol of Romanian culture, in 2007 the building was inscribed on the list of the Label of European Heritage sites

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