The Romanian Athenaeum is a concert hall located in the historic center of Bucharest, on Calea Victoriei and Revolution Square . The Romanian Athenaeum was inaugurated in 1889. The George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra presents concerts and the International George Enescu Music Festival takes place every year.
In 1865, three scientists , Creţulescu Nicolae Constantin Esarcu and Vasile Alexandrescu Urechea – founded the Philharmonic Society of the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest to build a building dedicated to the arts and culture . A national subscription was organized to raise money for this achievement. The public subscription lasted almost thirty years , with the same solgan “Give one leu for Ateneu ! ”
The building was designed by the French architect Albert Galleron in a neoclassical style with romantic touches . The building was constructed on a property that had belonged to the family Văcărescu . Just opposite , lies a park with a statue of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu . Shaped rotunda , because the foundations of a former riding school in this place, the auditorium of the Athenaeum , wearing a huge dome 41 meters high , has an audience of 600 seats and 52 in other lodges . A giant mural covers the circular wall of the large room , the decor is the history of Romania since the conquest of Trajan to the formation of Greater Romania . The main entrance leads into a large circular ceremonial patio , surrounded by a line of twelve columns forming a peristyle giving access to several stairs to honor the concert hall located above . Although he was inaugurated March 5, 1889 , work continued in two phases ( 1886-1889 and 1893-1897 ) .