The Old Princely Court:
- Address: No. 21-23 Franceza Street
- Telephone: 021 314 03 75
Important: The Old Princely Court is currently closed to the public for maintenance work on the archaeological site.
- Access: Subway – Piata Unirii Station
- R.A.T.B. (bus service): 14, 21, 40, 232, 104, 178.
The Old Princely Court Museum (Curtea Veche) houses the oldest historical testimonies of Bucharest, dating from the 13th century. However, the most remarkable fact about this location is that it had been lived in for over 500 years. Very few places in Bucharest can claim such historical importance. The museum is organized within the space provided by the Princely Court, where Wallachian rulers had resided beginning with the 14th century.
The Old Princely Court is the oldest medieval monument found in Bucharest. Between the years 1459 and 1660, Bucharest was where Wallachian rulers dwelled, along with the country’s old capital city, Târgovişte. After 1660 Bucharest became the sole capital city.
After 1798 a large part of the Court’s terrain was auctioned off and gradually populated with modern streets and neighborhoods. The museum was arranged and polished between 1969 and 1974 and keeps intact the historical print of the 18th century as well as wall fragments from the time of Vlad Ţepeş (1456-1462), as well as the foundations of the first residence, dating from the 14th century.
STARTING WITH WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH 2015, THE OLD PRINCELY COURT HAS BEEN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR CONSOLIDATION AND RESTORATION WORKS.