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Mogosoaia Place and Snagov Monastery were booked for our first day in Romania. We were picked up by our guide and driver. The first stop on our tour was the Mogosoaia Palace, situated about 10 kilometres from Bucharest. And what did not help that the city is currently building a metro directly from the airport to the city. So our driver did get a bit lost. There were lots of road closures. The palace was built between 1698 and 1702, by Constantin Brancoveanu, in a renaissance style, combining Venetian and Ottoman elements. Thankfully, it was not busy with people and was very quiet. It was like having the place to yourselves.
Here we learned about the history of the Constantin Brancoveanu family in the 17th century. It houses a museum and art gallery. And not much of it was in english. If we didn’t have our guide we would not have understood anything.
The area also included the Gheorghe Bibescu Chapel, Ice House, St Gheorghe’s Church and also the Mogosoaia Greenhouses. We then drove on to the Snagov Monastery, which is located on an island on the Northern part of Lake Snagov. Where we found the alleged tomb of Vlad Tepes, also known as Dracula.