On the trucks road which crosses Sinaia towards Buşteni, after Penny market, an indicator points to the George Enescu Memorial House in Cumpătu neighborhood.
The villa consists of an entrance hall that opens in the generous area of the salon. Built in the Biedermeyer style, the space still holds the original piano, an Ibach made in Lausanne, an instrument that Enescu used for his compositional work and concerts offered to family members. From the drawing room, to the left there is Mary Maria Cantacuzino-Enescu’s bedroom, then to the hall there is the bathroom and the miniature bedroom of the composer. Also from the salon, on a staircase that is alike as shape with the one from Peleş, you reach the attic.
1898 is the year when a harmonious relationship between George Enescu and the Royal House of Romania is linked, after the Romanian Poem and the Royal Hymn takes place in Paris. Queen Elizabeth, also known as the pseudonym Carmen Sylva, a great arts lover, shows her support to the young musician. Enescu is offered a room in Peles Castle, for years in order to study, but also to offer piano recitals at the palace.
The beauty of the place, but also the closeness to the royal family, convinces Enescu to build a villa with the money earned in a tournament held in America between 1923-1926. Using his own plans and helped by architect Radu Dudescu, George Enescu builds the Luminis Villa. Until 1946, when he left Romania permanently, Enescu regularly returns to this place prolific to creation. He wrote here the most important work of his life: Oedipus. In 1947, from exile, Enescu donated the villa to the Romanian state to be used as a place of rest and creation for artists.
If you are in Sinaia, the article below may inspire you to visit other less known Places on the Prahova Valley.
Ticket price: 6 lei/person, free access on the 26th of each month.
Program: Tu- Su 10 – 17
Address: 2, Yehudi Menuhin street, Cumpătu