Also called the Brancovan Palace, the Mogosoaia Palace was built at the end of the 17th century by Constantin Brancoveanu. The building combines elements of both Venetian and Ottoman architecture, creating a style often referred to as “Brancovenesc.” Located just 10 kilometers from Bucharest in the village of Mogosoaia, it has been a museum since 1957 and is one of the most important tourist sites in the area. The palace is part of a vast complex that includes a guesthouse, watchtower, kitchen, vault, ice house, green house, church, and beautiful gardens.
Today, visitors can tour parts of the palace or visit a museum featuring Brancoveanu style art. Exhibitions of paintings or textiles are often staged in the palace as well.
Mogosoaia Palace sits next to Mogosoaia Lake in the western part of the village, just a 600 meter walk from the main road where buses and mini buses stop. Bus 460 departs the Laromet terminal in Bucharest for Mogosoaia every 15-20 minutes on weekdays and every 45 minutes on weekends. Minibuses also leave from near Bucharest’s Gara du Nord train station several times an hour heading toward Buftea. Guided tours are available on the weekends for 8 lei.