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In 1865, cultural and scientific personalities such as Constantin Esarcu, V. A. Ureche, and Nicolae Creţulescu founded the Romanian Atheneum Cultural Society. To serve its purposes, the Romanian Athenaeum, a building dedicated to art and science, would be erected in Bucharest.

The building was designed by the French architect Albert Galleron, built on a property that had belonged to the Văcărescu family and inaugurated in 1888, although work continued until 1897.
A portion of the construction funds was raised by public subscription in a 28-year long effort, of which the slogan is still remembered today:
"Spend one leu for the Ateneu!"

The overall style is neoclassical, with some more romantic touches. In front of the building there is a small park and a statue of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu.

Inside, the ground floor hosts an ornate conference hall as large as the auditorium above; the auditorium seats 600 in the stalls and another 52 in loge seating.

Last Friday was the start of one new TE meeting here in Romania and one of the first objective to see in Bucharest was this place,well known as a symbol of the Bucharest.

Brigitte, Anes,my sister,Johannes, Didier, Oana, Filip, Elena, Iulian,Andreea, Ioana,and many others friends which will become soon TE members I hope

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