The Romanian Athenaeum, nicknamed the Romanian temple of arts, is an architectural jewel whose uniqueness and merits were recognized by the fact that it was classified as a historical monument in 2004 and it is part of the European heritage since 2007, which is granted to sites that have a strong symbolic value for European history and heritage. Located on Calea Victoriei, the Romanian Athenaeum is an important cultural center and a must see architectural gem, but is also defined by the fact that it is one of the oldest and most important cultural institutions in Bucharest.
This edifice hosts remarkable events, such as George Enescu’s classic music festival, an international event for the lovers of classic music.
The chief architect was Albert Galleron, who designed the building by following the useful guidelines provided by a team of Romanian architects. It must be mentioned that the famous Romanian composer George Enescu (1881-1955) conducted on March 1st, 1898 on the scene of the Athenaeum the premiere of his enthusiastically acclaimed “Romanian Poem” and in 1914, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was played for the first time in the Romanian Principalities.
The 800 seats ensure perfect visibility of the stage from every point and impeccable acoustics. As a matter of fact, its exceptional acoustics place the Romanian Athenaeum Hall among the most successful constructions of it's kind worldwide.