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Sinaia, Romania

Pelisor is a small palace built on the same domain as Peles Castle in Sinaia, Prahova Valley. Pelisor Castle, also called Pelisor Palace or Little Peles was built for the Romanian Royal Family and was an important royal house in the early 20th century. The palace was erected between 1899 and 1903 by the order of King Carol I, who wanted a home for his nephew, the King to-be, Ferdinand. It is located near the much larger, Peles Castle.

Unlike Peles Castle, Pelisor is a much smaller one, having 99 beautiful decorated and furnished rooms. Most of these rooms impress by their refinement and elegance. Decorations were chosen by Queen Maria with the help of the Viennese artist Ludwig Bernhardt. It was built by the Czech architect Karel Liman between 1899 and 1902, the same architect who has contributed to the construction of the Peles Castle, between 1893 and 1914.

Pelisor was designed in the Art Nouveau style; the furniture and the interior decorations were designed mostly by the Viennese Bernhard Ludwig.

The Castle was built on King Carol I’s wish, as a summer residence for Prince Ferdinand and Maria starting 1903. Ferdinand and Maria’s children Carol (later King Carol II), Marioara (Queen of Yugoslavia), Elizabeth (Queen of Greece) and Nicholas grew up here.

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