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Cotroceni palace – museum, Bucharest
(Palatul muzeu Cotroceni – Bucuresti)
In 1679, Serban Cantacuzino built a monastery on the Cotroceni hill. His work was continued by Constantin Brancoveanu, who often arrived at the monastery. In 1862, Alexandru Ioan Cuza decided to use the monastery Cotroceni as a princely summer residence. The palace houses Cuza’s special sword.
In 1893, a palace was built next to the monastery by Carol I – which served as residence of the Romanian royal family until 1939.
After 1989, the new wing of the Palace became the official residence of the President of Romania. The old royal palace is open to the public as a Museum.