Miclauseni domain covers the Sturdza Castle, the Macrina House (a guest house named after Ecaterina Cantacuzino’s name as a nun), the “Sfintii Voievozi” and “Buna Vestire” Church and the “Miclauseni Monastery”.
The castle was inherited by George Sturdza in 1863. Between 1880 and 1904, inspired by their travels, he and his wife, Maria Ghica, will give the castle its neo-Gothic form we see today, employing the architects Iulius Reinecke and I. Grigsberg.
The castle has two entrances: the main entrance under the arches and the secondary entrance behind the castle, used in the past by the domain’s employees. The castle is imposing with its large windows, with high relief decorations, turrets, and the Sturdzas coat of arms on one of its sides: a lion with a sword and an olive branch, an emblem made in 1898 in the Art Nouveau style by the architect I. Reineck, at the suggestion of Maria.
The Sturdza Castle must have been a splendid jewel, bringing together manuscript paintings, architecture, fine carpentry, an impressive library, a collection of medieval armor, chandeliers, furniture pieces, in its time of tranquility and glory, when the Sturdza family organized many high class cultural soirees. The women’s weaving parlor, with a secret exit to the village through a tunnel, the Turkish bath with a sauna, the terrace above the entrance arches are reminiscent of the beauty and utility of the past.
For all the article, please see the Black Gryphon Magazine, the 2nd issue.