Ploiesti City Hall
”The land of the black gold” offers unique cultural sights and facilities for conferences and events.
The theatre is made out of three departments: Drama, Revue and Puppets. In the 60 years since its opening, Romanian as well as universal drama has been played on the stage. From ancient theatre to contemporary theatre, it has always combined widely popular plays with avantgarde performances.
The museum holds paintings by N. Tonitza, N. Grigorescu, S. Luchian or T. Pallady, famous Romanian painters from the 19th and the 20th centuries, and it is organized according to different collections: painting, graphics, sculpture and design.
It displays local history: cabinets of coins and medals, records of the Thracian civilization and of 1st millenium period AD in Prahova county.
”The Museum of Man” has a human evolution diorama and many more other exhibits. It was renovated and opened to the public.
Set up in 1921, the library offers its readers an aproximate number of 550,000 books, periodicals or graphical and audio-visual documents. Every year the library purchases between 10,000 and 15,000 volumes and it has subscriptions to 90 Romanian periodicals. It has around 26,000 subscribed readers who check-out more than 600,000 publications.
A one of a kind museum in Romania, set up in 1963, it has a sun dial,1634 wooden clock, waterfall clock (London, 1654), the first pocket watch (the ”Nurnberg” egg), tower clocks, watches belonging to the kings Charles I and Michael I, the tzar Alexander II and over 4000 other collection pieces.
It is the only one of this kind in Romania. Set up in 1961, it holds some sort of an oversized bucket hauled by horse; the mock-up of the first mechanical drilling installation used in Romania; the mock-up of the 1856 ”gas factory” owned by the Mehedinteanu brothers; tools, miner lamps and 19th century installations; petrol lamps from Bucharest – the first city in the world to be lit with petrol in 1859; the first invention for the purification of petrol carried out by Lazar Edeleanu and used worldwide as well as more than 8,000 other exhibits.
It reveales the life of the famous Romanian playwright, whose work has been translated and staged in countries such as: France, Japan, Spain, Italy or Belgium.
Here you can learn about Prahova County’s greatest poet, Romania’s poet of the ”unwords”, who won the ”Award for the youngest poet” – Struga, Macedonia, 1965; the ”Gottfried von Herder Patent and Medal” – 1976; the ”Golden Crown” Award – Struga, 1982.
With facts on the life of the most important composer in Prahova County. You can find here the oldest piano in South-East Europe manufactured by F. Kaeferlie firm in Stuttgart.
The house, dating from the 18th – 19th centuries, is a ”jewel of our old art” (Nicolae Simache). With its Romanian architecture blended with Oriental influences, the house introduces you to the world of the 18th – 19th centuries, along with all the design details. One of the hidden treasures in the house is ”Portrait of a Muslim” (1819), brought by Hagi Prodan, the merchant, from Jerusalem.
The first symbol of Romanian democracy, the statue was cast in iron in Paris and it is the image of Athens, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom.
It was build in the old Romanian architectural style. It is a perfect blend of refinement and beauty; it is thougth to be the most charming masion in 19th century Vallachia. The mansion is made complete by a noble winery which pleases the eyes with its stone-sculpted sections dating from the 2nd – 3rd centuries as well as other installations and containers for preparing wine, old and new.