„Sinaia, Oraşul Elitelor”, an ambassador book for national values
„Sinaia, Oraşul Elitelor”, one of the most comprehensive book ever written about Sinaia and the personalities that marked its evolution during the last 150 years, met its audience in Bucharest. On April 16th, a book about “The little Versailles” was launched in the heart of “The little Paris”, at Bucharest City Museum
Have you ever asked which great Romanian architect has never built at least one house in Sinaia? Or which important personality of Romania’s political, economic or cultural life during the last 150 years has not tied his or her destiny to Sinaia? Do you know how many national and European premieres find their origins in Sinaia or alongside Prahova Valley? Have you ever asked yourselves if there is at least one European royal family that has not paid a visit to Peles Castle yet? Sinaia carries inside it the footsteps or our famous predecessors. Owning an impressive number of national and European premieres, courted by the elites, Sinaia always stood ahead the time.
„Sinaia, Oraşul Elitelor” is a book that tells stories about people, places and remarkable happenings. After reading the book nothing is the same as before. The architecture goes out on the streets, the city breathes the stories of prominent characters that shaped its existence and the reader feels the pride of being a Romanian. „Sinaia, Oraşul Elitelor” is a book about national values and the exquisite way our predecessors put Romania on the world map.
Lying on the border between a monography, a travel journal and a photo album, the book includes more than 1000 pictures old and new, some of them published for the first time. „Sinaia, Oraşul Elitelor” is written by a man who declared his love for the inheritance left behind by our predecessors and is the fruit of a research and documentary work of more than 20 years. The author is architect Dan Manea, a fine connoisseur of the city history, a man who loves Sinaia, is a passionate climber on the surrounding mountains and a pioneer for many of the restoration efforts regarding buildings and historical monuments within Prahova Valley. Breathing the fragrance or old chronicles, the book offers the reader a novel perspective upon a city he or she thought it knew. Because a city seen through the eyes of an architect in love with his home town is completely different from the one we all thought we knew.
“The author of “Sinaia-Oraşul Elitelor” succeeded in his effort to catch all details that made this location settlement a city differing from other Romanian cities. This difference is carefully and sensitively mapped, thus offering the reader an option to travel through Sinaia’s illustrated history without the feeling that physical distances diminish the emotional closeness. The book breathes out the fragrance of an illustrated and narrated monography of Sinaia, placing itself on the border between a monography, a travel book and an album”, Adrian Majuru, historian and anthropologist, manager of the Bucharest City Museum says.
Romanian or foreign tourists will rediscover the city also due to the fact that “Sinaia, Oraşul Elitelor” suggests, for the first time in history, thematic touristic itineraries focused on monument buildings and author houses. The map completes a picture which paints the way Sinaia shines from different perspectives to the ones we were accustomed with. The book website, www.sinaiaorasulelitelor.ro, hosts an electronic version of the itineraries, where monument buildings and author houses are localised by GPS with the help provided by the digital map solution offered by GPSMAPS, leader of GPS digital maps solutions in Romania. The map is also optimised for mobile devices.
Part of the money gained from selling the book will directly support the development of area touristic activities. The money will be donated to the “Prahova Valley Rotary Club” Association for supporting the “Belvederes in Bucegi” project, which aims to promote the touristic potential of the Bucegi Natural Park protected area. With these amounts of money and the local community contribution, the royal itinerary Sinaia-Royal Sheepfold Meadow will be placed again on the map, as this itinerary includes the traditional belvedere points at St. Ana Rock, the Chimes Rock, the Franz-Josef Rock and the Sheepfold Meadow itself, which will be marked and accommodated as rest and information points.
„Sinaia, Oraşul Elitelor” may be also bought on the dedicate website, www.sinaiaorasulelitelor.ro, at the “Eminescu” bookstore in Bucharest, at the “Book Store” bookstore in Sinaia and at the Sinaia City Museum – the Alina Ştirbei villa.
The book could be printed due to the direct and consistent help provided by local authorities, local investors and several national companies. We thank the following for enthusiastically joining this editorial project: Sinaia City Hall, Palace Hotel, Caraiman Hotel, Cegedim Customer Information România, Internaţional Hotel, Bucegi Hotel, La Tunuri Tourist Complex, Rina Cerbul, Rina Sinaia, Rohe România, Vision Expo Systems, Inkorporate Print, Art&Craft, Foişorul cu Flori, GPSMAPS.
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