The Romanian Athenaeum (RomanianAteneu Român, definite article form Ateneul Român) in the center of Bucharest, Romania. Opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city's main concert hall and the home of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic and the home of an annual international music festival also named after George Enescu.
The Romanian Atheneum Society was founded in 1865 by Constantin Esarcu, V.A. Ureche, and Nicolae Creţulescu and raised the money for the building by public subscription. The building was designed by the French architect Albert Galleron, on property that had belonged to the Văcărescu family. The overall style is neoclassical, with some more romantic touches. The ground floor is an ornate conference hall as large as the auditorium above; the auditorium seats 600 in the stalls and another 52 in loge seating. Above the loges is a frieze and a group of 25 frescoes by Costin Petrescu depicting scenes from the history of Romania.  (http://www.nouaromanie.ro/redescoperirea%20romaniei_files/ateneul%20roman.htm) In front, there is a statue of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu.
1992 reconstruction work (http://www.constructiv.ro/arhiva/2003/06_iunie/curent_cuprins1.html) (in Romanian) includes an excellent image of the inside of the dome during construction.
Page about the Romanian Athenaeum (http://www.nouaromanie.ro/redescoperirea%20romaniei_files/ateneul%20roman.htm) (in Romanian) provides a detailed description of the scenes from Romanian history portrayed in the frescoes of the Atheneum.
While Moldova was a province of Romania (1918-1940), the Romanian leu circulated in that area.
The earliest documented currency in the Romanian territory was an 8-gram silver drachma, issued by the Greek polis (Ï€Î¿Î»Î¹Ï‚, city) Histria (in the region that is now the Dobrogea) in the year 480 BC.
The Romanian leu briefly held the dubious distinction of being the world's least valued currency unit, from January (when the Turkish lira dropped six zeros) to July 2005.
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