HISTORY OF THE HOUSE – HISTORY OF A GREAT FAMILY


In the history of Romania, there were many families of waivodes and princes, who have illustrated their thoughts and actions by fighting for the political emancipation and to defend the national integrity and the national spirit.

Among them, the illustrious Ghica family has managed for two centuries to line up its most important representatives alongside with the major ruling families of the Romanian Principalities.

Outstanding politicians, diplomats and scientists who militate in favor of the national cause, the democratization of the public life and a modern Romania, rise themselves from the ranks of Ghica family, represented by strong national aspirations.

Ion Ghica (1816-1897), a headmost in the Ghica family was a moderate liberal politician, professor, scientist, publicist, writer, diplomat and art lover.

Ion Ghica, a man of vision and action, mathematician, diplomat and twice Prime Minister of Romania, member of the Romanian Academy and its president for four times, remarked himself as one of the most dynamic and prominent actors on the scene of the international diplomacy, cultural and economic exchanges.

Following his destiny, in 1876, just before Romania declared its independency and after discussions with the British Minister of Foreign Affairs E.H. Stanley, Ghica signed with the English Government a treaty establishing commercial relations with Romania.

In July 1881,Carol the Ist, King of Romania, signed a decree appointing Prince Ion Ghica, senator, former President of the Council of Ministers, as Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of Her Majesty Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Empress of India.

Given the extraordinary importance of the Danube River for the development of the European waterways, Ghica supported in 1882 the creation of a Sanitary Council formed of members of the Romanian Sanitary Council and of representatives of the riparian countries that were part of the European Commission of the Danube.




A highly appreciated diplomat – one of Romania’s finest – but also a patriot, Ghica considered the Danube to be the cradle of European civilization from Roman times. Representing Romania’s interests at the Great Powers Conference in 1882-1883, he successfully negotiated the implementation of the sanitary measures, rules and procedures of navigation along the Danube River, as well as the extension of the mandate given to the European Commission of the Danube.

Continuing the work of building friendly ties between nations, fostering prosperity for his country, in 1891, he successfully prepared the visit of Carol Ist, King of Romania, to Wilhelm IInd, Kaiser of Germany.

The name of the Ghica family is also linked with the precious building located at the intersection of Victoria Street with Nicolae Iorga Street: Gradisteanu-Ghica palace.

The house was built in the last century for Constantine and Elena Gradisteanu by the famous architect Louis Blanc (1860-1903), who also entered into the Romanian heritage the well-known buildings of the Faculty of Medicine and Institute "Victor Babes" in Bucharest, and the University of Iasi.

The interiors are decorated with many panels made ​​of different wood essences, they contain monumental stairs, luxuriant and carefully worked ceilings and floors, whose artistic value was intensified by the careful restoration carried out by the rules of art under the aegis of the "Ion Ghica" Foundation between 1994-2000.