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A visit in Campina at Iulia Hasdeu Castle
The castle is located in Romania , in the sunny city of Campina. Is easily reachable being connected with a major road straight from Bucharest. The castle was built by Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, one of the greatest mind of Romanian 19th century, a prolific writer as well as a canny politician, in memoriam of his only daughter, Iulia Hasdeu. She was a very talented young girl who died at age of 19. This was a shock from which he never fully recovered. After her death, he started to study spiritualism hoping to contact his dead daughter. It is told that the castle itself is build after the sketches transmitted by Julia’s Spirit during the spiritistic sessions.
Situated in a beautiful garden, surrounded by old trees, the castle presents itself with his peculiar form (three towers made from unpolished granite) practically inviting people to visit. The place is full of symbolism. The central entrance of the castle is massive door made of stone which rotate itself around a metal ax. On it, you can see Hasdeu family motto, “Pro fide et patria”(for faith and country). Above it, you are looking at an eye framed in a triangle (the eye of the world) and Galileo expression “E pur si muove”.
Through the main door of the temple-castle, you walk through a tall and narrow hall, similar to a narthex, from where, through a corridor made of two parallel mirrors, you enter the rotunda, the temple of the castle. This is the largest room from the six rooms that are found in the castle and in the middle of it stands a building of bricks and iron with a shape of a huge cross called in the spiritualist archive “The great Crucifix”. Above it is a magnificent sculpture of Jesus Christ made by the sculpture Raphael Casciani, facing east towards the source of light. Although the castle suffered some damages during the world wars the statue was never harmed. The whole design represents the connection between the three cosmic areas: Heaven, the Earth and the Inferno.
Another room is the reception hall where his wife received guests. In it you will see a beautiful marble bust of her. After that you enter in the dining room where all the walls are supporting family portraits. Of course, in the castle is a room dedicated to his daughter, filled with her personal things, books and diplomas, her journal and her puppet made from porcelain. The last two rooms are the scientist personal working chamber where you can see his wife, daughter and his own portraits and the spiritual chamber, the place where took place the spiritistic sessions where presumably Hasdeu connected with his dead daughter.
The visiting hours are from 09:00 to 17:00 every day except Monday. As a nice addition to the guide every item is labeled with a number code and you have the option to learn the history of that specific item by pressing the code on a wireless phone handed to you at the entrance ( very similar to a audio book )
Campina,B-dul Carol I nr. 199 Postal code 105600
Road from Bucharest to Campina
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