“Teodor Costescu” Cultural Palace – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Thematic Route: The Cultural Heritage Route

Name of the Touristic Attraction: ‘Teodor Costescu” Cultural Palace

Location: in Drobeta Turnu Severin, Mehedinți County, Carol I Boulevard, no. 4

Legendă / Poveste / Impresii / Recomandări: It is known as the largest architectural monument in Drobeta Turnu Severin, on the UNESCO list. It is the creation of the famous architect Grigore Cerchez and it is declared a protected historical monument. The idea of building the construction belonged to the President of “Turnu Severin City Theater” Society and „Traian” High School, The Director Teodor Costescu. He was also the one who started the project and raised funds. The building was initially thought to include seven halls. Three large halls for library, cinema and restaurant formed the northern wing, and three overlapping halls formed the western wing. Here functioned the C. Istrati Museum, the festive salon and the Helping Room. Between the two wings of the building was located the Theater Hall, with a capacity of 700 seats and equipped with a rotating scene, unique at that time in the country. The construction of the palace began in 1912, but unfortunately the war brings with it, the shutting down of the works, the building being left unfinished. It was not open until 1924, but even then with the showroom left unfinished.  Over the years the building has become a true Cultural Palace and for a period of time it has provided the necessary space, to other representative institutions of the city and of the county, including “I.G.Bibicescu” Library, The Free University, “Dr. Constantin I. Istrati “Museum and the cinema. In 2010, the building entered an extensive rehabilitation program, and today most of the cultural events in the city take place here.

Information and Contact:

Contact Teodor Costescu Cultural Pallace, phone: +40252 311 020,

website: http://palatulculturiiseverin.ro/

Route close to other Thematic Routes:

In the area you can also visit:

  1. “Dragalina General Park” with the Severin Fortress and the Drobeta Archeological Complex placed on the slope of the Danube terrace
  2. “Roses Park” made up of hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and roses
  3. The Water Castle
  4. The Iron Gates Hydropower Plant Museum
  5. The Orthodox Cathedral

Other useful information:

Accommodation:

Traian Hotel, phone: +4 0252 311 760

Continental Hotel, phone: +40372 528 828

Condor Hotel, phone:+40252 311 128

Corona Hotel, phone: +40743 128 658, e-mail: contact@corona.ro

Events

  1. Severin’s Days – around April 23rd, when Sf. Gheorghe, the protector of Severin, is celebrated
  2. Danube’s Day – 29th June
  3. National Festival of Literature “The meaning of love”- in Spring
  4. ” The songs of Romanians from Everywhere ” – in October
  5. The Autumn National Book Fair – in October
  6. The Excellence Awards Gala – in Autumn

GPS Coordinates: lat, long: 44.62362615, 22.65468883049174, elevation: 67 m