Casino Royale

A true landmark of the Black Sea shore. This impressive casino was built in the early 20th-century and became a historic monument due to its exceptional architectural and historical value. It's designed in the Art Nouveau style by a Swiss-Romanian architect. History of the place actually dates back further with the first structure being erected of wood in the late 19th-century. Designed to be a club for the elite and upper-class socialites. After the completion of the current building, it was only used for 38 years due to World War's that followed quickly. It suffered from bombings and even functioned as a wartime hospital. During the country's communist period, the casino became a house of culture for the party. Nowadays it's abandoned and slowly decaying. The local authorities have been trying to find restoration fundings for decades. This year (2019) they finally managed to do so. Plans are made; the restoration project will take over 2.5 years and will cost a total of 23.5 million euro. Quite the investment, but all worth it for saving the incredible architecture in my opinion.

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Multiple doorways towards the outside terrace. Looking over the Black Sea.
Multiple doorways towards the outside terrace. Looking over the Black Sea.
The main entrance hall with enormous stairs leading visitors upstairs.
The main entrance hall with enormous stairs leading visitors upstairs.
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Heavyweight chandelier.
Heavyweight chandelier.
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After the war bombings, this window was completely blown out and the stairs were full of debris.
After the war bombings, this window was completely blown out and the stairs were full of debris.
Every ceiling in the casino was extensively decorated.
Every ceiling in the casino was extensively decorated.
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Through these doors, visitors would enter the main biggest room of the casino.
Through these doors, visitors would enter the main biggest room of the casino.
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Looks like we got ourselves a winner and a loser.
Looks like we got ourselves a winner and a loser.
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