Even after removing the special effects that turn Nevermore into a dark Gothic fairytale comparable to Hogwarts, the Cantacuzino Castle is just as impressive. Located in Bușteni, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, it was built in 1911, and it served as the summer residence of Prince Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, a descendant of an important Romanian royal family.
Its Brâncovenesc style was chosen by architect Grigore Cerchez, one of the most popular architects of that time. The castle was built in place of an old cabin. It took five years for the building and annexes to be completed, and its design took another one and a half years, making it a modern masterpiece.
In 1948 it was nationalized and it served as a hospital for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, but today it’s a museum open to the public. The edifice is also known as the Zamora Castle after the name of Prince Cantacuzino’s dog. After the fall of the communist regime, the castle was given back to the Cantacuzino family and remains private property. Visitors can admire a rich art gallery, enjoy guided tours, dine in the exclusive castle restaurants, and stroll through the impressive park. Young visitors can also enjoy a new adventure park for children of all ages.
Other Addams-worthy locations in the vicinity
Though the Cantacuzino Castle is the main location of Nevermore the sets included lesser-known locations. Many indoor scenes were filmed on sets built at Buftea Film Studio, but Larissa Weems’ office was filmed in the Monteoru Palace in Bucharest. The imposing mansion was built at the end of the 19th century in an eclectic French style. It’s an important historical site in the capital of Romania that can be visited by anyone. Its gardens and terraces are now at the center of Bucharest’s cultural scene, featuring a luxurious restaurant and club.
The Niculescu-Dorobantu Mansion is another location used for filming Wednesday. The neogothic house is located in Bucharest. It was built in 1911 and features an impressive 41 rooms. Despite not being currently open to the public, if you have some cash lying around you can purchase it for a whopping 4,5 million euros.
The iconic scene in which Wednesday releases two bags full of piranas in the pool can be found in the Politehnica University of Bucharest.
If you wish you were part of Marilyn Thornhill’s botany classes, we can’t promise you will discover all the intriguing carnivorous plants in the tv show, but you can still stroll through Dimitrie Brândza Botanical Gardens in Bucharest, where the classes were filmed. The gardens were opened to the public in 1860 and they’re home to over 10,000 species of plants.
The home of Garrett Gates which was so important in the development of the story was filmed in the Olga Greceanu Mansion, in Măldăreşti village. It was used for many film sets, including Aferim. Today it’s a popular museum that can be visited by anyone.
Wednesday is not simply a teenage girl who learns how to become part of a community, but she is also a guide that shows her fans some of the most beautiful locations in Romania.
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