The Mansion of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

Princess Ljubica (1785-1843), by her maiden name, Ljubica Vukomanović, was the daughter of a wealthy Serbian owner and the wife of Prince Miloš Obrenović (1783-1860), the ruler of Serbia and the founder of the Obrenović dynasty, which ruled Serbia for most of the 19th century. Underlying Obrenović's aim as a ruler of Serbia, namely the…

Ceramic Objects at the Ethnographical Museum of Câmpulung (Argeș county, Romania)

The Ethnographical Museum of Câmpulung, located on Republicii Boulevard at no. 5, is hosted by one of the oldest houses in town. The house was built in the first part of the eighteenth century, in 1735 more precisely, and it belonged to a local boyar of the time, one whose name was Ștefănescu. The building…

Early Twentieth Century Vernacular Architecture in Argeș County, Romania

Argeș is a county that lays between the south-western and the central part of the country. Technically, it borders Transylvania, traditionally being the gate through which the goods of Wallachia, the southern part of the country, would enter Transylvania by crossing the arch of the Carpathian mountains. Its advantageous position was already known to the…

Houses of Constanța, Romania

Constanța is a city on the coast of the Black Sea, in an area called Dobrudja (south-east Romania). The settlement bearing the name Tomis was established around 600 B.C. by the queen Tomyris who ruled over an ancient Eastern Iranian nomadic confederation. Tomis was eventually  conquered by the Romans, becoming one of the remotest borders…

Women, Honour, and Sin in Wallachia of the Nineteenth Century

    Book details: Nicoleta Roman, „Deznădăjduită muiere n-au fost ca mine“. Femei, onoare și păcat în Valahia secolului al XIX-lea (‘Hardly ever has there been a more helpless woman like meʼ. Women, Honour, and Sin in Wallachia of the Nineteenth Century), București, 2016, Humanitas, 407 pages (bibliography included). The cover of the book we…

Street Art of Sofia

Did you know that the Bulgarian capital abounds in daring graffitis and funny shop-signs and names? Even the boxes that host electrical equipment have been imaginatively decorated. A ruined and shabby passageway can unexpectedly open to a lush drawing, a narrow street gets perspective thanks to the face of an emo girl watching the passer-by…