House of The Princely Sons


The building was erected on the initiative of the ruler Constantin Brâncoveanu, in 1701, as the home of his sons, being located "down from the church of Saint Friday.”

From the possession of the prince, the House of The Princely Sons  came to the end of the seventeenth century in that of Scarlat Hiotu and then of his son Nicolae Hiotu who left it to his wife after his death.

The house was used exclusively for schooling and was probably inhabited by scholar Rafail between 1821 and 1832. The great poet Grigore Alexandrescu is also supposed to have studied at this school.

In 1831, the County Government operated in this building.

Between 1867 and 1893, the current building was rebuilt in Neoclassical style, preserving the old cellars, under the careful guidance of the surveyor Külle.

After the construction of the County Prefecture, it functioned as a Museum of Ethnography, and in 2000 the National Museum of the Romanian Police was inaugurated, the only museum in the country with this profile.

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