Sunday, July 19, 2009

Manuc's Inn

The inn was built in 1808, and originally owned by a wealthy and flamboyant Armenian, Emanuel Mârzaian, better known as Manuc-bei. Manuc is not a Turkish name(as I thought), but it is formed from Armenian word “Manuc + bei”.In Armenian language Manuc's meaning is “child” for example “Manuci zhepit” (child’s smile),

Manuc is original Armenian male first name.Also “bei” or “beyg” this was aristocratic title in Moslem countries.

Although Manuc's Inn has been subject to restorations its essential structure remains intact; of the three surviving 19th century inns in the Lipscani district, it is the only one currently in use as a hotel.

The inn was the site of the preliminary talks for the Treaty of Bucharest, which put an end to the 1806–1812 Russian-Turkish war. In 1842 it briefly housed Bucharest's town hall. Around 1880 a hall at the inn aws used as a theatre, and was the site of the first Romanian operetta performance.

Before Romania entered World War I, in 1914–1916, the hall "Sala Dacia" hosted meetings of the Wallachian pro-war party seeking to establish a Greater Romania by uniting the Kingdom of Romania with Transylvania and Bukovina.

I want to thank my friend Alex from for his information about the ethymology of the word.

There is also a folk song about this place. Even though it is in Romanian I hope you would like it.

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