Reconstruction of Gabroveni Inn, close to the original


Sorin Oprescu, mayor of Bucharest: The older section will be ready on April 30.

Sorin Oprescu, mayor of Bucharest, announced Thursday that Gabroveni Inn has been reconstructed to closely resemble the original model and the building will become a cultural institute, with the oldest part of the inn scheduled to be completed on April 30 and the newer section within the following five months. “The Gabroveni Inn is shaping to be what we have always wanted it to be – as close to the original as possible, even though many houses were built here in the last hundred years. It will be a true cultural institute of this municipality and a pillar in developing cultural projects both in Bucharest and nationwide,” Sorin Oprescu said Thursday, after a tour of the building which has undergone reconstruction work for two years.
According to municipality officials, the old part of the inn, which was rehabilitated using Norwegian funds as well, will be ready on April 30, whereas the new section will be finalized in the following five months. “I hope we can open it as soon as possible and allow the residents of Bucharest to take advantage of everything this space has to offer, culturally speaking – auditoriums, exhibit halls, restaurants, café shops, and tourist information points. (…) I am proud of what we have here; it resembles the buildings from Vienna,” Oprescu added.
In turn, Eugen Teodorovici, Minister of European Funds, said he plans to hold the first edition of the annual meeting of representatives of the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism at the Gabroveni Inn, an event by which Romania will be granted funding from Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. “It will allow those who have contributed financially to see the results of their contribution and witness how a project comes to life. It was a difficult project because the monument is old and the construction site was unfamiliar,” Teodorovici stated.
The restoration of the Gabroveni Inn will offer the cultural circuit of Romania’s capital city a new auditorium of approximately 200 seats. The last auditorium built in Bucharest was the hall at the Excelsior Theater, inaugurated in 2011.
RON 37,362,216 (VAT included) was used to construct and finalize Gabroveni Inn, of which the General Town Hall contributed RON 23,633,147 (VAT included) and RON 13,729,068 was granted by the Ministry of Culture through the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism.

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