Sinaia is a town and mountain resort in Romania’s Prahova County, and it is named after Sinaia Monastery, around which it was built.
The city is officially documented first time around the year 1200. The city’s Orthodox Church is the oldest proof and one of the interesting places that you have to visit.
In Sinaia you can find the amazing Peles Castle, one of the best-preserved royal palaces in Europe. It served as the summer residence of the first king of Romania, Carol I of Hohenzollern.
Near the Peles Castle is located the Pelisor Castle which was built in 1899-1903 as a residence for Princes of Romania, Ferdinand and Maria, in the Art Nouveau style. The Czech architect Karel Liman helped with the castle’s design, but there is also a strong influence of Princess Maria all over the castle’s rooms.
In Sinaia, you can also visit the Memorial House “George Enescu”. This building is famous for being the summer residence of the Romanian composer George Enescu who finished here the Romanian Rhapsodies Cycle, Concerto for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, Opus 16, and a few other works such as musical sonatas and some parts of his opera, “Oedipe”. The violinist Yehudi Menuhin himself studied here under George Enescu’s guidance for a short period of time.