Prince Charles pays brief visit to Capital's Old Centre

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Prince Charles paid a brief visit to the Capital's Old Centre on Friday, among the landmarks visited by His Royal Highness being Manuc's Inn, one of the oldest in Europe, and Stavropoleos Church.

His Royal Highness' itinerary began at Manuc's Inn, where he stayed for a few minutes.

In fact, Prince Charles wanted to find out, from his guide, architectural historian Valentin Mandache, details about the manner in which the historic landmark was preserved in time.

On his stroll, Prince Charles admired the Old Court Voivodal Palace and Vlad the Impaler's bust.

After having left Manuc's Inn, Prince Charles continued the walk on French Street and then on Post Street. On his way, he asked details especially on the architectural monuments that were in a state of decay, and discussed with the initiators of the "Monument Ambulance" project.

The Prince of Wales continued his walk to Stavropoleos Church, where he was greeted by priest Iustin Marchis.

"Welcome back, after 20 years. We have changed our appearance a bit. We were under restoration, now we are in preservation, and we are more alive, there is more life," priest Marchis said.

In Savropoleos Church, His Royal Highness witnessed a short religious music performance and visited a photo exhibition organised by "Pro Patrimonio" Foundation, and received from priest Iustin Marchis a book on Oltenia. Moreover, the Prince of Wales admired the old art collection of the church.

"You will suddenly fall in love with Oltenia," father Marchis told Prince Charles while offering him the book.

At the end of the visit, the Prince signed the guest book of Stavropoleos Church.

"We try to present what the situation is and the attempts we are making in Oltenia and Moldova," Pro Patrimonio representative Serban Sturdza told AGERPRES, referring to the photography exhibition.

The time spent by His Royal Highness in Bucharest's Old Centre hasn't passed unnoticed by Bucharesters. Some awaited for him with curiosity in front of Stavropoleos Church, others took pictures from the windows of their homes.

The stroll through the Old Centre of Bucharest was included in the schedule of the last day of the official visit His Royal Highness is paying to Romania. AGERPRES (RO — author: Oana Ghita, editor: Cristina Tatu; EN — authors: Adina Panaitescu, Razvan-Adrian Pandea, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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