The complicated journey of Queen Marie’s embalmed heart. The place where you can find the heart of the most beloved Queen of Romania, the grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain

If you plan to visit Romania this summer then you must put this on the visiting list. The embalmed heart of Queen Marie, the most beloved queen of Romania, will be on display from May to September at The Peles Castle. For the past years the Queen’s heart has been stored in a shoebox in the basement of a museum in Bucharest after the communists decided to take it from the Bran Castle.

The Peles Castle, unlike other sightseeing spots in Romania, has a very interesting webpage with photos and useful information. You can see it here in English

Peles Castle RomaniaPhoto Source: despreromania.com

Along with the Palace of the Parliament and the Bran Castle, The Peles Castle is a must see if you are traveling to Romania.

Queen Marie, the grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, was married to King Ferdinand  of Romania and had a controversial family life but, according to historians, she was a very important diplomat for Romania during and after the First World War.

If you need more details about Queen Marie of Romania, click on the link below:

Marie of Romania, beloved and controversial Queen of Romania: hated her husband, committed adultery repeatedly but loved her country with all her heart

Queen Marie of RomaniaThe complicated journey of Queen Marie’s embalmed heart

Queen Marie died in Peles Castle on 18 July 1938, 11 years after her husband’s death. She was buried next to her husband in the Monastery of Curtea de Argeş. In accordance to her will, her heart was kept in a cloister at the Balchik Palace (now in Bulgaria) which she had built. Her heart was covered with a double faced flag (on one side the Romanian flag, and on the other side the English one). Covered in this way, the heart was put in a smaller silver box and then in a bigger one. In 1940, when Balchik and the rest of Southern Dobrudja were returned to Bulgaria, Queen Marie’s heart was transferred to Bran Castle.

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Her heart in a shoebox

In 1968, Communist partisans defiled the marble sarcophagus in which the heart was preserved at the Bran Castle. Both silver coffers containing Queen’s heart were transferred to Bucharest and nowadays are in the custody of National Museum of Romanian History as well as Queen’s heart. The coffers (photo above) and her crown (photo below) are part of Romanian National Thesaurus and can be seen at National Museum of Romanian History in Bucharest. Her embalmed heart remained for many years in the Museum’s basement in a dusty shoebox.

Queen Marie's crown

Fortunately, after all these years of basement darkness, the Queen’s heart is now brought again to light. From 18th of May, 2013, until September 2013, tourists can see the Queen’s heart on display at the Peles Castle.

When, where, how much?

The Peles Castle is located in Sinaia, a touristic resort located at 142 kilometers from Bucharest (2 hours by car). You can find great accommodation there. Click here.

The visiting hours for the heart display:

Wednesday – 11:00 – 17:00

Thursday – Sunday 9:15 – 17:00

The visiting hours for the Peles Castle:

Tuesday – 11:00 – 17:00
Wednesday to Sunday – 9:00 – 17:00
Monday – Closed

The tickets

The Peles Castle
Ground Floor
About 45 Minutes
General Exhibit

Adults – 20 lei – approx. 4 euros
Seniors – 10 lei – approx. 2 euros
Students – 5 lei – approx 1 euro
Euro < 26 Card – 5 lei – approx 1 euro

The last group for the general exhibit enters at 16:15.

Ground Floor & First Floor
About 1 Hour and 15 Minutes
Optional Tour I

Adults – 50 lei – approx. 11 euros
Seniors – 25 lei – approx. 6 euros
Students – 12,5 lei – approx. 3 euros
Euro < 26 Card – 12,5 lei – approx. 3 euros

The last group for the optional tour I enters at 15:45.
Ground Floor &

First Floor & Second Floor
About 1 Hour and 45 Minutes
Optional Tour II

Adults – 70 lei – approx. 15 euros
Seniors – 35 lei – approx. 8 euros
Students – 17,5 lei – approx. 4 euros
Euro < 26 Card – 17,5 lei – approx 4 euros

The last group for the optional tour I enters at 15:15.

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One Response to The complicated journey of Queen Marie’s embalmed heart. The place where you can find the heart of the most beloved Queen of Romania, the grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain

  1. Pingback: Marie of Romania, beloved and controversial Queen of Romania: hated her husband, erased a child from history but loved her country with all her heart | Tourist in Romania

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