The Assembly of the Cotofeni Court
The ensemble contains: Cotofeni House, Church "The Assumption ", Neo-Romanesque Mansion, Neoclassical House, Park, Old School.
From a historical point of view, the Assembly of the Cotofeni Court and the Cotofeni House dates back to the mid-eighteenth century, being included on the list of historical monuments in 2004. The architecture of the building reminds of how imposing the manor was in the old days. The thick brick walls can be seen. In the 1930s, Queen Mary of Romania was a guest in these houses.
The ensemble located on the Jiu cliff is an example of a residential architecture in Wallachia, remarkable for its architecture, for the two hundred years of uninterrupted living and for the way in which generations in turn thought it should enrich it, on the way it was preserved in the period up to the Second World War.
At the end of the 19th century, the estate was divided between the two daughters of the family, and next to the old house a new house was built, in a neo-Romanian style. The house must have been ready in 1906, the year when landscape architects E. Redont and E. Pinard are hired to design the Coţofeni Court Park.
The image and state of the buildings were excellent, as they confess, for example, the photographs taken during the Queen Mary visit of the 1930s.
In 1949 or 1951, the courtyard was owned by the Agrarian Institute in Craiova, then a military unit, to remain in today's "custody" of the local administration.
A restoration project initiated by the Ministry of Culture in 1998 was not overcome by the lack of funds. Even so, in the bad state they are in, the court has impressed those who have seen it recently.
In the 1970s, the most important scenes in the film Tanase Scatiu directed by Dan Pita were filmed here.
The Cotofeni Manor House was at the time a well-structured building complex. From the top of the hill would have watched the area as a nest of eagles far away, to Craiova.
Photo: ro.wikipedia.org; http://arhitectura-romaneasca.blogspot.com/2009/06/conacul-cotofenilor-din-cotofenii-din_04.html