Saturday, January 28, 2012

Statue of Prince Rainier in Bucharest

Who would have thought that a statue of one of the greatest princes of Monaco would be going up in Romania of all places? But, it is. Romanian sculptor Ionel Stoicescu has created a bronze statue of HSH Prince Rainier III of Monaco with the help of just under 161,000 euros in financing. The life-sized statue will be part of a monument in honor of Prince Rainier III and the Monuments Administration chose a location in front of the Circus building in Bucharest to place the statue. Obviously this is in recognition of the great love and support Prince Rainier III showed to the circus during his reign, work still being carried on by his family, particularly Princess Stephanie. He is also not alone in being recognized in such a way. The statue of Prince Rainier III will be one of six new statues going up in Bucharest to honor actors, writers, historic figures and other personalities. Those being honored include actor Gheorghe Dinica, writers Mircea Eliade, Emil Cioran, Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu and the 1840's revolutionary Avram Iancu.

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