Royal visit to Chişinău (1920) – images and history Cover Image

Vizita regală la Chişinău (1920) – imagine şi istorie
Royal visit to Chişinău (1920) – images and history

Author(s): Ana Griţco
Subject(s): History
Published by: Muzeul Naţional de Istorie a Moldovei
Keywords: Moldova; museum collection; postcards, royal visit

Summary/Abstract: The National Museum of History of Moldova came into possession of a mini-collection of illustrated postcards devoted to the visit of King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie of Romania to Bessarabia in May 1920. On the pictures made in the Chişinău photo shop of I. Zemşman there are images of the representatives of royal house and events during the visit that was also reflected in the press of the time, memoirs and historical literature. The postcards depict the following scenes: the royal retinue attending a worship service at the Nativity Cathedral, the royal family during the ceremony in front of the Diocesan House, Queen Marie visiting the People’s Canteen in Chişinău, and two images of the royal retinue on the streets of Chişinău. These images encouraged us to make an overview and summary of the visit, which was a special event not only for the reason that it was made by the rulers of the Kingdom of Romania, but also because it was organized prior to the recognition of the union of Bessarabia with Romania by the major allied powers and immediately after negotiations with the Supreme Committee of the Paris Peace Conference. The royal visit to Bessarabia took place before the signing of the Treaty of October 20, 1920 where the main allied powers recognized its unification with Romania. The need for this visit to Bessarabia was undeniable, as the physical presence of the king is „an act of asserting of legitimacy and suzerainty”.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 349-355
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Romanian