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Yesterday's visits

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2. Her Majesty Queen Margaret of Denmark

Today's visits

3. Visit of Mrs. Laura Bush, Wife of the President of the United States of America – April 3, 2008

4. Visit of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan – May 20, 2009

5. Visit of Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium – July 7, 2009

6. Visit of Mrs. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President of the United States of America – May 21, 2014

7. Visit of His Royal Highness Prince Leka II of Albania – June 26, 2014

8. Visit of His Royal Highness Pricipele Nicolae of Romania – June 27, 2014

9. Visit of His Royal Highness Prince Charles de Wales of Great Britain to the National Museum of the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village in Bucharest

"I have often been asked what brings me so often to Romania, what exactly makes this place so special? The answer is, for me, very simple: you, my Romanian friends; your cultural and natural heritage, your traditions, but also your capacity for innovation and change. All that you represent after centuries of history – your identity and your full potential. All the energy you can put into motion to change something. These are the things that make you truly special in the whole world". The statement belongs to Prince Charles, a friend of Romania, in love with everything that means traditional values. He first arrived in Romania 20 years ago and was impressed by Transylvania, where traditions have been preserved for hundreds of years. He managed to travel the entire country, at a pace, by visiting the National Museum of the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village. He wanted and asked to visit this place where you can understand what the Romanian people's creativity and love for nature really means.

"Here, people live in harmony with nature", said Prince Charles.

He was received with bread and salt, as is received everywhere in Romania. Together with the general director of the Village Museum, university professor Dr. Paula Popoiu visited the New Village and the Alley of Minorities, to see even better what the diversity and multiculturalism specific to Romanians means. His Highness expressed his interest in the clay architecture specific to Dobrogea, and the representatives of the Monumentul Association presented him with the traditional tiling technique.

He admired the church in Dragomiresti, and then, in front of the church, he got caught in the great choir of Calus.

The distinguished guest was interested in the demonstration of dyeing eggs by artisans from Bucovina, he watched how the icons are painted on wood and stone, and at the Chiojda house in Buzău, in the porch, he admired the exposed fabrics and barks.

"Your architecture, your beautiful farms, biodiversity, the mosaic of inhabitants, the diversity of communities and traditions, in Transylvania and Romania, all these, together, are a treasure, your treasure to the world. Your brand as a country is linked to authentic values ​​and traditions, the taste of food products, unique biodiversity and landscapes, and also the ability to innovate. They make you special, that's why I always come back to Romania and that's why a part of my soul is always here."

In his itinerary, Prince Charles was also able to admire the Timișeni Church in Gorj county and attended a shingle-making workshop organized by William Blacker, writer and freelance journalist, with articles signed in prestigious publications such as "Times", "Daily Telegraph" and "Ecologist".

The 2 hours spent in the museum, among the monuments of vernacular architecture and the folk craftsmen present for the event, delighted the High Guest.

One of our most beloved sportsmen, ambassador of tourism and sports, Ivan Patzaichin, offered him a paddle as a sign of respect for the image that the Prince is giving to Romania in the world.

At the end, His Royal Highness Prince Charles de Wales of Great Britain received from the director of the museum icons with angels painted on glass, an album of the Museum and the Anthropology of Dobrogea, an extensive research work carried out by Mrs. Paula Popoiu during 20 years .

10. Visit of French President Emmanuel Macron

Visit of the President of France to the National Museum of the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village

"Gorgeous!" This is how the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, felt during his visit to the largest open-air museum in Romania, the National Museum of the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village, and he wanted to express it when he left, in front of the hundreds of Romanian and foreign journalists who they followed him step by step during the 45 minutes through the museum.

Accompanied by his wife Brigitte, Macron walked, together with the head of the Romanian state, Klaus Iohannis, and his wife, Carmen, in the alleys of the museum, hosted by Paula Popoiu, the general director of the museum. The two presidential couples admired the work of the craftsmen, listened to traditional music from Teleorman and the song "La vie en rose" performed on the nai by the artist Cornelia Tihon, student of master Gheorghe Zamfir.

The first stop of the presidential couples was Casa de la Şanţ in Bistrita, where a craftsman gave a pottery demonstration and Brigitte Macron and Carmen Iohannis received Horezu ceramic vessels.

The wooden churches particularly caught the French president's attention and he said they were "magnificent". "We don't have the same tradition, so it's something new for us," said Emmanuel Macron.

The performance offered by the Teleorman Violin ensemble was long applauded by the French visitors. "Bravo!" exclaimed Macron.

Brigitte Macron was attracted by the popular costumes brought from various parts of the country and the leather products exhibited by the craftsmen, from whom she received a pair of opinions.

The last stop during the visit to the Village Museum was the household from Jurilovca, where the guests were greeted by the nurse Cornelia Tihon who performed the song "La vie en rose".

At the end of the visit to the Muzelul Village, the French president declared that he felt wonderful discovering Romania. "It was very important for me to spend some time with Mr. President and our wives in this traditional place. It was a great opportunity and a great pleasure (...) It was extraordinary. We have the same traditions. I discovered the cultural heritage." "I will be back in 2018," promised Emmanuel Macron.

11. Martin Luther King III, visiting the National Museum of the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village

A memorable meeting, on a beautiful October afternoon. This is how we could sum up in a few words the visit of Martin Luther King III, a personality of contemporary America, the oldest and only surviving child of the famous fighter for civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr.

Present in Romania at the invitation of the US Embassy to encourage civic involvement and respect for human rights, Martin Luther King III also visited the National Museum of the Village. "I am impressed by all these constructions and the way the Romanian peasant knew how to farm. It is a pleasure to learn so much about Romania in such a short time. It was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot about the history of your country," said Martin Luther King III upon leaving the Maramureş church in Dragomireşti.

A fost uimit să vadă vechile bordeie din Oltenia, dar şi bisericile de lemn din Maramures. S-a interesat de tehnicile diferite de acoperire ale caselor şi de diversele instalatii pe care ţăranul român le-a inventat pentru gospodăria sa şi pentru comunitate. Mai mult de oră, Martin Luther King III, avocat pentru drepturile omului, activist social dar și lider politic implicat activ în inițiative politice semnificative pentru menținerea tratamentului echitabil al tuturor popoarelor, atât acasă, cât și în străinătate, a parcurs aleile Muzeului Naţional al Satului “Dimitrie Gusti” şi s-a interesat de elementele de unicitate ale fiecarei zone în parte şi în acelaşi timp, ale muzeului în sine. A aflat că Muzeul Naţional al Satului este unul dintre punctele de interes atât al turiştilor, români şi străini, cât şi al tuturor marilor personalităţi care vin în Bucureşti, ajungând astfel la numărul record de peste 500.000 de vizitatori în ultimul an. La finalul vizitei, fiul marelui luptător pentru drepturile omului, a scris câteva rânduri în cartea de onoare a muzeului şi a mulţumit încă o dată pentru această experienţă minunată prin care a cunoscut rădăcinile poporului român.

12. Official visit of the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, and his wife, Akie Abe, to the National Museum of the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village

On January 15, 2018, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, together with his wife, Akie Abe, arrived in Bucharest, in the context of a tour that took place in several European countries. It is the first visit to Romania by a prime minister from the Land of the Rising Sun.

The next day, on January 16, the Japanese couple visited the National Museum of the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village, where, according to the statements of Ms. Prof. univ. dr. Paula Popoiu, the Museum Manager, was impressed by the monuments of folk architecture, the folk craftsmen present in the museum and the Japanese cherry trees planted in the museum in the spring of 2009.

"It was a very short visit. We were told from the beginning that he wouldn't be able to stay long. He really liked the Șant house (Bistrita Năsăud, nr) and the church in Dragomirești (Maramureș, nr), but also the alley with Japanese cherry trees, where Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko planted cherry trees a few years ago", said Ms. Prof. Paula Popoiu, the Museum Manager.

13. Visit of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou to the National Museum of the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village

14. Visit of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda to the National Museum of the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village

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