Circul Sidoli

The first attempts to establish a stable circus were made by the Italian Theodor Sidoli, who came to Romania in 1864. In fact, the first attempt to establish a viable venue for circus performances and riding, was materialized by the foundations of the current Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. Sidoli had managed to lay the foundations for his circus when financial funds dried up. The project was abandoned and The Athenaeum project took over the site. It capitalized on the existing foundations, hence the circular shape of the Atheneum completed in 1888 and which stands to this day!

However, in the winter of the same year, with the opening of the winter season, begins,in the building built on the Police Street near the Dâmboviţa Quay, the series of great shows of the Sidoli Circus. “On Sunday, December 25, 1888, at 8 o’clock in the evening, I will reopen for the fourth time in Bucharest my circus built in stone through a splendid and extraordinary performance”, announced the director and circus owner Theodor Sidoli, in the invitations sent home to the public or distributed on the street to passers-by.

The events of the First World War but also the death of Caesar Sidoli (in 1919) led to the decline of interest in the show offered by the Sidoli circus. The building changed its use, the riding school was replaced by the boxing ring, the applause dedicated to the amazement and the courage of the acrobats turned into the noise of the fans, which culminated in August 1932 with the demolition of the circus building.


Strada Poliției 2
București 050127

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