The Coltea Hospital was built around 1695 (1704?) at the request of the sword-bearer Mihail Cantacuzino. It was part of a larger complex consisting of a church, a school, asylums and a pharmacy.
Once, the Coltea Tower stood right in the middle of I.C. Bratianu Boulevard, guarding the entrance in the courtyard of the Coltea Monastery. It was the highest building of Bucharest, being used also as a fire alarm. Unfortunately, it was demolished by the local authorities in 1888.
The place had belonged to Coltea Doicescu, the name of this nobleman being given to the entire complex. The buildings had been renovated in 1888; other wings were built in 1897 following the drawings of architect George Mandrea.
In 2010 the hospital was completely renovated and modernized, becoming one of the most advance hospitals in the country after an investment of $US 90mil.
The front courtyard displays a monument of Mihail Cantacuzino, the work of Karl Storck. Mihail Cantacuzino is the first Romanian personality who had a statue in Bucharest and more than that, today it is the oldest in Bucharest, being casted in 1869. Mihail Cantacuzino was an important nobleman and politician of his times. Brother of Prince Serban Cantacuzino, he is known as his sword-bearer, a sort of defense secretary of the old times and later as the personal advisor of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu. He is also the founder of the Sinaia Monastery.
Address: 1 I.C. Bratianu Blvd.