The National Museum of Art of Romania is located in the old Golescu Palace that, despite being small, was one of the most prestigious buildings in Bucharest. In its place, the royal palace was built by the French architect Gottereau. In 1927, a fire destroyed the palace and King Carol II built the new building in 1935. Following the exile of King Michael in 1948, the palace was nationalized and converted into a museum with sections focusing on 18th century Romanian art, modern art, and Eastern European and decorative art in general. There's a collection of priceless religious artifacts, and works by popular 20th century Romanian artists like Luchian and Cecilia Storck.