Even though at the beginning of his reign, Carol I. was reluctantly received by the Romanian people, he is currently seen as a towering figure of national history. In the 2006 TV show "100 Greatest Romanians", Carol I was voted the second greatest Romanian who has ever lived, after the famous Voivode of Moldavia, Stephen the Great.
Carol I. died on 10 October 1916, at the Peles Castle, which was built by himself in the town of Sinaia, in the Southeastern Carpathian Mountains, about 120 kilometres North of Bucharest. Shortly after its inauguration in 1883, Peles Castle became the favored royal residence, and two future kings of Romania, Charles II. and Michael I. were born here.