Rushing through the Icoanei Garden area last week I’ve stopped to take a look at the little fountain located in front of the Anglican Church. The base was all covered by snow but I was able to admire – and photograph – the sculpture that tops the fountain. The ensemble, called Maternity, is showing St. George as a child. It was installed in front of the church in June 2008 and it is the work of Virgil Scripcariu. Scripcariu has also done the Noah’s Ark which was the subject of one of my first posts.
This beautiful fountain is one of my favourite monuments in Bucharest and every time I find myself in Carol Park I make sure to pass by it. It was built in 1870 by George Grigore Cantacuzino who at the time was the mayor of Bucharest. This fountain replaced an older one, built in the 1792-1793 for tapping the water source that fed Filaret Hill. The older fountain deteriorated slowly and was demolished in 1863. The message written on the upper part of the fountain reads “This fountain was built in 1870 at the expense of the capital’s mayor, George Grigore Cantacuzino, following the vote by the municipal council of Bucharest held on August 8, 1869, when it was decided that the fountain will bear the name of George Grigore Cantacuzino Fountain”. The fountain, built in neoclassical style, is decorated with bass-reliefs representing medieval knights and coats of arms.
If one lives in a hectic city like Bucharest one tends from time to time to seek out the places of peace and quiet where one can take a short break from all the noise and the never ending chaos. That is why Bucharest’s parks are some of the favourite places to go for the city’s residents. While Bucharest’s bigger parks are all located in residential neighbourhoods, a bit farther away from the city center, small parks exist right in the center of the city. There’s Cişmigiu Park, which I already talked about, there’s Ioanid Park that I still have to show you, and there’s the little park that is the subject of today’s photo, which is called Cazzavillan Park. Located in a residential area, north of Ştirbei Vodă, at the crossing of Luigi Cazzavillan and Temişana and Transilvania streets, the park, set out in 1905,was completely renovated in 2005. The park bears the name of an Italian journalist, Luigi Cazzavillan (1852-1903), who came to Romania in 1877 as a war correspondent and decided to stay. At first Cazzavillan worked as an professor of Italian, but in 1884 he founded the newspaper “Universul”, which became one of the most famous and most influential daily newspapers in Romania. That is why, in the middle of the park you’ll find the little Luigi Cazzavillan fountain, made in the journalist honor, topped by Cazzavillan’s bust surrounded by putti. The fountain dates from 1905 and its author is sculptor Filip Marin (1865-1928). There isn’t a wikipedia page about Luigi Cazzavillan but on youtube I was able to find this short archive film showing a Romanian delegation that visited Arzignano (Vicenza) to honor the memory of the journalist.
And since I talked about them last week, here’s one more Union Square fountain shot. This will be the last one in the fountain series. I promise to move on to a new subject tomorrow. If you look closely at the picture you can spot the Palace of Parliament in the background.
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Carol Park has gone through many changes since its inauguration in 1906, including a change of name, being called Liberty Park (Parcul Libertăţii) during the communist regime, but one of the attractions that has withstood the passing of the time is the Zodiac Fountain. Located in front of the park’s main entrance, the fountain dates from 1935 when it was built for the first edition of a popular celebration called “The Bucharest Month”. “The Bucharest Month” had only six editions being held every year between May 9 and June 9 until the starting of the war in 1940. The fountain, looking like a huge footed serving bowl was designed by architect Octav Doicescu and erected by the architects August Schmiedigen and Dorin Pavel. Its name comes from the twelve mosaic representations of the zodiac signs made by scultptor Mac Constantinescu.