4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cișmigiu Gardens
It seems I’m writing again about Cișmigiu. What can I say? It’s really beautiful. And it’s summer so you can visit it. But did you know that it has an interesting story?
- It’s on the Historical Monuments list
It’s the first park ever created in Bucharest and it has both a historical and landscape value. The project was designed by the landscape architect Karl F.W. Meyer.
- The name is related to the therm drinking fountain in Romanian (cișmea)
Somewhere in the 18th century two fountains were built in Bucharest and one of them was placed right where the park is today. Slowly this area was flooded.
- On the actual site of the park there was actually a huge pond
It was much larger than the park is today and stretched up to today’s National Military Circle. It had to be drained because it was insanitary and they decided to built a park.
- The citadel is actually a former monastery
It has even a secret tunnel inside. Today you can sit there and relax. The ruins don’t look that good though, there are many graffitis but now it’s better kempt than it was many years ago when I first discovered this place.
If you’ll visit it you’ll be amazed about the variety of the vegetation.
Tip1: Observe the trees; they are impressive and diversified.
Tip 2: If you’ll arrive here during winter time, you’ll be able to skate on the lake.