Carol Park and 4 Things You Can Find Here
Summer is taking “forever” to show up here, in Bucharest, but the first sunny day was the sign to go out and visit Carol Park. It’s been a while since I’ve last been here so I took the time to walk around and I thought to show you guys some of the things found here.
The Technical Museum. It is the first technical museum in Romania, made like the one in Munchen in 1909. You can find here all sorts of machines: engines, industrial machines, electrical generators, etc. You can find it at the entrance of the park, coming from Liberty Square (Piata Libertatii).
The George Cantacuzino Fountain. It is a historical monument that was built by the architect Alexandru Freiwald in 1870. Although in this very moment is not looking that neat it’s nice to stay around there. It’s kinda isolated (the main alley it’s really crowded during weekends) and you can have a quiet moment in the park.
I found some more quiet alleys on my way to the Roman Arena (Arenele Romane) And speaking of which, this leads me to the next point:
The Roman Arenas (Arenele Romane). It’s a summer theater built in the roman theaters style by the architect Leonida Negrescu in 1906. The theater is concessioned right now and can’t be visited but there are concerts here, so, if you’re curious, maybe you’ll find a show or something. It’s not completely rehabilitated but it’s being constantly repaired from the shows profit. I have beautiful memories here and I hope that it will be included in a visiting circuit.
The Mausoleum. I finished my stroll here. After climbing all those stairs, I’ve arrived just in time for the guard shift. This (monument) was designed by the architects Horia Maicu and Nicolae Cucu and unveiled in 1963. There was another attempt to build a monument here between 1942 and 1943 but they abandoned that project. Today, in front of the mausoleum it’s The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Mormantul Ostasului Necunoscut), a historical monument from 1943. It was moved from here during the building process of the mausoleum.
The view it’s really beautiful from up here. I stayed a few moments more and headed back home. There are other things to see here but I couldn’t reach them from inside the park and some of them cannot be visited but I’ll give it a shot some other day.
I have to admit that I was so thrilled about the sunny day that I took my sandals and didn’t consider the long walk. You can imagine that this was a very bad idea.