Oltenia Tour

Parks and Gardens

Romanescu Park is one of the most  outstanding objectives of Craiova, forming a complex lying over more than 96 has, inaugurated on february 1903 and considerated one of the most representative landscape art  monument of Romania.  Recreational space for city nobility belonging to Iancu Bibescu great chancellor and later purchased from him, the Magistrate Craioveia,Romanesu Park  became place for  exhibitions of  important events ,  such as the War of Independence where there  was made and placed a monument dedicated to this very important moment for the Romanian people.Its subsequent degradation as well as the  recovery policy and general modernization of Craiova started by one of the most representative town mayors, NP Romanescu led to the launch and implementation of a slogan with great impact in European cities' parks for people ". Participation in Paris at the Universal Exposition of 1900 was a good opportunity to reveal the  modernization plans of Craiova prepared by E. Redont. Many of that plans were aiming the transformation of Garden Bibescu in a large public park, gaining  gold medals at the Exposotion. Work started in 1899 and accelerated further after 1901 led to the realization of the main elements that will require a whole and component access roads for riding side alleys, roads, pedestrian paths and trails, massive forest plantations, lawns, water tower, nursery, emissions, suspension bridge over Maiden Valley, it serves as the axis of a side whose gravity entire assembly.This stream was regularized, additional water supplied, to keep refilling both lakes and waterfalls. Areas with trees created a scientist combination of great landscape effect due to combinations of species and their location,thanks to the implementation of Redont’s ideas (containing massive forest plantations and ornamental species inserted with effect isolated). The inauguration was done in the presence of King Carol I, Prince Ferdinand and Charles II. In 1930 the park was named "Park N.P. Romanescu ". Later components were added, which completed the appropriate large ensemble known today: the entrance portal, fencing , pier extention, upgrading lighting. Park components were preserved in time according to their original design of landscaping architect Redont. Within the ensemble the elements distinguish by rending it  unique personality: watercourses over 1970 m long with two lakes and waterfalls with amplitudes of 3.50 m and 4.20 m, roads and alleys almost 27 km long entrance monument, monumental Romanescu Bibescu House, News Iron medieval castle, lake and pier, impressive suspension bridge, waterfalls, Grand lake, Zoo, Racecourse, Velodrome and numerous statues and statuary some belonging to illustrious artists (Brancusi or mourning). The whole forest complements and connects all these componentsPark St. Dumitru (Banie Garden) is an example of integration of targets belonging to the site's historic Craiova (Banie House, the Metropolitan Cathedral St. Dumitru) in an ensemble with landscaped green space as a public gardens 23 800 sq. Within this space stands roses and statuary group of brothers Buzeşti.Union Garden (English Park), highlights how to harmonize, on a limited area, a series quadrangle emblematic buildings of Craiova (Hall, Prefect etc.) with a successful combination with rigorous lines including ornamentals, shrubs and trees embracing the statue of Prince Al. I. Cuza and fountain.Botanical Garden, located in northwest central part of Craiova and designed by French landscape architect E. Redont initially as a public park, was redirected to function as botanical garden after 1952, gaining time and destination for scholars and botanical research, in addition to the entertainment. Fourth place in the country after Cluj Napoca, Bucharest, Iasi, Craiova Botanical Garden, held on 16 ha, comprising all sectors and departments that respond to this double goal: regional phytogeographical section, the plants and floristic provinces of Romania, the greenhouses , the Rosary, the nursery, ornamental sector, Museum, Herbariul "Al. I. Buia ".A separate category is formed by large parks located in the peripheral extension of the city. Of these, Jiu Meadow forest landscape is characterized by the complete potential for sightseeing and recreation, roads, alleys, sports, camping, sculptural artwork. Parks and Corniţoiu Craioviţa responded to a double needs ie unsanitary drainage of swampy areas, and creating green spaces absolutely necessary for living quarters type blocks without this essential component. In the case of park of Doctor’s Inn  a counterweight was made, in the eastern part the existing green areas  in the west and southwest of the city, especially here is remarked  the hydrografic  regulation and small cascade lakes become swimming pools.