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Cismigiu Park, Bucharest: 30 reviews and 86 photos

  Cismigiu Gardens - the belfry
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      Cazzavillan Park
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  • Cismigiu Gardens - skating on the frozen lake - Bucharest
      Cismigiu Gardens - skating on the frozen lake
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  • Cismigiu Gardens - view towards the State Archives - Bucharest
      Cismigiu Gardens - view towards the State Archives
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Even though the city might seem very crowded and agitated from the main avenues (and it is very much so there), there are many places to escape this never ending rush. Narrow backside streets or small parks exist also in the centre, not only farther away.

The Cismigiu hosts the oldest and most centrally located gardens in the city. With a total surface of 14 hectares, its name derives from the ?Great Cismigiu? (Tk. for the clerk in charge of the water fountains in the city). In 1845 the City Hall bought the once savage, swampy land. Prince Gheorghe Bibescu asked Architect Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer to undertake the task. Under the rule of Prince Barbu Stirbey the works were accomplished, with a new lake and elegant alleys being created, 30000 trees and many ornamental plants being seeded. At the beginning of the 20th century, Architect Rebhun granted the gardens with a mixture of French (promenades) and paysagere (ruin makeshift, artificial rocks) styles. Nowadays the gardens host many terraces, a lake with rowing boats (turned into an ice skating ring in winter), a restaurant (not recommended), playing grounds for children, as well as a writers? rotunda and a picturesque chess players? corner. The main entrance to the gardens occurs from Regina Elisabeta Avenue, just opposite the City Hall (from University Square take the Regina Elisabeta to the W).

Other parks in the city centre area include the small Gradina Icoanei (from Patria Cinema / Carturesti Bookshop on Magheru Avenue take Arthur Verona Street to the East all the way to the park (5 minutes away), the even smaller and lovelier Parcul Ioanid (from Gradina Icoanei cross Cantacuzino Square and enter the park next to the Jordanian Embassy); the latter also has an entrance from Dacia Avenue, across the street from the Institute Francais. Last, but not least, I would mention here Luigi Cazzavillan Park located in a beautifully preserved residential area North of Stirbei Voda Street (at the crossing of Luigi Cazzavillan and Temisana streets).

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  • Written Jan 2, 2008
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