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Carol I
Posted: February 28, 2005 08:25 pm
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Bucharest then and now gave me the idea of this new topic: Monuments that no longer exist.

The idea is to post here photos of old monuments which existed in the pre-WWII cities of Romania and which were removed/destroyed during the war or when the change in regime/administration took place. It would be interesting to have some information about the authors of the statues, their original locations and the eventual faith of these monuments.

I am referring only to monuments as statuary groups. Other monuments such as buildings (architectural monuments) should be included in a separate topic.
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Carol I
Posted: February 28, 2005 08:27 pm
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The monument of Reunited Romania made by Olga Sturza (27 September 1884 - 10 July 1971) and donated to the city of Iaşi on 1 August 1924. It was placed at the foot of Copou hill and inaugurated on 29 May 1927. Shortly after the Soviet troops entered Iaşi in 1944 the monument was hammered beyond recognition. The remains were eventually demolished in 1947.

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Source: Romanian Coins

At the initiative of the municipality of Iaşi, a similar monument was made by Constantin Crenganiş in the late 1990s and was inaugurated on 1 December 1999 in the Nation’s Square in front of the University of Medicine.


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Carol I
Posted: February 28, 2005 08:30 pm
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The statue of Gheorghe Gh. Mârzescu (1876-1926) in Iaşi, inaugurated on 27 September 1936 in the Cuza Vodă Square (nowadays 14 December 1989 Square). Member of the National Liberal Party, Mârzescu was considered responsible for actions against both the legionaries and the communists in the 1920s. It may therefore be possible that his statue was dismantled as early as the autumn of 1940, during the legionary rule.

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Carol I
Posted: February 28, 2005 08:32 pm
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Statue of King Carol I in Bucharest, made by Ivan Mestrovic (1883-1962) and inaugurated on 9 May 1939 in front of the building of the Academic Foundation Carol I.

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Posted: February 28, 2005 08:35 pm
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Another view of the Bucharest statue of King Carol I by Ivan Mestrovic.

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Posted: February 28, 2005 08:40 pm
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The monument of the Heroes of the Teaching Staff made by Artur Verona (1868-1946) and Ion Jalea (1887-1983). In 1930 it was placed in the Victory Square in Bucharest.

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Posted: February 28, 2005 08:43 pm
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The monument of the Heroes of Infantry in Bucharest.

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Posted: February 28, 2005 08:45 pm
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The statue of King Carol I in Craiova by D. Pavelescu-Dimo, inaugurated in 1912.

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Posted: February 28, 2005 08:49 pm
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Scale model of the statue of King Carol I in Craiova by D. Pavelescu-Dimo.

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Posted: February 28, 2005 08:51 pm
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The statue of King Ferdinand I in Oradea, made by Mihai Kara and inaugurated on 21 November 1924 in the Union Square. Dismantled by the Hungarian authorities in 1940, the pieces were transferred to Beiuş where they degraded in time. On its place it is now the statue of Michael the Brave.

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The statue of Queen Maria in front of the theatre in Oradea (in place of the statue of the Hungarian vaudeville author Szigligeti Ede), inaugurated in 1921. Dismantled by the Hungarian authorities in 1940, its place was taken by the statue of Szigligeti Ede (made by Margo Ede in 1912).

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The statue of Carol II in Oradea inaugurated in 1937 and dismantled by the Hungarian authorities in 1940.

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Posted: February 28, 2005 08:55 pm
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The monument of King Ferdinand in Orăştie.

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The Monument of the Heroes in Reni (now in Ukraine), most certainly demolished after the Soviet occupation of Bessarabia in the summer of 1940.

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One more photo with the monument in Reni, said to have been taken during the inauguration ceremony which took place in the presence of King Carol II.

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