Photo album: November 2011
Calender 2012 with pictures of the Art Nouveau (Jugendstil, Secession) in Timişoara / Temeswar
The grounds on which Victory Sq. (or Opera Sq., as still known with the locals) stands today were once taken by the multiple, massive walls and bastions of the fortress of Timişoara. Just in front of the theater stood the "Petrovaradin Gate", allowing access from the south into the Habsburg fortress. After the demolition of the bulwark, leveling and cleaning the ground lasted till 1910. The very first building to appear on this terrains was Lloyd Palais, already erected 1910-1912 by the plans of Leopold (Lipót) Baumhorn, a well known Hungarian architect. The Earth's globe on the top of the roof deceives the building's main role: headquarter of the Timişoara Stock Exchange – the transactions comprised mostly agricultural goods of the Banat region. Later on, the building came into the ownership of the "Politehnica" (Technical University), which set here its rectorship offices. It is one of the best preserved of the large Secession buildings in the downtown, its modest facade concealing the opulent interiors, already beginning with the entry hallway and the staircases. But Lloyd Palais was to mark just the beginning of a series of monumental buildings, which soon filled the area of the former fortress' walls. Till 1914 the western side (the "Corso" side) was complete, as well as much of the eastern side ("Surrogate"). Such ensembles of monumental buildings, all erected in the style of the 1900's, are quite rare all over Europe. Our guess is that the bourgeoisie of the city was inspired by the large-scaled palaces on the famous Vienna Ringstrasse: that boulevard was also built on the ground of the former city walls, but some 40 years earlier, in a time when the Secession hasn't been born yet. As chief architect of Timişoara, and also standing behind the projects of many of the buildings in the Opera Square, Székely László coordinated the process in the direction intended by his fellow citizens: establishing Timişoara as a brand new European metropolis.
In the autumn of 2011 we realised a calendar aimed at presenting the astonishing heritage of Timisoara to the world. Our pictures show special buildings and monuments from special angles – we want to open new perspectives to the history of Timisoara. On the page of each month we have a large picture of a detail of the Art Nouveau architecture of Timisoara; this architecture is also known as Jugendstil or Secession (the last name is very popular in our town) or, plainly, "style 1900", and makes up an important part of our city tours of Timisoara. On the back side of each month's page there's more information about the depicted monument – now you can read that info here in this photo album.
The calender were aimed to be gifts to our friends, customers and guests. In the meantime we have already started working for the calendar 2013!
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