Photo album: March 2012
High season for city tours in Timisoara
The tramway followed a circular route, on the former route of the public tramway no. 6. So, from Liberty Square (Piaţa Libertăţii) we headed toward the Piaţa 700 and then, passing by the former Piarists' Highschool and the Romanian-orthodox cathedral, we crossed the bridge to St. Mary Square (Piaţa Maria). The route continued through the old districts of Elisabetin (whose name comes from the beloved Sissi, queen and wife of Franz Joseph) and Fabric. We closed the circle by driving past the County Council and the "Bastion of Maria Theresia". His Excellency Mr. Martin Harris is very familiar with the Art Nouveau architecture, and was particularly enthusiastic about the Art Nouveau ("Secession") buildings of Timisoara. He reminded us of the role played by Charles Rennie Macintosh in the evolution of the Art Nouveau through the "Arts and Crafts" movement of Scotland (and the ambassador has Scottish roots).
This picture shows our guide Cristian Bădoiu talking about the beautiful row of Art Nouveau palaces on Blvd. 3 August 1919 in the Fabric district, just east of the Decebal bridge.
In the end, His Excellency's interest on the monuments of Timisoara was such, that, neverminding the safety fears of the city hall, he wanted to see some of the downtown on foot, not just by tramway. So we jumped off in the Saint George Square (Piaţa Sfântul Gheorghe) and walked to the Union Square (Piaţa Unirii). When seeing the wonderful display of old architecture, a longer discussion about Timisoara's old substance (and the chances of these monuments for survival and restoration) just evolved naturally.
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