October 30, 2015

1998 ROMANIA (Olt) - The Park Constantin Poroineanu in Caracal

Located in Oltenia, on the plains between the lower reaches of the Jiu and Olt rivers, about 40km north of the Danube River, Caracal is typical for the lowland towns. Among the most interesting objectives of the city is the Park Constantin Poroineanu, one of the most beautiful natural parks in Romania, the third largest natural park in Europe. Its name comes from the landowner who donated to the town a pond in 1893, in order to build a park, compensating also the landowners in the area. Later, he donated his entire fortune to the town.

Made by French landscape architects Pinard and Rédont between 1907 and 1914, the park had as model the Cişmigiu Gardens in Bucharest, made also after the plans of the French. The landscape was shaped with inspiration, becoming an appropriate environment to the richness of vegetal species. The "celebrities" of the park are maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba), the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), the gray oak in pyramidal shape (Quercus peduncularis, variety piramidalis), the Chinese arborvitae (Platycladus orientalis), and the black pine (Pinus nigra). A real axis of the park is Poplars' Alley, with 1200m length, which comprises four parallel rows of poplars almost centennial.

About the stamp
Prepaid postcard (the coat of arms of the Socialist Republic of Romania, 1965-1989).

Park Constantin Poroineanu - The official website of Centrul Naţional de Informare şi Promovare Turistică 

Sender: Rodica Nica
Sent from Caracal (Olt / Romania), on 09.08.1980

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