The Copou Park

Iasi is one of the most important cultural centers in Romania, the place where it all started, the cradle of Romanian civilization. This city literally vibes with culture and this reality is best reflected by the Copou Park, organized around a single tree, a tilia tree (known as lime or linden tree), Eminescu’s tilia tree. Though the park in itself is wonderful, with long alleys bordered by majestic trees, the main attraction remains the tilia tree that inspired most of the lyrical creation of Romania’s national poet, Mihai Eminescu.

Leaves and poems

The poet’s steps still linger everywhere in this park. Eminescu’s tilia tree has the value of a living monument, one of the most precious maybe that have been dedicated to this great poet. Eminescu wrote many love poems for Veronica Micle and the park was the place where they would stroll, happy and in love. The tilia tree remains an unwritten testimony of their love, being a recurrent motif in Eminecu’s creations. The 100 years old tree, flowers every spring as a sing that romance and poetry have not died yet. In front of the tree, there is a bronze bust of the poet, placed there to remind every visitor that they are in face of greatness. Not far from this statue, the alley Junimea (the name of the literary society where Eminescu and other writers presented their creations) presents the bust of Veronica so, in a way, their love continues to this day as well.

The beginnings of the park

In the eighteenth century, the nobleman Matei Ghica organized in Copou a pavilion for recreation and relaxation. At that time there wasn’t a public garden with free access for citizens. The decision to set up one was taken by Prince Mihail Sturdza in 1834. The place chosen was the Green Bridge street, the place where once was a post office station. The garden has been extended in 1849 and 1852 and in 1860 it was lit with lanterns. The park hosts the oldest monument inRomania: the Monument of the Constitutional Laws known as the Obelisk with lions designed Mihail Singurov in 1834 by a project of Gheorghe Asachi. The15 mhigh stone column and 10 tons heavy, sustained by four lions, symbolizes the four European powers that recognizedRomania’s independence. TheCopouParkis the place where the annual “Cucuteni” Fair is organized. The fair is a wonderful occasion for pottery artisans to gather from across the country, each with objects of art beautifully and painstakingly worked.

This is indeed a place for the soul, a place where nature has only been embellished by man’s influence. So, don’t waste any time and visit the Copou Park inIasi.

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