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Craiova

The principal city of Wallachia's historical province of Oltenia, Craiova has long been one of Romania's most important economic, cultural and political centers. First industrialized in the 19th century, it became a center for the rail and automotive industries under communism, during which time its population ballooned. Once an elegant, beautiful city, much of its heritage was torn down in the 1970s and 80s, although numerous streets of fine villas and vernacular residences have survived, along with many old churches.
Crumbling old villa on B-dul Carol I
Crumbling old villa on B-dul Carol I
Back side of Craiova University
Back side of Craiova University
National Theatre in the morning sun
National Theatre in the morning sun
Statue of A.I. Cuza by the English Park
Statue of A.I. Cuza by the English Park
English Park and back of the Prefecture
English Park and back of the Prefecture
Grand Brâncovenesc structure on Str Cuza
Grand Brâncovenesc structure on Str Cuza
Statue of Mihai Viteazul & Holy Trinity Church
Statue of Mihai Viteazul & Holy Trinity Church
Old corner of central Craiova
Old corner of central Craiova
Biserica Sfânta Treime (Holy Trinity Church)
Biserica Sfânta Treime (Holy Trinity Church)
Decaying facades on Str Kogălniceanu
Decaying facades on Str Kogălniceanu
Faceless concrete blocks in the Civic Center
Faceless concrete blocks in the Civic Center
2nd Empire-style building for the local football club
2nd Empire-style building for the local football club
Central Craiova facades
Central Craiova facades
Neglected old church off the center
Neglected old church off the center
Historic backstreet south of the center
Historic backstreet south of the center
Biserica Sf. Ilie
Biserica Sf. Ilie
Distant view of Madona Dudu Cathedral
Distant view of Madona Dudu Cathedral
Domes of St Dumitru's Cathedral
Domes of St Dumitru's Cathedral
Bust of Mihai Viteazul (Michael the Brave)
Bust of Mihai Viteazul (Michael the Brave)
Catedrala Sf. Dumitru
Catedrala Sf. Dumitru
Catedrala Madona Dudu
Catedrala Madona Dudu
Olt Museum of Natural Sciences
Olt Museum of Natural Sciences
Str Popa Șapcă and Prefecture building
Str Popa Șapcă and Prefecture building
Elena Teodorini Opera & Operetta Theatre
Elena Teodorini Opera & Operetta Theatre
Villa and small park in the center
Villa and small park in the center
Old National Bank building
Old National Bank building
Constantin Brâncuși's The Kiss
Constantin Brâncuși's "The Kiss"
Brâncuși's Miss Pogany
Brâncuși's "Miss Pogany"
Drab modern buildings on B-dul Titulescu
Drab modern buildings on B-dul Titulescu
Stretch of housing blocks along Calea București
Stretch of housing blocks along Calea București
Craiova University
Craiova University
Teatrul Național Marin Sorescu
Teatrul Național Marin Sorescu
Primaria (City Hall)
Primaria (City Hall)
Casa Albă from the English Park
Casa Albă from the English Park
Parked cars and Primaria (City Hall)
Parked cars and Primaria (City Hall)
English Park and City Hall
English Park and City Hall
Prefectură on Piața Mihai Viteazul
Prefectură on Piața Mihai Viteazul
Park steps and Prefecture with Mihai Viteazul statue
Park steps and Prefecture with Mihai Viteazul statue
Ugly modern pile at a central intersection
Ugly modern pile at a central intersection
Ethnography Museum
Ethnography Museum
Domes of Sf. Dumitru
Domes of Sf. Dumitru
Ban's Palace and surrounding park
Ban's Palace and surrounding park
South end of Calea Unirii
South end of Calea Unirii
Biserica Mântuleasa
Biserica Mântuleasa
University of Medicine and Pharmacy
University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Minerva Hotel and Casino
Minerva Hotel and Casino
Museum of Art (former Jean Mihail Palace)
Museum of Art (former Jean Mihail Palace)
Prefectură in the hot afternoon sun
Prefectură in the hot afternoon sun