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Târgu Jiu

A small industrial city at the southern entrance to the Jiu Valley, Târgu Jiu is celebrated across Romania for its modernist sculpture ensemble on Calea Eroilor by sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi. Although not directly linked to the coal mining industry of neighboring towns to the north, Târgu Jiu still saw massive restructuring in the communist era, with much of its historic heart torn down and replaced by apartment complexes. A city mayor during the 1950s declared his intention to have Brâncuşi's sculptures torn down (perceiving them as "bourgeois art"), but fortunately the plan was never carried out.
Charming villa on Bulevardul Republicii
Charming villa on Bulevardul Republicii
Tudor Vladimirescu Secondary School
Tudor Vladimirescu Secondary School
Beneath the Liceul Tudor Vladimirescu
Beneath the Liceul Tudor Vladimirescu
Entering Târgu Jiu's Central Park
Entering Târgu Jiu's Central Park
Poarta Sărutului (Gate of the Kiss)
Poarta Sărutului (Gate of the Kiss)
View of the gate and down through the park
View of the gate and down through the park
Trio of stone stools along the Alley of Chairs
Trio of stone stools along the Alley of Chairs
Father and daughter walking in the Alley of Chairs
Father and daughter walking in the Alley of Chairs
Table of Silence at the end of the path
Table of Silence at the end of the path
Masa Tăcerii (Table of Silence)
Masa Tăcerii (Table of Silence)
The still Jiu River
The still Jiu River
Table of Silence viewed from the riverbank
Table of Silence viewed from the riverbank
Table of Silence and nearby bank
Table of Silence and nearby bank
Old houses on Calea Eroilor
Old houses on Calea Eroilor
Elvira Godeanu Drama Theatre
Elvira Godeanu Drama Theatre
Târgu Jiu's Centrul Civic
Târgu Jiu's Centrul Civic
Decorative old villa on Calea Victoriei
Decorative old villa on Calea Victoriei
Remnants of the old town on Calea Victoriei
Remnants of the old town on Calea Victoriei
Catedrala Sf. Voievozi
Catedrala Sf. Voievozi
Târgu Jiu Prefecture (County Administrative Palace)
Târgu Jiu Prefecture (County Administrative Palace)
Systematized city core on Calea Victoriei
Systematized city core on Calea Victoriei
Constantin Brâncuși University
Constantin Brâncuși University
Residential district off Calea Eroilor
Residential district off Calea Eroilor
Rear of St. Apostles' Church
Rear of St. Apostles' Church
Distant view of Biserica Sf. Apostoli
Distant view of Biserica Sf. Apostoli
Coloana Infinitului (Endless Column)
Coloana Infinitului (Endless Column)
Endless Column and neighborhood scenery
Endless Column and neighborhood scenery
Park benches around the column
Park benches around the column
Traffic on B-dul Republicii
Traffic on B-dul Republicii
Small park beside the Vasile Moangă House
Small park beside the Vasile Moangă House
The eyesore Hotel Gorj
The eyesore Hotel Gorj
Modern sculpture tribute to Brâncuși
Modern sculpture tribute to Brâncuși
Gate of the Kiss in afternoon light
Gate of the Kiss in afternoon light
View down Calea Eroilor through the gate
View down Calea Eroilor through the gate
Table of Silence and path through the park
Table of Silence and path through the park
French-made bridge over the Jiu
French-made bridge over the Jiu
Primăria (City Hall) near the Jiu River
Primăria (City Hall) near the Jiu River
Catedrala Sf. Voievozi and nearby villa
Catedrala Sf. Voievozi and nearby villa
Contrasting facades on Str Tudor Vladimirescu
Contrasting facades on Str Tudor Vladimirescu
Biserica Sf. Apostoli from Calea Eroilor
Biserica Sf. Apostoli from Calea Eroilor