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Latin poet Ovid

The work of the renowned Italian sculptor Ettore Ferari, it is an emblematic statue of the city and probably the most important monument in Constantza. Made of bronze, the statue placed in Ovid’s Square was uncovered in 1887 in the presence of the city's officials and locals. The Latin poet Ovidius Publius Naso, whose existence is deeply connected to that of the old city Tomis, was born in ancient Rome and was banished by the emperor Octavian Augustus in the year 8 A.D. at Pontos Euxeinos, the current Constanţa.

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Queen Elisabeth

The statuary group was made in 1937 by the sculptor Ion Jalea and paid through public subscription. It is formed of two elements: "The Statue of Queen Elisabeth" and "The Muse with the Harp". In the 50's, the communist regime decided to remove the statue and to replace it with another work of the same artist: "Archer Resting". Princess Elisabeth von Wied or Carmen Sylva, after her literary pen name, was greatly involved in the life of the country: she founded hospitals and ambulance services; she encouraged the raising of funds for charitable purposes and promoted the Romanian handicrafts.

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Mihai Eminescu

Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889) was a Romanian poet, prose writer and journalist. The Romanian readers and the literary criticism consider him the most important Romantic writer in Romanian Literature. In the poem, "One wish alone have I", published in 1883, the poet wrote:

"One wish alone have I:
In some calm land
Beside the sea to die."

The poet's wish was fulfilled by placing this statuary group on the city's esplanade oriented towards the sea.

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Fishermen statue

In the 60's the authorities asked the sculptor Corneliu Virgiliu Medrea (1888-1964), an artist and a member of the Academy, to make a statuary group that would bring homage to fishermen's work. If initially the statue of the fishermen with the fishing net was placed on the ground, later a basin was built around it to bring the concept of the statuary group closer to reality.

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Victory

The Statue of Victory is probably the most representative monument of the socialist period. Uncovered in 1968, the statue is located in the southwestern part of the park and, in the vision of the artist, symbolized the fight of the Romanian people against fascism. The statue is the work of the controversial sculptor Boris Caragea, who became the official sculptor of the communist ideology after 1944. He also made Lenin's statue from Bucharest and received many awards from the communist leadership though formerly he was the sculptor of the Royal House of Romania.

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