Stradele Brailei

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     Brăila is the living heart of the Danube and the Bărăgan Plain , which offers it, from the very beginning, a particular place among the cities of our country.
Here, on the left bank of the Danube river, on a promontory of the Bărăgan Plain, people from the earliest times discovered the fish of the marshy ground, the possibility of growing cattle and cereals on the fertile fields in its surroundings. They later built a prosperous pier for fish and cereals, a real Wallachian gate to the world.
Throughout its tumultuous history, Brăila experienced, apart from its numerous wars, sieges and conquests, six acts of arson and, for almost three centuries, the yoke of Ottoman domination, when the town became a Turkish fortress.
A new modern town was built on the place of the old citadel, according to the plan drawn up by the ruler of the county, Ioan Slătineanu and by the engineers Berroczyn and Blarenberg. The streets, in accordance with the ancient wall of the fortress, were ordered in a radial and concentric way , as if drawn with the ruler and the compasses, towards the bank of the Danube river, coming in turn, one after another.
Enthralled by his native town, Panait Istrati recorded this unique and sentimental plan , with a chronicler’s precision and fidelity: “It is just like a fan almost entirely unfolded. From the barrack (whose memory is kept alive only by the street bearing the same name –n.n.), which forms its center, eight streets and two boulevards create as many arms which embrace its waist and offer it to the Danube as a tempting gift, and, without causing the least embarassement to this beauty , four streets shatter the impetus of these ten arms, crossing them just like the bindings of a fan”. (Neranţula)

The old saying “ Even the blind man found Brăila” rendered the fame of the town for eternity, which ensured the prosperous commercial activity in Wallachia for centuries, leading to the final creation of the modern Romania.

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