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1916-1919 War Memorial Ensemble in Targu Ocna, Bacau County, Romania

The 1916-1919 memorial ensemble is located in the courtyard of the Church of Saint Nicholas. The heroes’ cemetery of World War I is surrounded by a tiled wall. On the north side of the cemetery lays a monument with a marble plate framed by two adjacent columns. The monument is covered with a small roof made in four shades, made of ceramic tiles. On the marble plate is engraved the following text: "Here rest the heroes fallen in these places in the war that took place between 1916 and1919; [It was] built by the Heroes Cult Society of the Central Committee of Bucharest in 1932".

At the centre of the cemetery, on a basement, there is an obelisk with a height of 3.60 m. On the main facade of the obelisk reads the following inscription: "To the brave soldiers who fell dead in the reunification war of 1916-1919. They who have fallen for their country / On the rich field / Sacrificing a whole spring / They have not died but they have risen from the dead."

Around the monument there are 70 tombs with funerary inscriptions, each of them bearing the name of a hero. This cemetery is also known as the "cannon cemetery".

Romania, North-East Region, Bacau County

Type of WWI-heritage

  • War monument
  • Military cemetery

Dimensions

The monument (located on the north side of the cemetery where it is placed) is more than 3 meters tall. The obelisk (that lied in the centre of the cemetery) is 3.6 meters high.

State of repair/preservation

Advanced state of degradation: The cemetery wall of the cemetery is cracked.

Historical WWI Context

The memorial ensemble is erected in honour of heroes who fought in World War One.

A history of Romania's participation in World War I can be found on the following website: www.marelerazboi.ro.

State of legal protection

This is an objective included in the List of Historic Monuments, classified as historical monuments type A (code: BC-IV-m-A-00908.03), according to the Order of the Minister of Culture no. 2.828/2015

Owner

Targu Ocna Town Hall

Kind of cultural use of WWI

Opening

The access of the visitors is not restricted.

Entrance Fee

No entrance fee applicable.

Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby

Public Transport

The town of Targu Ocna is placed on the railway line connecting Moldova to Transylvania on the route Adjud - Siculeni (Miercurea Ciuc). There are four direct trains connecting Targu Ocna and Siculeni (Miercurea Ciuc) and eight trains between Targu Ocna and Adjud  (https://www.cfrcalatori.ro/)

There are regular bus journeys on the following routes: Targ Ocna - Bratesti, Targu Ocna - Slanic Moldova and return, Targu Ocna - Nicoresti, Targu Ocna - Dofteana, Targu Ocna - Onesti and return, Targu Ocna - Valcele, Tirgu Ocna - Viisoara, Comanesti - Targu Ocna - Onesti - Bucharest and return, Brasov - Targu Ocna - Piatra Neamt and return, Bacau - Targu Ocna - Slanic Moldova and return, Targu Mures - Targu Ocna - Bacau and return, Iasi - Targu Ocna - Slanic Moldova  and return. (http://cnipttirguocna.ro/transport/#1446527054896-74b1921f-636c )

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