The Water Castle – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Thematic Route: The Cultural Heritage Route

Name of the Touristic Attraction: The Water Castle

Location: in Drobeta Turnu Severin City, Mehedinți County, Crișan Street, at the intersection with Dr. Saidac Street.

Description: The Water Castle is 27 meters tall. The emblematic building, 107-year old is the work of the engineer Elie Radu.

Legend / Story / Impresssions / Recommendation: Just like the foot of the Trajan’s Bridge and the ruins of the Severin Fortress, the medieval castle built in the center of the city is a historical symbol that has survived over time. The construction of the Castle is related to the water supply of the city, from the Danube. The project provided for decantation, filtering and sterilization of ozone-depleted Danube water. The project provided the water supply from the Danube, decanted, filtered and sterilized with ozone aid. It was approved by the Communal Council on June 10th, 1910, and the building was to be located at the highest elevation in the city, at 104 meters altitude, for an advantageous water distribution in all areas of the city. The agreement on the project was given by Anghel Saligny, the founder of Cernavodă Bridge. The construction of the castle was completed in 1913, and in 1914, when the entire water supply system of the city was put into operation, it was inaugurated. The whole system was provided with a catchment area upstream of the city, a water plant that was supposed to do the decanting, filtering and sterilizing, and last but not least, the water castle itself, intended to do the distribution. The building was designed to be built from reinforced concrete and organized inside with two overlaid tanks. Each tank served a certain part of the city. Their capacity was of 1025 cubic meters. During the First World War, the Castle served as point of observation for the German army, due to the four turrets, originally built to be used in case of need by the firefighters. In 1980, the Water Castle lost its usefulness due to the increase in number of the inhabitants in Drobeta Turnu Severin. Therefore  the ponds are emptied and the building is used for offices and workshops for the water supply and sewerage company. Today, the building has multiple uses and is conceived as a succession of vertical spaces that also hosts a tourist information center, an exhibition space and a belvedere.

 

Conditions:

Visiting program:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:00

Saturday-Sunday: 08:00-20:00

Information and Contact:

The Water Castle is under the administration of the Directorate of Historical Heritage and Cultural Tourism:

phone: +4 0252-225 150,

e-mail dptc_dts@yahoo.com

website www.dpiturncetateseverin.ro

Route close to other Thematic Routes:

In the area you can also visit:

  1. “Roses Park” made up of hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and roses
  2. “The Iron Gates” Hydropower Plant Museum
  3. “Theodor Costescu” Cultural Palace
  4. Orthodox Cathedral
  5. “Dragalina General Park” with the Severin Fortress and the Drobeta Archeological Complex placed on the slope of the Danube terrace

Other useful information

Accommodation:

“Traian” Hotel, phone: +4 0252 311 760

“Continental” Hotel, phone: +40372 528 828

“Condor” Hotel, phone:+40252 311 128

“Corona” Hotel, phone: +40743 128 658, e-mail: contact@corona.ro

Events in Drobeta Turnu Severin:

  1. Severin’s Days – around April 23rd, when Sf. Gheorghe, the protector of Severin, is celebrated
  2. Danube’s Day – 29th June
  3. National Festival of Literature “The meaning of love”- in spring
  4. The Festival “Songs of Romanians from Everywhere”– in October
  5. The Autumn National Book Fair – in October
  6. The Excellence Awards Gala – in autumn

GPS Coordinates: lat, long: 44.6298609, 22.652144700000008, elevation: 82 m