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A story about roofs...

By gss  
A story about roofs...
The exterior northern view of the Manuc's Inn in Bucharest, built in 1808.
Between 1830-31 both Romanian Principalities fell under Russian occupation for two years. That was the bad news for us, but that was also a good news, because Russians imposed, for the first time at us. a kind of "constitution" (a primary form, crude, called "Organic Rules" but very similar to a modern constitution). And with that Organic Rules another set of regulations together.. One of that laws was the first Urban Regulation we ever had. It was imposed, like Haussman Urban Regulation, in 1870 in Paris, for military and defense purposes.
So, Bucharest, who was a wooden and brick town, had to abandon all wooden systems. After the hugest fire in the city on the Easter Sunday of 1847 ( burnt > half of the town) Romanian authorities imposed a new, more draconian regulation: wood was completely banned from all towns, to prevent another fire ( of course, we still got some notable fires and then...). So timber framed structures disappeared ( as in London after its great fire in 1666), but also wooden shingle covers on sharp, high roofs have disappeared too. And with that, all the urban image of the city: the city ​​was "flattened". Why?
That's an architectural problem. Wooden shingles roof covering, forces to steep slopes of the roof, usually between 45 and 60 degrees, sometimes sharper, at 75-80. They are big roofs, easily visible from the street viewer. Using black roofing sheet (painted) or galvanized, allows low slopes, usually between 15-30 degrees, with a low wooden structure (skeleton) of the roof. Due to the low utilization of wood, metal sheet rapidly become widespread throughout the city. And from the street, few roofs were visible (only the very large and visible from far away). So the whole city had suddenly a flattened silhouette, high roofs, slender and pursed, disappearing, .
Manuc Inn was covered too with metal sheet, and the roof height was reduced to half of the original, changing its overall allure. Due to more chilling climate, gradually galleries were closed with windows in the system called by a Turkish name "geamlīc". Restoration of 1966-1970 has brought on the basis of documents and engravings, to the form alleged to be the original. However, as a witness of that period of transformation, a small glazed area was kept above the entrance (near the terminal entrance in the picture, were a pine is). On today inn silhouette, we can imagine about how they were all roofs in the Oriental Bucharest of the eighteenth century.
The picture also shows the intention to mimic, to copy, a neoclassical facade, Western, but still interpreted in indigenous forms and details, resulting in a completely unique style, but ephemeral.
The picture was taken from the garden of St Anthony Princely Church, presented last week.
Many thanks for all your nice words and votes.

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gss 8 1 Romania
29 Sep 2014 12:03PM
Something about my narrative energy. In fact my narratives are a kind of English learning lessons. I have learned in school in Romania and Algeria 6-7 years of English, but do not why, have bad results ( can not understand why, as I told in the past, speaking French is as good as Romanian, and I have learned 3 years of Spanish and I speak and write two times easier than in English). So I planned to improve, trying to think and write in English a little text each day. So at Epz, I am learning not only about taking shots, but to express my self in English too...
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
29 Sep 2014 12:06PM
I like these buildings and the info a lot, Silviu. Good work, my friend.
Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
29 Sep 2014 12:10PM
What an interesting story of historical change. The old roofs are so much more attractive.
Good for you for learning so many languages, I can read your narratives quite easily.
gss 8 1 Romania
29 Sep 2014 12:16PM

Quote:What an interesting story of historical change. The old roofs are so much more attractive.
Good for you for learning so many languages, I can read your narratives quite easily.

When you are born in a country with a language spoken by only more than 25 million people, according globalization today, you're basically "dead" if you do not know well many other languages. If I finished the high school today was obliged by law to support my degree, doctorate, etc. and in a language of wide international circulation. That's our misfortune of us, small countries, today ...GrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2014 1:23PM
keep them coming...
29 Sep 2014 3:31PM
I like those buildings, Silviu,and you caught them superbly!
29 Sep 2014 3:59PM
Wonderful architecture and a wonderful write up, too, Silviu!

29 Sep 2014 7:55PM
Great image, Silviu. Fascinating narrative.

29 Sep 2014 9:24PM
Lovely shot Silviu and such a brilliant write up. So interesting. Cathy
mistere Plus
9 16 6 England
29 Sep 2014 9:31PM
Wonderful Silviu. great information and image.

Bantu 8 7 1 India
30 Sep 2014 4:28AM
Great historic capture with history explained,


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