4 p.m.


15 October

Tur de arhitectură

TA: The habitation of old. Elisabetin and its parks

O.A.R. Timiș aims, through a pilot cultural project that is a part of the Education section of the Timișoara Architecture Biennale (BETA), creating a set of guided tours of architecture for the wide public in order to stimulate the interest, reflection and involvement of the citizens for the conscious and assumed shaping of the local urban landscape. The project adresses to the civil society and local government of Timișoara, to all the city residents and also to the tourists.

The 2016 Edition of the project is developed during October and November and includes ten tours (two times for each of the five sugested routes). Eight tours are for adults and two for children between 9 and 11 years old. 


T2 _ The habitation of old - Elisabetin and its parks.

The route through Elisabetin quarter will take us by Bălcescu Square, Carmen Sylva Park, Gheorghe Doja Park, Sfânta Maria Square and Alexandru Mocioni Square, thus making a passage through the history of the newest historic district of Timișoara.

Archival documents show that there were no buildings by the end of 1734 on the current territory of this district. Therefore we learn more about the rural aspect of this area of Timișoara and about how this district developed since 1892, after the gave up to its military fortress character, since it had no need for it anymore.

As we walk through one of the areas of this district, we talk about its evolution, about the important personalities and we will discuss some of the representative buildings of the area. Among the topics covered will be: housing, land lots employment, street front aspect and the importance of green spaces.

We will also discuss the meaning of terms such as: architecture with heritage value, architectural styles, garden city, bedroom neighborhoods etc. We'll talk about public/ private space ratio and the importance of treating public space as a space that brings communities closer together.


To participate to the free tour please register on the website, there are 25 places available per tour.

For more details, please consult the tour website:

Victor Popovici

Victor Popovici was born and raised in the Elisabetin neighbourhood. During his studies in the Architecture Faculty of Timișoara he developed a passion for history, culture and local heritage. He is vice-president of the Timiş Branch of the Romanian Order of Architects and he is involved in projects that focuse on preserving Timisoara’s cultural identity.