Libertatii Sq., Sector 4, Bucharest,
Carol Park (Romanian: Parcul Carol) is a public park in Bucharest, Romania, named after King Carol I of Romania. For the duration of the communist regime, it was called Liberty Park (Parcul Libertăţii).
The park was designed by French landscape artist Édouard Redont in 1900 on Filaret Hill and inaugurated in 1906. The park had an initial surface area of 360,000m², with a 20,000m² lake in the middle. It is officially recognized as a historical monument and is therefore protected by law.
Administration of the park is undertaken mostly by the Bucharest City Hall, whereas monuments are in the care of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs.
Carol Park's central alley by day.Aside from its beautiful vegetation and panoramic views, the park also includes several monuments, such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a mausoleum where some of Romania's most prominent Communist leaders were buried until the Romanian Revolution of 1989.
Other attractions include the Cantacuzino Fountain, the Giants' Statues, the Zodiac Fountain, the Technical Museum (first opened in 1909), a monument in the shape of a small mosque built in 1923 as a sign of reconciliation, the open-air Roman Arena, and the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy.
The park once contained busts of Ioan Lahovari and Constantin Istrati, but these are now gone. After 1948, busts of George Cosbuc, Alexandru Sahia, Nicolae Balcescu (these three by Constantin Baraschi) and Theodor Neculuţă (by E. Mereanu) were set up in the park, where they remain.
In 2006, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was relocated to its original 1923 location, somewhat closer to the former communist mausoleum.