Mindic Park

At about 25 km from center of Drochia town,  near a country road between the villages Cotova and Mindic, in the open field, is located one of the most amazing park ensembles in addition to mansions -  “Vila Mindic”.

This mansion was purchased from a Moldova landlord by Oganovici (Ohanowicz) family,Polish – Armenian origin in the 19th century. In 1896 there was planted a park and the mansion was rebuilt, being styled after a Chinese pagoda. Also, three ponds have been cleaned and ennobled and were constructed: a family stone tomb, watermill with a mile underground pipe. But most important is that the park plan was well thought and according to him, were formed paved alleys and over the rill was built a perforated metal footbridge – Sadness Bridge. Park planning and especially his general conception have been handled by great architect – Alexander Bernardazzi.

And this concept was far from simple. Initially, the park was divided into two equal parts,the boundary between them was the rill with bridges over it. The rill symbolized very thin thread of life, which separates the top, earthly part, from the down part which symbolize respectively – eternity.  In this part of the park is only one building – the tomb. All other buildings of the manor, water tower and other related household are in the first part of the park, the earthly. In the park lies a long alley, dense planted with hornbeam, representing the journey of life. In the middle it is crossed by the rill, over which is the openwork bridge. Along the rill on its left part(earthly), were about 6 springs that fed the rill, which flows into the mansion central lake.

Great attention was given to varieties of trees. For example, near the tomb is a huge lone black pine and start the black walnut alley – symbol of eternity. This alley reaches the south park boundary after showing stretches of fields.

The entire park is crossed by a series of alleys. Another feature of the park is a combination of ornamental trees with the fruit trees, that is simultaneously park and orchard, according to widespread manner of Roman Empire villas.

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