Capitoline Wolf replica, to be moved from Romana Square

The Wolf statue, a replica of the famous Roman monument “Lupa Capitolina”, offered by the municipality of Rome to the people of Bucharest, will be moved from the Romana Square in front of the ‘Bucuresti’ store, following a discussion with the Italian Ambassador, announced the mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu. “It is a shame that this statue should be placed there. In order to admire it you run the risk of committing an accident. I’ve discussed with the Italian ambassador to Bucharest as well and he asked me to find a place where it can be properly admired. We chose the esplanade in front of the ‘Bucuresti’ store. That is actually a historical area. It belongs there,” Sorin Oprescu explained. Lupa Capitolina was donated to the city of Bucharest in 1906. Records show that then, on the celebration of the 25th year of King Carol the 1st’s reign and on the anniversary of 1800 years since the Roman conquest of Dacia, the Roman municipality offered the people of Bucharest a replica of the famous Roman monument “Lupa Capitolina”, representing the legendary she-wolf, said to have nursed Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. The bronze replica was made by an anonymous Greek sculpture. Initially, the statue was set on a stone pedestal bearing the acronym SPQR (Senatus Populus Que Romanus, The Senate and the Roman People) and placed, first, on the premises of the “Roman Arenas” in Park Carol.

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