The Station and the Water Tower, Murfatlar

Bad general condition. The building of the Station is not being maintained like a historic monument, neither has it been rehabilitated and the Water Tower is in an even more precarious situation, being devalued and surrounded by inadequate buildings.
  • Historic monument category B; code LMI CT-II-a-B-02865
  • Built during the first decade of the 20th century, in the functionalist style representative of King Carol I and specific to public buildings in Romania in the 1880-1914 period.
  • București Way, Murfatlar, Constanța County

The building of the Murfatlar Station is one of the most beautiful and most specific railway buildings in the style adopted by King Carol I (1866-1914). It is made out of two symmetrical bodies, with a triangular shaped ground floor on the upper side, meant to cover administrative spaces, united by a body hosting the waiting rooms and ticket houses.

The entire building is built out of red brick, with semicircular specific arches, on the ground floor, and with broken gables on the upper floors. The Murfatlar Station is the most important point of the Constanța-Cernavodă railway route, built by British engineers in 1857-1869. The railway between Constanța and Cernavodă was one of the first ones on the territory of the Ottoman Empire and is the second oldest on the territory of Romania (after the one between Oravița and Bqaziaș, put to use in 1856, at the time on the territory of the Austrian Empire).

The Water Tower is an unique element of industrial architecture on the territory of Dobrogea, also built out of red brick, and it was meant to supply the steam locomotives that stopped in Murfatlar on the railway that linked the Black Sea and the Danube.

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