Constantin Poroineanu and the legend of the crying lovers
At the end of the 19th century, Constantin Poroineanu went abroad to complete his studies.
He was in Paris, when he met a beautiful girl at a student’s ball. He fell in love with her and, even though he was married and had a son back at home, they ended up having an affair.
However his father did not approve this and forced him to leave the beautiful French girl and return home in Caracal, Romania, to his family. Here Constantin continued his life and affairs in agriculture and politics and, eventually, he became one of the wealthiest men in the country, notorious also for his acts of charity.
Twenty years later, Constantin’s son followed his father’s footsteps. He went to Paris to finish his studies and the story repeated: he fell in love with a local student. Unlike his father, however, he did not inform his parents of the relationship and got married. Later, he brought his young wife home to Romania to meet his family. All regular, apparently.
But it was then that an unimaginable truth was discovered: putting together some details, including the newlyweds life stories, Constantin Poroineanu realized that the girl was actually his daughter from the adventure he had when he was a student in Paris and so the spouses were actually brother and sister.
The painful truth and the horror of the situation was intolerable for the young couple.
They went to the park in the center of Caracal, a park that had been donated to the City Hall years before by their father, Constantin Poroineanu, and there, in the autumn of 1908, they committed suicide. First, the groom shot his wife and then himself.
This tragic event pushed Constantin Poroineanu himself over the edge. He completed his will, leaving the entire family wealth to the town of Caracal, and hung himself on September 15, 1908.
The young couple is buried alongside their father in the Bellu Cemetery in Bucharest, Romania, and still today, their family tomb with its magnificent monument is one of the most visited places in the cemetery, especially by young lovers.
According to the legend, the ones who love most deeply and passionately can hear the desperate cry of the dead lovers around the grave….
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