The last of the «Mohicans» - a water tower. Early morning, even the most daring sun had not yet reached the middle of the sky, and on the streets of Chisinau has already distributed the first sounds - WoP-WoP-WoP. This water-carriers pulled a string to the source - yet not hot, while there is time to wake up traders and shopkeepers, who always need water. COTU-WoP-WoP knock hooves, creaking iron rim carts, go down the streets to the river bank, where the slope breaks spring, according to legend - the founder of the city. Wander leisurely horse, sense that a difficult day ahead. Asleep on the box of water-carriers, their caps pulled up to the nose and more tightly wrapped in shrouds nemudrenye. It starts the day, ordinary, working. And they do not suspect that any moment now, even in five years, will be laid first branch water supply, and another ten of their services to anybody would no longer be needed. But since everything is stable: come, the water collected in a barrel, wooden buckets and going stronger tied himself to customers, grief does not know. Razvez - back to the fountain, once again. But the power, unhurried life sleepy capital ended, new age advanced, no matter what it does not. Many construction sites, pavements are even a few houses on two floors, gathers people of different - by the thousand. Although the people - is good, water Well all need, that's an extra penny would go where go away. However, the shopkeepers said this morning that the water through the pipes will go, well, so this is when it ... and would it ever. Morning, you can still sleep, but no longer want. He was awakened by muffled clatter of hooves, unlubricated axles creak of the old carts. Water-carriers, it is clear. Alexander Bernardazzi got up, walked into the office. We still consider the plan of urban water supply, tomorrow in the City Duma statement. If only the estimates approved, and then we can begin construction. - Can it do thoughts wandered to the head of a young urban architect, and perhaps others. We can not find out. But the fact that the state of his city really worried - it is a fact. He has several years spent as a systematic ordering of development, under his leadership have paved almost the entire city center, will soon be built here, and running water. At the end of XIX century appeared in Chisinau on your plumbing. First, one line, then things moved quickly. To ensure the pressure was built two water towers, one of which still adorns our city. We built practically on the edge - Sadovaya then corresponded exactly to its name: gardens, vegetable gardens and villas. However, he was prepared for the unenviable fate, the building was erected next to the fire brigade, the plan was the construction of residential houses and institutions.
Return to the tower - to the one that survived until our times. It was built of limestone - the beloved stone Bernardazzi - interspersed with brick. The four-storied building with thick stone walls and steep spiral staircase with cast iron stairs and carved railings, leads visitors to the top, it was looked solid against the background of one-storey houses of those times. Incidentally, the last floor of the tower was made of wood, he spoke in width around the perimeter and had a viewing balcony. View of the city, with a beautiful, but most importantly, no one here to admire the beauty did not go. From the balcony of the members of the local fire brigade tracked the slightest signs of smoke, and in case of danger, raised the alarm. The tower rose high above the city, according to old photographs show that the street was practically rested against it and the ring envelope, allowing entry to Sadovaya.
The war is almost not affected by this structure, only the top floor was destroyed, and then overbuilt again. Tower lost primeval character and part of its charm, but it remained an ornament the center.