Brăila is an ancient settlement on the left bank of the Danube. An investigation on the Brăila origins shows that the region has been inhabited from time out of mind.
The old town lies inside the space limits marked by the Danube and the present Strada Cetăţii (the City street) which follows even today the line of the former city wall. When the town was brought back within the limits of Wallachia, in 1829, the Russian occupation authorities decided to draw the town planning anew; this plan aimed at the seating of the new streets under the shape of a semicircle arc, each street would start from the Danube and stop at the Danube as well. Even nowadays the boulevards Cuza Vodă, Independence and Dorobanţi appear in this way as well as the streets Plevna, Rahova, Griviţa and Ştefan cel Mare (Steven the Great). As a matter of fact, Brăila is one of the very few towns in the country that have maintained unchanged the street names during the last 130 years even under the communist regime. As well, the town has preserved unchanged very many buildings from the 19th century, representing a real architectonical museum for those concerned.
Many years ago I was in Brăila and I loved the flowerdial realized by flowerbeds in the . But I have photographed an ancient clock which I liked best. It was situated in the main town park.