A life dedicated to love

Ana Davila (1834-1874) was a descendant of two large families from the Romanian Country: the old Romanian family Golescu and the ruling family with Greek origin Racoviță. In 1861, she married the French physician Carol Davila, with whom he had four children, two girls (Elena and Zoe) and two boys (Alexandru and Carol). Apart from the concerns and responsibilities of her family, Ana Davila was a remarkable public presence, not only in terms of her beauty, but also through her sustained philanthropic activity. Until 1874, the year of his accidental death by poisoning with strychnine, Ana Davila coordinated the activity of the orphanage of girls in Bucharest.