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  1. Piata Unirii Cluj Napoca

    The Union Square
    Piata Unirii


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    The Union Square, one of the largest medieval squares from Europe, known as The Mathias Corvin Square as well, is the symbol of Cluj-Napoca. Because here are located most of the monuments of the town, gives itself the statute of a monument.

    Known since Medieval times as the 0 kilometer of the town, this space represents even today the place of public experiences like festivals, exhibitions, film projections or protests.

    Less known is the fact that over time, along with the borough, the square played the role of a punishment place for the unrighteous too. Until nineteenth century you could have seen here medieval elements of torture like Gypsies cage or the pillory. Also, during the Revolution from 1989, the area of the square was the place where people fought for their liberation from the communist dictatorship. Let’s do not forget that here, 11 heroes lost their life for liberty.

    Una dintre cele mai mari piete medievale din Europa, Piata Unirii, cunoscuta si sub denumirea de Piata Matei Corvin, este simbolul orasului Cluj-Napoca. Iar faptul ca aici sunt amplasate cele mai multe monumente din oras ii confera ei insasi statutul de monument.

    Perceput inca din Epoca Medievala drept “kilometrul 0” al orasului, acest spatiu reprezinta si astazi locul de exprimare a vietii publice prin diversele evenimente importante precum festivaluri, targuri, proiectii de film sau chiar proteste.

    Mai putin cunoscut este faptul ca de-a lungul timpului, alaturi de targ, piata a avut si rolul de tribuna a oprobriului public pentru nelegiuiti. Pana in secolul XIX ai fi putut vedea aici elemente medievale de tortura precum cusca tiganilor sau stalpul infamiei. De asemenea, in timpul Revolutiei din 1989, spatiul pietei a fost locul de manifestare a luptei pentru eliberarea de sub dictatura comunista. Sa nu uitam ca aici 11 eroi si-au pierdut viata pentru libertate.

  2. Mathias King Ensemble

    Monumental Ensemble of King Matthias from Cluj-Napoca
    Ansamblul monumental Matei Corvin


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    The statue of Matthias, the man from Cluj crowned king of Hungary in 1458, is with no doubt the most popular monument from Cluj-Napoca. Since 1902, when it was built by the sculptor Lajos Pakey, the statue is carefully watching the central square which was named after it.

    Although the bronze monument was restored in 2011, the statue which represents the king, kept it’s charm and the four people from the king’s Suite around it.

    Even if it is a well known statue in Cluj-Napoca and not only, few people know that the model of the project created by Janos Fadrusz won the biggest prize at the Universal Exposition from Paris in 1900.

    Statuia lui Matei Corvin, clujeanul incoronat rege al Ungariei in 1458, este fara indoiala cel mai cunoscut ansamblu monumental din Cluj-Napoca. Inca din anul 1902, cand a fost ridicata de sculptorul Lajos Pakey, vegheaza constiincios asupra pietei centrale care ii poarta numele.

    Desi monumentul din bronz a fost restaurat in anul 2011, statuia reprezentandu-l pe rege si-a pastrat tinuta cuceritoare, precum si pe cei patru oameni de baza din suita sa, alaturi.

    Chiar daca este o statuie populara in randul clujenilor si nu numai, putini stiu ca macheta lucrarii realizata de Janos Fadrusz a castigat marele premiu al Expozitiei Universale de la Paris in anul 1900.

  3. Piata Unirii

    The Saint Michael’s Church
    Biserica Sfantul Mihail


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    Recognized as representative for Gothic Style, The Roman Catholic Cathedral St. Michael from Cluj-Napoca is in the same time an easel of art where a lot of styles and influences have fused in time like Neo-Gothic elements, Baroque sculptures or Renaissance painting.

    Built between 1350 and 1489, the church remains one of the symbolic monumentals of the Medieval period from Transylvania. As architectural records, we must say that it is the first full version of hall-church from Transylvania and it’s tower of 80 meters is the tallest tour from Transylvania. The present form of the tour is a rebuild version, after the first was burned in 1689 and the second was destroyed by a thunder followed by a earthquake.

    For the pleasure of tourists and people from Cluj-Napoca too, some days from the year the tour is opened for public who can admire from here the entire view of the town.

    Recunoscuta ca reprezentanta a stilului gotic, Catedrala Romano-Catolica Sfantul Mihail din Cluj-Napoca este in acelasi timp un sevalet al artei pe care au fuzionat mai multe stiluri si influente, precum elemente neogotice, sculpturi baroce sau pictura renascentista.

    Ridicata in perioada 1350-1480, biserica ramane unul dintre monumentele emblematice pentru perioada medievala din Transilvania. Ca si recorduri in materie de arhitectura, amintim ca este prima versiune deplina a bisericii de tip hala din Transilvania si ca turnul sau de 80 de metri este cel mai inalt turn din Transilvania. Forma actuala a turnului este o versiune refacuta, dupa ce prima a fost facuta scrum in 1689, iar a doua distrusa de un trasnet urmat de un cutremur.

    Spre deliciul turistilor, dar si al clujenilor, in anumite zile din an, turnul este deschis publicului care poate admira de aici panorama orasului.

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    The Roman Ruins
    Ruinele Romane


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    The strongest evidence of the fact that Cluj-Napoca has a rich history are its archaeological treasures that still come to light even today, as The Roman Ruins from Mathias Corvin Square.

    This trousseau from our ancestors was brought to light by the excavations which were completed in 2008 and certifies that a small part of the city is the successor of the old square of the roman Napoca town from the second and the third century.

    The ruins remained exactly in the area where they were found and were covered by a glass plate of over 82 square meters. Therefore, when you see them in this street museum, you can feel the same joy of the discovery felt by the archaeologists.

    Cele mai puternice dovezi ale faptului ca orasul Cluj-Napoca are o istorie bogata in spate sunt comorile sale arheologice care inca mai ies la suprafata, cum este si cazul Ruinelor Romane din Piata Matei Corvin.

    Aceasta zestre lasata de stramosi a fost scoasa la lumina in urma sapaturilor finalizate in 2008 si atesta faptul ca o particica din orasul de astazi este mostenitoarea vechii piete centrale a orasului roman Napoca din secolele II-III.

    Ruinele au fost lasate astazi exact in aria in care au fost gasite si acoperite de o placa de sticla de-a lungul a 82 de metri patrati. Astfel, la vederea lor in acest „muzeu” stradal, turistii si trecatorii traiesc o bucurie a descoperirii asemanatoare cu cea simtita de arheologi.

  5. Strada in oglinda Mirror street

    The Mirror Street
    Strada in oglinda


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    The Mirror Street, official known as Iuliu Maniu Street, was built in the nineteenth century, a century full of inspiration and artistic adventure. Influenced by the latest trend from Paris, The Hausmann construction company designed the buildings from the both sides of the street in symmetry, between The Union Square and The Bolyai Street, so that they seem to be twins.

    Built in the Eclectic style and decorated in a Neo-Baroque way, with lions, garlands and grotesque masks, the buildings, one in front of other, form an unique ensemble in Transylvania. We dare you to watch them closely and to identify the small details that fall them apart.

    Strada in oglinda, sau Iuliu Maniu, a fost ridicata in secolul al XIX-lea, un secol plin de inspiratie si aventura artistica. Influentata de ultima moda de la Paris, firma de constructii Hausmann a conceput in simetrie cladirile de o parte si de alta a drumului dintre Piata Unirii si Strada Bolyai, astfel incat par gemene.

    Construite in stil eclectic si decorate neobaroc cu lei, ghirlande si masti grotesti, cele doua corpuri de cladiri puse una in fata celeilalte alcatuiesc un ansamblu unic in Transilvania. Va provocam sa le admirati de aproape si sa identificati micile detalii care le deosebesc.

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    Wolphard – Kakas House
    Casa Wolphard Kakas


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    Even it is the only building from Transylvania where we can find a sundial, the Wolphard Kakas Palace was unjustly passed in shadow and forgetfulness. Without this ancient technological jewel, the frames of two original windows managed to resist in time, one of them still keeping the initials of its owners: S and K.

    Wolphard Kakas House was finished in 1600 and it is a Renaissance monument. Its first founder was the vicar Adrianus Wolphard, after whom it was continued by Stephanus Wolphard and finished by Stephanus Kakas. Unfortunately, the astronomical zodiac placed on the ceiling of one of the rooms doesn’t exist today, but the building remains a testament of the attention given by rich owners to finest architectural details.

    Desi este singura cladire din Transilvania in interiorul careia gasim un cadran solar, Palatul Wolphard Kakas a fost trecut pe nedrept in umbra si uitare. In afara acestei bijuterii tehnologice stravechi, ancadramentele a doua ferestre originale au reusit de asemenea sa reziste timpului, una dintre ele pastrand inca initialele proprietarilor de drept: S si K.

    Casa Wolphard Kakas a fost finalizata in anul 1600 si este predominant renascentista. Primul sau ctitor a fost parohul Adrianus Wolphard, dupa care a fost continuata de Stephanus Wolphard si finalizata de Stephanus Kakas. Din pacate, zodiacul astronomic care fusese amplasat pe tavanul uneia dintre incaperile de la etaj nu mai exista astazi, insa cladirea ramane o dovada a atentiei proprietarilor bogati de odinioara acordata detaliilor arhitecturale de finete.

  7. monumentul memorandistilor

    Memorandum Monument
    Monumentul Memorandistilor


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    The Memorandum of Transylvania from 1892 and the memory of its signers, judged and convicted for the signing of this petition, are honored through the Memorandum Monument.

    Built in 1994, in a period of intolerance of the local authorities for the minorities and controversial from the point of view of its location and because of the form of the guillotine, the monument evokes the fight of the Romanian people from Transylvania for the affirmation of their nationality in the roughly Austro-Hungarian regime.

    “Memorandumul Transilvaniei” de la 1892 si memoria semnatarilor sai, judecati si condamnati pentru semnarea acestei petitii, sunt omagiate prin Monumentul Memorandistilor.

    Construit in 1994, intr-o perioada de intoleranta a autoritatilor locale fata de minoritati si controversat din punct de vedere al locului in care este amplasat si al formei de ghilotina, monumentul aminteste de lupta romanilor transilvaneni pentru afirmarea nationala in timpul regimului dur austro-ungar.

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    Eroilor Boulevard from Cluj-Napoca
    Bulevardul Eroilor


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    Long time ago, when Eroilor Boulevard was called Deak Ferenc Street, the rumble of the carriages vibrated there. Today, the Eroilor Boulevard is flooded with coffee flavour, the “corso” of Cluj being the place of promenade and shopping which invites you to a walk between the two central squares- The Union Square and The Avram Iancu Square.

    The story of the boulevard begins in medieval times, when the little borough was crossed by carriages on an unpaved road. It’s route exists even today where the Memorandum Street and 21 December Street are. From time to time, because of the rain, when this road becomes impracticable, the deviated route is going to Napoca Street and Eroilor Boulevard. In time, this route became a new way to cross the borough.

    Odinioara strada Deak Ferenc rasunand in huruitul trasurilor, astazi Bulevardul Eroilor inundat de aroma de cafea, ‘corso’-ul Clujului este locul de promenada si shopping care te imbie la plimbare intre cele doua mari piete centrale ale Clujului – Piata Unirii si Piata Avram Iancu.

    Povestea bulevardului incepe insa in epoca medievala cand micul targ era traversat de trasuri pe un drum nepietruit al carui traseu s-a pastrat pana in zilele noastre – actuala strada Memorandumului si 21 Decembrie. Cateodata insa, din cauza precipitatiilor, acest drum devenea impracticabil, traseul sau deviat ajungand pana in zona strazii Napoca si a Bulevardului Eroilor. Cu timpul acest traseu a devenit un nou drum de traversare a targului.

  9. Catedrala Greco Catolica Schimbarea la Fata

    The Transfiguration Cathedral – Greek Catholic Cathedral
    Catedrala Greco-Catolica – Schimbarea la fata


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    “The camouflage” of the Transfiguration Cathedral through the buildings from Eroilor Boulevard failed to protect it from the succession of rebellions and controversies by which it was chased. Shortly after it was build, in 1779, the tower of the cathedral crashed, as a sign of unfortunate events that would take place there in the past century.

    In 1924, the edifice was passed in the possession of Greek Catholic Church, a fact that revolted the Franciscans, the ex-owners. In 1948, not far away from that moment, the cathedral was passed in the possession of the Communist Party. Finally, in 1998, the cathedral was given back to the Greek Catholic Church. All those facts gave birth to several rebellions which culminated with the blocking inside the church of the parishioners with the purpose of keeping it in their possession.

    “Camuflarea” Catedralei Schimbarea la Fata intre cladirile de pe Bulevardul Eroilor n-a reusit sa o fereasca si de seria de revolte si controverse de care a fost urmarita. La scurt timp dupa ce a fost ridicata, in 1779, turnul catedralei s-a prabusit, avand sa fie un semn al intamplarilor nefaste care se vor desfasura aici de-a lungul ultimului secol.

    In 1924, lacasul de cult a fost trecut in posesia Bisericii Greco-Catolice, fapt care i-a revoltat pe franciscani carora le apartinuse. Nu la mult timp dupa aceea, in 1948, catedrala a fost predata Bisericii Ortodoxe de catre regimul comunist. In cele din urma, in 1998, avea sa revina in proprietatea Bisericii Greco-Catolice. Toate acestea au nascut revolte repetate care au culminat cu baricadarea enoriasilor inauntrul bisericii pentru a nu ramane fara cladire.

  10. Catedrala Ortodoxa Cluj

    The Orthodox Cathedral of the Vad, Feleac and Cluj
    Catedrala Ortodoxa a Vadului, Feleacului si Clujului


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    The orthodox people from Cluj-Napoca are proud of their representative religious edifice from the centre of the town and the numbers related to this church give them reasons to strengthen their pride. The Orthodox Cathedral from Cluj-Napoca was built in ten years (1920-1930) and is the third highest church from Romania.

    An aspect less known about this edifice is that all their 4 bells were created in Hungary and the biggest one weighs almost 2 tones. We must not forget that the opening of the church was done in the presence of important personalities like King Carol the second and Ion I.C. Bratianu, the prime-minister of Romania at that time.

    Clujenii ortodocsi sunt mandri de edificiul lor reprezentativ de cult din centrul orasului, iar cifrele legate de aceasta biserica le ofera motive sa isi consolideaza mandria. Catedrala Ortodoxa din Cluj-Napoca a fost construita de-a lungul a 10 ani de zile (1920-1930) si este pe locul al treilea in topul celor mai inalte biserici din tara.

    Un lucru mai putin cunoscut despre acest lacas este faptul ca cele 4 clopote ale sale au fost create in Ungaria si ca cel mai mare dintre acestea are o greutate de aproximativ 2 tone. Sa nu uitam nici ca la inaugurarea bisericii au fost prezente personalitati de rang inalt precum regele Carol al doilea si Ion I.C. Bratianu, prim-ministru al tarii pe atunci.

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    Reformed Church from Cluj-Napoca – The Church with 2 towers
    Biserica Reformata


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    Known as well as The Church with two towers, it was build because they needed to accommodate more worshipers , but it was hardly completed in 50 years due to lake of money. The architecture of the place copies The Big Church of Debretin situated in Hungary and keeps the concept of the grand dimensions. This way, the church has a total surface of over 1700 square meters, with a height of towers of 40 meters.

    The edifice, situated on one of the most important arteries from Cluj-Napoca – 1’st of December 1989 Boulevard- is included on the list of historical monuments.

    Supranumita si Biserica Reformata cu doua turnuri, a fost construita din nevoia de a putea gazdui mai multi credinciosi, dar finalizata cu greu in 50 de ani din cauza lipsei de fonduri. Arhitectura lacasului imita Marea Biserica din Debretin situata in Ungaria si pastreaza conceptul grandios al dimensiunilor. Astfel, biserica detine o suprafata totala de peste 1700 de metri patrati, cu o inaltime a turnurilor de 40 de metri.

    Edificiul de cult, situat pe una dintre cele mai importante artere din Cluj-Napoca – Bulevardul 1 Decembrie 1989, este prezent pe lista monumentelor istorice.

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    Unitarian Church from Cluj-Napoca
    Biserica Unitariana


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    You can’t walk on 21 Decembre 1989 Street from Cluj-Napoca without letting your glance rest on the harmonious lines of The Unitarian Church. With rococo and neoclassical elements, the historical monument, designed by a Viennese architect and built up in 1792-1796, it seems to be the miniature of a castle.

    Even if it has a special charm, the oversized arch represented not faraway from 1800 a risk for the collapse of the entire building. This is the reason why in 1831, a consolidation was realized. Today, the Baroque building is the centre of Unitarian Church from the entire country.

    Nu ai cum sa te plimbi pe Strada 21 Decembrie 1989 din Cluj-Napoca si sa nu ti se opreasca privirile asupra liniilor armonioase ale Bisericii Unitariene. Cu elemente rococo si neoclasice, monumentul istoric proiectat de un arhitect vienez si pus in forma in perioada 1792-1796 arata ca un castel in miniatura.

    Desi de un farmec aparte, bolta supradimensionata a reprezentat imediat dupa anul 1800 un risc pentru prabusirea intregului edificiu. Este si motivul pentru care au fost realizate consolidari in anul 1831. Astazi, cladirea ridicata in stil baroc, este centrul Bisericii Unitariene din intreaga Romanie.

  13. Palatul Banffy

    Banffy Castle
    Palatul Banffy


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    The bohemian spirit of Cluj-Napoca fits with the scenery composed by mansions and old buildings which bravely resisted during the centuries. One of them is the Banffy Castle which hosts The Museum of Art since 1951.

    Finished in 1785, the castle belonged to Gyorgy Banffy and represents a monument of the Baroque style. Excepting the occasional exhibitions of painting, sculpture or graphic which are organized here, The Museum of Art from Cluj-Napoca is the successor of the permanent collection, named Virgil Cioflec. On the same list there are representative names for Romanian art, like: Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian and Dimitrie Paciurea.

    As every other castle which respect itself, Banffy has a side that is less known by the public too – its halls and its galleries as tunnels with big surfaces from the basement.

    Panorama Cluj-Napoca

    Boemia orasului Cluj-Napoca este incadrata reusit intr-un decor alcatuit din conace si cladiri vechi care au rezistat curajos secolelor. Una dintre acestea este Palatul Banffy care gazduieste inca din anul 1951 Muzeul de Arta.

    Finalizat in 1785, palatul a apartinut contelui Gyorgy Banffy si reprezinta un monument al stilului baroc. In afara expozitiilor ocazionale de pictura, sculptura sau grafica pe care le organizeaza, Muzeul de Arta este mostenitorul colectiei permanente Virgil Cioflec pe lista careia apar nume reprezentative pentru arta romaneasca precum Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian si Dimitrie Paciurea.

    Ca orice palat care se respecta, Banffy are si o parte mai putin cunoscuta publicului – salile si coridoarele de tip tunel cu suprafete covarsitoare de la subsolul cladirii.