Monday, August 30, 2010

Museum Square

Another place in Cluj to concentrate much of this city's history is the Small Square, as it had been named for many centuries, Carolina Square or Museum Square at present. If you want to set foot in 700-years old streets and find there the traces of the whole history of the city, then you should linger as there are many interesting things to admire.

As a testimony of the Roman heritage on this land, which attests the glorious two millennium age of Cluj, stand the unearthing in front of the Franciscan Monastery next to the Franciscan Church.

The western side of the square is dominated by a construction raised by Daniel Petrechevich-Horvath, which has come to fulfill its original destiny of a cultural institution just recently, since 1937, when it was taken over by the History Museum of Transylvania.

The building opposite the Museum was inhabited by the historian Kovari Laszlo and the adjacent one, by the Romanian ophthalmologist Ioan Molnar-Piariu between 1791 and 1815.

The centre of the square is dominated by the Carolina Obelisk, the imposing 10 meters statue which was dedicated to the 1817 visit of emperor Francisc I and his wife. The bas-reliefs which were sculpted on the sides of the statue depict scenes from their historic visit to Cluj and also displays the former emblem of the city.

And if exploration of so many wonderful sights filled your soul, but exhausted the body, you may also stay for a drink at the nearby fancy terraces or bars: Euphoria, CE, Bruno Wine Bar, Galeriile Fortuna.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Franciscan Church

The Franciscan Church and monastery were built in the first medieval centre of the town, in today's Museum Square. The Church was the first place of worship of medieval Cluj-Napoca. It was erected around 1260 until 1290 in the place of a pagan temple and the old church of the settlement destroyed during an invasion of the Tartars who plundered the city. The locals have always known this place of worship as the "church of the brethren", which derives from the Hungarian "barat", meaning brother monk.

The church is the burial place of many prominent Hungarian aristocrats. Theatrical plays were performed here and the Gothic monastery next to the church hosted a printing house for the first half of the 20th century under the name of Saint Bonaventura.

The latest restorations performed on the building brought to light the Romanesque style of the original construction, yet the facade displays Gothic elements which were screened by the Baroque alterations introduced in the time of the Franciscan monks. A 52-meter high tower with a bulbed roof, the most recent and important element of the Baroque, covered the central window in the 18th century.

Johannes Nachtigall sculptured the statues of patron saint Virgin Mary, St Jeremiah and St Anthony. The main altar, divided by three columns with Doric and Ionic capitals, displays a copy of a painting of Virgin Mary from Santa Maggiore Church in Rome. The painting is flanked by the statues of St Stephen and St Joseph.

Photos courtesy of Sanziana Craciun.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Four Seasons in town and Hungarian Cultural Days in Cluj-Napoca invite you to join us this Sunday for an unforgettable getaway including a live concert in Unirii Square.

The Chamber Orchestra of Transylvania Philharmonic with Concertmaster Melinda Beres will prove that a work as popular as Vivaldi's The Four Seasons can still sound fresh and vibrant.

Time: 8 pm; August 22, 2010
Place: Unirii Square; Cluj-Napoca city centre

Free entrance!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Part of the fun of visiting a new city is sampling food and drink. Sometimes you make fabulous new discoveries - and if you don't like something, well you never need to order it again.

You really should sample some cocktails in Museum Square number 5, in CE? (WHAT? is the name of the bar). If their cocktails really inspire you, feel free to write something on their walls.

On every Wednesday they organize a seminar on specific cocktails. Go there, cheers are all around!

My name is ClujWizard and I'm addicted to grandma's cake. What about you?

Photos courtesy of Ce?

I.L. Caragiale Park

Experience a small green side of Cluj in the city centre. Located close to Museum Square, Caragiale Park is a wonderful place to walk, skate or sit back, relax and watch people.

The park is a Mecca for skaters and bikers.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Iron Maiden in Cluj-Napoca

Iron Maiden are coming to Cluj on August 15th. The event will take place at Polus Center Mall. Cargo, a Romanian Heavy Metal band will be singing in the opening. The price of the ticket is 20 EUR+VAT (24%).

Iron Maiden - Transylvania

Car rentals

If you want to rent a car in Cluj, you can book it online in advance and pick it up at the airport or in the city. There are many car rental services such as PHP, Avis, Hertz or Rodna (you can find more companies on the Cluj Airport webpage).The prices start from 23 EUR per day for a Dacia Logan, VAT (24%) not included. If you want to rent for more than 20 days, the prices drop to at least 19 EUR.
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