Brief presentation of Oradea, Romania
An old and interesting city in the northwestern part of Romania, it played an important role throughout the country's history, as a major cultural, economical and military location. It is worth a visit because of the large number of historical monuments, museums and other cultural landmarks, as well as for the atmosphere, shops, restaurants and bars. Especially in the past Oradea was a melting-pot for different religions and minorities, which together with the Romanian majority managed to give the city an interesting image. It was also an important center for Greek - Catholic believers, especially after Pope Pius VI founded the Bishopric of Oradea.
Among the objectives you can admire here one of the best known is surely the Fortress of Oradea(Cetatea Oradiei) which was built in the 12 th century to protect the city, but later destroyed and rebuilt in the 16th century, this time in an Italian style, which makes it even more interesting. Very well kept for it's age, it is a good starting point for discovering the past of the region. Due to the strong Austrian influence of those times, Oradea rapidly grew and in a rather short amount of time several new churches, cathedrals, museums and impressive buildings appeared, the economical significance of the city grew, as did it's population. There are many palaces and official buildings in Oradea, such as the Town Hall (built in 1902 - 1903 by the architect Rimanoczy Kalman, a strange and asymetrical structure), the Justice Palace, the "Black Eagle" Palace (one of the main landmarks of the city, built at the beginning of the last century, one of the most beautiful architectural projects in the city), the Baroque Palace, the Apollo Palace or Stern Palace. Each of these is special in it's own way and does it's part into creating a special city.
There also some interesting churches, such as the Church with the Moon, the Cathedral (one of the most important and well known buildings in the region), both impressive examples of the Baroque style. You can also find a synagogue, a symbol of the importance that the Jewish community has had over the years in Oradea. The Tarii Crisurilor Museum can also be found in Timisoara, and it is certified for a visit, as it's collections are rich and diverse, focusing on the art, culture, traditions and discoveries from this region, and also presenting in detail the history of the city.
Oradea must be included on the list of "places to see in Romania", as it is a different, beautiful and interesting city, with several architectural projects of importance, some museums, a good theatre and the likes.
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Oradea is one of the most important social, cultural and economical centers in Romania. With a population of more than 200,000 - according to the 2002 census-, it is only the 10th largest Romanian town, but one of the most significant ones. Located in the North-Western part of the country, on the banks of the “Crişul Repede” river, the capital city of Bihor County is considered the gate towards the Central- and West European World. Moreover, Oradea is one of the leading tourist destinations in Romania, with the historical atmosphere its beautiful architecture conveys, with its famous spas and the excellent hiking possibilities... Read more »
Recent reviews for Oradea
My visits to Oradea - Oct 12, 2006, by MadSuh
There is not too much I can say about Romania. Lots of fun at night and lots of work during the day. I usually get to the office at around 11-12 and I stay until about midnight. I had my new iPod with me, so I can listen to some music when... Read more »
A few days later in Oradea - May 11, 2007, by MadSuh
It's been a few days since I last wrote about life here in Oradea. I had a busy week, partly due to the fact that my laptop had died on me and I was busy getting all programs running on the new machine. Anyhow, I am good now, so I am not... Read more »
Initial experiences in Oradea - Jul 27, 2007, by szbogi
Some pictures about me made by Zoli, just for fun. :) We are waiting to start our journey... We are really excited, this is a very big thing for us. I can't wait to see all those wonderful things I just read about before. We also decided to... Read more »
What to know about the Dendrological Park of Oradea - Apr 13, 2009, by bruzli
Yesterday I took a visit to the newly Dendrological Park inaugurated last week by the Oradea City Hall. The park is situated in the north of Oradea Fortress and is open to the public since April 10. Because of it's location near the... Read more »
The best restaurants in Oradea - Apr 30, 2009, by erato
Oradea's medieval restaurant ‘Leonesse’, the first specifically medieval restaurant in Oradeaoffers a totally new alternative for gourmets and for those who are looking for a way to remark a special event. The two knights at the... Read more »
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