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Brief presentation of Oradea, Romania

 
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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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The Main Street boasts with architectural classics, mostly of Eclectic style, many of which are the works of the above mentioned architect Rimánoczy. The Apollo Palace, the Moskovits Palace and others stand proudly in line to be admired. At the end of the Main Street, you will find the „Descent of the Holy Spirit” Roman-Catholic church, another fine piece of Baroque architecture. An Oradea Sights-tour cannot be complete without visiting the famous Baroque Complex: the Basilica, the Baroque Palace and the Row of the Canons, which are, again, city-trademarks. The Basilica, built in 1780 by leading Viennese and Italian... Read more »

 
 
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Recent reviews for Oradea

More on Oradea - May 18, 2007, by MadSuh
I guess I have a bit more of my impressions to share. Last week me and my partner went to see some land, quite interesting. I am sharing this because it reflects the economic situation of this country very well. There is no road yet and no... Read more »

Da Vinci exhibiton in Oradea - Apr 30, 2009, by erato
Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions resurrect in a small Transylvanian village. Lajos Antal lives in Hegykozkovacsi (Cauaceu in Romanian), a small village in Bihor County, Romania. He is a carpenter and woodcarver craftsman and for over... Read more »

The best ski resorts in Romania - May 13, 2009, by marius_f
Carpathian Mountains offer many places for ski, but for touring ski and extreme ski as well. Here are some of the most important ski stations that I can warmly recommend. Straja is located in Vulcan Mountains (Meridional or Southern... Read more »

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 »

Had a great time in Oradea - Jul 24, 2009, by asterix
Oradea is a really peaceful and beautiful city, a lot of old style buildings like churches and palaces (mosly Art Nouveua) in the center of it. It's interesting that, at the moment like half of the buildings are renovated and half are not,... Read more »

 
 

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