Hunedoara Sights and Landmarks Guide, Romania
Hunedoara, Sights – Museums and Memorial Houses
The main museal attraction in Hunedoara is the Corvin Castle, the most important laic monument of gothic architecture in Romania. The access can be made though the west wing gate, built in the fifteen century, cross the wooden bridge built over Zlasti Stream. On the right one can admire at the first floor a building housing the Chevaliers Room, built in a pure gothic style by John of Hunedoara in 1452. At the second floor tourists can visit the Diet Room, with access from an outdoor staircase, having on both sides of the door the Corvin family coat of arms, room transformed afterwards by Gabriel Bethlen. Next is the Capistrana Tower, named after a monk who used to live at the John of Hunedoara court. The south wing is called Zolyom, and it also houses John’s quarters. In the south-eastern side people can see the White Bastion built by Bethlen and between this wing and the fifteen century gothic chapel there is a 30 meters deep rock carved fountain with a Turkish inscription on the wall. The north-western side the castle houses the Matia Wing, built in Renaissance style and also several watching towers, among which the most interesting is one built in the outside.
Hunedoara, Sights - Natural Attractions
The beauty of these places, with their mineral springs with curing effects, rich flora and fauna as well as welcoming and friendly people are the main reasons to visit Hunedoara sights. Located at the foothill of Poiana Rusca Mountains, which dominate the scenery like a massive shield, with their high peaks, deep green valleys, numerous caves and beautifully shaped limestone rocks, the city has a great mountain tourism development opportunity due to the easy access on modernized roads leading to every nearby mountain resort, where one can practice any sport on ice or snow from skiing, skating to mountain climbing and caving.
Hunedoara, Sights - Culture and Arts
Culture is very present in the every day life in Hunedoara through the presence of the old buildings located downtown, most of them historic and art monuments, the activity of the local artists who impress with their paintings, photography or sculpture exhibitions, and last but not least the activity of the diverse organizations preoccupied with preserving the local traditions and values. A unique presence in the cultural and artistic Romanian society is the Hunedoara Chevaliers Order represented by a group of people inspired by the presence of the Corvin Castle and its huge historical legacy. Their goal was to convince the officials that their ideas can materialize and can bring some of the long forgotten medieval life from beneath the castle into the people’s hearts. Their members have learned bit by bit to create specific costumes, weapons, armors, they also study the medieval fighting techniques, music, dancing and cooking. Their entire activity can be admired at the yearly “Days of the Castle” Festival which lasts for three days and is organized as a military camp near the castle’s walls.
Hunedoara, Sights - Monasteries and Churches
The city’s rich history still speaks through the walls of the old buildings mainly located downtown, living proofs of the importance of this city centuries ago. Religion has always been a power in any society and as a consequence one can still admire in Hunedoara several old churches like the fifteen century Saint Nicholas Church or the seventeen century Reformed Church. The Saint Nicholas Church was built after 1458, when Matei Corvin allowed the Serbians and the Wallachians to build their own church on the place of a destroyed one in 1450, at the initiative of the catholic monk Capistrano. In 1634 a rectangular narthex was added and then in 1827 a steeple on the west side. The paintings are dated 1654 and above the door there is an inscription saying that the church was painted between the years 1634-1654 by two locals.
The nowadays Reformed Church was built in 1644 by Bethlen Peter and his wife, which were the feudal owners of the Hunedoara Castle. The church looks like a large room with an uneven number of sides. The steeple is built above the entrance on the west side in baroque style. The church also has an organ dating back from 1882.
Hunedoara, Sights – Theatres
Hunedoara Municipal Theatre is the place where people gather on every occasion to enjoy the performance of the local actors in diverse plays, or for different live concerts and other such events. The Theatre and Culture House also has its own traditional dancers group which enchant the public every time with their original choreography and beautiful costumes.
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review by szbogi posted more then 30 days ago
In our way to Sibiu we remembered that Hunedoara is well-known because it has a castle built in the 13th century so we decided to stop in this city and search for the castle. You have to know that in Romania to find anything famous is a true adventure... it's harder to find a popular sight than...
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