Resita Sights and Landmarks Guide, Romania
Resita, Sights – Museums and Memorial Houses
One of the most important Resita sights for tourists is the Mountainous Banat Museum which has a short but tumultuous history. In 1959 was created the first museum exhibition in Resita comprising different exhibits connected to the long historic past of these places and to the surrounding nature. In 1968 the museum transformed into the Caras Severin History Museum, then in 1972 it moved into another building and in 1977 the museum’s activity stopped until 1980. Late in the 1987 the museum received yet another location and begins its activity, location where one can find it even today.
In present the museum comprises 76.000 exhibits coming from archeological researches, acquisitions, donations and random discoveries. The archeology collection is the largest and comprises most of the exhibits. The collection comprising Roman and late Roman artifacts and was created after the research made at the nearby Roman fortifications. The minor medieval art collection comprises 250 artifacts like XVII-XVIII glass bracelets, fragments of diadems and beads. The numismatics collection comprises 11000 Roman and medieval coins, especially from the late Roman period discovered in local treasures. One can also admire here the history of the technique collection, nineteen century miners’ parade uniforms and firemen uniforms as well as a beautiful collection of traditional costumes.
Another important museum in town is the Permanent Steam Engine Museum where tourists can admire all the steam engine models that used to be produced in Resita.
Resita, Sights - Natural Attractions
Located on both sides of the beautiful Barzava River, near Arad and Timisoara and being surrounded by sliding hills, Resita is set only in the basin area on a long band of land, thus having a high population density per square meter. The city’s development was made to the detriment of the apartments and playgrounds dimensions and also to those of the green spaces distribution. Resita remains a city where the industry is strongly infiltrated into the city’s heart and where the natural beauty begins outside the city gates.
Resita, Sights - Culture and Arts
The city abounds in cultural and artistic sights like the public libraries, different architecture monument buildings and other old constructions. The city houses four public libraries among which the “Paul Iorgovici” Library and then the very much appreciated French, German and English ones. The Culture Palace dating from the nineteen thirties is another beautiful sight along with the Neff House with the public baths, the hydroelectric plant and the upstream water castle dating back from 1903, the customs bridge (1931) which was the first clinched and welded bridge in the country and the South Resita railway station (1932).
The Culture Palace is one of the oldest buildings in town and nowadays houses the “G.A. Petculescu” Theatre.
Resita, Sights - Monasteries and Churches
Several beautiful religious edifice located downtown Resita tell the old story of the city. Their walls stood up throughout time and history and nowadays are visited by all tourists arriving in town. One of those places is the local Synagogue, a beautiful, large Moresque edifice built in 1907, having a central high dome which creates a monumentality effect. The outside of the building also has Moresque but also Neoclassical influences.
Another important building also because it is representative for the dominating religion is the Resita Montana Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, a monumental byzantine construction finished in 1938.
The Evangelic Church 1910 is yet another wonderful place to visit, an edifice realized in 1910 which still impresses with its unique architecture and imposing dimensions.
Resita, Sights – Theatres
The local “G.A. Petculescu” Theatre has a short but active history and functions in the historical monument building called the Culture Palace, a gorgeous place recently restored in order to house the activity of the Theatre. Recently the theatre has received a new title namely the West Resita Theatre, in the officials’ effort to include the local theatrical activity in the European circuit, thus opening new communication possibilities and the acknowledgement of the cultural efforts and the western area spirituality.
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