Oradea

Located to the Western border of Romania, only 490 km away from Vienna, Oradea is a city that knows how to live fully each season, pulsing live energy in a surprising architectural landscape. Oradea is the city worth being discovered and visited at a foot’s pace, with each and every single narrow lane.

Oradea

Today, Oradea is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania, becoming a city-break destination both to foreign and well as Romanian tourists. Rightfully considered the most beautiful Art Nouveau city of Romania, Oradea also preserves many wonderful buildings such as Baroque, eclectic or more to the Vienna secession trend especially in the central area of the city.

Many buildings downtown bear the names of the famous architects that created them – such as Kovacs house or Moskovics Palace – or are connected to the legends passed on from one generation to another.

Here are a few tourist objectives that one must see if ever in Oradea:

 

Piata Unirii is considered as kilometre zero of the city and it combines seven architectural styles in one single panorama: Baroque, Eclectic, Classicist, Historize, Secession, Romanticism and Neo-Romanian. In Piata Unirii one can admire plenty of tourist objectives, among them: The Moon Church, Black Eagle Palace, Saint Ladislau Cathedral, Kovacs House, Town Hall of Oradea, Greek-Catholic Archdiocese Palace etc.

Piata Unirii

 

Palatul Vulturul Negru, located in Piata Unirii, is the symbol of Oradea city, and its construction started in 1907. The legend has it that on the spot of the palace there was an inn visited even by Emperor Franz Josef and that the ground on which it sits hides mysterious catacombs that shall make the palace sink one day.

The palace was conceived as a sophistication of modern city life and it hosted a hotel, ball rooms, cinema halls, coffee shops, shops and a bank. The inner passage was created following the architectural model of the famous Vittorio Emanuelle Passage in Milan, and nowadays, the stained glasses of Vulturul Negru are a perfect beginning for a stroll in the city centre, gathering together in one single place the most coffee shops and restaurants in the city.

 

Biserica cu Lună is another mysterious and at the same time spectacular objective, located in Piata Unirii. Biserica cu Luna is unique in Europe due to the mechanism in the tower, set on the main façade. Created in 1793, it is deemed a miracle of science. In the yard of Biserica cu Luna one can also visit a museum displaying Orthodox religious objects of unique artistic beauty.

Biserica cu Luna

 

Palatul and Turnul Primariei are located in Piata Unirii and offer a unique panorama on to the architectonic center of Oradea, after having climbed up the 250 steps going up to the top of the clock tower. Having a height of nearly 50 de meters and 4 levels, three of which are also panoramic, the Town Hall Palace Tower is also the clock to announce the time in Oradea. With every exact hour, the mechanism of the clock plays Iancu’s March” and it was built at the beginning of the 20th century. The clock survived the two world wars, and the dial of the clock still keeps today traces of bullets from the war of 1944.

Palatul and Turnul Primariei

 

Piata Ferdinand1 is located in the immediate vicinity of Pieta Unirii. In Piata Ferdinand you can find the Theatre of Oradea, as well as a series of jewel-buildings in the Art-Nouveau and Secession styles.

 

Cetatea Oradei2 has its own legends, gathered throughout its nine centuries of existence. Its five bastions were in turn run over by the Turkish and Tartar invasions and three successive earthquakes, and it still stands to the day an important symbol of the city.

One of the first astronomic observatories of Medieval Europe was set up in Cetatea Oradei. For several years, the civilized world had as reference Tabula Primi Mobilis, a volume containing measurements on the sun and moon eclipses, having the meridian zero at Oradea. A legend says that the famous Christopher Columbus owned a copy of the Tabula Primi Mobilis.

Cetatea Oradea was in full reconstruction following the plans made by historians and architects, and in the fall of 2015, it was open to the public for visiting. The symbol objective of the city is reborn and delights all those stepping over its threshold, and in the future, it shall be strewn with many terraces and restaurants.

More tourist objectives can be seen in the video below: