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  • 1 Evangelical Church of St Mary Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piata Huet nr. 1 RO - Sibiu

    Standing on Huet Square, this Gothic church (1320-1520) is Sibiu's tallest building. In the chancel, note the fine Crucifixion painted around 1445 by a follower of Flemish master Roger van der Weyden. The church also has an interesting selection of f..

  • 2 Fortified Church of St Margaret Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piata Regele Ferdinand RO - Medias

    In order to protect themselves from Tartars and Turks, the Saxons built over 300 fortified churches in the region; this is the largest of them, with a double perimeter wall and five towers added in 1450, including the curiously slanted trumpets tower..

  • 3 Biertan Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RO - Biertan

    Among the Saxon villages worth visiting in the heart of the Tarnava Valley between Sibiu and Sighisoara, don't miss Biertan with its fortified church (1493-1522) behind imposing ramparts. It is one of Romania's last Gothic hall-churches (nave and ais..

  • 4 Cathedral of St Michael Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Str. Mihai Viteazul RO - Alba Iulia

    One of the nation's great events took place here. The Union room was in 1600 chosen by Prince of Wallachia Mihail Viteazul as the setting for the union between Romania and Transylvania. This Gothic church is also worth visiting on account of its Rena..

  • 5 Clock Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P-ta Muzeului nr. RO - Sighisoara

    Preceded by barbicans, the main gate into the city (and also its symbol) is a massive 13C-14C defensive tower, topped by a gallery elegantly supporting a roof of shining tiles, from which rises a spire flanked by four turrets. On the lower town side ..

  • 6 Hill Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RO - Sighisoara

    The climb up the hill to reach the 15C hall-church of St Nicholas is rewarded by its interior, which has wall paintings (1488) depicting the Passion by Austrian Jacobus Kendlinger. Like all Saxon churches it also has fine polyptych altarpieces, which..

  • 7 Rose Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RO - Târgu Mures

    This flower-decked square is remarkable for its length making it seem more like an avenue, liveliness on Sundays and holidays when it is pedestrianised, and Secessionist (Art Nouveau-type) buildings. Note the 1905 administrative palace, recognisable ..

  • 8 Palace of Culture Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Trandafirilor RO - Târgu Mures

    The town's largest and most impressive structure has a strongly Hungarian aspect. It was built and decorated by followers of the Godollo School of Art. The result is a fine Secessionist work: semi-circular balcony, bow-windows, mosaics and ceramics....

  • 9 Bucin Pass Route Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RO - Praid

    Climbing from the moment it leaves Praid, this well-maintained road rises along the Tarnava Valley and then the Craca Valley, traversing some lush forest landscape that is especially striking in autumn. After 23km, the road reaches the Bucin pass (1 ..

  • 10 Cathedral of St Michael Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piata Unirii RO - Cluj-Napoca

    With its three naves of equal height, this vast Gothic hall-church (1487) has an undeniable majesty, entirely fitting for a building which has witnessed many momentous events: the baptism of future king of Hungary Mathias Corvin, the coronation of th..

  • 11 Bánffy Palace and National Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piaþa Unirii nr. 30 RO - Cluj-Napoca

    The museum is located in a Baroque palace (1774-1785), one of Transylvania's finest, built by a German architect for the Bánffy family (note their coat of arms on the façade). The collection includes fine art by Romanian painters Nicolas Grigorescu, ..

  • 12 Transylvanian Ethnographic Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Str. Memorandumului nr. 21 RO - Cluj-Napoca

    Another ethnographic museum..? This one, however, is among the nation's best and worth seeking out for its impressive costume collection, not to mention carved staffs, glass icons, pottery, fabrics and musical instruments. Extend the visit by taking ..

  • 13 Corvin Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RO - Hunedoara

    One of Transylvania's finest castles; the ancient fortress was built for Mathias Corvin in the Renaissance style, as is evident in its fine alignment of pepperpot roofs along its façade. The sovereign, whose third wife was the daughter of the king of..

  • 14 Church of St Nicholas Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RO - Densus

    This surprising late-13C church was built using materials taken from the ruins of Ulpia Traiana, the ancient capital of Roman Dacia (columns, drainage spouts...). Inside are remarkable wall paintings executed in 1443 by itinerant painters under the a..

  • 15 Sarmizegetusa Regia Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    RO - Gradistea de Munte

    Founded in the 1C BC, this hidden city at an altitude of 1 200m was the capital of Decebal. The residential districts excavated to date give an idea of Dacian life and its sophisticated level of civilisation: shops, workshops and houses constituting ..

  • 16 Historic Centre or Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Victoriei RO - Timisoara

    The Count of Mercy built a citadel on the right bank of the River Bega, of which all that remains today is a bastion. The streets and squares laid out within its walls now form the historic centre, best explored starting from the river frontage of th..

  • 17 Unity Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Unirii RO - Timisoara

    This huge square constitutes one of the country's finest urban ensembles. Its primarily Baroque buildings have been superbly restored. In front of their coloured façades which have rediscovered their original brightness, the square comes alive on fin..

  • 18 Catholic Cathedral of St George Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piata Unirii RO - Timisoara

    Undoubtedly one of Romania's finest Baroque ecclesiastical buildings, this cathedral was built between 1736 and 1744 to plans by Austrian architect Josef Emmanuel Fischer von Erlach, continuing the work of his illustrious father Johann Bernhard (1656..

  • 19 Unity Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Unirii RO - Oradea

    Partly flanked on the river side by the Baroque-style church of St Ladislas (1773), the square is bordered by two large eclectic buildings. One is the town hall, the second (a neo-Gothic fantasy-piece) houses the regional library. Beynd this stands t..

  • 20 Black Eagle Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Unirii RO - Oradea

    Built between 1907 and 1909 by two Hungarian architects, Marcell Komor and Dezso Jakab, the palace is a huge Art Nouveau structure. Its polychrome decor and bold curves cannot leave the viewer indifferent. Between its two blocks runs the Black Eagle ..

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