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  • 1 Cathedral of St Michael Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Str. Mihai Viteazul

    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..

  • 2 Hill Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 3 Rose Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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 ..

  • 4 Palace of Culture Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Trandafirilor

    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....

  • 5 Bucin Pass Route Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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 ..

  • 6 Bánffy Palace and National Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piaþa Unirii nr. 30

    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, ..

  • 7 Transylvanian Ethnographic Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Str. Memorandumului nr. 21

    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 ..

  • 8 Corvin Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 9 Church of St Nicholas Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 10 Sarmizegetusa Regia Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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 ..

  • 11 Historic Centre or Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Victoriei

    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..

  • 12 Unity Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Unirii

    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..

  • 13 Catholic Cathedral of St George Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piata Unirii

    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..

  • 14 Unity Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Unirii

    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..

  • 15 Black Eagle Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piata Unirii

    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 ..

  • 16 The Apuseni Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Separating the Crisana from Transylvania, these mountains constitute an open-air ethnographic museum. Its karstic-relief landscape is often beautiful and sometimes spectacular, with villages tucked away in valleys or standing on hillsides. It is not ..

  • 17 Bear's Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Discovered in 1975, this cave owes its name to the skeleton of a bear which supposedly became trapped here 20 000 years. The story goes that there were around 100 others in the same predicament and this, the last survivor, devoured them all. This var..

  • 18 St Stephen's Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Str. Turnului

    Symbol and pride of the city, this fine Gothic tower was built between 1446 and 1468 on the orders of Iancu de Hunedoara and originally stood alongside the cathedral, another Gothic building, destroyed in a fire caused by lightning in 1769. From its ..

  • 19 Maramures Regional Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Str. Monetãriei nr. 1-3

    The museum has interesting Maramures Bronze Age objects (gold rings) and pottery in its archaeology collection (ground floor); upstairs, the focus is on the region's traditions, history and literature (furniture, tools...). The basement has an exhibi..

  • 20 Gutâi Pass Route Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pasul de Gutâi

    Linking Baia Mare and Sighetu Marmatiei, this twisting route shows off the beautiful natural scenery of Maramures to good effect. After 18km of travelling through the "Russian mountains", the Gutâi Pass (987m) is reached, with spectacular v..

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