The Hungarian king Matias Corvin was born in this house on February 23, 1443. When he was 14 years old he was elected king of Hungary.
This is the oldest building in Cluj still standing but only the exterior remains its original look since the house has been reconstructed at several occasions. Today it is an art academy in there.
The Pharmaceutical Museum is located in the corner of Strada Regele Ferdinand 1 and Strada Memorandumului - B-dul 21 Decembrie 1989. The pharmacy is still in its original building from 15th century, but the pharmacy has been working since 1572 until it was closed in 1949. It was run by the same family, Mauksch-Hintz for 8 or 9 generations. This was the first pharmacy in Cluj and the fourth in the whole of Romania but the other buildings have disappeared from different reasons.
It consists of three small rooms and on the tour (you can not avoid taking the tour) you are also shown the medieval cellar rooms. The stair down into the cellar is quite difficult for a person with back- or knee problems, but it is just 10 - 12 steps.
The entrance and tour costs 5,20 Lei and for taking photos there is another 20 Lei. Your guide is a little man who is nearly running through the rooms. If you want to take a closer look on object nr 1 he is already impatiently awaiting you standing at object nr 3! The tour takes maybe 10 min.
My second picture is unfortunately a bit blurred, sorry for that.
Opening hours 10.00 - 16.00.
There is an Eternal Flame in the green area of Piata M. Viteazul reminding of the fallen in different wars in different times.
Mihai Viteazul, or Michael the Brave, (born 1588) was Prince of Wallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia. He is known to have been the one who united the three regions for the first time although the union did not last very long.
In 1599, Michael won the Battle of Selimbar and became the Prince of Transylvania. A couple of months later, his troops invaded Moldavia and reached its capital, Suceava. The Moldavian leader Movila fled to Poland and Michael was declared Prince of Moldavia. He kept the control of all three provinces for less than a year before there were uprisings from the nobles. Michael allied with the Imperial General Giorgio Basta and defeated an uprising of the Hungarian nobility at Guraslau in Transylvania. Immediately after this victory, Basta ordered his assassination, which took place on 9 August 1601.
The equestrian statue of the former king of Hungary Matthias Corvinus, who was born in Cluj Napoca, was errected in 1902. It was designed by the Hungarian sculptor Fadrusz Janos.
The statue was already inscribed with the Hungarian version (Matyas Corvin) as well as with the Romanian version (Matei Corvin) of the name. Nowadays the neutral name Mathias Rex is used.
Unfortunately, during our first visit in May 2008 the statue was completely scaffolded, but in April 2012 we were able to see it.
The Statue of Matthias Corvinus stands on the southern side of the St. Michael's Church, which can be found in the middle of the large Piata Unirii (Union Square).
The Roman-Catholic Saint Michael's Church (Biserica Sfantul Mihail) dominates the old town of Cluj-Napoca. The Gothic church was built in the 14th and15th century, whereas the 80 m tall tower was added much later in the 19th century.
In front of the church the equestrian statue of Matthias Corvinus can be found. The former king of Hungary was born in Cluj-Napoca in 1443. Unfortunately during our first visit of Cluj-Napoca in May 2008 the statue was scaffolded.
The Saint Michael's Church stands right in the middle of the large Piata Unirii (Union Square) in the centre of the old town of Cluj-Napoca.
Probably my favourite building in Cluj-Napoca is the Lucian Blaga National Theatre (Teatrul National Lucian Blaga).
The Neo-Baroque theatre was constructed between 1904 and 1906 by the famous Austrian architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer, who among other buildings also designed the Theatre of Music and Drama in Chernivtsi (UA). The National Theatre is also home to the Romanian Opera.
The National Theatre is located at the northern side of the Piata Stefan cel Mare, just opposite to the Orthodox Cathedral, which can be found in the middle of the Piata Avram Iancu.
The Botanical garden in Cluj has one of the most beautiful arrangement I ever seen. It is quite large and it is like a park combined with a forest and with a flower garden. You can walk on alleys, climb on rough land, wander trough the woods, cross waters, enjoy the views from a bench, have a chat and take numerous pictures.
One of the attraction is the Japanese Garden, on an island on the inside lake.
More than 10 years ago when I visited it was the "age" of film so I did not take hundreds like I would take today on my digital camera.
Part of the former defence walls this is the longest and best preserved part, including the Tailors' Tower - named after the Tailors' Guild.
From 2007 the tower is restaurated, you can climb all the way up and inside there are exibits and also an information point with free maps of Cluj and useful info.
Matthias Corvinus (1443-1490) was one of the greatest kings of Hungary (the neighboring country in NW of Romania). He was born in 1443 here in Cluj and he lived in the same troubled times as Vlad Tepes (1432-1476), having their paths crossed many times, as Vlad was the ruler of Tara Romaneasca (eng. Wallachia), one the the three historical provinces of Romania, betwen 1455 and 1462 and Matthias Corvinus was bound to conquer also Tara Romaneasca (eng. Wallachia) and Moldova (eng. Moldavia) beside Transylvania, which had been under Hungarian Empire since the 9th century.
This statue was built in Budapest, Hungary and placed in its current location in Cluj in 1902. The statue is made in bronze and represents Matthias on his horse and his four generals. The status was renovated in 2010 and unveiled again in 2011.
Controversy around the statue exists as it represents a king of a former empire that occupied our nations territories. Nevertheless many hungarians now live in Romania and the statues represents friendship bewtween our neighboring countries.
From St. Michael's Church take the King Ferdinand street, cross the river and climb the stairs (more than a hundred stairs to the top) to reach the Belvedere.
This is a high spot from you can see the city. Here is the Belvedere hotel.
From the city you can see Belvedere by looking after a big cross.
Is a massive gothic style romano-catholic church, second largest church in Transylvania (after the Black Church in Brasov), built between 1442-1447.
The old tower was built between 1511-1545, and the one standing today (highest one in Transylvania) in 1862.
Built at the turn of the twentieth century, Cluj-Napoca's Lucian Blaga National Theatre shares a beautiful building with the Romanian Opera. It was designed by famous architects Fellner and Helmer. Today, it seats 1200 audience members and continues to put on dramatic productions. You can check their website (in English) to find out what is showing while you're in town.
I have been unable to find much information about Cluj's "Administrative Palace", located at B-dul 21 Decembrie 1989 #58. We know it was built in 1910. Today it is the city's judicial building, and in the past it served as the Chamber of Commerce. It's unlikely that you'll be able to enter, but what a cool building!
The largest church is Romania is the Romanian Orthodox Church, and their church building in Cluj-Napoca will certainly catch your eye. Located on Piata Avram Iancu, this Brâncovenesc-style church was built recently (in the 1920s) and was inspired by both Byzantine and Renaissance architecture. Some traditions of Orthodox churches are unusual to new visitors, such as standing for prayer, the worship of icons, and separate prayer areas for men and women.