This is an impressive Orthodox Church that I came across on my walk. It was only a short walk away from the other Catholic Cathedral where services are held in Hungarian.
This Church was built between 1932-1937 in the Romanian-Byzantine style and is situated in the place of the former church that was demolished in 1932 to make may for this one.
Dominated by Domes and with portal-arches supported on six columns, this is where you enter the Cathedral. If your lucky enough to find the Church door open, then expect to see a good collection of liturgical equipment, old books and icons, some that date back to the XVIII century.
Services are daily
Liberty Square - Piata Libertatii, is a nice green area in the centre of the City. I went for a pleasant walk through the square, enjoying the colourful flower-beds and people watching. A lot of people were here in the early evening, many sitting by the Fountain and enjoying time with their families.
Around two sides of the Square, were Flower stalls full of different kinds of flowers waiting to be sold. Romanian's must love their flowers, as quite a few people were buying them.
The Square also had a large statue of Vasile Lucaciu. He was a Romanian Greek-Catholic priest and an advocate of equal rights with the Hungarians in Transylvania.
As he was a member of the National Romanian Party and a co-author of the Transylvanian Memorandum (1892,) he was tried for "homeland betrayal" and sentenced to five years in prison. Only 1 year passed and he was allowed out!
A nice area to spend some "down-time."
The Hotel Dacia, was one of the finest looking buildings I saw in Satu Mare. Even though it was being renovated and was covered in hessian, I still could enjoy its beautiful style and the buildings patterned roof.
It was built on the site of the old city hall between 1768-1772, by the winner of an architectural competition in Vienna.
Very important guests have stayed here, including King Michael and all presidents of Romania after 1989. Now, you can stay here too!
I came across the Lupa Capitolina Statue as I walked through Vasile Lucaciu Park. I had never seen this statue before and found it quite unusual. The Statue I believe, is a symbol of the latin blood of Romanians, and is a copy of the famous Napocene She-wolf.
This is what I found out about the Napocene She Wolf.
It is believed that long ago, when the waters receded, the She Wolf found an abandoned basket with a twins in it. She was a gentle, caring creature, and could see they were hungry, so she gave them her teats to suck. The King’s shepherd found her licking them with her tongue and this is how the story of the Napocene She wolf began.
Interesting is the fact, this Church is also known as "The Chains Church." The name "chains Church" comes from the tower being chained with forged chains.
Built between the years 1793-1802, the building is built in Baroque style and is one of the oldest churches in Satu Mare, and also holds claim to having the oldest Bell in the City. I read, that inside the Church are valuable glasses, plates and other objects.
There are a few Churches in Satu Mare that are worth visiting. Unfortunately, I couldn't get inside any of them as their doors were locked, and one was holding a Service. It was the Roman-Catholic Cathedral that was holding the service. I went back after the service to see the inside, but the doors were closed and locked, so I wondered if entry is only when a service is being held. The Cathedral was built around the year 1800, then was heavily damaged during the Second World War. It has seen quite a few changes.
The Cathedral has impressive front columns and a facade decorated with statues of the Saviour in the middle, St. Peter on the right and St. Paul on the left. At the lower part of the tower there are St. Stephen and St. Ladislaus who were Hungarian kings.
I hope you have some luck and see the inside!
As many other cities in Romania, Satu Mare also has its own classical theatre.
Located just near the old city square, in a pleasent street with some cafes shops its a place you really should see.
The Theatre was built in 1889 in neo-classical style and its comprise about 800 seats.
As the old town of Satu Mare is not located in a citadel, there is no certain difinition to the old town. However, it can be divided according to streets and sights, with the central Liberty Square, that presents most of the towns famous architectual points.
Some of the towns most importent architectual monuments are:
-The Dacia Hotel (located at the Liberty Square).
-The Roman Catholic Cathedral (located at the Liberty Sqaure).
-The Synagogue (located at Decebakl street).
-The old water tower (located at a small garden at the back of the Liberty Square).
-Ormos House (located at the crossroads of Bratianu blvd. and Horea street).
-The Nord Theatre (located at Horea street).
-The Reformed church and the county court (located at Mihai Viteazul street).
-The white house (located at the Liberty Square).
There are several recration sites around the town center of Satu Mare. The most central (and probably the most beautifu) one is located in the center of the Liberty (Libertatii) square. Its ulrtracentral location, in the middle of the old town makes it a very active place all day long. There are many trees, flowers, statues, fountains and flower sellers. At the other hand, there are many drunk people and Gypsy beggars hanging around the park, but they wil do no harm.
At the meeting of Bratianu and Traian boulevards there are another few parks located at the middle of the wide Vasile Lucaciu boulevard. Other attractions in that crosspoint are the county museum and the Transilvania complex.
At the continuance of Traian blvd, one of the cities largest parks is located. The park is called "Gradina Romei". Often you will see kids riding a bike or skating on rollerblades at the park, where the silence and the pleasent weather makes it look like an oasis in the middle of the big city.
The city hall of Satu Mare was built under the communist regime (as a part of the "new town center" project) and its probably the highets building in the whole county.
It contains the offices of the city and county authorities... the cities archive, where you can get your birth certificate for example.
On the top city halls tower, you can notice an electronic sign that shows the local tim and the temp... I hope its adjusted at the right way... :)
The beautiful neo-clasical style building is one of the most famous monuments of Satu Mare. It was built between 1785-1798 and extended during the history.
At the entrance there are six columns with Corinthian column heads. Above the gable there are 3 statues that represents Peter and Pavel apostles, which relieves Jesus.
The building that today is used as a home for the Art muaseum of Satu Mare considered as the oldest standing civil building in the town.
The 2 wings of the museum built in different style. Of the building bought by Baron Vecsey in 1789 remains only 1 wing, the second wing, built in neo-classic style, was built in 1842.
The building got its name due to the appearance of its beautiful, partly white facade. It was built between 1911-1912 according toplans of Ede and Miklos Schneider.
The building is located in the historical part of the town was built in 1830. Its passed big transformation at the beginning of the 20th century and today it has an electic look.
The classical County library is one of the most elegant buildings that face the old Liberty square. The library contains over 320,000 books.