Story like city: Cluj Napoca

Cosmopolite, colorful, historical, University-based, relaxed, cultural, joyful ,  these are some of the attributes I find for Cluj Napoca.  They are not few, but still not enough to describe this Northern Transylvanian city.

Places on Feleacu Hill, Cluj Napoca is always an attraction for any type of tourist. Even a this late November day , this city  was sunny and shinning.  The glow came from inside, the sun was  friendly with Cluj Napoca, even if over all Romania was  announced and winter to start its role. The enormous gothic church, St. Michael ( the second biggest in Transylvania) surveys the Union Square of Cluj. Built between 14-15 century, the building still dominates the big city of 21 century. Its dimensions impresses the people passing by, regardless their religious opinion. To have an idea: It is 80 m tall and  70 m long!

Saint Michael Church - Cluj Napoca
Saint Michael Church – Cluj Napoca
Cluj Napoca- city Theatre

On the pedestrian area, people of all ages walk calm on the paved alley. Romanian flags fly on buildings  as a manifestation of happiness.  Restaurants, coffee shops and bars  welcome clients along the street. Places for all budgets and tastes: from doner kebab shop or pizzeria to traditional cabbage restaurant where you can have  tasty  local meal “varza a la Cluj” ( cabbage as in Cluj).

Cluj is Universitar city and Universities of every type are spread  here and there with their specific: arts, installations, medicine, technology  and… many students- young happy faces. The most known is Babes Bolay, University building of an eclectic architectural style, shelters over 50.000 students yearly.

Cluj Napoca- city Theatre
Cluj Napoca- city Theatre

On Avram Iancu Square The Orthodox church  watches over the city and over Avram Iancu statue. The grandness of the  Cathedral  overwhelms you and seems to have impresses even the statue in front of it. Built between 1923 -1933 in Romanian style, the 18 derricks of the church  watches over the Theater, the Theology University, the Metropolitan Palace.

The Cluj City Theatre faces the Orthodox Cathedral- proud  shows off its eclectic -colorful arcade style. Inaugurated in 1919, the building is in 2000’s a representative house of culture, beauty and grandeur.

I hope I teased you enough  to visit it.

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