Cluj-Napoca – The North

(c) Cezar Danilevici. This article is part of a series dedicated to Cluj-Napoca, the city in Romania where I first came in 2000 and where I lived the best years of my life. This series will act as a memory vault. All images are photographed in March 2017.

Exploring the Northern part of the Old Town can start with the Matei Corvin House, a couple of meters from the Unity Place (the square of the Catholic Cathedral). There are many tiny streets in this area. Here is a gathering in front of the house with the occasion of a Hungarian holiday.

Here is the Museum Place with the Franciscan Church. The Museum Place is small and hosts several restaurants; it’s my favorite place for a coffee with my friends. The gray building to the right sits on some archaeological findings, ruins from the oldest period of the burg. During my first years in Cluj those ruins were visible; later, the building was built over them. The red building to the left is the old Music College; once I’ve attended a concert inside.  

Across the Franciscan Temple is the Transylvania Museum of History, one of the most important history museums in the country. It is worth visiting, especially for the paleontology pieces and the prehistory period. 

One of the faculties of the Technical University (the IT faculty) on Baritiu Street. Across the road the building mirrors the Constructions faculty. The Tech University is part of the group of the big universities in Cluj, along with the Medical University and the Babes-Bolyai University. 

A view from the crossroads where lies the Hungarian Opera and, behind it and on the Fortress Hill, the Belvedere or Transylvania Hotel, an important lookout point in the city. To the left starts the Central Park and at the foot of the hill is the Somes River. 

The main bridge over the Somes River has 4 palaces at its 4 corners. In the center of the image is the Elian Palace. The bridge continues with Mihai Viteazu Place. 

The Mihai Viteazu Place with the statue in the middle of a small park. To the right the road continues towards the main market of the city – or what is left of it, as the supermarkets have ruined most of the small shops in town. 

The Szeky Palace (rear) and the Babos Palace (near). 

At the end of the Horea Street is the Railway Station, a place of many kinds of people. 

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