Cluj-Napoca traces its origins back to the Dacian settlement of Napuca in the 2nd century A.D. After the Roman take-over of Dacia, the city was renamed Napoca . The name Cluj comes from Castrum Clus (Clus means "closed" in Latin - refers to the hills that surround the city), first used in the 12th century as the name of the citadel surrounding the city. German merchants, who arrived here in the 12th century, rebuilt the medieval walls of Clus in stone after the Tartar invasion of 1241. Cluj became Cluj Napoca in the 1970s, when the communist regime added the name of the old Roman settlement to emphasize its Daco-Roman origin. The city is knowned as Klausenburg to the Germans and Kolosvar to the Hungarians.
Cluj-Napoca is today a very pleasant city, and it is certainly a great experience for those who want to see urban Transylvanian life at its best. Along with fine dining, excellent cultural activities, a wonderful historical legacy and a great atmosphere, the city will certainly not disappoint those who add it to their travel itinerary.
EXPERIENCE in Cluj-Napoca:
• Peninsula Félsziget - a blend of international stars, local flavors, music and non-stop fun. Peninsula is Romania's largest festival and it takes place usually in July.
EXPLORE the city of Cluj-Napoca:
• Union Square (Piata Unirii) - features baroque, gothic, renaissance and neoclassical buildings, the square allows a quick access to most of sights.
• St. Michael's Church (Biserica Sfantul Mihail) - one of the most beautiful gothic church monuments in Transylvania, was built between 1350 and 1487.
• Banffy Palace (Palatul Banffy) - imposing former residence of the Austro-Hungarian governor Banffy Gyorgy, the palace was designed by the German architect, Johann Eberhard Blaumann,and it was built between 1774 and 1775. The Banffy Palace is now the home of the Cluj National Art Museum.
• Calvinist Reformed Church (Biserica Reformata) - the building began in 1486 and was completed around 1516, with a pulpit added in 1646. The church, one of the largest in southeastern Europe, is a perfect illustration of the late gothic architectural style.
• St. Peter and Paul Church (Biserica Sf. Petru si Pavel) - built between 1844 and 1848 in gothic style.
• Tailors' Bastion (Bastionul Croitorilor) - is the only structure still standing from the medieval fortified city.
• Fortress Hill (Dealul Cetatuia) - here you can have the best views of the city and the surrounding landscape, after climbing some 200 feet up Fortress Hill.
• The Franciscan Monastery and Church (Manastirea si Biserica Franciscana) - built in the 15th century, this is one of the city's oldest structures.
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