Cluj is Romania’s second largest city, with a total population of over 300.000 inhabitants. The town’s history goes back over two thousand years, from the Roman municipium Napoca, to the live and vibrant student center nowadays. Just by walking through the center of the city, you will get the chance to discover some of the architectural treasures the city has to offer: the old Benedictine monastery in the Museum square, the birth house of the most famous royal starts of the city, Mathias Corvinus and many other guild and craftsmen houses. The Catholic Church St. Michael, a milestone in Cluj (the second largest Gothic church in Transylvania) is an absolute must on our program. Bannfy Palace, Continental Hotel, the old Town Hall and the mirror street complete the city’s urban architecture. The headquarters of the Babes – Bolyai University (founded in the year 1581 is the reason Cluj is known a university city) and the many churches are a symbol of the religious and ethnic tolerance that rules the city.
Did you know that :
- Cluj has the largest botanical garden of southern Europe and the third largest in the world?
- Cluj has the oldest public cemetery in Romania?
- The Catholic Church dedicated to St. Michael is, after the Black Church in Braşov, the largest Gothic building between Vienna and Istanbul?
- The Catholic Church St. Michael is the only church in Europe where the altar isn’t situated towards the east (where the sun rises in the autumn equinox), but where sun rises on the 29th of September, St. Michael’s day, the protector of the city?
- Cluj is the biggest city in Romania in terms of the number of universities and students?
- Only in Cluj you can find a street in the mirror, where the buildings on the right hand side are the reflection of the ones on the left hand side)