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City Center - "Cetate" District

foto cetate-opris-smallThe Cetate district, the city center of Timişoara has always been the “heart”, a cultural, administrative and political center of the entire city. With at least eight centuries ago, here appeared the first city, an original core that initiated the development of Timişoara.

The Fortress has grown ever since the 12th century. A major boost in its evolution was the building of the castle by the Hungarian king Carol Robert of Anjou between 1307 and 1315. This castle’s “successor” is the Huniade Castle, which today houses the Banat Museum. In 1552, the city of Timişoara was occupied by the Turks. Only in 1716 the Austrian imperial army, led by Prince Eugen of Savoy, managed to free the city.

centru-2019The old Ottoman fortress was demolished and a new one was
build, star-shaped, inspired largely by the Vauban fortresses. Protected by the walls, the “inner city” emerged, with a rigorous streets’ system, very modern for that time. This system is still kept almost entirely, despite the fact the city’s defensive walls were demolished after 1892.

In the Cetate district, especially in Unirii Square and Libertăţii Square, many Baroque buildings dating from the eighteenth century are still preserved.

In the early twentieth century, while demolishing the fortifications, numerous 1900s style buildings were added. The very elegant Secession palaces with a great architectural value give Victoriei Square its dominant note. The whole urban ensemble is typical of the 1900s in Europe.
In the city center there are also monumental buildings with neo-Romanian elements.

The Cetate district of Timişoara unites historical monuments in a fascinating and original combination:


 catedrala mitropolitan   piata victoriei    palatul cuturii
 Orth. Metropolitan Cathedral         Victoriei Square          Palace of Culture
 dauerbach-2019  palatul lloyd-2019  castelul huniade
    Dauerbach Palace            Lloyd Palace        Huniade Castle
 unirii2019   palatul baroc small   domul catolic
          Unirii Square           Baroque Palace     Roman-Catholic Cathedral 
 episc sarb2019  biserica srbeasc   casa bruck
     Serbian Episcopacy    Serbian Episc. Church       Salamon Brück House
 muzeul de arta trompetist 2019  palat episc 2019
           Art Museum       “La Trompetist”  Rom.-Cath. Episcopal Palace
 bastion theresia  memorialul revolutiei  coloana sf treime 2019
       Theresia Bastion  Memorial of the Revolution     Holy Trinity Monument


piata libertatii  monumentul sf maria si sf nepomuk generalat 2019
 Libertăţii Square    Mary-Nepomuk Monument      The Garrison Command
 sf gheorghe-2019  sinagoga din cetate  cazinoul-2019
     St. Gheorghe Square          Cetate Synagogue              Military Casino

 palatul deschan 2019

 pom bresla 2020  dicasterial-2020
        Deschan Palace   The House with the Iron Tree      Dicasterial Palace
stavilar2019  bega  parcul rozelor
 Floodgate of the fortress             Bega Canal            Roses Park
 biserica evanghelica
    Evangelical Church



























































































 Other places in the city center:


Old City Hall

The Commander House

The Public Hospital

The Misericordian monks’ Church

Nikolaus Lenau High School

The former "Cafe Spieluhr"

The Orthodox Community of Cetate House

The Former Discount Bank

Solderer House

The former inn "La Cei Şapte Principi Electori”

The Canons’ Houses

The National Bank of Romania

The Post Office Palace

The Prefecture

Kimmel Villa

“Carmen Sylva” Pedagogic High School

Ciobanu Palace,

Mercy Palace

Emmer Palace

The General Headquarters Casern

The Inferior Salvatorian Franciscan Church

Former Sisters of Notre Dame Monastery and School

The street lamp

Löffler Palace

Former Palace of the Banks of Banat

Weiss Palace

Neuhausz Palace

Merbl Palace

The Piarist Complex







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