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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  merbl-2019 piaristi
        Dauerbach Palace             Merbl Palace       The Piarist Complex
 hotel timisoara-2019  palatul lloyd-2019  castelul huniade
     Former Palace of the
         Banks of Banat
            Lloyd Palace            Huniade Castle
 unirii2019   palatul baroc small   domul catolic
          Unirii Square           Baroque Palace    Roman-Catholic Cathedral 
 episc sarb2019  biserica srbeasc   casa bruck
     Serbian Bishopric    Serbian Episcopal Church       Salamon Brück House
sconto-2019  coloana sf treime 2019  lenau mic-2019
 The Former Discount Bank     Holy Trinity Monument    The former inn "La Cei
   Şapte Principi Electori”
 liceul lenau mare 2019 muzeul de arta  palat episc 2019
 Nikolaus Lenau High School               Art Museum Rom.-Cath. Episcopal Palace
 bastion theresia  memorialul revolutiei  trompetist 2019
       Theresia Bastion   Memorial of the Revolution     Former “La Trompetist”


 piata libertatii-sm-2020  piata libertatii  monumentul sf maria si sf nepomuk
        Libertăţii Square              Old City Hall    Mary-Nepomuk Monument
 cazinoul-2019  generalat 2019 bis sf cat-2020
          Military Casino  The Garrison Command  The Inferior Salvatorian
    Franciscan Church
 sf gheorghe-2019  sinagoga din cetate  spital civil2-sm-2020
     St. Gheorghe Square          Cetate Synagogue  The Former Public Hospital
 palatul deschan 2019  pom bresla 2020  dicasterial-2020
         Deschan Palace  The House with the Iron Tree          Dicasterial Palace
ciobanu-2019 banca nationala-2019 prefectura-2019
 1900's architecture -series  National Bank of Romania     The Prefecture Palace
stavilar2019  bega  parcul rozelor
  Floodgate of the fortress             Bega Canal            Roses Park
 biserica evanghelica  palatul postei-2019
    Evangelical Church     The Post Office Palace


























































































































Other places in the city center:

The Misericordian monks’ Church

The Former Orthodox Community House

Solderer House

The Canons’ Houses

Kimmel Villa

“Carmen Sylva” Pedagogic High School

Mercy Palace

Emmer Palace

The General Headquarters Casern

Former Sisters of Notre Dame Monastery and School

The street lamp

Löffler Palace

Weiss Palace

Neuhausz Palace








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