Cluj-Napoca's Best Monuments (Self Guided), Cluj-Napoca

In Cluj-Napoca, the centuries have given us a number of significant monuments that impart the city's history. Each of these features impressive structural design and each shares its own story. Take this walking tour to discover the most notable monuments in Cluj-Napoca.
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Cluj-Napoca's Best Monuments Map

Guide Name: Cluj-Napoca's Best Monuments
Guide Location: Romania » Cluj-Napoca (See other walking tours in Cluj-Napoca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: Dee
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Statue of Michael the Brave
  • The Carolina Obelisk
  • Matthias Corvinus Statuary Group
  • Capitoline Wolf Statue
  • Ardelean School Statuary Group
  • Saint George Monument
  • Statue of Avram Iancu
Statue of Michael the Brave

1) Statue of Michael the Brave

The Statue of Michael the Brave from Cluj is a work by sculptor Mari Butunoiu. It is placed in the middle of Michael the Brave Square, surrounded by a small park. Michael the Brave, the Prince of the three Romanian principalities, won many battles that have significant historical meaning for Romania.
The Carolina Obelisk

2) The Carolina Obelisk

The Carolina Obelisk, which is situated in Museum Square, is a deep-rooted lay monument in Cluj-Napoca. It was constructed in 1831 to honor the stay of the royal couple Emperor Francis I and Carolina Augusta in 1817. The Carolina Obelisk’s height is 10 m, and its four facade bas-reliefs depict some moments from the imperial visit.
Matthias Corvinus Statuary Group

3) Matthias Corvinus Statuary Group (must see)

The Matthias Corvinus Statuary Group contains five statues which represent the equestrian Matthias Corvinus and his four generals. The statue of Matthias Corvinus was constructed in 1902 in Cluj and over time it became very significant to the city. The bronze statues of Corvinus and the four generals were brought from Budapest. The generals are, from left to right: Paul Chinezu, Blasius Magyar, Stefan Szapolyai and Stefan Bathory.
Capitoline Wolf Statue

4) Capitoline Wolf Statue

The Capitoline Wolf Statue in Cluj-Napoca is located on Eroilor Boulevard, in the city centre on the banks of the Someşul Mic river. After the Great Union of 1 December 1918, the University of Upper Dacia was organised at Cluj, ultimately being renamed King Ferdinand I University. It was officially opened on 1 February 1920 in the presence of King Ferdinand and the royal family. The following year, the Italian state made a gift to Romania of five copies of the Capitoline Wolf. One copy was sent to Bucharest, to be installed in Roman Square, a second one to Cluj, a third to Chişinău, a fourth to Timişoara and a fifth to Târgu-Mureş. The statues symbolised the unity of Romanians from all parts of the country. The Cluj-Napoca monument, brought to Cluj by a delegation of 200 Italians (mostly students) is a faithful copy of the Capitoline Wolf, with Romulus and Remus beneath her.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ardelean School Statuary Group

5) Ardelean School Statuary Group

The Ardelean School Statuary Group is a work by sculptor Romulus Ladea, created in 1973. The monument represents three leaders of the Ardelean School movement, initiated by the Romanian Transylvanian intelligentsia. The personalities represented are Samuil Micu, Gheorghe Sincai and Petru Major.
Saint George Monument

6) Saint George Monument (must see)

The Saint George Monument represents Saint George heroically slaying a dragon. It was created in 1904 by Kálmán Lux and placed in Cluj in 1900. Saint George is quite significant to Romania, as there are many cities with the same name. The image of Saint George killing the dragon is featured on the flag of medieval Moldova sent by Stephen the Great to the Zografu Monastery from Mount Athos.
Statue of Avram Iancu

7) Statue of Avram Iancu

The Statue of Avram Iancu is located on stone blocks that symbolize the rocks of the Apuseni Mountains. The statue is encircled by a fountain. Avram Iancu was a Transylvanian lawyer, one of the leaders of the 1848–1849 revolt in Transylvania. Being the leader of an army in collaboration with the Austrian military authorities, he organized the defense of the Apuseni Mountains and resisted numerous attacks by Hungarian revolutionary groups.

Walking Tours in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Create Your Own Walk in Cluj-Napoca

Create Your Own Walk in Cluj-Napoca

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cluj-Napoca is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cluj-Napoca Introduction Walking Tour

Cluj-Napoca Introduction Walking Tour

The unofficial capital of Transylvania set in the northwest of Romania, Cluj-Napoca (or Cluj for short) is the city of universities, bustling nightlife and historic sights - legacy of Saxon and Hungarian rule. The old town of Cluj is centered around Piața Unirii, sided by the Gothic St. Michael's Church, monumental statue of the 15th-century king Matthias Corvinus, and Baroque-style Bánffy...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Historical Buildings

Historical Buildings

Unusual and magnificent historic buildings are some of the greatest attributes of Cluj-Napoca. Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic styles are particularly prevalent among the structures. Take this self guided walking tour to admire Cluj-Napoca’s most important historic buildings.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Cluj-Napoca is one of the most populated cities in Romania. It has a distinctive history as well as the most beautiful and long-standing churches emphasized by Baroque style. This tour guide is the ideal opportunity to discover the most legendary among them.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles