Top Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Cluj-Napoca

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.
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Top Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Buildings
Guide Location: Romania » Cluj-Napoca (See other walking tours in Cluj-Napoca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: Dee
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • Transfiguration Cathedral
  • Piarists' Church
  • Bob Church
  • St. Michael's Church
  • The Evangelical Church
  • Franciscan Church
  • Reformed Synagogue
Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral

1) Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral (must see)

The Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral is the most famous Romanian Orthodox church of Cluj-Napoca. Built in a Romanian Brâncovenesc style, a synthesis of Renaissance and Byzantine architecture, it stands in Avram Iancu Square, alongside the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre and the Avram Iancu Statue. The Cathedral is the seat of the Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crişana and Maramureş. It is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (Romanian: Adormirea Maicii Domnului). The cathedral was built between 1923 and 1933, after the Union of Transylvania with the Romanian Old Kingdom. Nicolae Ivan (1855-1936), at the time Bishop of Cluj, made a very important contribution in suggesting the location of the cathedral and in obtaining the necessary funds for its construction, which began on 10 September 1923.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Transfiguration Cathedral

2) Transfiguration Cathedral

The Transfiguration Cathedral, also known as the Minorites' Church (Biserica Minoriţilor), was donated in 1924 by the Holy See to the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church to serve as the Cathedral of the Cluj-Gherla Eparchy, after the move of the Eparchy's center from Gherla to Cluj. The church and the monastery were built in 1778-79, but the tower collapsed on 24th September 1779 due to mistakes made at the basement level. The design was made by the architect of the Bánffy Palace, Johann Eberhard Blaumann. The tower and the roof of the church burnt down in 1798, and a temporary wooden roof was constructed. The new roof was built only in the 19th century. The murals of the ceiling were painted by Ferenc Lohr in 1908.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Piarists' Church

3) Piarists' Church (must see)

The Piarists' Church, also known as the Jesuits' Church or the University Church, located at 5 Str. Universităţii, and dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was the first Roman Catholic church built in Transylvania after the Protestant Reformation, as well as the province's first Baroque church building. Among the city's most notable edifices, it served as a prototype for numerous other churches in Transylvania. It features a strong contrast between the sober exterior and a very well-decorated, almost exuberant interior. A statue of the Virgin Mary stood in front of the church until 1959, when the Communist authorities moved it to another part of the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bob Church

4) Bob Church

The Bob Church (Romanian: Biserica Bob din Cluj) is the first Greek-Catholic church that was built in the city of Cluj, Transylvania, at that time part of the Austrian Empire. The name of the church comes from the Romanian noble Ioan Bob, later bishop of the Romanian Greek-Catholic church, who paid for the construction of the church.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Michael's Church

5) St. Michael's Church (must see)

The Church of Saint Michael is a Gothic-style Roman Catholic church in Cluj-Napoca. It is the second largest church in Transylvania. The nave is 50 meters long and 24 meters wide, the apse is 20×10 m. The tower with its height of 76 meter is the highest one in Transylvania. The western portal is decorated with the three coats of arms of Sigismund as King of Hungary, as King of the Czech Kingdom and as Holy Roman Emperor.

The construction was begun probably in place of the Saint James Chapel. The financing of the church was partly done by the citizens, partly from the income of indulgences. The construction was completed between 1442-1447, the old tower was built between 1511-1545. The tower that stands today was erected in 1862.

The oldest of its sections is the altar, inaugurated in 1390, while the newest part is the clock tower, which was built in Gothic Revival style (1837-1862).
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Evangelical Church

6) The Evangelical Church

The Evangelical Church is a place of worship for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cluj-Napoca. It was built between 1816 and 1829, following plans drawn by the architect Georg Winkler. The church is 33.8 m in length and 18 m in width, with a 43 m tower, marked with the inscription PIETATI. The sanctuary was decorated by Johann Gentiluomo, and, in 1913, the church received a pipe organ, build in Ludwigsburg.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Franciscan Church

7) Franciscan Church (must see)

The Franciscan Church is a place of worship in Cluj-Napoca. It was built between 1260 and 1290, on the site of an older Catholic church destroyed during the Tatar invasions in 1241. In 1390, the Benedictine monks received the church. They extended it and built a small Gothic cloister near the church, with the help of John Hunyadi. In 1556, the Queen of Hungary, Isabella Jagiełło moved to the cloister and lived there with her son John II Sigismund Zápolya until 1557.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Reformed Synagogue

8) Reformed Synagogue (must see)

The Neologue Synagogue in Cluj-Napoca is the city's only synagogue serving the local Jewish community. Located on Horea Street, it was built according to plans of engineer Izidor Hegner between 1886 and 1887. Seriously affected after attacks by the Iron Guard on September 13, 1927, it was soon rebuilt by the Romanian government. In the period following the Second Vienna Award, when Northern Transylvania was returned to Hungary, the synagogue witnessed the Jews' deportation to Nazi extermination camps, and was damaged by the bombardments of the neighbouring railway station, on June 2, 1944. In 1951 it was again restored. It is currently dedicated to the memory of those deported victims of the Holocaust.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
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
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
Cluj-Napoca's Best Monuments

Cluj-Napoca's Best Monuments

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.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles