Miercurea Ciuc (România)


Miercurea Ciuc on the map

Miercurea-Ciuc (Hungarian: CsíkszeredaGerman:Szeklerburg) is the county seat of Harghita CountyRomania. It lies in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania. The town is situated in the Olt River valley.

According to the Romanian census of 2002, there were 42,029 people living in the city. Of this population, 81.75% are ethnic Hungarians, primarily Székely, while 17.3% are ethnic Romanians, 0.62% are ethnic Romas and 0.33% declare other nationalities.

Roman Catholicism is the majority religion of Miercurea-Ciuc, its adherents numbering 74.06% of the total population. Romanian Orthodox (14.99%), Hungarian Reformed (7.41%), and Unitarian (2.05%) adherents represent the most significant other religious groups.


Petőfi Street is the main pedestrian street in the city. It has a young feel thanks to the presence of many students, and houses many restaurants and cafés. Their Székely specialities conjure up images of a small city in Western Europe.

The most obvious point of interest in Miercurea-Ciuc is the Baroque church at Csíksomlyó (see section below.) In the city centre, the main point of interest is the Mikó Castle, built in a late Renaissance style. The original more decorative castle was raised in the 17th century on the orders of Ferenc Mikó Hídvégi, the personal advisor of Gabriel Bethlen, then prince of Transylvania. Much of the castle was destroyed in 1661 during the Tatar raids, but it was rebuilt at the beginning of the 18th century and was mainly used as a barracks; today it houses the Csík Székely Museum. Behind the castle is a small Skanzen (museum village), consisting of a few traditional Csíki houses and wooden gates. Across the road from the castle is the city hall built in 1886, originally the county hall of the old Hungarian Csík County. Beside the castle is the 1904 Courthouse. The latest significant addition to the architectural landscape is the controversial 2001 Millennium Church, designed by Hungarian architect Imre Makovecz and located next to the Baroque Church of the Holy Cross.

Miercurea-Ciuc is twinned with:

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Odorheiu Secuiesc (România)

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Odorheiu Secuiesc or Székelyudvarhely (Romanian: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Hungarian: Székelyudvarhely, German: Oderhellen) is the second-largest city in Harghita County, Romania. In its short form, it is also known as Odorhei in Romanian and Udvarhely in Hungarian.

The city has a population of 36,948, of which 95.7% or 35,359 people are Hungarians, (Székelys) making it the city with the second-highest proportion (after Vlăhiţa) of Hungarians in Romania (based on the census of 2002).

The local population uses the Hungarian name of the town (Udvarhely) which roughly means „Court settlement” in English. The oldest surviving written record about the town is from 1333, when, in medieval Hungarian writing style, the town was called „Uduorhel”. Since 1615, when the Prince of Transylvania reaffirmed the rights of the town, the place has been referred to as Székelyudvarhely.

Twin cities

We started our “fast” trip in a railway station in Sighisoara from where we took the train to Odorhei. The ticket price was cheap- 5.1 lei or 1.21 euros.

In 2 hours, while we were approaching to the town, we were listening to Romanian popular music in a nice 80s French train. It was so nice!

Well, for the beginning, you must know that in Odorhei there is not a normal railway station! You don’t have the possibility to ask someone for the trains or to buy a ticket because there doesn’t exist even a ticket office!

How we didn’t have too much time to stay in Odorhei, we had a “speedy” walk, always ready to discover something new 😛

The city seemed to be desolated-we saw few people on the street (it may be possible  because of the winter holidays) and unfortunately, almost all the shops and restaurants were closed so that we had nothing to do in that city!

However, the center of Odorhei looks very nice for its size and the prices from there are very low (for example, for a coffee, in a very nice restaurant you have to pay only 2.8 lei = 0.6 euros).

Finally, the town seemed us to be nice and colorful because of the building’s dyes and the kind atmosphere we found there.

The 80s french train which took us to Odorhei 😛

The train's course: Sibiu-Copsa Mica/ Sighisoara-Odorhei (as we say, a ticket for the second course costs almost 1.2 euros )

One of the main streets in Odorhei (on the left side is situated the railway station)

A pharmacy in Odorhei (the name is written in two languages: romanian and hungarian)

The police office from Odorhei with the romanian flag on it (Politia Municipiului Odorhei)

A guide panel which shows the distances from Odorhei to the most important towns from that region (Sighisoara - 51 Km, Brasov- 102 Km, Targul Mures - 102 Km). The information from the panel is written in romanian and hungarian.

Marlyin Monroe Bar... She's watching on you 😉

Penny Market - there are 68 stores of this type in Romania and one of them is in Odorhei. Unfortunately, this one was closed when we were in the town 😦

Orion commercial shopping center

And that's the street in front of those two markets..do you fell the difference? 😉 However, it doesn't seem so hospitable to us 😛

Another street in Odorhei..

Another image from the town..You can notice how many people are on the street 😛

The Municipal Hospital of Odorhei..pretty big for this town 😛

An old paved street in Odorhei..

This original "Székely gate" with beautiful furnishings carved on it caught our eyes..it seems to be old,even if it's single-handed in 1997.

Communist apartment houses in Odorhei

Odorhei's Roman Catholic Church situated in the center of the town.

Another empty street in Odorhei full in everything-library,bank,shops and gueshouse..

The center of the city..

Odorhei's Center, seen from another angle. You can notice the Calvinist Church

A concert poster of Kurultaj band

Another apartment houses in Odorhei

A public phone, in the same town