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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.
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