Hărman (România)

Hărman (GermanHonigbergHungarianSzászhermány) is a former Saxon village in Braşov CountyRomania. It is located some 10 km east of Braşov, in the Burzenland region of southeastern Transylvania.

Source: Wikipedia

The Harman fortress is located 8 km north-east of Brasov. It dates back to the 13th century when the Saxons built the original church in a Romanesque style which was restored in a Gothic style.

Strong walls and bulwarks surrounded the church and on its sides there were massive towers. Conceived in the architectural style of the time, the church has a 50m high tower surrounded by four small towers. The local population added new parts to the original church in order to make it more useful to their needs. The chorus was built in square shape with a vault looking like a cross. It was surrounded by two chapels, as were Halmeag and Bartolomeu churches, indicating the influence of the Cistercian’s style.

The most significant event in the history of the fortification is the building in the 14th century of a massive tower on the West side for protective purposes. Though besieged 47 times during the history it never surrendered.

Source: Transylvaniatrips

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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

Oradea (România)

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Click on the map for more details about the city

Oradea (Hungarian: Nagyvárad, colloquially also Várad, German: Grosswardein, former Turkish: Varat, Yiddish: גרויסווארדיין, Italian: Gran Varadino) is the capital city of Bihor County, in Crişana, Romania.

The city proper has a population of 206,614 as of the 2002[update] census; this does not include areas from the metropolitan area, outside the municipality; they bring the total urban area population to approximately 260,000.

Oradea is one of the most prosperous cities of Romania.

Geography

The city lies at the meeting point of the Crişana plain and the Crişul Repede‘s basin. It is situated 126 meters above sea-level, surrounded on the north-eastern part by the hills of Oradea belonging to the Ses hills.

The main part of the settlement is situated on the floodplain and on the terraces situated down the river Crişul Repede. Oradea is famous for its thermal springs. The river Crişul Repede crosses the city right in the centre, providing it with a picturesque beauty.

Its output depends on the season; the water containers (the dyke near Tileagd) have partly controlled it ever since they were built in the early 1980s.

Attractions

The beautiful city centre is worth visiting, as are the Băile Felix health spas, accessible by bus and located outside the city.

Other sites worth visiting are:

  • Baroque Palace of Oradea – today Muzeul Ṭării Criṣurilor, a wonderful Baroque museum with 365 famous windows. It was the Roman Catholic bishop’s palace until 1945, when the Communist regime took the building into public ownership. It was returned to the Roman Catholic Church in 2003. Its collection includes many fossils of dinosaurs and birds from the bauxite mines at Cornet-Brusturi.
  • Catedrala barocă – the biggest Baroque cathedral in Romania,
  • Cetatea Oradea – Oradea’s Fortress, with a pentagonal fort,
  • Biserica cu Lună – a church unique in Europe, with a type of astronomical clock depicting the phases of the moon,
  • Pasajul Vulturul Negru – the „Black Eagle” Passage,
  • Ady Endre Museum – a museum dedicated to one of the greatest Hungarian poets,
  • Teatrul de Stat – the State Theatre, plans for which were designed by two Austrian architects who had built around 100 theatres and opera houses in Europe by the end of the 19th century,
  • Str. Republicii – one of the most beautiful streets of Transylvania, displaying an incredible number of Art Nouveau buildings (under restoration in 2006),
  • There are around 100 religious sites of different denominations in Oradea, including three synagogues (however, only one is said to be still in use) and the biggest Baptist church in Eastern Europe.

Source: Wikipedia

At the end of the tram line (last station)

At the end of the tram line (last station)

From the tram...

From the tram...

The panel from the entrance into the "Cetatea Oradea" - Oradea's Fortress (XI century)

The panel from the entrance into the "Cetatea Oradea" - Oradea's Fortress (XI century)

Roman Catholic Church inside of fortress

Roman Catholic Church inside of fortress

Inside of the fortress

Inside of the fortress

Sculpture in the garden

Sculpture in the garden

Near to the entrance (inside)

Near to the entrance (inside)

One of the gate

One of the gate

The tunnels...

The tunnels...

Fleuron from the old gothic cathedral

Fleuron from the old gothic cathedral

Military barracks build for Austrian army in 18 century

Military barracks build for Austrian army in XVIII century

The walls

The walls

Communist blocks

Communist blocks

The bridge over the Crişul Repede River

The bridge over the Crişul Repede River

Crişul Repede River

Crişul Repede River

The same...

Together with the rivers Crişul Alb (White Criş) and Crişul Negru (Black Criş), it makes up the Three Criş rivers ("Cele Trei Crişuri")

At the entrance into the Pasajul Vulturul Negru – the "Black Eagle" Passage

At the entrance into the Pasajul Vulturul Negru – the "Black Eagle" Passage

Inside of Black Eagle Passage

Inside of Black Eagle Passage

Pasajul Vulturul Negru (Black Eagle Passage) was build between 1907-1908 together with the Palace with the same name

Pasajul Vulturul Negru (Black Eagle Passage) was build between 1907-1908 together with the Palace with the same name

The statue of Mihai Viteazul (Michael the brave) in the center

The statue of Mihai Viteazul (Michael the brave) in the center

The palace Vulturul Negru (Black Eagle)

The palace Vulturul Negru (Black Eagle)

St. Ladislaus church (Catholic)

St. Ladislaus church (Catholic)

The altar

The altar

Inside the church...

Inside the church...

Virgin Mary statue

Virgin Mary statue

Near to the church, outside (the center and Michael statue is in left)

Near to the church, outside (the center and Michael statue is in left)

The Central Railway Station (Gara Centrală din Oradea )

The Central Railway Station (Gara Centrală din Oradea )

Braşov (România)

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Braşov (Hungarian: Brassó; German: Kronstadt; Medieval Latin: Brassovia or Corona; 1950-1960: Oraşul Stalin) is a city in Romania and the capital of Braşov County, with a population of 284,596, according to the 2002 census, is the 8th largest Romanian city.

Braşov is located in the central part of the country, about 166 km from Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians, and is part of the Transylvania region.

The city is notable for hosting the Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) international music festival.

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In the centre...

In the centre...

A nice green view

A nice green view

A street which lead to the Old centre

A street which lead to the Old centre

The Hollywood-like sign on top of Mt. Tâmpa

The Hollywood-like sign on top of Mt. Tâmpa

An old building near to the Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

An old building near to the Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului) where Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) festival will take place

Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului) where Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) festival will take place

Tâmpa Mountain from Braşov Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

Tâmpa Mountain from Braşov Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

The house were Joseph II and Francis I live (Holy Roman Emperors)

The house were Joseph II and Francis I live (Holy Roman Emperors)

Casa Sfatului ("The mayor's former office building"). Here was the administration from Braşov for more than 500 years.

Casa Sfatului ("The mayor's former office building"). Here was the administration from Braşov for more than 500 years.

Biserica Neagră or Black Church (German: Schwarze Kirche; Romanian: Biserica Neagră; Hungarian: Fekete templom)

Biserica Neagră or Black Church (German: Schwarze Kirche; Romanian: Biserica Neagră; Hungarian: Fekete templom)

Bell tower

Bell tower

Johannes Honter

Johannes Honter was a Siebenbuerger Saxon (Saxon humanist and theologian. Honter is best known for his geographic and cartographic publishing activity, as well as for implementing the Lutheran reform in Transylvania.

One of the lateral entrance to the church

One of the lateral entrance to the church

Small statues outside of church

Small statues outside of church

True Gothic style...

True Gothic style...

Other sculptures

Other sculptures

Social Democratic Party in right place :)

Social Democratic Party in right place 🙂

Other photo from the Braşov Main Square "Council Square" (Piaţa Sfatului)

Other photo from the Braşov Main Square "Council Square" (Piaţa Sfatului)

In the same building is History Museum of the city

In the same building is History Museum of the city

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral ("Adormirea Maicii Domnului")

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral ("Adormirea Maicii Domnului")