Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca

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Coordinates: 46°46′10″N 23°35′24″E / 46.769306°N 23.59°E / 46.769306; 23.59

Piaţa Unirii from the south-west

Piaţa Unirii (Romanian for Union Square) is the largest and most important plaza in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca. The square is one of the largest in Romania, with dimensions of 220 m by 160 m. The centre of the city spreads out from this square. The St. Michael's Church, with the highest church tower in Romania (80m), is the second largest Gothic-style church in Romania. The church was constructed in two phases. The first from 1316 to 1390 and the second from 1410 to 1487. Also, the statue of King of Hungary Matthias Corvinus is located here.

The old town hall, the National Museum of Art, the Josika Palace, and the Rhédey palace can also be found here.

Apart from the medieval buildings, there are also Roman and Dacian ruins under the square, partially visible thanks to a glass screen in the plaza.

The Unirii Square was originally called Nagypiac in Hungarian (Piaţa Mare in Romanian), meaning "Big Market Square", as opposed to the Kispiac ("Little Market Square"), which is now the Museum Square.

References[edit]

  • Lukacs Jozsef - Povestea „oraşului-comoară”, Editura Biblioteca Apostrof, Cluj-Napoca, 2005