Cluj-Napoca Franciscan Church

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Cluj-Napoca Franciscan Church
Cluj-Napoca Franciscan Church Entry.jpg
Entrance to the church
Basic information
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Alba Iulia
Year consecrated 1290
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Church
Completed 1290

The Franciscan Church is a place of worship in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 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.

The church is located on Museum Square (Piața Muzeului), previously known as the Little Square (Piața Mică) to distinguish it from the Large Square surrounding St. Michael's Church; Caroline Square (Piața Carolina or Karolina ter), after the nearby Caroline Obelisk built in honor of the 1817 visit of Caroline Augusta of Bavaria and her husband Francis II; and Dimitrov Square (Piața Dimitrov), so named in the early communist period for Georgi Dimitrov.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ (Romanian) Piața Muzeului at the Cluj-Napoca City Hall site; accessed July 26, 2013
  2. ^ (Romanian) Mănăstirea Franciscanilor at the Cluj County Cultural Office; accessed July 26, 2013
  3. ^ (Romanian) Centrul vechi at the Central University Library of Cluj-Napoca site; accessed July 26, 2013
  4. ^ (Romanian) "Biserica şi fosta mănăstire franciscană din Cluj", Jurnalul Național, July 26, 2007; accessed July 26, 2013


  • (Romanian) Lukacs Jozsef - Povestea „oraşului-comoară”, Editura Biblioteca Apostrof, Cluj-Napoca, 2005
  • (Romanian) Bodea Gheorghe - Clujul vechi şi nou, Cluj-Napoca, 2002

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Franciscan Church interior

Coordinates: 46°46′18″N 23°35′16″E / 46.77167°N 23.58778°E / 46.77167; 23.58778