"Targu Mures-Marosvarashely-Neumarkt" Targu-Mures by roomania
Targu-Mures Travel Guide: 51 reviews and 216 photos
Targu Mures is situated in the heart of Transylvania in picturesque surroundings, one hour north of Sighisoara. The river Mures flows through the city and its surrounding hills are covered in ash and oak forests. Romanians and Hungarians both make up the population of 163,270 inhabitants. The area of Mures county is often refered to as the land of Szekely. After the invasion of the Tartars during the 13th century, it became the market for the Szekely's who settled the area. The city was first documented in Papal letters dated 1323 as Szekelyvarashely and the Latin, 'Novum Forum Sicolorum'.
The year 1616, the city was chartered as a royal town by the Duke of Transylvania establishing it as an independent royal town; hereafter referred to as Targu Mures, in Romanian, Marosvasarhely, in Hungarian, and Neumarkt am Mieresch in German, which translate as "Market on the Mures".
The City of Targu Mures centers around Piata Trandafirilor, the "Rose Market". At the northern end of the piata lies the magnificent Orthodox Cathedral. The Cathedral had its southern facade restored and until recently was obscured by scaffolding. However, having completed restoration and with the scaffolding removed it reveals a beautiful copper edifice that looks over the piata and the statue of Avram Iancu.
In 1602 a fortification was built north of the present city center, which houses the distinguished Hungarian Reformed church, was built in pentagonal layout comprises seven bastions, of which five continue to bear the guild's name that by tradition, supported and defended them.
As with all citadels of the time, it was constructed to house the town's inhabitants during times of war. Today, the citadel and church remain, however, townspeople congregate to celebrate more joyous occasions such as the annual beer and wine festivals held in June and October respectively.
Beyond the Citadel there is little known street to tourists. Known nearly exclusively by locals, it's not published in... more travel advice
West of Piata Trandafirilor, along Str. Aurel Filmon is a synagogue which dates from 1900. Although, it has been damaged... more travel advice
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