Timisoara is a city found in western Romania in the Banat region. It is the symbol of Romania’s democracy and is a well-liked city. This city has been referred to as “Little Vienna” and a lot of Austrian influences can be found here. Timisoara is a walking city and has been divided up into squares which have many architectural treasures. Downtown Timisoara is an area for pedestrians only.
Visitors will find fascinating Baroque style buildings surrounding the main square – Victory Square. The most impressive is the large and magnificent Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral on the south side of the square. The rooftop of the cathedral has green and red roof tiles which have been set up in a mosaic design. There is a memorial in front dedicated to those who lost their lives during the 1989 Revolution. To find out more about the revolution visit the Memorial Museum of the 1989 Revolution.
Lining Union Square are historical pastel colored buildings. This was the city’s commercial center and the place for military processions and religious ceremonies during the 18th century. On the east side you’ll find the Roman Catholic Cathedral a wondrous example of Viennese Baroque Style. Take the time to see the main altar painting that was finished by Michael Angelo Unterberger the director of the Fine Arts Academy in Vienna, Austria. On the south side is the most impressive Baroque Palace that dates back to the 18th century. It is now home to the Museum of Fine Arts displaying art works by Flemish, German and Italian artists.
The amazing Scont Bank stand in the northwest corner of Piata Unirii. This building was built in the typical Hungarian art nouveau style. This building features an organic shape with walls that are curved and designed with turquoise tiles that form patterns from folklore. Walking from this building you’ll come to the oldest building in Timisoara which now houses the Banat Etnographic Museum.
More impressive architecture like Jugendstil can be found in the Josefin, Elisabetin and Fabric residential districts. These buildings date back to the late 19th century. In the small residential square Piata Plevnei south of the Bega Canal you’ll discover great examples of Secessionist architecture like Gemeinhardt’s Peacock House which was built in 1905. The facades have motifs of peacocks, swans, owls and squirrels.
You might prefer getting out of the city and taking a delightful trip to Recas Vineyards. Here you can see wonderful views of the countryside and have a taste of wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. You can see a presentation of the wine making process in the Barrique Hall and the conservation of bottled wines in the Recas vinoteque.
There is lots more to see and do in Timisoara and a truly wonderful experience strolling through the city squares.