My city! Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Transylvania, Romania

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Unirii Square

Cluj is a district (judet) in Transylvania, northwestern Romania and occupies an area of 6,650 sq km (2,567 sq mi). The district is drained by the Borsa, Somesul Mic, Somesu Rece, and Somesu Cald tributaries of the Somes River.


Cluj Napoca

The city of Cluj-Napoca is the capital of Cluj. The historic capital of Transylvania, it is approximately 200 mi (320 km) northwest of Bucharest in the Somesul Mic River Valley. It occupies 16.2 sq miles (42 sq. kilometers) and 1,181 ft. (360 meters) in elevation.

Cluj Napoca stands on the site of an ancient Dacian settlement, (inhabited since 200 BC), which the Romans named Napoca and gave it the title of municipium .

In the Middle Ages the name of the city was Culus, as attested in documents of 1173, but by the beginning of the 15th century it was known as Cluj.

National Theatre
The name Cluj - Clus as named by the local people speaking a middle age and popular Latin language, comes from the Latin clusum, or closed, due to the fact that the place is surrounded by protective and beautiful hills. Later, the city has also been known by its German name, Klausenburg.

It became a thriving commercial and cultural center, and in 1405 it was declared a free town. After the constitution of the autonomous principality of Transylvania in the 16th century, Cluj became its capital.

In 1920 the city, with the rest of Transylvania, was reunited with Romania.

Nowadays Cluj-Napoca is one of the most important cultural and economic centers in Romania with a population around 400.000 inhabitants.


Main attractions
 
Sights:
Tailors' Tower, The Orthodox Church in Avram Iancu Square, Franciscan Monastery, St.

City Center
Michael Church, Church of Ethnic Minorities, Cluj City Hall, Babes Boliay University, Pallace of Justice, Cluj Botanical Garden, Fortified Orthodox Church, Protestant church, BabeĊŸ Park

Museums:
National Museum of Art, History Museum of Transylvania, Museum of Ethnography, Natural History Museum, Zoological Museum, Etnographic Museum in the Open

Arts / Shows:
National Drama Theater, Drama Theater, Opera House, Transilvania Philharmonic, Marionette Theater

Nearby places:
Gilau, Tarnita, Fantanele Belis, Cheile Turzii (Turda Gorge), Baisoara - Muntele Baisorii (Baisoara's Mountain), Apuseni Mountains

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Unirii Square
Unirii Square
National Theatre
National Theatre
City Center
City Center
King Matthew Statue and St.Michael…
King Matthew Statue and St.Michae…
Orthodox Cathedral and Avram Iancu…
Orthodox Cathedral and Avram Ianc…
Cluj view
Cluj view
Old Claudiopolis (old painting)
Old Claudiopolis (old painting)
St. George statue
St. George statue
Mayor hall
Mayor hall
Universities Library
Universitie's Library
Central Park
Central Park
Babes-Bolyai University
Babes-Bolyai University
National Theatre Detail
National Theatre Detail
Mirror Street - Maniu street is …
"Mirror Street" - Maniu street is…
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