Oradea is a city in Romania, located in Crișana region. Seat of the Bihor county, Oradea is one of the most important economic, social and cultural centers in the western part of Romania. The city is located in the north-west of the country, nestled between hills on the Crișana plain, on the banks of the Crișul Repede River, that divides the city into almost equal halves.

Located about 10 km (6.2 mi) from Borș, one of the most important crossing points on Romania’s border with Hungary, Oradea ranks tenth in size among Romanian cities. It covers an area of 11,556 hectares (28,560 acres), in an area of contact between the extensions of the Apuseni Mountains and the Crișana-Banat extended plain.

Oradea enjoys a high standard of living relative to other Romanian cities and ranks among the most livable cities in the country.[9] The city is also a strong industrial center in the region, hosting some of Romania‘s largest companies. Besides its status as an economic hub, Oradea boasts a rich Art Nouveau architectural heritage and is a member of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network.

Tourist attractions

The old city centre is one of the main tourist highlights in Oradea, as are the Băile Felix health spas, accessible by bus and located just outside the city.

Other sites that attract a considerable number of tourists include:Teatrul de Stat Oradea

  • Baroque Palace of Oradea – today Muzeul Țării Crișurilor. It was the Roman Catholic bishop’s palace until 1945, when the Communist regime took the building into public ownership. It was returned to the Roman Catholic Church in 2003. Its collection includes many fossils of dinosaurs and birds from the bauxite mines at Cornet-Brusturi.
  • Roman Catholic Basilica-Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, or simply “Baroque Cathedral” (“Catedrala barocă”) – the largest Baroque cathedral in Romania, and home to a skull relic and 2 statutes of St. King Ladislaus I of Hungary.
  • Cetatea Oradea – Oradea’s Fortress, with a pentagonal shape, is a fortification with walls of rock on some portions and wood towers situated at the gate and at the corners.
  • Biserica cu Lună – a church with an astronomical clock depicting the phases of the moon, a unique feature in Europe.
  • Pasajul Vulturul Negru – the “Black Eagle Palace” (or “Eagle Palace”) shopping galleria, named after its famous stained glass eagle in the ceiling.
  • Ady Endre Museum – a museum dedicated to one of the greatest Hungarian poets and a former resident of Oradea.
  • Teatrul de Stat Oradea – the Oradea State Theatre (also known as the Queen Mary Theatre, or Teatrul Regina Maria) on Ferdinand Square in the heart of the city, completed in 1900.
  • Str. Republicii – regarded as one of the most beautiful streets of Transylvania, displaying a great number of Art Nouveau buildings.
  • Some 100 religious sites of different denominations in Oradea, including three synagogues (only one still in use) and the largest Baptist church in Eastern Europe, Emmanuel Baptist Church.


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