General info about Timisoara

Located in: the western part of Romania (in the county Timis)
Timisoara is 52 sq. miles long (130.6 square kilometers long)
It is 310 ft. (90 meters) elevated
Has a population of near 450,000 inhabitants
Inhabited since: 200 BC
The city was first documented on 1212 AD

    Timisoara goes a long way back. The city rose on top of the ancient roman fortress Castrum Regium Themes. This dates back to the year 1212.

    Timisoara, one of the biggest cities in Romania was influenced by different cultures over the years. In roman times it was a crossroad fortress that was later destroyed in the 13th century by the Tatars. Turkish armies came here in 1552 and put Timisoara under their protection. Starting from 1718 Timisoara witnessed yet another change under two centuries of Austrian rule. Timisoara later grew into an important medieval commercial and manufacturing city. Nowadays, influences of German, Turkish, Austrian,and Serbs culture are visible in lots of places throughout the city.

    The city of Timisoara is found on the northern bank of the Bega River and it's well known through its distinct architectural character and powerful cultural life. Known by many as a "Little Vienna," Timisoara was and is the home of many art galleries, musical and theatrical performances, and a buzzing nightlife for years and years. Timisoara, a cosmopolitan place, was the second city (after New York) to use electricity to illuminate public streets.

    The mild climate City: Timisoara has lots of beautiful green retreats and public squares that make an amazing sight. A walk in the park, sight seeing, a visit to the museum. These are just few of the things you can do in Timisoara. Exploring the city on foot is a real treat. And, if you happen to get tired, you can take a tram anytime; The tram system is fast, and efficient.

    Churches, a Jewish quarter, an elegant baroque square and a pedestrian-only downtown area are just few of the things the city has to offer. Some of the monuments found in the heart of this city make fantastic panoramic views, while the many parks of this city make Timisoara, the "city of flowers" a city where you can relax.

City Landmarks

    Timisoara is known by many by its alias "Little Vienna". This city really deserves this nickname. The abundance of Secessionist architecture is owed to the secessionism that developed in two distinct architectural phases. The first phase lasted until the ned of the year 1908 and its design was charcterized by smooth sinuous lines and lots of floral decorations. The second phase lasted until the First World War. During this period the design was simpler characterized by larger buildings with different geometrical designs. Secessionism in Romania was an important link between the Byzantine style and later modernist architecture.

Jewish Timisoara


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