With a history going back to the 11th century, Arad is one of the largest cities in Crisana, a historic-geographic region of Romania. With a small ruined fortress located in the middle of the Town, Arad is a large centre of cultures and traditions. If you’re planning a visit, here’s a list with a few of the architectural attractions in Arad.
Architectural attractions in Arad
Some people enjoy visiting a city for its architecture. Sometimes, the most interesting details can be seen in places you wouldn’t expect. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting attractions in Arad.
The Bohus Palace is located in the centre of the town in a place known as Piata Libertatii. The palace was built for the Bohus noble family in 1910. Even though the building is no longer in a good condition, this represents a part of Arad’s history.
Located on Bulevardul Revolutiei, the Cenad Palace has a history dating back to 1892. Its decorations consist in rich eclectic and neoclassic ornaments, with classic and renaissance elements. The God of Commerce Mercury also has a representation on the building’s frontispiece.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys getting lost on mysterious and beautiful streets, then this is for you. Closca Street is populated with interesting houses and walls, with many architectural styles which date back from different periods. The bad thing about it is that the buildings have not been optimised or restored in the past years, leading to serious degradation.
Actually, we found out about this street only after we visited Arad. We were working on this current article and we were “visiting” Arad using Google Maps. We found this apparently hidden street and we decided to take a look, which is why these images have been taken from Google Maps. However, next time we’re in town we’ll definitely visit it!
Built between 1911 and 1913, the Cultural Palace of Arad is one of the most interesting architectural attractions in Arad since it presents a combination between renaissance, gothic, Corinthian and neoclassic elements. Currently, the Cultural Palace is home to the County Museum and the State Philharmonic. Its concert hall hosted many popular composers, such as Richard Strauss, George Enescu, Bela Bartok and many others.
The Classic Theatre “Ioan Slavici” was built in 1872-1874 in the city centre, based on a neoclassic style with a bas-relief on its front. The name “Ioan Slavici” is in memory of a very well-known Romanian writer, who was born in Arad. This was built as a second theatre in Arad, since the first one was too small to hold shows. Back then, the people of Arad were very interested in cultural shows and events, which is why the baron Banhidy Bela requested to build a new and larger one. It is currently one of the most amazing cultural places in Arad, with popular theatre plays throughout time.
Host of the Arad Court and Tribunal, the Judiciary Palace is located in the park on the right side of Mures river. It was built in 1892 based on the eclectic style, with two front Doric columns. The Festive Room is oriented towards the Eminescu Park, with large neo-baroque decorated windows. The side oriented towards Mures is decorated with Italian renaissance ornaments.
One of the most popular architectural attractions in Arad, the National Bank Palace is located as well on Bulevardul Revolutiei, built on Jozsef Hubert’s plans in 1909. Its front was designed to resemble the Greek temples. Its four columns have a bee nest located in their peak, which represents the National Bank institution. Its sideways are decorated with renaissance elements.
Considered to be a masterpiece of the eclectic style, the Neumann Palace is located at the intersection between B. Revolutiei and Horia Street, face to face with the Arad Town Hall. This two-storey building has access on three different streets, with interior stairs decorated with iron ornaments. The façade of the building also contains the heraldry of Neumann family.
Currently the home of shops and workshops, the Szantay Palace housed luxurious apartments in its two storeys since its construction dating back to 1905. Its Secession architecture shows metallic ornaments and gates, with elegant sculptures which support the second floor’s balconies. All of its facades contain beautiful details and ornaments that make it among the most beautiful architectural attractions in Arad.
The ruins of Arad Fortress can be visited on the left side of Mures river. Its design was of a six-pointed star with three underground pillboxes. The entrance gate and the main buildings are built in Baroque style. It is built on the former border between the Ottoman and the Habsburg Empires, being handed over to the Romanian Army in 1919. The fortress is also host to a mixed battalion between Hungarian and Romanian armies, which has been operational since 1999.
As well a masterpiece of the eclectic style, the Administrative Palace is a symbol of Arad, located in the heart of the city. The palace was built in 1872-1876 but opened only in 1877, once the Festive Hall finishing was done. It is located in the Revolution Square, with a monument dedicated to the revolution heroes in 1989. Today it is home to Arad Town Hall, known as one of the greatest architectural attractions in Arad. The four wooden doors are designed and named as the four seasons, a creation of Sever Frențiu’s theme “Time”.
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