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Tourist attractions in Arad. The most interesting things to see in the city and surroundings

Arad was documented in 1329 and is one of the oldest urban settlements in our country.

The city of Arad is located 569 km from Bucharest, 269 km from Cluj-Napoca and 305 km from Sibiu.

About Arad

Between 1552 and 1687 the city was occupied by the Turks. In 1559, Arad was liberated by the armies of Michael the Brave, but in 1616 it came under Ottoman rule again. In 1687 it returned to the Habsburg Empire.

In 1909, the first automobile factory on the territory of the Kingdom of Hungary and on the current territory of Romania was established in Arad, and on April 10, 1913, the first electrified railway line in Eastern Europe and the eighth in the world, on the Arad route, was inaugurated – The vineyard.

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After the 90s, the city of Arad began to develop, with the establishment of the Arad Industrial Zone, one of the first in the country.

Tourist attractions in Arad

The city of Arad, or “Little Vienna”, as it is known, delights with its baroque, renaissance and electic style buildings, built in the 19th and 20th centuries, and by the monuments that describe the history of the city.

The train station in the city of Arad

Tourist attractions in the city and surroundings

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Tourist attractions in the city and surroundings

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The railway station in the city of Arad, also called the Great Railway Station, was built in 1858 by the Tisa Region Railway Company (Tiszavidéki Vasút).

The railway station in Arad is the largest in the west of the country. More than 200 trains depart from here daily to cities in the country and to Budapest, Vienna, Sofia, Munich and Venice.

Arad Administrative Palace

Tourist attractions in the city and surroundings

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Tourist attractions in the city and surroundings

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The Administrative Palace, where the Arad City Hall operates, was built at the end of the 19th century in Renaissance style. It can also be visited inside, but only according to the schedule of the institutions that are based there.

Cultural Palace

The Cultural Palace was built between 1911-1913 and presents a fusion of styles: Neoclassical, Corinthian, Italian Renaissance and Gothic. In the concert hall, several personalities were present over time, among them: Richard Strauss, Bela Bartok, George Enescu and Traian Grozăvescu.

Today, the Cultural Palace houses the Arad Museum Complex and the State Philharmonic. In the Arad Museum complex, tourists can also visit the Pinacoteca.

Schedule for visiting museums and the Pinacoteca: Tuesday – Sunday: 09.00 – 17.00

The price of a ticket is 4 lei for adults, 2 lei for students and pensioners and 1 lei for preschoolers and students.

The prices for visiting the Pinacoteca are as follows:

► Adults: 10 lei

► Students and pensioners: 5 lei

► Preschoolers and students: 2.5 lei

The Palace of Justice in Arad

The Palace of Justice was built in two stages, 1892-1895 and 1940-1943. The monument is built in neoclassical style with baroque influences.

Currently, the Palace houses the Arad Court and Courthouse, the adjacent Prosecutor’s Offices and the Training Center for the staff of the General Directorate of Penitentiaries.

The Water Tower

The Water Tower was built in 1896 for the city’s water supply and fire alarm. It functioned until 1956, and after the fall of communism, the building entered private ownership and houses the “Water Tower” art gallery.

New Orthodox Cathedral “Holy Trinity”

The episcopal cathedral in Arad is dedicated to the “Holy Trinity” and Saint Nicholas. It was built in 1991 and houses part of the relics of Saint John the Baptist.

Red Church

The Red Church or Evangelical Lutheran Church is one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Arad. It was built between 1905-1906 in neo-gothic architectural style. The name comes from the fact that its exterior walls are made of polished red brick.

Avram Iancu Square

Tourist attractions in the city and surroundings

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At the beginning of the 19th century, Avram Iancu Square was the commercial and political center of the city of Arad. The square is named after Avram Iancu, the hero who fought to defend the rights of Romanians during the Austro-Hungarian occupation. In the center of the square is the “Monument of the Unknown Soldier”.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua

Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua

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The Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua was built in 1902-1903 on the site of a baroque church. The place of worship was made in an eclectic style, carrying elements of classicist, baroque and renaissance styles.

Reconciliation Park

Reconcilierii Park in Arad is a place often visited by tourists, this is because inside the park there is the “Statue of Liberty”, which represents 13 Hungarian generals sentenced to death after the Revolution of 1848, and the Arc de Triumf, on which Avram Iancu is represented and other Romanian revolutionaries.

The placement of the two monuments so close to each other aims to convey a message of reconciliation between the two nations and is intended to be a symbol of the city’s multi-ethnicity and multiculturalism.

The most important objectives in Arad county

The Soimoș Fortress in the city of Lipova, Arad county

The Soimoș Fortress is located in the town of Lipova, located 32 km from Arad. The fortress was built at the end of the 13th century, by a noble family.

Citadel of Syria

The Citadel of Şiriei is located in the city of the same name, 38 km from the city of Arad. The fortress dates back to the 13th century and is located on top of a hill at an altitude of 500 meters.

Dezna Fortress

The Dezna fortress is located 100 km from the city of Arad. The fortress dates back to 1318, and in the 16th-17th centuries it was part of the defense system of western Transylvania.

The Legend of the Three Cities

The three fortresses would have been built by three sisters. They met in the town of Şiria and each told their plans. The first sister said: “If the good Lord helps me, my fortress will be ready tomorrow.” The second continued: “And my fortress will be ready tomorrow.” The third exclaims defiantly: “Even if the good Lord does not help me, my fortress will be ready tomorrow.”

After the craftsmen finished building the three fortresses, they collapsed, and the maidens turned into white snakes, each wearing a golden crown on their head and a golden key in their mouth. According to the legend, every year the maidens wait for their liberator to take their crowns and keys, to take human form again and for their cities to appear.

Radna Monastery

The monastery of Saint Mary of Radna is located in the town of Lipova, 33 km from the town of Arad. The monastery is dedicated to the Mother of God and attracts over 80,000 visitors annually.

Every year, on September 7-8, on the occasion of the “Nativity of the Mother of God” (Saint Mary the Little), as well as on August 14-15 when the “Assumption of the Mother of God” is celebrated, takes place The “Maria Radna” Biannual Fair.

The Turkish bazaar in the city of Lipova

According to historians, the bazaar was built in the period 1637-1672, as a necessity for merchants from Lipova to have a place to sell their products. Currently, the bazaar serves as the shopping center for tourists.

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