Friday, March 14, 2014

Art in the Afternoon....Cluj-Napoca

The countryside of Romania, like the soul of the people, is rich and varied, gentle and gracious.
Driving through the hills surrounding Cluj-Napoca, seven hills that is, a display of peaceful tranquility unfolds.
Magnificent forests that shelter villages nestled in the rich emerald green, dotted with brush strokes of soft white all embraced by clear blue sky.
We find our way to the center of Cluj for an afternoon of art, history and culinary delight.

Transylvania Ethnographic Museum

   Saxon Pitchers from Transylvania

Szervatiusz Museum, private space in the memory of sculptor Jeno Szervatiusz.

Bánffy Castle is a baroque building of the 18th century in Cluj-Napoca, designed by the German architect Johann Eberhard Blaumann.[1] Built between 1774 and 1775 it is considered the most representative for the baroque style of Transylvania.

Bánffy Castle Roof Sculpture
Sculpture Gallery
Ianos Thorma
Ștefan Luchian
Cluj Art Museum, five centuries of Romanian art with a superb representation of Transylvanian artistic history.
Bánffy Palace‎ Piața Unirii 30

Cluj-Napoca, România +40 264 596 952 Tel/fax:0264 – 596952, 596953

                                              Cluj Art Museum

Dormition of Mother of God Cathedral

The autumn day is glorious, perfect for art gazing outside the palace walls, sculptures, cathedrals tell the story of the layers of history since Roman times.

Lupa Capitolina Romulus and Remus
Lupa Capitolina from Rome was given in 1921 by the city of Rome to the town of Cluj as a symbol of the Romania's Latin roots and culture. 
A bas-relief by sculptor Ettore Ferrari (1849-1930) was added to the monument, representing the Emperor Traian, and the inscription ALLA CITTÀ DI CLVJ, ROMA MADRE, MCMXXI.

Mihai Viteazul Monument
Michael the Brave Equestrian Monument in Mihai Viteazul Square by sculptor Marius Butunoiu.
A beloved ruler of the Romanian people, one who unified for the very first time the three Romanian provinces Walachia, Moldavia and Transylvania in 1600 and fought to keep the Ottoman Empire invaders at bay.  

Casa Ardeleana Restaurant
Ciorba de Fasole
Bulz cu Ou
Casa Ardeleana Restaurant
From visual delights we welcome few culinary delights, a traditional meal at Casa Ardeleana restaurant, quick stop at 1900Bistro for refreshments followed by dessert at Café Francesca.
1900 Bistro
Cafe Francesca
Raspberry Mocha

Walking at dusk, filled with memories for a lifetime, we pass by an open window....Nocturne Op.9 No.2 by Frédéric Chopin, we stop and listen....

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