A city is mostly remembered by its meaningful history or the authentic culture or its high, long-lasting educational standards. Of course, you can find all of the above-mentioned reasons mixed in one city, and so it’s the case of Cluj-Napoca! The second biggest city in Romania has an effervescent vibe and it is the second home for more than 80.000 students who come here all around the globe to study at one of six state universities. Undoubtedly, Cluj-Napoca was voted for 2015 the European Youth Capital!
Cluj-Napoca can also be considered a treasure city, a homeland for its inhabitants, a city where the organization of local administration, the proper distribution of taxes, the public order, and urban development were, most of the time, more important than European events or princes’ politics. Although Cluj-Napoca citizens spoke different languages, they knew how to live together in harmony, to mutually accept and respect the values of a city which always hosted different ethnics, religions and social classes. For these reasons, the most valuable and sustainable richness of the treasure city is that remarkable art of living together.
Because of the Roman occupation in Dacia, Transylvania was marked during that period by the beginning of systematic exploitation of mining iron ore polymetallic gold, silver and salt. Salt exploitation started near Cluj-Napoca, in a city called Turda in 1528. Today, the Turda Salt Mine is one of the most fantastic touristic salt mines in Europe…. but we will tell you more here.
Did you know that…
- Cluj-Napoca is situated in Transylvania (also known as the land where Dracula lived), the northern-west part of Romania and has a history of more than 1000 years?
- Belvedere or Cetățuie Park is a fortress from where you can see the landscape of Cluj-Napoca?
- There are a lot of squares, boulevards, streets, parks where you can walk and enjoy the urbanistic view of this city? Try Museum Square, Heroes Boulevard, Unity Square, Central Park, and many, many others.
- Cluj-Napoca has a tremendously beautiful Botanical Garden? It has been named after Alexandru Borza, a great personality in Cluj-Napoca. The garden contains various flora from different regions of the world.
- Cluj-Napoca has a long tradition in education due to the biggest University in Romania, Babeș-Bolyai University, founded in 1581 and has 21 faculties which promote the multicultural aspect of the city by having teaching programs in German, Hungarian and English?
- Babeș-Bolyai University supports culture and with facilities like The Mineralogy Museum, The Botanical Garden, The Zoology Museum, Astronomical Observer, The Central University Library and many others, improves the academic background of many students.
- Babeș-Bolyai University does not limit its activities to Cluj-Napoca, but has other extensions in other 9 cities in Romania?
- The Faculty of Biology and Geology provided great scientists, not only in Romania but worldwide? We are sure you have heard about Emil Racoviță, Eugen Pora, Emil Pop, Vasile Gheorghe Radu or Alexandru Borza.