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Varadinum (Oradea) in a 1617 engraving by Braun & Hogenberg

"Oradea" (; , colloquially also , , former , , ) is the capital city of Bihor County, in Crişana, Romania. The city proper has a population of 204,477 census; this does not include areas from the metropolitan area, outside the municipality; they bring the total urban area population to approximately 245,832. Oradea is one of the most prosperous cities of Romania.

The city lies at the meeting point of the Crişana plain and the Crişul Repede"s basin. It is situated 126 meters above sea-level, surrounded on the north-eastern part by the hills of Oradea belonging to the Ses hills. The main part of the settlement is situated on the floodplain and on the terraces situated down the river Crişul Repede. Oradea is famous for its thermal springs. The river Crişul Repede crosses the city right in the centre, providing it with a picturesque beauty. Its output depends on the season; the water containers (the dyke near Tileagd) have partly controlled it ever since they were built in the early 1980s.


Oradea dates back to a small 10th century castle, while its bishopric was founded during the 11th century by King Ladislaus I of Hungary. The first documented mention of its name was in 1113 under the Latin name "Varadinum". The city flourished during the 13th century. The Citadel of Oradea, the ruins of which remain today, was first mentioned in 1241 during the Mongol invasion. The 14th century was one of the most prosperous periods in the city"s life. Statues of St. Stephen, Emeric and Ladislaus (before 1372) and the equestrian sculpture of St. Ladislaus (1390) were erected in Oradea. St. Ladislaus" fabled statue was the first proto-renaissance public square equestrian in Europe. Bishop Andreas Báthori (1329-1345) rebuilt the cathedral in Gothic style. From that epoch dates also the Hermes, now preserved at Györ, which contains the skull of King Ladislaus, and which is a masterpiece of the Hungarian goldsmith"s art.

Georg von Peuerbach worked at the Observatory of Varadinum, using it as the reference or prime meridian of Earth in his "Tabula Varadiensis", published posthumously in 1464.

In 1474 the city was devastated by the Turks. It was not until the 16th century that Oradea started growing as an urban area. The Peace of Várad was concluded between Ferdinand I and János Szapolyai here on February 4, 1538, in which they mutually recognized each other to be king.
In the 18th century, the Viennese engineer Franz Anton Hillebrandt planned the city in Baroque style and, starting from 1752, many landmarks were constructed such as the Roman Cathedral and the Bishop"s Palace, presently the Muzeul Ţării Crişurilor ("The Museum of the Crişland").

After the Ottoman invasion of Hungary in the 16th century, the city was administered at various times by the Principality of Transylvania, the Ottoman Empire, and the Habsburg Monarchy. In 1598, the fortress was besiged and, on August 27, 1660, Oradea fell to the Turks and became an eyalet center as Varat. Varat Eyalet had Varat (Oradea), Salanta, Debreçin (formerly part of Budin and Eğri Eyalets), Halmaş, Sengevi and Yapışmaz sanjaks. The city was seized by the Austrians in September 1692. The Hungarian Revolution of 1848 played an important role in the city"s history. It was having the biggest Hungarian arms factory as long as Debrecen was being the temporary seat of the Hungarian government.

In the second half of the 19th century literary nicknames for the town included "Hungarian Compostela", "Felix civitas", "Paris on the River Pece", "the City of Tomorrow", "Athens on the Körös", and "the City of Yesterday". These nicknames are not widely used today, although "Paris on the River Pece" is still utilised sometimes.

As a consequence of Hungary"s role in World War I, the Treaty of Trianon awarded large parts of Eastern Hungary, including Oradea and Transylvania, to the Kingdom of Romania without plebiscite for the area"s huge Hungarian majority. Under the Second Vienna Award brokered by Hitler and Mussolini in 1940, Hungary reoccupied North Transylvania, including Oradea, but had to relinquish claims to it under the Treaty of Paris concluded on February 10, 1947.

In 1925 the status of municipality was given to Oradea dissolving its former civic autonomy. Under the same ordinance its name was changed from Oradea Mare ("Great" Oradea) to plain Oradea.

Ethnic tensions sometimes run high in the area in the past but the different ethnic groups now generally live together in harmony, thriving on each other"s contributions to modern culture. There are many mixed (Romanian-Hungarian) families in Oradea, with children assimilating into both of their parents" cultures and learning to speak both languages.

After December 1989, Oradea aims to prosperity and wealth specific to towns with European tradition. Both culture and economy, the perspectives of Oradea are inevitably related to the general aspiration of the Romanian society to freedom, democracy and free market economy with varied initiatives in all fields of activity. Due to its specific character, Oradea is one of the most important economic and cultural centers of Western Romania and of the country in general, and one of the great academic centers with a special development dynamics.

Jewish community

:"This section incorporates text from the 1901–1906" Jewish Encyclopedia", a publication now in the public domain."

The "chevra kadisha" was founded in 1735, the first synagogue in 1803, and the first communal school in 1839. Not until the beginning of the 19th century were Jews permitted to do business in any other part of the city, and even then they were required to withdraw at nightfall to their own quarter. In 1835 permission to live at will in any part of the city was granted them.

The Jewish community of Oradea became divided into Orthodox and Reform congregations. While the members of the Reform congregation still retained their membership in the "chevra kadisha", they started to use a cemetery of their own in 1899. In the early 20th century, the Jews of Oradea had won prominence in the public life of the city; there were Jewish manufacturers, merchants, lawyers, physicians, and farmers; the chief of police (1902) was a Jew; and in the municipal council, the Jewish element was proportionately represented. The community possessed, in addition to the hospital and "chevra kadisha" already mentioned, a Jewish women"s association, a grammar school, an industrial school for boys and girls, a yeshiva, a soup kitchen, etc.

According to the "Center for Jewish Art":

The Oradea Jewish community was once the most active both commercially and culturally in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1944, twenty-five thousand Oradean Jews were deported to concentration camps, thus decimating this vital community. Three hundred Jews reside in Oradea today. In the center of the city, towering over other buildings in the area, is the large Neolog Temple Synagogue built in 1878. The unusual cube-shaped synagogue with its large cupola is one of the largest in Romania. Inside there is a large organ and stucco decorations. In 1891, the Orthodox community also built a complex of buildings including two synagogues and a community center.

In 1944, the Jews of Oradea were deported to extermination camps by the Nazis, where the vast majority of them were murdered. Today the community is very small, numbering no more than a couple of hundred.

Desecendants of the pre-Holocaust hasidic rabbinate in Oradea established a synagogue in the Willowbrook area of Staten Island, New York. The synagogue maintains both a traditional hasidic Nusach Sefard and a Nusach Ashkenaz service, the latter of which operates under the name "Bais Medrash Igud Avreichim of Groisverdain".

Kings buried
* 1096 Ladislaus I of Hungary
* 1131 Stephen II of Hungary
* 1235 Andrew II of Hungary
* 1295 Fenenna, wife of Andrew III of Hungary
* 1319 Beatrix of Luxemburg, wife of Charles I of Hungary
* 1367 Elisabeth, daughter of Basarab I of Wallachia
* 1395 Mary of Hungary
* 1437 Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary


After the 2008 local government elections the mayor is "Ilie Gavril Bolojan" (National Liberal Party).
Deputy-mayors are: "Gheorghe Carp" (National Liberal Party) and "Rozália Ibolya Biró" (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania).
The local administration is governed by a coalition formed by the National Liberal Party and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania.

Since June 2008 the party composition of the Municipal Council of Oradea has been the following:


Contemporary population
The State Theatre in Oradea, which has performances in both Romanian and Hungarian

Ethnic breakdown from the 2002 census:

* Romanian: 145,284 (70.3%)
* Hungarian: 56,987 (27.6%)
* Roma: 2,449 (1.2%)- Roma population decreasing
* German: 563 (0.3%)
* Slovak: 474 (0.2%)
* Jewish: 166 (0.1%)
* Others: 691 (0.3%)

Before 1848, Oradea was made up of 4 separate towns: Várad-Újváros (Villa Nova, former Vicus Zombathely), Várad-Olaszi (Villa Latinorum Varadiensium), Várad-Velence (Vicus Venetia), Várad-Váralja (Civitas Waradiensis). The names Vicus Venetia, Villa Latinorum, Vicus Bolognia, Vicus Padua and others refer to the French, Walloons, and Italian inhabitants who settled in the 13th century.

Today the city is made up of the following districts called quarters ("cartiere" in Romanian):

The quarter named Vie is also known as Podgoria. "Vie" and "podgorie" mean the same thing in Romanian, i.e. wine-growing estate.

esidential Quarter

Oradea has long been one of the more prosperous cities in Romania, due mainly to its location on the Hungarian border, making it a gateway towards Western Europe. The GDP per capita of Oradea is approximately 150% of the Romanian average. After 1989, due to its important base of consumers, Oradea enjoyed an economic renewal, not so much in industry but rather in the services sector.

Despite this, a survey by "Capital" Magazine named Oradea as the least dynamic city in Romania with a population over 150,000, falling behind Cluj-Napoca, Arad and Timişoara. In particular, the city was criticised for high taxes, poor infrastructure and a lack of a clear development strategy. ("Why is Oradea losing speed?"), "Evenimentul Zilei"

Oradea has an unemployment rate of 6.0%, slightly lower than the Romanian average but much higher than Bihor County"s average of around 2%. Oradea currently produces around 63% of the industrial production of Bihor County while accounting for around 34.5% of the population of the county. Its main industries are furniture, textiles and clothing, footwear and food.

In September 2002, Metro opened the first "cash & carry" store in Oradea.

In 2002, the Lotus Center commercial centre opened in Oradea; it was the first large shopping mall to open in the city.

In the spring of 2005, Selgros opened another "cash & carry" store in Oradea.

In the summer of 2006, Real opened the first Hypermarket store in Oradea.

In the fall of 2007, Pic opened a Hypermarket store in Oradea.

In the fall 2008, Carrefour opened a Hypermarket store in the Lotus Center Oradea.

In the winter of 2008, Real opened its second Hypermarket store in Oradea.

In the spring of 2009, Carrefour opened its second Hypermarket store in Oradea.

In the fall of 2009, Pic closed a Hypermarket store in Oradea.


Oradea Ultra Low Floor tram
The public transport network is run by OTL, a municipal agency. It is made up of three tram lines (1R, 1N, 2, 3R, 3N) and ten bus lines (numbered from 10 to 19). The city has four train stations: Central, West, East and Episcopia Bihor. The West Station is located in the quarter of Ioşia, the Central station (called simply Oradea) is located closer to the city centre, near the quarter of Vie, while the East station is located in Velenţa.

Oradea is served by Oradea International Airport, which has flights from major Romanian cities as well as some cities in northern Italy.

Oradea is one of the main education centres of Romania. The city is home to the University of Oradea, one of the largest and most modern universities in the country. There also exist several private universities, one being Agora University, a modern academic institution founded in 2000. Emanuel University, a Baptist school, also exists in the city since 2002..
One of the oldest private universities in Romania is also situated in Oradea. The Sulyok István Reform College was founded in the spring of 1990 by the Királyhágómelléki Reform Church. In 1999 the school became entirely independent from the Protestant Theology College of Cluj-Napoca and changed its name to . It presently operates with 12 faculties and a student body of 1400; the language of instruction is Hungarian.


Oradea"s architecture is a mix between Communist-era buildings, mainly in the outer quarters, and beautiful historical buildings that are remnants of the era when the city was part of Austria-Hungary. In addition to many Baroque buildings, Oradea is remarkable for its particularly rich collection of Art Nouveau architecture.

During the Communist period and in the first years of Romania"s post-Communist transition, many of the historical buildings became derelict or were deteriorating. After 2002, when Romania entered into an economic boom, many historical buildings in the city were restored to their previous state and currently the city gives off a very historic and well-maintained feel.

Crişul Repede river, with Continental Hotel and Olympic Swimming Pool in the background
The beautiful city centre is worth visiting, as are the Băile Felix health spas, accessible by bus and located outside the city.

Other sites worth visiting are:

* Baroque Palace of Oradea – today Muzeul Ţării Crişurilor, a wonderful Baroque museum with 365 famous windows. It was the Roman bishop"s palace until 1945, when the Communist regime took the building into public ownership. It was returned to the Roman Church in 2003. Its collection includes many fossils of dinosaurs and birds from the bauxite mines at Cornet-Brusturi.
* Catedrala barocă – the biggest Baroque cathedral in Romania,
* Cetatea Oradea - Oradea"s Fortress, with a pentagonal fort,
* Biserica cu Lună – a church unique in Europe, with a type of astronomical clock depicting the phases of the moon,
* Pasajul Vulturul Negru – the "Black Eagle" Passage,
* Ady Endre Museum - a museum dedicated to one of the greatest Hungarian poets,
* Teatrul de Stat – the State Theatre, plans for which were designed by two Austrian architects who had built around 100 theatres and opera houses in Europe by the end of the 19th century,
* Str. Republicii – one of the most beautiful streets of Transylvania, displaying an incredible number of Art Nouveau buildings (under restoration in 2006),
* There are around 100 religious sites of different denominations in Oradea, including three synagogues (however, only one is said to be still in use) and the biggest Baptist church in Eastern Europe.

nternational relation

win towns — Sister citie
Oradea is twinned with:
* Ceyrat, France
* Coslada, Spain
* Debrecen, Hungary
* Givatayim, Israel
* Košice (Kassa), Slovakia
* Linköping, Sweden
* Mantova, Italy

Metropolitan area


File:Piata Ferdinand.jpg|The Ferdinand Square
File:In Centru.jpg| City Center, near the main street
File:Medicina Oradea.jpg|The Medicine Faculty
File:Oradea (Nagyvárad) - piaţa Unirii.JPG| The Black Eagle Palace
File:Passajul Vulturul Negru.jpg| Black Eagle Passage
File:Catedrala in Oradea.jpg| Kapucinus Church
File:Catedrala Catolica.jpg| Baroque cathedral
File:Crisul Repede.JPG|The Crişul Repede river

Famous people
* Endre Ady
* Iuliu Baratky
* Gabriel Báthory prince of Transylvania
* Sigismund Báthory prince of Transylvania
* Ödön Beöthy
* Eliezer Berkovits
* Lajos Biró
* Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
* Bernát Friedmann
* Georg von Peuerbach
* Michael Haydn
* Ladislaus I of Hungary
* Endre Kabos
* Péter Pázmány cardinal
* Georges Politzer
* Ede Szigligeti
* Julia Varady
* Nandor Wagner
* Emanoil Gojdu
* Mircea Maliţa
* Emerich Jenei
* Ioan Pop de Popa
* dr.Schlauh Lőrinc cardinal rom cat.
* dr.Hosszú László vicarius generalis rom .cat
* Jdevan Faie, aka Dragu"
* Sergiu Simon

See also
* Bishopric of Oradea

Sources and external links



Category:Bihor County
Category:Cities of Romania served by tramway systems
Category:Municipalities of Romania

Category:Hungary–Romania border crossings

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