Targu Mures

Targu Mures

Targu Mures, important academical and cultural centre of the region, was fist mentioned in 1322, as a market town of Seklars, Hungarian soldiers. The name of the city means exactly “Market at the river Mures” is also known as the city of roses. The main square of the city is named after those flowers.
On the Roses Square stand the Culture Palace, masterpiece of 19th century architecture. Amazing interiors are now filled with collections of two regional museums – history and archaeology. In the nearby building there is also ethnographic museum.
In the Middle Ages Stephen Bathory started construction of a citadel, which was later rebuild in 17th century. During that time, important power in the city was craftsmen guilds, and prince was dependent on their help. During the rule of Habsburg house, some parts of citadel was destroyed, but many of them was restored in 1960s. We can still admire walls with towers and bastions, an some of inside buildings of citadel.
In 1802 in Targu Mures was opened one of the first public libraries in Romania. Located in impressive building, Library Teleki – Bolyai was founded by a count Samuel Teleki, chancellor of Transilvania. He offered his 40,000 books, some of them absolutely unique, to the public.

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