Cluj-Napoca (Cluj for short) is very pleasant university town located in Romania’s northwest. The city has a deep history starting from Dacian settlement of Napuca in the 2nd century A.D. When the Roman took-over Dacia, Napoca became the capital of the new Roman province and one of the most important cities in the eastern part of the Roman Empire.
Cluj-Napoca is full of historical churches like St. Michael's Church - one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Romania. Also, you will find museums, ruins and charming architecture of 18th - 19th centuries that reminds about Austro-Hungarian empire. You will be surprised to know that two Hungarian kings where born in Cluj-Napoca, almost in the same house! Even more interesting fact is at that time there was a legislation according to which the house where Matthias Corvinus (King of Hungary) was born did not need to pay taxes and it is still in force up to these days.
Nowadays Cluj-Napoca is called the ‘Heart of Transylvania’ not because of its geographical position, but for its role in the historical and economic development of the region as it was capital of Transylvania during the 18th - 19th centuries. It is a vibrant cultural and educational city, a box-of-treasures in Romania that has gained its place as an economic, cultural and innovation center on a national and international level. Six state and several private universities located here also make Cluj Napoca the city with the largest percentage of student population in Romania. Because of this, streets of Cluj are full of people sitting in the bars or bohemian cafes. Everyone seemed relaxed and happy.
We fell in love with Cluj-Napoca’s wonderful vibe and culture, owing much of its charm to the numerous narrow streets. It is welcoming city so grab your friends and make Transylvania your next travel destination!
Best of luck planning your holidays in Cluj-Napoca!
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