Timisoara and its surroundings


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Timisoara is a capital city of the Timis County located in Western Romania. It is picturesquely situated on the northern bank of the Bega River. Timisoara has been inhabited since 200BC, but the first record of the city dates back to 1212. Timisoara was built on the site of an ancient Roman fortress destroyed by Tatars in the 13th century. Timisoara has been under Turkish and Austrian rule through centuries. The city became a vigorously developing town. Today, Timisoara attracts many tourists which are astonished by unique architectural beauty and vibrant cultural life, with numerous artistic performances, art galleries, museums. Timisoara was known as 'Little Viena'. Tourists can visit many cultural sites including such attractions as the Banat Museum (art, natural history and ethnography) the Village Museum, the Botanical Garden, the Timisoara Philharmonic and the Opera House. The Ruins of Timisoara Fortress, Huniade Castle, Dicasterial Palace, Old City Hall and the Palace of Justice are another worth visiting places. Timisoara is a multi-cultural place. Besides Romanians, there are also living Serbs, Hungarians, Germans and more nationalities. Timisoara was selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2021.
The area surrounding Timisoara is full of many interesting monuments and sites. Corvin Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe and it is called a wonder of Romania. The 7th -century Densus church was built on the site of a Dacian temple. It is made with stone and interior walls are decorated in the 15th -century mural paintings. Sarmizegetusa Regia Ulpia Traiana was the capital and the largest city of Roman Dacia. In the area of Arad County, there is located only round shaped village of Romania, the Soimos Fortress was built in the 13th century. From the fortress opens a wonderful view to the gorge of Mures. Many beautiful vineyards can be admired while driving. The city of Arad may boast wonderful Art Nouveau architecture.

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