Unirii Square Cluj
Unirii Square Cluj is one of the most important symbols of the city in the heart of Transylvania. With St. Michael’s Church and the Matia Corvin statuary group in the middle of it, Unirii Square Cluj is an impressive tourist attraction, a central attraction and a meeting place for locals and tourists alike. Here, you are in the zero point of Cluj-Napoca.
From a historical point of view, the Great Square, as it was called until the middle of the 19th century, is the second square of Cluj, it was later formed by the current Museum Square (Small Square in the Old Fortress). Towards the end of the 19th century, it became the Main Square, being transformed into an ornamental market. The name did not last long, and in the first part of the twentieth century, the square was called King Matthias Square (Mátyas Király tér). It was not until 1918, following the historical events of that year, that it became Unirii Square. However, during the communist period, its name was changed to Liberty Square, so that nowadays it returns to the old name: Union Square.
In addition to the Church of St. Michael and the statue of Matthias Corvinus, there are many famous buildings on the sides of the square. Bánffy Palace, which houses the Art Museum, as well as the two buildings built in the mirror and which open Iuliu Maniu Street, are located on the eastern side of the Square. On the southern side we find the building of the former mayor’s office of Cluj, as well as that of the National Bank. Hotel Continental, one of the most beautiful buildings in Cluj, built since 1894, is located on the southwest corner of Union Square.
At the same time, in the center of the Square, there are the Roman vestiges of the old city of Napoca!
Once upon a time, the building of the impressive church was surrounded by a stone wall attached to kiosks and kiosks of merchants. Inside the wall, next to the church, there was a cemetery. Outside the church wall, there was even a multi-storey building that served as a school. With the location of the statuary group Matia Corvin, in 1902, the square began to be decorated with layers of flowers and small ornamental areas.
Nowadays, Unirii Square Cluj is the center of the city, the place where some of the most representative events of Cluj take place.