Franciscan Church, Cluj-Napoca

#7 of 17 in Historic Sites in Cluj-Napoca
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Franciscan Church is a place of worship in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was built between 1260 and 1290, on the site of an older Catholic church destroyed during the Tatar invasions in 1241.HistoryIn 1390, the Benedictine monks received the church. They extended it and built a small Gothic cloister near the church, with the help of John Hunyadi.In 1556, the Queen of Hungary, Isabella Jagiełło moved to the cloister and lived there with her son John II Sigismund Zápolya until 1557.The church is located on Museum Square (Piața Muzeului), previously known as the Little Square (Piața Mică) to distinguish it from the Large Square surrounding St. Michael's Church; Caroline Square (Piața Carolina or Karolina ter), after the nearby Caroline Obelisk built in honor of the 1817 visit of Caroline Augusta of Bavaria and her husband Francis II; and Dimitrov Square (Piața Dimitrov), so named in the early communist period for Georgi Dimitrov.
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  • The outside of the church is impressive, in the way that most churches are - which is to say simply that it is quite tall. In hindsight, I can appreciate that there wasn’t much of a reason to go in...  more »
  • This church on a small pedestrian square in Old Town was having a service when we went in to see the interior. With the glow of the lights and the incense, it was inviting. Situated very well to be...  more »
  • A place where you can find your peace
  • Very nice place
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