Piarist Church, Cluj-Napoca

#10 of 17 in Historic Sites in Cluj-Napoca
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Piarist Church (Biserica Piariștilor, also known as the Jesuit Church (Biserica Iezuiților) or the University Church (Biserica Universității); piarista templom), located at 5 Str. Universității, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was the first Roman Catholic church built in Transylvania after the Protestant Reformation, as well as the province's first Baroque church building. Among the city's more notable edifices, it served as a prototype for numerous other churches in Transylvania. It features a strong contrast between the sober exterior and a very well-decorated, almost exuberant interior. A statue of the Virgin Mary stood in front of the church until 1959, when the Communist authorities moved it to another part of the city.HistoryOn 13 March 1718, Jesuit priests began a fundraising campaign in order to build the church. Bishop Georgius Martonfi laid the cornerstone; the church was completed in 1724 and consecrated the following year by Bishop Joannes Antalfi. The Jesuits were suppressed in 1773 by Pope Clement XIV, so in 1776 Empress Maria Theresa transferred the church to the Piarists.
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  • Small church not far from the main square. You can tell its a Catholic church from the way it is decorated.  more »
  • Luke Jerram’s giant moon is exposed in the Piarist Church on Universitatii street. The 7 meter tall moon replica will be on display until the 14th of December 2018.  more »
  • Baroque splendid church open to public events. Main center, youth, concerts.
  • Definitely my favorite church in town. I can't really pinpoint why, but there a peaceful feeling in there.
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