One can surely enjoy visiting big cities. Sometimes, the discovery of places such as the medieval town in Romania is even more enjoyable if you can walk and see all the attractions on foot. Let’s see where a walk in the little town of Bistrița will take us next.
The journey until now lead us to the Dogars Tower. Now, one will find himself just a few feet away from Municipal Park. The park was created in the 2Oth century, and most of the urban furniture was placed in 1954. It still is one of the most important promenade places in Bistrița and gathers the elder and the young.
The park was under renovations between 2014 and 2016, and new additions were added: a fish lake, a garden for squirrels, and my favorite, the bicycles where you can recharge your phone while exercising. Here, you can still find the plant Ginkgo Biloba.
While taking a walk in the park, one can not miss the Cultural Palace, placed in the middle of it. Ever since its creation at the end of the19th century, the Cultural Palace has been the main place for cultural events to take place, from theaters to festivals. Either you want to take part in one of the shows that this place has to offer, or you just want to visit the edifice, just put it on your bucket list.
In Transylvania, the Cistercians left their biggest traces at Cârța. One can also find the proof of their settling in Transylvania in Bistrița, at the former Monastery of the Minor Friars. Built in the 13th century, this church is a Gothic hall with representative elements for the Cistercian Gothic in Transylvania, a massive gable decorated with a rose window. The Romanesque part of today’s church is one wall and one window, similar to the facade rose window but inside the church.
The former Monastery of the Minor Friars had suffered the same fate as many of the churches in Romania. In 1948, after the settlement of the Communist Regime and the abolition of the United Romanian Church, this edifice had changed its confession and became an orthodox church. The church is currently in a renovation process.
A walk in the little town of Bistrița cannot end without a journey through the city center. Most of the buildings (once houses, now mostly shops) were renovated in the last ten years. From the former Monastery of the Minor Friars just go in the direction of the Evangelic Church. You can either go on the Dornei Street or the Liviu Rebreanu Street, but for a complete visit, one should try them both. I will give you one last tip. If you walk on the Dornei Street, stop at number 5 - the “Silver House”. It is a typical building from the 16th century, so take a look at the amazing door portal.
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