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   Just like many other European cities, “Little Paris”, like it was once named, Oradea is still waiting for you to discover its belle epoque charm given by its secession, eclectic, neoromantic, neoclassic, baroque architectures. Without impressing by their sizes or opulence, the buildings of Oradea have a certain smack of welfare and good taste you will certainly appreciate and the best hotels, coffee houses and restaurants are waiting for you to step in.

   Oradea – short history
   Located today on the western border of Romania, Oradea has always found itself at the crossing of important commercial roads between the West and the East. Its present aspect is due to the multiple influences noted by the history, not only from an architectural point of view which is the most obvious nowadays but also from a structural, economic, social and last but not least, cultural one. Although documentary attested only in 1113, the area has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic. Latter the city has became an urban frame which made possible the cohabitation of many ethnic groups and their specific manifestations in the very same space. Thus, many personalities have emerged here in time. We hereby invite you to discover them!

   Oradea – touristic sites
   Historical centre. A tour of the city will offer you the chance to admire beautiful buildings with a specific architecture: the baroque complex composed of the Episcopal Palace, the Roman-Catholic Basilica with numerous frescoes made by J.N. Schöph and Francesco Storno and the Canonical Row, an ensemble built in the second part of the 18th century, the former Palace of Finances (1890, eclectic style, which nowadays houses the Policlinic), Capuchin Friar (1837, built in a neoclassic style), the Theatre (1899-1900), the Palaces Astoria (1902-1906, secession), Rimanoczi (1903), Black Eagle (1907-1909), Moskovits (1905), Ulmann (1913), Apollo (1913-1914), the Justice Palace (1898), the Synagogue (1890), the City Hall Palace (1902-1903), the Greek-Catholic Episcopal Palace (1903-1904), the Olosig Roman-Catholic Church (1876,1903-1905); the Sf.Ladislau Roman-Catholic Church (1723-1742), the Moon Church the Orthodox Cathedral “Adormirea Maicii Domnului”. It is worth admiring the stained-glass windows of the “Black Eagle” arcade, a symbol of the city made in the Neuman glass workshops in 1909, and the mechanism indicating the Moon phases, made in 1793 by Georg Rueppe, which is still functioning, as well as it is worth listening the Christmas concerts, played at the organ donated by Maria Tereza in 1780, at the Roman-Catholic Basilic.
   The Fortress located in the central area of the city is an important attraction, being the biggest and the best preserved pentagonal fortress in the Central    Europe, rebuilt in an Italian style during the 16th century.
   A trip by foot or bicycle on the Cat Hill, at the Ciuperca restaurant, offers the visitor an excelent belvedere location, where from the city can be admired in its true exquisiteness.

   Oradea – surrounding touristic sites
   Baile Felix and Baile 1 Mai
   Known since ancient times, the thermal springs around Oradea are valued even today by a large category of tourists. Located at 8 km from Oradea, Baile 1 Mai and Baile Felix spas have sapropelic seddiments and oligometallic, bicarbonated, calcic, sodium thermal waters with temperatures of 43-49°C.
Its temperate continental climate, with mild winters and moderate summers, is influenced by large woods which give the two spas an ideal athmosphere, on every season, for relaxation and treatment. The rain or the frost of the winter is no obstacle for an open air bath in thermal water.

   Baile Felix and Baile 1 Mai – health tourism
   In the two spas one can successfully treat rheumatic, neurologic and gynaecologic diseases. The treat ment bases provide electrotherapy, kinetotherapy, hydrotherapy, aerosols, massage rooms, paraffin wrapping rooms offering a large and complex variety of balneal procedures having immediate effects.

   Baile Felix and Baile 1 Mai - touristic attractions
   Baile Felix and 1 Mai do not mean only treatment facilities and swimming pools, but they are also real touristic locations. Some of their touristic objectives worth visiting are:

• The water lily lake in Baile 1 Mai, natural reservation where one can admire three naturale species: the thermal water lily - Nymphaea lotus var. thermalis, tertiary relic, Rosioara lui Racovita fish Scardinius erytrophtalmus racovitzai and the Melanopsis pareyssi.
• Somleu Hill with the Betfia sinkhole and pleistocene fossils.
• Haieu village chapel 17th century.
• Wooden church in Baile Felix (moved in from Brusturi), 1785.
• Orthodox Church in Rontau, 14th century.

   During the winter, the beginners cam ski on a slope disposed nearby, in Hidiselul de Jos, and during the other seasons the surroundings woods are ideal for strolls.
   Historical vestiges: Biharia Fortress; Cheresig Tower; the Reformed Church in Fughiu, 18th century; the Orthodox Church Adormirea Maicii Domnului in Osorhei, 1710; the Wooden Church “Sf. Dumitru” in Pausa, 18th century; the Reformed Church in Livada, 15th century, all of them being easy to access by car or bycicle.
   Fishing can be practiced on Crisul Repede or a few km away from Oradea where one can find lakes like: Santion, Sauaieiu, Paleu, Les. Located next to the woods, these lakes offer you specila momments of entertainment.

   Touristic information centers:
   Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bihor, 65 Roman Ciorogariu street.
    www.ccibh.info Tel: 0259.417.807
   Oradea Fortress, 39 Independentei Square, J building
    www.cetateaoradea.ro Tel:0259.435.140
   Apuseni Experience, 4-6, 1 Decembrie Square, 1st floor, room 8.
    www.apuseniexperience.ro Tel: 0359.410556

Web sites:
Information about Oradea:


www.oradea.ro
www.prinoradea.ro
www.oradea-online.ro
www.oradea.net
www.cetateaoradea.ro

Tourism in Baile Felix:

www.felixspa.com
www.bailefelix.ro

     
     
 
     

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