Avram Iancu Square


“The first more concrete data about the market dates back from the mid-1700s. On the side which today is situated the National Theatre “Lucian Blaga” in the mid 1700s, an officer named Trencseni Ferenc, fenced with boards quite a large territory, using it as a training field for its soldiers. As this area of the city was called Trencin by the inhabitants, the square was known as the Trencin market. The city resisted, but only towards the end of the century they managed to release the area.

During the nineteenth century, here was a warehouse of wood and coal, livestock market, wood market, at one time people wanted to move here the main market. Then, the closeness of the railway to Mihai Viteazul Market, led to the decision that it be moved there. On this place an ornamental market emerged.

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Later, as the sides of the market have been built, they received separate names. East side became the “string Trencin Stronghold” (Trencinvár-sor), the West Market „string of wood” market (Fapiac-sor), the one in front of Palace of Justice and of barracks was named „large barracks string “ (Nagykaszárnya-sor). The northern side foreshadowed the exterior area of the street The Hungarians (Magyar utca Külső).

In the second half of the nineteenth century, building a new civic center was started here, designed to be composed of two markets, one after the other.

Southern Market is today known as Stefan cel Mare Square.

Nordic market, which is located around the Orthodox Cathedral, was originally called EMKE market, under some circumstances such as that the The Cultural Alliance of Hungarians in Transylvania Society (EMKE), built its headquarters here. How EMKE was forced to sell their headquarters in 1906, on Bocskai anniversary year, the market was renamed Bocskai.

After 1923, the market was named Cuza Voda. During the Second World War, it was named Hitler, and afterwards Malinovsky. In 1964 it was named Victoria Square and in 1993 it became Avram Iancu. “


Avram Iancu Square is one of the most beautiful squares of the old city squares of Cluj Napoca. It is a square full of history and culture, situated in the city.

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Besides a great view, Avram Iancu Square can be found as tourist attractions and cultural following:

  • Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Avram Iancu monument surrounded by a fountain
  • Green spaces and pedestrian
  • Romanian National Theatre and Opera
  • Prefecture Cluj and Cluj County Council
  • Protestant Theological Institute
  • Regional CFR Cluj
  • Palace of the Archdiocese of Vad, Cluj and Feleac
  • Faculty of Theology in UBB
  • Palace Cluj Finance
  • Palace of Justice with the Tribunal of Cluj
  • Military Circle

Coordonate GPS: 46.771343 (N), 23.596680 (V)


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