Savoy Hotel Timisoara suggests some places to visit during your stay in our city. Due to the relatively central position we find these are relatively close to the hotel, the first tourist attraction being just a few minutes away.
This is actually the central square of Timisoara and you reach it by passing one of the bridges over Bega; Trajan Bridge on the left, with Hotel Savoy in the back and looking towards the Cathedral or Bridge Metropolitan Saguna on the right.
Victory Square is known by the locals as Opera Square, because it is flanked on one side of the Opera House. The other side of the market is built by the Metropolitan Cathedral.
The section on the right of the Opera (looking towards the Cathedral) is called Corso and the one on the left is called Surogat. Victory Square appeared at the beginning of the last century on the site of the old fortifications of the fortress, being demolished to expand the city. From the start it was intended for a promenade and a crowd of luxury shops.
Its shape was somewhat altered by the construction of blocks of flats from the side of the cathedral. Victory Square has been closed to traffic since the 1970s, and the removal of tram lines has turned it into an exclusive pedestrian space.
On the Corso side we can see the Lloyd Palace (1912) where the Rectorate of the Polytechnic University of Timisoara is now. Then the Neuhasz, Merbl, Dauerbach, Hilt and Szecheny buildings, all of which were built during the pre-war period of the last century. On the Surogat side you will see Loffler Palace and then the Palace of the Chamber of Commerce, followed by blocks of flats built during communism.
In the Opera Square you can find the statue “Lupoaica si ciuperci”, one of the three replicas of the original in Rome that are found in Romania, the other two being in Bucharest and Cluj, a symbol of the connection with the Latin world.
Also, you can enjoy and relax at the Fish Fountain and at one of the many terraces on the market.
The Cathedral of Timisoara is perhaps the most recent and modern symbol of the city, and this is not due to the religious character, but rather to the unfortunate events during the Revolution of December 1989. The first steps of the cathedral have died the revolutionary people who removed it from power the last dictator of Europe. Besides, at the Cathedral there are commemorative plaques reminding of the first dead of Romania free of Communism, and in front of the edifice there is the modern monument called “Crucifixion” and made by the artist Paul Neagu.
The Cathedral was built between 1936 and 1940 but was only inaugurated in 1946, when it was the last monarch of Romania, namely King Mihai I. It has the historic History of the Three Holy Hierarchs and the second the patron saint of St. Joseph the New Partos. The bells were sanctified in 1938 and the interior paintings were completed in 1956. The cathedral has a height of 83 meters and the sides are 63 and 32 meters, respectively.
Inside, the relics of St. Joseph the New from Partos, former Metropolitan of Banat between 1650 and 1653, were housed. It was canonized by the Romanian Church in 1956. Among the miracles done during the life we mention the one by which it called the rain and this a fiery fire broke out and caught part of Timisoara.
The basement of the worship site shelters an impressive collection of church art and worship objects. The exhibition can be visited throughout the day in groups of more than five people.