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Visit the tower to get a spectacular view of the city

It is a great place to have a panoramic view of the city. If you have a fear of heights, maybe just... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
thetravelingladybug
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Oradea, Romania
Pictures don't do it justice

The building is massive, great architecture, and it does complement the entire setting on Piati... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
BiSMitic
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Belgrade, Serbia
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The City Hall Palace and Tower THE BUILDING IS THE WORK OF ARCHITECT RIMANÓCZY KÁLMÁN JR., WHO IN 1896 WON THE PROJECT CONTEST FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OF THE CITY HALL. THE SOLEMN INAUGURATION MEETING OF THE LOCAL COUNCIL WAS HELD IN THE NEWLY-BUILT PALACE ON THE 10th OF JANUARY 1904. THE CITY HALL TOWER With a height of about 50 m and 4 main levels, three of which have observation decks, the City Hall Palace Tower is also hosts the clock announcing the exact time in Oradea. The mechanism of the clock, called the "mother clock", strikes every hour and plays Iancu's March. The local watchmaker Mezey Dezső built the mechanism in the early twentieth century, in 1904. The clock survived two world wars, while the roof and wall of the tower survived the two great fires of 1917 and 1944. The watch dial retains even today bullet holes from gunfires shot during the Second World War. The second level was also the observation point of the city firefighter on duty. Fires were announced by ringing a bell, depending on the area where the fire started. In the daytime, a red flag was unfurled in the direction of the fire, while at night an electric projector was used.
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Piata Unirii no. 1, Oradea 410100, Romania
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It is a great place to have a panoramic view of the city. If you have a fear of heights, maybe just climb up the first part, if not, go all the way to the top and your effort will be rewarded with a panoramic...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

The building is massive, great architecture, and it does complement the entire setting on Piati Unurii. Take as many pictures as you can from any angle, it will still be beautiful :)

Thank BiSMitic
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Oradeas city hall is a very interesting building. This time visited just the clock tower, with some interesting information about the clocks patents, particularly interesting is the view on the city, piece by piece developing and getting back its old shine.

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Reviewed 22 April 2018

The City Hall is a very beautiful building and the tower rise 70m above the land, allowing a gorgeous view of Oradea, all around. The tower was built in the beginning of the XX century and it has 3 intermediate balconies around the tower and...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

A great landmark which offers the best view of Oradea. Inside, there's also a photo exhibition and you can see the clock mechanism.

Thank Mihail I
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

It's going to be worth all the stairs. At the end you're going to be 50m up and have a 360 degrees view of Oradea and the surroundings. Entrance is 5 lei. And you have to sign, but that is just a detail.

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

There's so much to see in Piata Unirii ! Every building looks nice and beautiful, and there's a few cafes to sit in and enjoy an afternoon there.

Thank Ana C
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Built in ecclectic and renaissance style, the main attraction of it being its 50m tal tower, offering a stunning view over the city.

Thank SmileyKay
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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We wanted to climb up the tower on December 31st. Everywhere we checked it was supposed to be open that day. Even when we reached the tower, it was saying that it was open from 12 to 17. At 12:05 no one was there. We...More

Thank Bianca B
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

The attraction is actually the City Hall's Tower. Nicely renovated, after some climbing, there are 2 levels from which you can observe the city all around. Worth the climb, it is beautiful, especially in a sunny day!

Thank Adina M
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