Walk around the large Baroque Palace in the center of Oradea and marvel at its striking Viennese-style construction amid other equally impressive structures of the Baroque Complex. The building was initially constructed in the 1760s, burned to the ground within 10 years and immediately rebuilt.
Count the windows in the enormous palace. The original design featured 365, one for each day of the year, on the 120-room, three-story structure. The façade is more than 320 feet (100 meters) with two wings stretching 80 feet (25 meters), forming a giant U shape.
Baron Bishop Adam Patachich originally commissioned the structure as the Roman Catholic Bishopric Palace of northern Transylvania. Its construction paralleled the Corridor of Canons and Roman-Catholic Basilica. Marvel at the affluence and drive that would have been required to push forward such grandeur nearly three centuries ago, not once, but twice.
Note the similarity in the palace’s design to the Royal Belvedere Palace of Vienna. The architecture is French Palatine Baroque or “cour d’honneur,” modified as the somewhat less ornamental Austrian Baroque. Austrian architect Anton Franz Hillebrandt is famous as one of the 18th-century’s best European designers, responsible for numerous Austrian palaces. He also planned most of Oradea’s grand Baroque quarter.
Over the centuries a variety of tenants have occupied the building and hosted famed visitors. Under the bishop’s patronage of the arts, composer Michael Haydn, violinist Wenzel Pichl and music director Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf brought grand works to the palace’s ballroom and music halls. The Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa of Austria visited the original structure shortly before the destructive fire.
Under Romania’s socialist occupation, the palace’s interior suffered vandalism. Upon return to city tenancy in 1971, the palace was opened to the public as the Muzeul Ţării Crişurilor, offering visitors the opportunity to inspect the opulent rooms and furnishings. The church regained ownership in 2003, closing the museum indefinitely. View a small selection of the 400,000 artifacts online.
See the Baroque Palace and its inner courtyard as part of the exquisite Baroque Complex, a 10-minute walk from Oradea’s Central Railway Station.
Situated in Oradea, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cris Museum and I C Bratianu Park. Ady Endre Museum and Fortress of Oradea are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Oradea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Catholic Basilica, Baroque Palace, and Catholic Bishop's Palace Museum. Cris Museum and Ady Endre Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Oradea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ady Endre Museum and Cris Museum. State Theatre and I C Bratianu Park are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Oradea hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Emanuel Baptist Church and Oradea Zoo. Moon Church and Beauty Secrets Salon & Day Spa are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Oradea, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of I C Bratianu Park, Cris Museum, and Ady Endre Museum. Fortress of Oradea and State Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Oradea, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Emanuel Baptist Church, Primaria Oradea, and Oradea Zoo. State Theatre and Moon Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Oradea, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cris Museum, Ady Endre Museum, and I C Bratianu Park. Fortress of Oradea and Roman Catholic Basilica are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Baile Felix, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Baile Felix Thermal Springs and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fortress of Oradea and Cris Museum. Moon Church and Vulturul Negru are also within 6 mi (10 km).