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Moon Church

Admire this iconic Baroque church, known for a distinct lunar mechanism on its tall tower.

The Moon Church is named for an eye-catching sphere on its exterior that moves in accordance with the moon’s phases. Venture inside the church to discover beautiful iconostasis and frescos as well as the tombs of several important bishops. Save time to explore nearby Piaţa Unirii, one of Oradea’s main public squares.

The church was designed in the late 18th century by architect Iacob Edner, with funding provided by the local community. It was consecrated in 1832. Gaze up at the building’s 180-foot (55-meter) bell tower, which features the distinctive lunar mechanism designed by master clockmaker Georg Rueppert. This mechanism spins a 10-foot (3-meter) sphere, which is painted half in black and half in gold. The sphere completes a full rotation every 28 days, in accordance with the moon’s rotation around the earth.

Step inside the church to inspect paintings by Romanian Paul Murgu and Serbian brothers Alexandru and Arsenie Teodorovici. Originally completed in 1831, the paintings have been restored several times throughout the 20th century.

View a painting of Horea, one of the leaders of the city’s 1784 riot, on the iconostasis. The painting you see today is a copy, with the original housed in the Orthodox Bishopric Museum of Oradea. Look for the tombs of several important bishops as well as those containing several of the church’s founders.

Walk out into surrounding Piaţa Unirii square, which features an equestrian statue of Mihai Viteazul, the prince of Wallachia. The prince is said to have spent time in the city just before the end of his reign in 1601. To the right lies City Hall, which was constructed in the early 20th century. Listen for the sound of its charming bells, which toll hourly.

Find the Moon Church in the southeast corner of Piaţa Unirii. From Piaţa Republicii, cross the bridge south over the river Crişul Repede. Alternatively, take one of the southbound trams from the city’s train station


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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea $72
Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oradea

9 Aleea Strandului, Oradea
     
    4.6 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    The nicest place we stayed in Oradea!Very clean and great service!

    Ramada Oradea $63
    Reviewed on Oct 1, 2018
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    Ramada Oradea

    Ramada Oradea

    9, Calea Aradului Street, Oradea
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Very nice new property within 20 minutes of all attractions. Only weirdness was being denied access to parts of the hotel like gym and roof terrace because our room key seemed lower class or something.

      Oradea Central Studio With Amazing View
      Oradea Central Studio With Amazing View

      Oradea Central Studio With Amazing View

      Oradea, BH
         
        0.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Oradea, this vacation home is steps from Primaria Oradea, Vulturul Negru, and State Theatre (Teatrul de Stat). Moon Church and Ady Endre Museum are also within 10 minutes. Biserica Emanuel Tram Stop is 13 minutes by foot and Oradea Station is 25 minutes.

        Continental Forum Oradea $44
        Reviewed on May 9, 2019
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        Continental Forum Oradea

        Continental Forum Oradea

        Aleea Strandului 1, Oradea
           
          4.0 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          It was my first time staying at the Continental Forum, though I went to school in Oradea. Actually, my old high-school is almost across from the hotel and that was one of the reasons I booked it - I wanted to have a view of it. I checked in late, sometime around midnight, but the lady at the front ...

          Hotel Nevis Wellness & SPA $61
          Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
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          Hotel Nevis Wellness & SPA

          Hotel Nevis Wellness & SPA

          Lapusului street no. 2, Oradea, Bihor
             
            4.4 of 5
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            Hotel was nice,rooms were really good,unfortunately I didn’t get use the leisure facilities but I had a lovely meal

            Modern 2 Bedroom Apartment by Kaufland & Lotus 2 Shopping Area in Oradea
            Modern 2 Bedroom Apartment by Kaufland & Lotus 2 Shopping Area in Oradea

            Modern 2 Bedroom Apartment by Kaufland & Lotus 2 Shopping Area in Oradea

            Oradea, BH
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Oradea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Emanuel Baptist Church and Primaria Oradea. Moon Church and State Theatre (Teatrul de Stat) are also within 15 minutes. Biserica Emanuel Tram Stop is 7 minutes by foot and Oradea Station is 27 minutes.

              Highsky Oradea Apartment
              Highsky Oradea Apartment

              Highsky Oradea Apartment

              Oradea, BH
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Oradea, this historic resort is within a 15-minute walk of The Human Intelligence Center of Excellence, Fortress of Oradea, and Moon Church. Vulturul Negru and Primaria Oradea are also within 1 mi (2 km). Biserica Emanuel Tram Stop is 25 minutes by foot.

                Deluxe 2 Bedroom Oradea Apartament
                Deluxe 2 Bedroom Oradea Apartament

                Deluxe 2 Bedroom Oradea Apartament

                Oradea, Bihor
                   
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                  Located in the heart of Oradea, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Emanuel Baptist Church, Primaria Oradea, and Oradea Zoo. Vulturul Negru and Baroque Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Biserica Emanuel Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Oradea Station is 22 minutes.