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Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda)

The capital of Harghita County, Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda in Hungarian) is located in the upper reaches of the Olt river valley and is famous for being among the coldest spots in Romania. Founded in the 11th century under Ladislaus I of Hungary, it has been an important center of Székely culture throughout its history. Heavily redeveloped under the Ceauşescu regime, it has lost much of its old Austro-Hungarian flavor, though remnants of the historic city remain, including the squat Mikó Castle south of the center.
Harghita County Prefecture & Palace of Culture
Harghita County Prefecture & Palace of Culture
Sapientia University
Sapientia University
Apartment blocks facing Piața Libertății
Apartment blocks facing Piața Libertății
City Community Center and housing blocks
City Community Center and housing blocks
Grim Communist-era flats across the square
Grim Communist-era flats across the square
Riding across Piața Libertății
Riding across Piața Libertății
Former National Bank of Romania
Former National Bank of Romania
Remnants of the old town down Str Gál Sándor
Remnants of the old town down Str Gál Sándor
Old 19th-century buildings off the center
Old 19th-century buildings off the center
Márton Áron Líceum
Márton Áron Líceum
Entrance to the grand high school
Entrance to the grand high school
Modern Catholic Church overlooking the city
Modern Catholic Church overlooking the city
A partial view over homely Miercurea Ciuc
A partial view over homely Miercurea Ciuc
Str Petőfi Sándor
Str Petőfi Sándor
Sidewalk cafes on Petőfi Sándor
Sidewalk cafes on Petőfi Sándor
Bizarre sculpture off Str Petőfi Sándor
Bizarre sculpture off Str Petőfi Sándor
Biserica Sfânții Petru și Pavel
Biserica Sfânții Petru și Pavel
Main Orthodox Cathedral near Piața Cetății
Main Orthodox Cathedral near Piața Cetății
Soviet Army Monument
Soviet Army Monument
View towards City Hall from the monument
View towards City Hall from the monument
Detail on the Soviet Army Monument
Detail on the Soviet Army Monument
19th-century City Hall
19th-century City Hall
Front of the Justice Palace
Front of the Justice Palace
Palatul Justiției and ongoing construction
Palatul Justiției and ongoing construction
Sidewalk next to the Justice Palace
Sidewalk next to the Justice Palace
Another view of the Városháza (City Hall)
Another view of the Városháza (City Hall)
Mikó Castle
Mikó Castle
Petőfi Sándor statue in the castle park
Petőfi Sándor statue in the castle park
Entering the castle grounds
Entering the castle grounds
Interior courtyard of the castle
Interior courtyard of the castle
Village Museum behind Mikó Castle
Village Museum behind Mikó Castle
Flank of Mikó Castle
Flank of Mikó Castle
Row of Székely gates on the castle grounds
Row of Székely gates on the castle grounds
Rural Székely dwelling with haystack
Rural Székely dwelling with haystack
Small transplanted rural hut and well
Small transplanted rural hut and well
Rustic Hungarian country house
Rustic Hungarian country house
View of the back of Mikó Castle
View of the back of Mikó Castle
Trio of rural homes on the castle grounds
Trio of rural homes on the castle grounds
Mikó Castle and pair of haystacks
Mikó Castle and pair of haystacks
Hockey sculpture in front of the city rink
Hockey sculpture in front of the city rink
Residences in the Csíksomlyó quarter
Residences in the Csíksomlyó quarter
Approaching the Csíksomlyó Franciscan Monastery
Approaching the Csíksomlyó Franciscan Monastery
Franciscan Monastery in Csíksomlyó
Franciscan Monastery in Csíksomlyó
Monastery and neighboring cloisters
Monastery and neighboring cloisters
Behind the monastery complex
Behind the monastery complex
Rural housing and hills beyond Csíksomlyó
Rural housing and hills beyond Csíksomlyó
Roma (gypsy) family riding through Csíksomlyó
Roma (gypsy) family riding through Csíksomlyó
Millennium Church
Millennium Church