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Târgu Mureş (Marosvásárhely)

An important center of Hungarian culture on the edge of the Székely region of Transylvania, Târgu Mureş was established under the name of Székelyvásárhely (Székely Marketplace) in the 14th century. Largely a provincial city through much of its Hungarian history, it acquired a vibrant, Secessionist air around the turn of the 20th century, when its fabulous City Hall (Közigazgatási Palota - now Prefectural Palace) and Culture Palace (Kultúrpalota) were built. A vastly majority Hungarian town in 1910 (89%), Târgu Mureş is now almost evenly divided between Romanians and Hungarians (with the former in a slight majority).
Morning view out of the Hotel Transylvania
Morning view out of the Hotel Transylvania
Historic facades on Piața Trandafirilor
Historic facades on Piața Trandafirilor
Architectural detail, Piața Trandafirilor
Architectural detail, Piața Trandafirilor
Balcony facing the square
Balcony facing the square
Grand secessionist Palace of Culture
Grand secessionist Palace of Culture
Windows on the Palace of Culture
Windows on the Palace of Culture
Facade facing the square, Palace of Culture
Facade facing the square, Palace of Culture
Mureș County Prefecture (Former City Hall)
Mureș County Prefecture (Former City Hall)
Detail of the County Prefecture
Detail of the County Prefecture
Bust of Mihai Viteazul in front of the Prefecture
Bust of Mihai Viteazul in front of the Prefecture
Romulus and Remus sculpture in the park
Romulus and Remus sculpture in the park
Greek Catholic Cathedral
Greek Catholic Cathedral
Town Hall
Town Hall
Morning view of the Culture Palace and Prefecture
Morning view of the Culture Palace and Prefecture
Looking down Piața Trandafirilor
Looking down Piața Trandafirilor
Heading down the main drag
Heading down the main drag
Angular view of an eclectic building
Angular view of an eclectic building
Folk Art and Ethnographic Museum
Folk Art and Ethnographic Museum
Ethnographic Museum and Grey Friar belfry
Ethnographic Museum and Grey Friar belfry
Saint in a niche on the belfry
Saint in a niche on the belfry
Piața Teatrului and National Theatre
Piața Teatrului and National Theatre
Statue of former mayor Bernády György
Statue of former mayor Bernády György
Path up to the citadel
Path up to the citadel
Tower of the Reformed Church in the citadel
Tower of the Reformed Church in the citadel
Ornate gate and citadel bastion
Ornate gate and citadel bastion
Bastionul Porții and walls
Bastionul Porții and walls
Domes of central Târgu Mureș from the citadel
Domes of central Târgu Mureș from the citadel
Unirea High School
Unirea High School
Reflected old villa on Str Mihai Viteazul
Reflected old villa on Str Mihai Viteazul
Statue facing Youth Theatre and Hotel Tineretului
Statue facing Youth Theatre and Hotel Tineretului
Ascension of the Lord Cathedral
Ascension of the Lord Cathedral
Modernist statue and Hotel Continental
Modernist statue and Hotel Continental
Front of the Palace of Culture with mosaic
Front of the Palace of Culture with mosaic
Front entrance to the Palatul Culturii
Front entrance to the Palatul Culturii
Beneath the Mureș County Prefecture
Beneath the Mureș County Prefecture
Prefecture and Culture Palace under afternoon sun
Prefecture and Culture Palace under afternoon sun
Hall of Mirrors inside the Palace of Culture
Hall of Mirrors inside the Palace of Culture
Mirrors reflecting the stained glass
Mirrors reflecting the stained glass
Trio of stained glass windows with folk motifs
Trio of stained glass windows with folk motifs
Hungarian folk motif on another set of windows
Hungarian folk motif on another set of windows
Another trio of windows in the Hall of Mirrors
Another trio of windows in the Hall of Mirrors
Stained glass windows and antique furniture
Stained glass windows and antique furniture
Group of three sets of windows
Group of three sets of windows
Rural scene on another trio of windows
Rural scene on another trio of windows
Keresztelő Szent János Parish Church
Keresztelő Szent János Parish Church
Interior murals of the Orthodox Cathedral
Interior murals of the Orthodox Cathedral
Mural with Romanian peasant and Magyar nobility
Mural with Romanian peasant and Magyar nobility
Interior of the Orthodox Cathedral
Interior of the Orthodox Cathedral
1989 Revolution Memorial on Piața Victoriei
1989 Revolution Memorial on Piața Victoriei
Front of the Palace of Culture
Front of the Palace of Culture
Târgu Mureș's Great Synagogue
Târgu Mureș's Great Synagogue
Top half of the synagogue's facade
Top half of the synagogue's facade