Târgu Mureș Palace of Culture

An underrated gem

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The Palace of Culture in Târgu Mureș is located in the Cultural Center of the city, in Piața Victoriei, at the intersection with George Enescu Street. There are several parking lots in the area, but keep in mind that it’s a busy area and you won’t necessarily find a parking spot easily during the day. We parked on Bolyai street about 400 m away from the Palace of Culture. You can’t help but notice it. It is spectacular from the first sight. The entrance to the ticket office is through the main street, the entrance for visiting the palace is through the side street.

The full ticket cost 16 lei, there are also two categories of reduced tickets, which cost 8 lei and 4 lei respectively. There is a photo fee, but it is not enforced or required not to take photos, except for the farm in the Hall of Mirrors.

They can be visited: the Great Hall, the Hall and the Stairs, the Small Hall, the Hall of Mirrors, the Bernády Hall, the Dandea Hall, the Secession Hall, the Permanent Gallery of Modern Romanian Art, the Permanent Gallery of Hungarian Classical Art, the Ion Vlasiu Gallery, the Elisabeta and Gheorghe David Donation Gallery , Dósa Géza Gallery and temporary exhibitions. Visiting hours are from Tuesday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday between 9 am and 2:30 pm.

About the Palace of Culture

The Palace of Culture was built between 1911 and 1913 under the administration of Mayor Gyoergy Bernady. The first name of the palace was the Franz Josef House of Culture. The designers were the Hungarian architects Marcell Komor and Dezsoe Jakab, the same ones who also worked on the City Hall project. The architectural style of the Palace of Culture is the Hungarian secessionist one.

The halls of the Palace of Culture were to house a school of music and foreign languages, a museum and a library, concerts, conferences. Other Hungarian specialists were invested with the decoration – Aladar Koeroesfoel-Kriesch, Sandor Nagy and Ferenc Sidlo. The mayor wanted to highlight the Hungarian footprint of the place.

The works, which can be seen, are inspired by Hungarian mythology and history, but we also encounter Transylvanian paintings and folk art in equal measure.

1. Towards the Palace of Culture

We approached from Piața Trandafirilor to Piața Victoriei and already glimpsed the spectacular exterior of the Palace of Culture.

The Palace of Culture

The Palace of Culture

The Palace of Culture

The Palace of Culture

2. The Entry Hall

We enter through George Enescu street on the main entrance intended for visitors. The Entry Hall is wow! We see huge frescoes. Golden ornaments are painted on the ceiling. It’s impressive! I stayed for a few minutes like at the dentist, with my eyes wide open and my mouth wide! Here, in the lobby, we also encountered an interesting temporary exhibition.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

Temporary exhibition

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

3. The monumental stairs

In utter awe, we continued, climbing the monumental Marble Stairs. There are beautiful stained glass windows between the floors.

stairs

The stained glass windows

4. Great Hall

I reached the 1st floor, where I opened the door to the Great Hall. On the stage, a group of people were probably discussing details of a show. The large concert hall is decorated with motifs inspired by nature and Transylvanian folk art. It is located in the center of the building and has a capacity of 800 seats. Above the stage is the Rieger Organ, inaugurated in 1913. At the two ends of the main hall are monumental marble stairs.

This is where you go up to the three floors.

Great Hall

Great Hall

Great Hall

Great Hall

5. The monumental stairs

We return to the monumental stairs.

stairs

stairs

The stained glass windows

6. Hungarian Art Gallery

I went up to the last level where there is one of the sections of the Mureș County Museum. We visit the Hungarian Art Gallery. A grumpy lady, in charge of that sector, not only did not convey a welcome, but seemed to avoid being asked something. To arrive at a truly exceptional place and not find a guide, an explanation! Shame! Not allowed for values ​​here!

Hungarian Art Gallery

Hungarian Art Gallery

Hungarian Art Gallery

Hungarian Art Gallery

Hungarian Art Gallery

7. Small Hall

I went down one floor. The Small Hall is located on the 2nd floor and hosts chamber concerts, artistic performances, literary and cultural events.

The Little Hall

8. Hall of Mirrors

Quite lost in the majesty that surrounds us, we ask which way to get to the famous Hall of Mirrors. I crossed the Great Hall through the upper rows and exited in the opposite half of the building. At the entrance to the Hall of Mirrors, we were greeted by a lady, who gave us some explanations, told us the rules to follow in the hall and asked us if we wanted to listen to an audio recording that introduces the hall. Very very pretty. At least that’s how I expected it to be in other spaces of the generous palace. We were lucky, that it closed right after us!

The Hall of Mirrors is the highlight of the Palace. It is located on the 1st floor and has the original furniture. The 12 stained glass windows of the main facade executed by the artist Miksa Roth in 1913 are amazing. On the sides there are two triptychs with scenes from the Szekler legends and from ordinary Transylvanian life. The four stained glass windows in the middle show Hungarian ballads. All these stories are presented in an audio recording in different foreign languages.

Mirror room

Mirror room

9. Târgu Mureș Art Nouveau Exhibition

On the same floor, we also visited the Târgu Mureș Art Nouveau Exhibition.

Art Nouveau exhibition

Art Nouveau exhibition

Art Nouveau exhibition

10. Dr. Emil A. Dandea commemorative exhibition

The next room we entered was the Memorial Exhibition Dr. Emil A. Dandea, former mayor of the city in the interwar period.

Dandea Exhibition

Dandea Exhibition

Dandea Exhibition

11. The Eugen Gâscă exhibition

We continued to the exhibition of Eugen Gâscă‘s paintings.

Gasca Exhibition

Gasca Exhibition

Gasca Exhibition

12. Gallery of Modern Romanian Art

We returned to the 3rd floor, but now on the opposite side to discover another attraction: the Modern Romanian Art Gallery, section of the Mureș County Museum.

Romanian art gallery

Romanian art gallery

Romanian art gallery

13. Ion Vlasiu Gallery

The Ion Vlasiu Gallery exhibits interesting works by the artist.

Vlasiu Gallery

Vlasiu Gallery

Conclusion

The Palace of Culture is the top tourist attraction in Târgu Mureș, a generous city from a tourist point of view as you can find out in the city guide. In my opinion, the Palace of Culture is not presented at its true value and I don’t understand why. To have such wonders, and only to show them instead of presenting them, is a great disadvantage, but one which can still be easily repaired.

Other tourist attractions in Târgu Mureș

Cornesti Plateau

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All the best!

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