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Arad is the city where I was born.
Arad is the capital city of Banat province, located in the Western part of Romania. The city is crossed by the river Mures which flows from the Carpathian mountains. The city is 60 km far from Hungary, making it one of the main trans-European road links between Middle and South Eastern Europe.
Arad is the 13th largest city in Romania. Its population reached 300,000 people in 2011. The people are of Romanian, Hungarian, German and other mixed ethnicity. I was happily surprised when I visited Romania last year to see Asian and Black people speaking Romanian and living in Arad. Because of its geographical position, Arad is today an important transportation and industrial center.
The city has 2 Universities, one public and one private. The public university was founded in 1991 and is called Aurel Vlaicu. The private university is called Vasile Goldis and it was founded in 1990. These two universities were named after two famous Romanian people. Arad has also a long distance university branch named Spiru Haret. There are also several public Colleges, High Schools and private institutions.
Arad has an International airport called Arad International Airport. This city is one of the most flourishing cities in Romania. Textile, food processing, car accessories, furniture, clothing, electrics, shoes are a few of the main industries developed in Arad.
Historical places in Arad
The Water Tower
The Water Tower is an old building which was build in order to supply the water for the city of Arad and to hold enough water in case of fires. It has a fantastic architecture, with window decorations and interesting balconies. The building is made of brick and stone and is 35m high. The tower was ready in 1896.
These days the tower is used for exhibitions of art works. You can see the entire city from the top floor.
As architectural style it completes the uniform appearance of architecture from Arad of eclectic or secession style. The tower, a solid building of stone and brick, impresses by massiveness and height. It distinguishes by balconies and windows decoration. Also, the passers remain impressed by the decorations register from the last level, with a rich and varied architectural fantasy and impressive adornments.
Hodos-Bodrog monastery is one of the oldest places in Romania. It is located 15 kms from Arad. The first document attesting the existence of the monastery is dated back in 1177. The name Bodrog was given originally in 1446 and later the word Hodos was added to the name. The church was built in the second half of the XIV century. It is built in Byzantine style.
The interior was painted by Nicodim Diaconul, a Romanian painter. The interior painting was restored by Adriana Scarlatescu si Marius Oprea in 2010. The furniture was sculptured by Ieronim Balintoni in 1940. The exterior was decorated in Fresco style by the painter E. Profeta in 1968.
The young boys who wanted to become Priests did their Apprenticeship at this church. The most famous is pastor Timotei de Hodos. The peasants from the nearby villages did send their kids to this church to learn to read and write.
The monastery has still a valuable collection of old church art. Currently the monastery has 25 employees.
The Old Theater
The Old Theater was built in 1817 and has a baroque style. It is located in the City center. The local authorities have this building in their heritage and they intend to allow the restoration of it and give it the shine it deserves. It is the he oldest stone theater in Romania.
This building is built in neoclassical style. The first major event that took place here was on 27 February 1818. The students of School for teachers presented a show in Romanian on Thalia stage. It was the first Romanian performances in the country.
This theater had many famous performers during the years. Among those was Derynne in 1818, Treuman in 1845 and Johan Strauss son in concert in 1847.