Reformed Church on the Wolves’ Lane

In immediate proximity to the Tailors’ Bastion we can find one of the most valuable Gothic buildings in Transylvania, a unique historical and religious because of its age and size – the Reformed Church on the Wolves’ Lane is the largest Gothic of its type (with a single nave) in Transylvania and South-Eastern Europe.

ulita lupilorKnown as the Central Reformed Church or Church-Fortress – due to its appearance – similar to that of a medieval castle, it is located on what is currently Mihail Kogalniceanu Street and was built between 1486 – 1510, with the support of King Matthias Corvinus.
Initally belonging to monks of the minority Franciscan monks at the end of the sixteenth century it was donated to the monks of Roman Catholic Jesuit University founded here. Nicolae Patrascu, the son of Michael the Brave studied at this college.
In 1622, the church entered the possession of reformed believers, but shortly is affected by an explosion of gunpowder stored in the Tailor’s Bastion. Repair work would take place between 1638 – 1645 and in 1646 while Elias Nicolai, a sculptor from Hermannstadt (Sibiu), and the stonemason Benedick Mueck created the pulpit in the Transylvanian Renaissance style, a piece of rare beauty.

In the interior of the church can be found the richest collection of coats of arms and seals in Romania, belonging to Transylvanian nobles.

The church is also famous for its organ, which dates from 1766 and is the second largest organ in Transylvania, after the Black Church in Brasov. Its acoustics are famous and as a result there have been hosted, since the 1960s, numerous organ concerts.

Surse informationale:
– „La pas prin orasul comoara – Edificii religioase”, Primaria Municipiului Cluj-Napoca
– wikipedia.org
Surse foto: visitcluj.ro, wikipedia.org
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