Although located downtown, paradoxically, for many Clujeans, Piața Muzeului is a place of escape from traffic and the bustle of contemporary lifestyle, always rushing, always noisy. Taking a walk on Matei Corvin Street, discovering a different era, a medieval time, where surrounded by old buildings seemly shrouded in mystery, you look for the speed of cars that is specific to your century.
Time passes differently in Piața Muzeului. Rustic stalls, traditional artisans who present their works of art, the little cobblestone streets, numerous terraces during the warmer seasons, the Carolina Obelisk, the House of Matthias, even the restaurants in the area have created a distinct atmosphere, street performances, exhibitions, concerts or fairs – all contribute to the specifics of this square. Always populated and lively, always visited – be it in the past, Piața Muzeului has kept with it an atmosphere of times long gone.
The name is drawn from the Transylvanian History Museum, housed in one end of the square, but over the centuries, the square has been recognized by the townspeople under other names. In the Middle Ages, for example, was called Piața Mica (Little Square) – a simple name, so as to distinguish between it and Piaa Mare (currently Piața Unirii) and from the eighteenth through nineteenth centuries was known as Piața Carolina due to the obelisk built and moved here in memory of the visit by Queen Carolina and her husband, Francis I.
Another significant milestone of the square is the Franciscan Church, one of the oldest religious buildings in Cluj, currently serving as the headquarters of the “Sigismund Toduta” High School of Music
Did you know that…?
What is currently the I.L. Caragiale Park, also known as a skate park in recent years, nearby the Piața Muzeului was, until 1970, a place for dating and dancing every Sunday for young construction workers and maids who came from nearby villages.