The Many Faces of Timisoara, Romania
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Timisoara, Romania, is a relaxed city with a pedestrian-only downtown area, big open squares and parks, lots of greenery, and beautiful Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings. Within 40 miles of Romania’s borders with Hungary and Serbia, it’s a multicultural and tolerant place which played a key role in the 1989 uprising against Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist dictatorship.
The city has strong industrial traditions which have been reflected over the years in the services available to its inhabitants. In 1867 it was the second city in Europe to have trams, though these were horse-drawn. They were replaced with electric trams as of 1899 – again, years ahead of many other cities in the region. In 1884, Timisoara became the first European city to be lit by electric street lamps. And Timisoara residents have been able to go to the movies since its first cinema opened in 1908.
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foto Florin Ghinda, 2011