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Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna)

Piata Unirii Nr. 2, Oradea 410072, Romania
+40 259 437 000
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This name derives from the mechanism installed in the church tower in 1793. The clock and the moon are the work of George Rueppe, an innovative mechanic from Oradea. The mechanism rotating the moon is designed to make a full rotation on its axis in 28 days, thus indicating the moon phases, depending on the daily cycle marked by the clock mechanism. Inside the Moon Church you can visit a representative museum, with particularly beautiful Orthodox church-related objects.
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“baroque style” (5 reviews)
“worth a visit” (4 reviews)
“clock maker” (2 reviews)
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Piata Unirii Nr. 2, Oradea 410072, Romania
+40 259 437 000
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We weren't able to enter the church because there was a wedding happening, but the outside of it was very nice.

Thank Ana C
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Probably the most famous church in Oradea, located in the heart of the city, showing the phases of the moon from its clock tower.

Thank SmileyKay
Reviewed 13 December 2017

Beautiful Church with fascinating clock tower movement showing moon phase from which church locally takes its name.

Thank Mark F
Reviewed 14 October 2017

The cathedral of the orthodox episcopate of Oradea, the Church with Moon was built between 1784-1790, in baroque style with neoclassical influences after the plans of the architect Éder Jakab. The inside pictures were realized by the Teodorovici brothers and by Paul Murgu. It has...More

Thank pitzuri
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Maybe you visit enough churches in your lifetime. What is the unique element that make this place so special? Is the MOON ! We can see the phases of that special satellite even if the time is in middle of the day.

Thank Adrian_Szoke
Reviewed 15 September 2017

This is one of several buildings at the plaza. It is definitely worth a quick look. Ask about the history of the church.

Thank mhayden25
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

A large and interesting church with a nice history. If you are in Oradea you can stop by and admire it, being right in the middle of the city. We had our wedding ceremony there.

Thank FlaFla13
Reviewed 15 June 2017

this is a church in Unirii Plaza the center downtown of Oradea, just finished renovatied cople years back.

Thank ciprisam
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Situated in the center of the city the moon church is easy accessible by different means of transport . The moon phase mechanism is the original one, and still working. The church is renovated outside, and great inside. Worth a visit!

Thank dorin b
Reviewed 1 June 2017

I agree that is a beautiful building, especially inside. I was puzzled that a church would prominently display the scientific "moon mechanism". My excellent guide, who went by the English name of John, explained that at the time the church was built most education and...More

Thank Yankeehoya
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