Chișineu-Criș is is a town in the north-western Arad County of the north-western Romanian Region of Crişana. It is about 21 miles away from the county’s capital city, Arad. The ethnic makeup of the city consists of 73% Romanians, 19% Hungarians, and 6% Romani.
The Cultural Palace (Palatul Cultural in Romanian) is an early 20th century diverse architectural style palace located in the city of Arad, Romania. The architecture of the building contains classic, Italian Renaissance, Romanian Baroque, and French Gothic, elements and designs. Inspiration for some parts of the palace came from the 15th century Corvin Castle, of Hunedoara, Romania. The idea for the Cultural Palace came from the Kölcsey Cultural Society of Arad. The Kölcsey Cultural Society wanted the city to have a multi-purpose building which would house a library, museum, art gallery, and concert hall. Continue reading “Cultural Palace”
The Szántay Palace (Palatul Szántay in Romanian) is a three-story (counting the ground floor), early 20th century Secession style architectural palace located in the city of Arad, Romania. The architect of the building was the tremendously gifted and world renowned Arad native Ludovic Szántay (1872 – 1961) from whom the palace also derives its name from. Szántay was one of Arad’s chief architects of the late 19th early 20th century eras. He is credited for designing over 100 different buildings in Arad and its surrounding areas. He is recognized for developing the plans for some of Arad’s most famous and influential buildings, such as The Kohn Palace, The Red Church, The Railway Station, The Cultural Palace, The Bohuș Palace, and of course The Szántay Palace. Szántay designed The Szántay palace specifically to be the place of his dwelling. It is one of the few buildings whose development he oversaw until its completion. Construction of the palace lasted 6 years, from 1905 to 1911. Inspiration for the palace came from the architecture and designs of British museums of that time. Continue reading “Szántay Palace”