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Evangelical Church

Orastie - Evanghelical Church C.A.

Updated: Sunday, April 29, 2012 2:10 PM

The Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession

Entering the Castle Church, which sits amid the historic city center, the visitor notes with amazement the two churches sitting side by side in the same yard. They are like two sisters, belonging to cults that coexisted in this city since the 16th century: Evangelical Church C.A. (Lutheran) and Reformed Church.


The first building was a Roman basilica with a western tower, followed by a second building, which was a 16th century Gothic basilica. In the late 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century was built today’s choir. The remains of a sedilia have been preserved in the south wall of the choir since 1400.

  • 1496 - The city and the Sibiu Provincial Treasury gives 20 gludens for the building of the Orastie church.
  • 1600 - The Transylvanian Saxons held church services in the sacristy.
  • 1622 - A house of prayer for the Saxons is built.
  • 1816 - A new construction of the Evangelical Church is determined.
  • 1820 - Begins the construction of the Evangelical Church (which is completed in 1823) on a new foundation. The church plan is made ​​by Father Joseph Leonhard (1818-1853).
  • 1823 - On September 29th the church is sanctified.
  • 1981 - Major repairs to the church.



  • 1720, 1722, 1741 - There is mention of an organ.
  • 1823 - Construction of an 8-octave organ by Samuel Maetz. It was sold in 1904.
  • 1902 - Construction of  an organ with two keyboards, pedals and 23 octaves by the Gebrüder Rieger company.
  • 1902 - The shrine is built by master carpenter Josef Vogel of Sighisoara. The main image shows the Resurrection and comes from Carl Dorschlag. The image is flanked by columns.

    The large and the middle bells are from 1823, and the little one is from 1845.


The bell tower

  • 1839 - The tower is collapsing. The salvaged material is used for the building of two towers, one for each confession.
  • 1839-1842 - The new Evangelical Church bell tower is being built.
  • 1840-1843 - The Reformed Church tower is being rebuilt.

Reformed Church

Orastie - Reformed Church

Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 11:06 AM

    The Reformed Church of Orastie was built in the 13th century, Gothic style, together with the citadel wall that surrounds the church yard, and is a historical monument. Originally it was a Roman – Catholic church, and during the Reformation, around 1560, together with the parish, became reformed.

    About the founder, respectively the builder of the church, there are no documents, but  allegedly it was an independent episcopal church, the episcopal cross found inside the church seems to prove it; this assumption is also supported by the fact that the Franciscan order had (and has) its own church and monastery.



    During the Turkish invasion of 1479 the town suffered a lot of damage, and the church was significantly damaged, the west side being completely destroyed. The eastern part between the small nave and the tower was rebuilt and taken over by the Reformed congregation. This explains the fact that in the city that was a Saxon stronghold, the church was turned over to the Hungarians Reformers and the Saxons received a space intended to be a vestry or lateral ship. This room was used as church by the Saxons until the building of their church around 1800.

    The Reformed Church has been renovated several times, first being the aforementioned renovation and came immediately after the Reformation. Another more substantial renovation was that of 1631 which was run with the financial support of the prince. In 1752 the church was renovated again, and at that time there was built a tower standing probably 7 meters over to the west than the current tower, with the possibility that the now existing eastern small ship, to have been complemented with a large ship of about 17 m, but fell victim to the devastation.

    The earthquake of 1839 has damaged the tower and the church. The part between the current small ship and the tower was never renovated, not worthing such an intervention. Instead, in 1844 was built a western ship tied to the current tower without having a certain style, thereby shortening the church with about 7 m. The old damaged tower was demolished and the salvaged building materials together with the bells destroyed were divided between the Hungarian and the Saxon communities. At that time, the Saxons built a special tower for their church, which was already under construction. The tower was finished in its present form only in 1893.



    The last renovation was done by the community in 1936, and it was self-funded. On this occasion the Gothic look of the church has disappeared, the high Gothic roof system was taken down, and the wall height was reduced. The roof and the arches have been completely transformed. The only things that remained unchanged were the exterior support columns. Also on this occasion the western ship and the eastern ship were split by a wall designed with a communication door, with the western ship being turned into a room for board meetings and prayers. In this part of the church was built a choir, and the organ, which used to be on the east end, was moved here.

    At the main entrance located in the north of the church, and left to this entry, there can be noticed some Gothic ribs and consoles. The exterior support columns are in good condition. Behind this portion of the wall has probably been kept a sanctuary, which was discovered during the last renovation. Here is located a headstone with a bishop cross.

    In the south side, to the point where the old part of the church is connected to the one built subsequently, there is a small tower designed with a spiral staircase, which was built only in 1936. The small tower's turrets is proof to the original Gothic style of the Reformed Church. In the eastern portion of the church is built a basrelief belonging to the second priest of the church, Kecskemet Buzas, Janos. The tomb is dated 1612. In the boardroom is priest Bodola Karoly’s tomb.



    The Lord's table, the pulpit crown and plate which supports the crown are made by hand, being 100 years old and raising the admiration of the visitors. The organ was built around 1910, being equipped with a pedal and two levers for diapason changing.

    Initially, from within the church two tunnels were setting out north and south, but today they aren’t operable anymore.

    The land on which the church stands is surrounded by a defensive wall built in the 13th century, the wall being considered an historic monument and protected as such. The wall is provided with several bastions and the vaultings of the outputs are clearly visible.

    The Reformed Church also owns a library with books in Hungarian, printed in Deva, Hunedoara, Orastie etc.

   Currently the Hungarian Reformed community of Orastie include nearly 200 parishioners, who are ministered by the parochial reformed priest Sipos Szabolcs Attila.

   The Church hosts church services every Sunday and on religious holidays. During winter the services are held in the boardroom, and during summer they are held in the hall. There are also religious commemorations on Mothers Day which is celebrated the first Sunday of May, and Reformation Day, which is celebrated every October 31st since 1517 AD, and is celebrated with evangelical brethrens.

   Now the church needs repairs and renovations and is in need of construction material and financial support, the last renovation taking place in 1936. 


Orthodox Church "Adormirea Maicii Domnului"

Orastie - Ortodox Church "Adormirea Maicii Domnului"

Updated: Sunday, April 29, 2012 2:53 PM

    Biserica Românească de Jos or Biserica din Drumul Ţării, located in Union Street, no. 4A, is an invaluable witness to the history of Orthodox Romanians from Orastie, but also a valuable monument of art and architecture. Its history has been written with that of the lovers of beauty, primarily spiritual, as servants of the only God, and then the material, capable of giving to the church, the holy place of prayer.

    The architecture. The church has an architectural style very common for the 18th century Transylvania, and very common within the Orthodox communities that started to build worship places in that period, in addition tootherdenominations,such as Catholicand Protestant. The type of the church is Gothic-hall (Saxon style), the altar, the nave - a specificelementinanyOrthodox church, the Iconostasis, the narthex with a bell tower, plus a small porch on the west side, at the entrance.


    Building materials are stone for the church body, and brick for the arches and the bell tower. A feature of the church is that its floor is about 80 centimeters lower than the ground. There can be noticed a bump of land on the northern side of the church,which would explain the fact that this place was a cemetery.

    The altar has five faces on the outside and is semicircular on the inside, with three arched windows and twonichesfrom Northto South – the Proskomedia and the Diaconicon.

    The nave and the narthex form a body separately from the altar, with ‘a Vella’ arches arranged in five bays. At theentrance there’s a wooden cafas, supported by four columns, a specific placeforthe choir(before 1900).Subsequently,on the Southside wasattached a rectangular body that serves as pangar.

    The bell tower, built on the old foundation in 1873 by German architect Richter, has a height of 35 meters with openings-arched windows arranged on four levels; the 3rd is composed of a body that’s lifted and another one that’s wrapped in sheets of metal, but smaller.

    The porch has a decorative role, but also symbolic, marking the entry into the holyabode.Architecturaldecorationissimple, with easy-profiled cornice and base. The interior fresco painting was conducted between 1977 and 1979bypainterIon Diaconuof Craiova, post-Byzantine style with an iconographic program inspired by the old erminias.


    The inscriptions.

    Interesting is the embedding of a stone plaque in the outside wall of the altar, apparentlyaheadstonewith two inscriptions: in Slavonic (undecipherable) and in Latin.The second states two years 1701 and1705;most certainlythe church was built after that date, or rather, increased where the altar stands (Munteanu, Mircea, The OldOrthodoxChurch...).The inscription at the entrance is more recent and was written above the main door, on completion of the beautification of the church, with a brief history.

    The Iconostasis, or the altar screen, is a remarkable piece of work in the Baroque style, iconic for the second half of the 18th century and the second half of the 19th century, which was done after the altar has apparently burned down around the year 1800. It even has the the following inscription: "August 1811, Ioana Novakobgici, painter" – probably anitinerantSerbian painter, alongsideMacedonianpainter Tatartzy Tyra.Richly decorated with carved wood and gilded in autorelief, with volutes, floral, vegetal, and geometric motifs, and decorative medallions, it’s divided into four registers, defining the icons.

    The mobile assets of the church also include an impressive chandelier from 1784 and two candle sticks, bothdated1850.

   The church and the cemetery were surrounded by an enclosure wall in 1896, in completion to the one started in 1847 by the people of the city and in 1866 by Spiridon Tatartzy and Vasiliu Gorog, which got partially destroyed over time.

    In the church yard the are several stone crosses belonging to the Romanian-Macedonians that helped the church, of which we recall Kirra Tatartzy, his wife Zoica and Sofia Tatartzy, "widow after Görög". Near the wall there is another interesting stone cross, with symbolic motifs, belonging to Mary Suster (1800).


Roman Catholic Church "Franciscan Monastery"

Orastie - Roman-Catholic Church "Franciscan Monastery"

Updated: Sunday, April 29, 2012 3:33 PM

Built in 13th century, the church was destroyed twice: once by the Turks and once caught fire. It was subsequently restored.

Parishioners of the church: about 160 families, including:
• 60 mixed families (Romanian Magyar);
• 4 Italian families;
• 2 German families.


• Inside the church there’s a wooden cross with the inscription MISSIO, and the years of papalmissions.
• The church is equipped with an organ (and an organist), which allowed over the years the organizingof concerts written for this instrument.
• An underground crypt, where priests are buried.
• Library, which houses rare books, reviews, codaks.

• Religious Holidays - Christmas, Easter, Day of the Cross.
• The services are held partly in Hungarian, partly in Romanian and occasionally in Latin. The choral group sings religious songs in Hungarian, Romanian and Latin.
• From the inside of the monastery currently operates a foundation - "St.Francisc Foundation" - non-profit (NGO), with the object of care and social assistance to orphans, poor people and disadvantaged people, through its two homes at no. 3 Erou C.G. Moraru Street and atno. 2A Octavian Goga Street,with the good care of foundation president, Bojte Csaba – Franciscan priest


Pentecostal Church of Orăştie

Orastie - Pentecostal Church

Updated: Sunday, April 29, 2012 3:56 PM

The year 1950 marks the appearance of the first group of Pentecostal Christians in Orastie, which included the Rusu, Suciu, and Samoilescu families.

At that time the Pentecostal cult was banned, and the meetings were held at home.


Those were hard times for the Pentecostal cult, because the preaching of the Word of God had to be done underground.

The year 1970 marks the inauguration of the Gathering on Castau street, led by Pastor Moise Viorel, when the church received permission to operate.

Over the years, with God's help and due to the work done by fellow believers from Orastie, membership in the congregation grew, leading to the formation of even a mandolin orchestra and a youth with the purpose of glorifying the Lord.

With the Revolution of 1989 came a new era for the evangelical churches, and new doors got opened  for evangelistic work.

Now the Word of God can be heard through evangelistic services on stadiums, in houses of culture and other places where no one would have thought that the gospel message could be heard.

In 1991, brother Lucaci Moise, originary from Cher, Arad county, was elected as pastor by the community.

Because of these great blessings, the old sanctuary became too small and God put in the heart of pastor Moses Lucaci the idea of building a new church.


After years of prayer, hard work, and sleepless nights, followed by hard days, and sometimes encountering great obstacles, in 1998 the Pentecostal community of Orastie crosses the threshold of the new church called "Bethlehem", with confidence, and with a joyful heart, saying Psalms 118, verses 23-26:

23. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

24. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.

Ortodox Cathedral "Sf. Arhanghel Mihail şi Gavril"

Orastie Orthodox Cathedral "St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel"

Updated: Friday, September 8, 2017 10:29 AM

Since ancient times, the land of Orastie, as Transylvanian realm, have had a powerful Orthodox Christian spiritual life. The continuity and constancy of orthodoxy in this region must also be associated with the concern by some communities to build places of worship when the spiritual needs arised.

Since the Orthodox Romanians were the majority in this city, Rev. Ivan Mota, along with city fathers and city residents, started in 1936 the construction of a monumental church in the city center.


The work lasted until 1943 and to the cash contribution of believers was added the aid received from Societatea "Mica" of Brad, Hunedoara county, from "Aurel Vlaicu" Highschool of Orăştie, and the Infantery Regiment, but the most important support came from the "Transylvanian Bank" of Orastie and the National Bank.

The church is unique in terms of church architecture, and is a combination of several architectural styles (Romantic, Gothic, Byzantine). It’s also unique in the fact that, unlike other places of worship built in a predominantly Byzantine style, it has a single tower (Gothic).


The construction of the church

The church is built according to architect George Cristinel’s plans, the work being done by the Construction House "Tiberiu Eremia Technical Enterprises" of Bucharest. The cornerstone and the commemorative charter were placed in August, 1936. The materials used were brick refractory from Santimbru (Alba County) and reinforced concrete, while the plaster is terraced. The Sanctity was done on September 2 1945 by I.P.S. Nicolae Balan, the Metropolitan of Transylvania, surrounded by a group of 32 priests.


The Painting

The Byzantine-style painting was done in fresco technique, between 1940 and 1942 by Bucharest painter Dimitrie Belisare. The painting in the porch and the nave got restored between 2000 and 2001 by Mr. John Sermon from Orastie, also Byzantine style.


The sculpture
Bucharest sculptor Anghel Dima made the ​​iconostasis, the chandelier and the seats, between1940 and 1942. They are made out of white lime wood, walnut and platinum wood, and the chandelier is made of white lime and wrought iron. The polishing with şlagmetal of the iconostasis and the chandelier was made by the polisher Demetrius Radulescu.


The bells
The 5 bells have been cast in bronze in Sibiu and, according to the 1939 currency, are worth 575000 lei. Besides the two bells, the church is equipped with two semantrons, one made of wood and a smaller one made of iron.
Currently the church dedicated to "Arch. Michael and Gabriel" serves the Orastie I parish, occupying one third of the municipality, and has over 2900 families under its spiritual guidance.


Greek Catholic Church united with Rome

Orastie - Greek Catholic Church united with Rome

Created: Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:45 PM

La 1698, Transilvania trecea prin frământări politico-religioase, iar biserica românească nu făcea parte din cultele recunoscute, fiind numai tolerată. Românii erau obligaţi să renunţe la ritul Bisericii - fiind contrar concepţiilor reformate - săa recunoască între Sfintele Taine numai Botezul şi Cina Domnului, să elimine cultul Sfinţilor, icoanelor, ceremoniilor de la înmormântare şi cu deosebire să înveţe Catehismul calvinesc.


    Pe baza hotărârii aduse la sinodul din februarie, la 21 martie 1697, s-a redactat declaraţia prin care Biserica pravoslavnică românească din Transilvania se uneşte cu Biserica Romei:

    "Noi Teofil cu mila lui Dumnezeu episcopul Bisericii româneşti din Ardeal şi din părţile Ţării ungureşti lui împreunate şi tot clerul aceleiaşi Biserici, lăsăm pomenire prin scris aevea aceasta tuturor cărora se cuvine, cum că în trecuta lună din februarie când am avut săbor mare în Bălgrad cu o inimă am aşezat ca să ne întoarcem în sânul Maicii Biserici romano-catoliceşti şi iarăşi să ne unim cu ea, toate acele primindu-le şi crezându-le, care ea le primeşte, le mărturiseşte şi le crede. Şi mai întâi mărturisim acele patru puncte în care până acum ne-am împerecheat" (urmează cele patru puncte privitoare la Primatul papal, Purgatoriu, azima ca materie validă a Sf. Euharistii şi Filioque). După această mărturisire, se cer de la împărat "privilejuri şi scutinţe, care le au numa preoţii romano-catolici ci şi arianii, luteranii şi calvinii".

    După încheiere, declaraţia este semnată de Teofil şi 12 protopopi.


    Aceeaşi situaţie era şi la Orăştie, care în anul 1733 avea o biserică şi o casă parohială. În anul 1810 biserica cea veche este distrusă de un incendiu. După aceasta, preotul Ioan Popa ridică o altă biserică, iar în anul 1932, biserica fiind prea mică, încep construcţiile la o nouă biserică, care va fi ridicată trei ani mai târziu. În anul 1948 guvernul comunist scoate în ilegalitate biserica greco-catolică, ierarhia fiind obligată să treacă la Biserica Ortodoxă.


    Trecerea nu se face şi Ierarhii bisericii, mulţi preoţi, persoane consacrate şi laici sunt arestaţi, iar bunurile trecute la biserica ortodoxă. După revoluţia din anul 1989 biserica greco-catolică îşi recapătă libertatea, fără a-i fi retrocedată bisericile şi casele parohiale. Acelasi lucru se întâmplă şi la Orăştie, unde până în anul 2000 slujbele au fost celebrate în locuri improprii.

    În anul 2000, văzând că biserica noastră nu este restituită (nici până în prezent), ne-am hotărât să începem construirea unui lăcaş de cult atât de necesar pentru comunitatea greco-catolică. Piatra de temelie a fost pusă de către Prea Sfinţitul Alexandru Mesian, episcop greco-catolic de Lugoj în data de 4 iunie 2000, luându-se ca ocrotitor pentru acest sfânt lăcaş Profetul Ilie Tezviteanul.

   Lucrările au fost începute pe vremea pontificatului servului lui Dumnezeu Papa Ioan Paul al II-lea, în 22 noiembrie 2000.


    În anul 2004, luna aprilie, a început slujirea în noua biserică, iar în 7 aprilie 2008 s-au finalizat lucrările în interiorul bisericii.

    Actualmente Biserica greco-catolică "Sfântul Ilie Tezviteanul" este situată în strada Pricazului, are o arhitectură modernă, păstrându-se însă linia clasică; numără 1000 de credincioşi, preot paroh fiind Silviu Lucian Bindea protopop de Orăştie.


Dacic Sign Monument

Dacic Sign Monument

Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 11:30 AM

    "Dacic Sign" Monument - the monument is on the "hula Turdas", as locals call the hill in question. Called "Dacian sign", the monument was modeled after a laborious documentation. The monument represents a Dacian falx. This was the most effective weapon of the Dacians, the one that determined the Romans, after the war of 101-102, to change their helmets and shields, which weren’t strong enough because the edge located on the inside curve of the weapon, its hitpower and the sickle effect given by the weapon's conformation were a destructive combination. The gigantic falx, measuring 3.5 meters high, made ​​of bronze and brass, is placed on a pedestal of 2.5 meters of concrete reinforced with iron, that has a sign saying the monument is dedicated to the memory of "Decebalus".


Statue of King Burebista

The statue of King Burebista

Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 11:42 AM

    The statue of King Burebista, unveiled on August 18, 2001, conducted by the New York  foundation "Dacia Revival International Society", led by Dr. Napoleon Savescu, in collaboration with other sponsors and partners. The monument, made ​​in bronze by Ion Bolborea, is 4.2 meters tall and weights 4 tons. The artist was inspired by the statues of Dacian tarabostes of the Arch of Constantine in Rome.


Monument of Aurel Vlaicu

Aurel Vlaicu Monument

Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:08 PM

    Aurel Vlaicu Monument standing in front of the College that bears his name. Aurel Vlaicu  bust, sculpted by Ana Olaru, cast in bronze, was unveiled on November 29, 1957 when Aurel Vlaicu name was received by the institution. The monument is located in Victoria Square. Sculpture belongs to Nicolae Pascu, the monument being unveiled on September 28, 1974, to celebrate 750 years of documentary attestation of the city.



Decebal Monument

Decebal Monument

Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:17 PM

    Decebal Monument is located in the Victoria Square, and the sculpture was done by Maximilian Schulmann. The unveiling of the bust took place on the occasion of celebrating 750 years of documentary attestation of the city.



Nicolae Olahus Monument

Nicolaus Olahus Monument

Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:35 PM

The monument dedicated to the great humanist was sculpted by Nicolae Adam and was unveiled in 1998 in Victoria Square, where once was the Petru Groza bust. The base reads "This monument was built by the Orastie City Hall celebrating 430 years since the death of the great humanist."



Paliei Monument

Palia Monument

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:39 PM

    The Palia monument was unveiled on September 28, 1974, to 750 years of historical record of the township. Sculptor Nicolae Adam, who carved the monument, wants to symbolically represent the three-sided idea of printing a book. On the first side are the scribes who meditate on the need to develop the Romanian language through printing. On the second are those responsible for the winepressing of the book: Serban Coresi and Marian. There’s also a figure of a man of the people, proud of the value of the book. The third side of the monument symbolizes the usage of the book as a way of promotig the Romanian language among the people, with the purpose of teaching. The presence of a child among the scholars and the common people foreshadows the next generations who developed the Romanian language on these lands. The monument is carved in white Ruschita marble, and is 6 meters tall, the figurative part being 3 meters tall.



Monument of the Dacian Gold Spring

Golden Spring of Dacians Monument

Created: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:51 PM

    Golden Spring of Dacians Monument was inaugurated on October 13, 2002, being made ​​by the sculptor Nicolae Adam and is part of an overall architectural design of ambient art in progress.



Local festivals and events

Cultural Events 2012 – 2013

Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:48 PM

aprilie 2012                                                                                                    

           - Expoziţie de icoane pe sticlă cu tematica "Paştele la români"

           - Simpozion la Biblioteca municipală dedicat "Zilele Mondiale a Bibliotecarului" 


mai 2012                                                                                                         

           - Medalion literar "Rapsodii de primăvară" - 7 mai

           - Expoziţie naţională de carte dedicată comemorării a 75 de ani de la moartea poetului George Topârceanu

           - Manifestări consacrate "Zilei Euroăpei" - 9 mai

           - "Maialul Orăştian" - manifestare tradiţională anuală - 27 mai


iunie 2012                                                                                                       

           - Manifestări dedicate zilei copilului - 1 iunie

           - Expoziţie judeţeană de carte la Biblioteca Municipală - 21 iunie


iulie 2012                                                                                                        

           - Expoziţie de carte la Biblioteca Municipală - 14, 21, 24 iulie


august 2012                                                                                                   

           - Simpozion dedicat "Zilei Naţionale a Limbii Române" - 31 august


septembrie 2012                                                                                           

           - Comemorarea aviatorului Aurel Vlaicu - 13 septembrie

           - "Ziua recoltei" - manifestare anuală - 29 septembrie

           - Concurs de orientare turistică "Cupa de toamnă" - 24-30 septembrie


octombrie 2012                                                                                              

           - Cupa "Stelele Aninei", Clubul de karate Dacicus - 6 octombrie

           - Festivalul concurs "Tudorică Muntean" ediţia a XI-a, Casa de cultură - 25 octombrie

           - Simpozion "Creaţia literară în Orăştie şi împrejurimi" - manifestare judeţeană - 27 octombrie


noiembrie 2012                                                                                              

           - Concert de romanţe "A căzut o frunză-n calea ta" - manifestare anuală - 8 noiembrie

           - Simpozionul "Personalităţi şi evenimente orăştiene" - manifestare anuală - 22 noiembrie


decembrie 2012                                                                                             

           - Festivalul de muzică sacră "Cu noi este Dumnezeu" - manifestare anuală - 1 decembrie

           - Festivalul interjudeţean "Căluşerul transilvănean", ediţia a 44-a - manifestare anuală - 9 decembrie

           - Decernarea anuală a distincţiei "Cartea anului" - 13 decembrie

           - Concert extraordinar de colinde - manifestare anuală - 13 decembrie

           - Expoziţie naţională de carte religioasă - manifestare anuală - 19 - 23 decembrie


ianuarie 2013                                                                                                   

           - Manifestări dedicate zilei lui Mihai Eminescu - manifestare anuală - 12 - 15 ianuarie

           - Manifestări dedicate "Zilei Unirii" - 24 ianuarie

           - Medalion literar şi expoziţie de carte dedicată lui Ion Luca Caragiale - manifestare anuală - 30 ianuarie


februarie 2012                                                                                                 

           - Concur judeţean de creaţie plastică "Frumuseţea primăverii împletită în cuvânt şi în culoare" - 27 februarie

           - Expoziţie judeţeană de carte, la Biblioteca Municipală - 28 februarie


martie 2012                                                                                                      

           - Expoziţie de carte la Biblioteca municipală "Scriitorii orăştieni" - manifestare anuală - 3 martie

           - Ziua francofoniei, recital de poezie, concurs de creaţie poetică dotat cu premiul "Dominic Stanca" - 21 - 23 martie

           - Lansarea Antologiei poeţilor contemporani din zona Orăştiei "Petale de vers" - 30 martie

           - Etapa I-a Cupei Dacicus la karate

Local festivals and events

Holidays and local festivals

Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:25 AM

Holidays and local festivals

1. "A Celebration of spirit and appreciation" - the City Hall and the Orastie City Council honors the families who have reached 50 years of unbroken marriage. Orastie City Hall is the first institution in Romania that has initiated such a manifestation.

2. The Orastie "Maial" - 27 May - started in the 19th century, by the Craftsmen Guild of Orastie, "maialul" was and is an urban celebration, of play and fun, meant to celebrate the most beautiful season, spring. "Maialul" is held annually on the last Sunday of May and gathers on the "Poieniţa" field, on the way out of Orastie towards Deva, hundreds of people. The outdoor show, organized for "maial", lasts late in the evening. To the stage are welcomed pop and folk singers, dancers, folk ensembles, all culminating with a fireworks display that lights up the sky at around 22.00h.

For children, the delight of the celebration is the "maial games", organized by the Children City Council of Orastie, genuine contests with prizes. Main organizers: The City Hall and Orastie City Council, Orastie House of Culture, ASTRA Orastie.

3. The Feast of Dacians - Traditional Orastie manifestation, The Feast of Dacians takes place annually in late September or early October. It includes: sport games (Dacian games), performances and concerts of folk and pop music, fireworks. Venue: Castle Square.

Trivia, in 2006, during the "Feast of Dacians", Orastie tried to enter the Guinness Book of Records by preparing the largest wheat-and-nut-sweet alms in history, designed to commemorate King Decebal. A year later, in the same context, the official unveiling of the Dacic Sign monument took place, which can be seen when entering Orastie, coming from Deva.

4. Harvest Day - 29 September - The celebration is the organizing of exhibitions, consisting of objects and figurines made by children using vegetables and fruits. Day ends with an outdoor show. Venue: Castle Square.

Main organizers: The City Hall of Orastie and the Orastie House of Culture.


5. "Tudorica Munteanu" Folk Festival - 25 October -  contest festival for young soloists and instrumentalists on the brink of success. Location: the House of Culture show hall.

The competition’s aim is to discover new folk talents in the Orastie area. It is conducted on sections of age, and the performance of participants is monitored and judged by a jury after they initially went through the process of candidates selection.

6. "A leaf has fallen your way!" - 8 November - Evening of romance songs involving artists in Hunedoara county. Venue: The House of Culture, "hall of mirrors".

Organizer: The Orastie House of Culture.



7. Extraordinary concert of carols - 13 December -  gala organized by the House of Culture, close to the Winter Holidays with the participation of folk singers around the country. Location: the House of Culture show hall.

8. "Orastie personalities and events" - 22 November - symposium dedicated to local personalities of culture, music, literature, art, technology, etc.

Organized by the Local Council and the Orastie Library, in collaboration with the ASTRA Association and the the Orastie House of Culture, the symposium is held annually in autumn (October), in the meeting room of the Orastie Local Council. Within it, are presented communications and essays on life and work of prominent people of Orastie, are held screenings of documentary films, and even books launchings.



9.  Festival of Sacred Music "God is with us" - 1 December - annually, this festival brings together valuable choirs from across the country. Venue: "Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel" Church (Orthodox Cathedral).

Organizers: The City Hall and the Orastie Local Council, the Orthodox Deanery, D.J.C.C.P.C.N. Hunedoara, the Orastie House of Culture.

10. Inter-County Festival "Căluşerul Transylvania" - 9 December - competition festival, with the participation of căluşer bands from several areas of the country. Location: the Orastie City Hall and the Orastie House of Culture.

The festival takes place over two days. On the first day, it's the actual competition, held on a stage of a cultural hall, whose location is determined in advance by the organizers (each year, one Hunedoara village hosts the first day of the festival).The next day, the stage of the Orastie House of Culture (enshrined location), hosts the gala of the căluşer festival.

In 2008, the Inter-County Festival "Căluşerul Transylvanian" reached 40 editions.

Main organizers: D.J.C.C.P.C.N. Hunedoara, the Orastie House of Culture.


Nicolaus Olahus - historiographer, politician

Updated: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:52 AM

The most representative figure of the Romanian humanism.
Roman Catholic Bishop of Strigoniu.
Regent of Hungary for six years.
  The most important work: "HUNGARIA" (extensive references to Transylvania, the Romanian Countries, habits, origin and history of Romania)
Nicolaus Olahus was linked to Orastie by some magistrates.


Zsofia Torma (1840 - 1899) - archaeologist, anthropologist and paleontologist

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:37 PM

 Born in Cristur.
 Lived in Orastie until the end of her life, and was buried there.
 Diverse concerns: history, folklore, archeology, ethnography.
 Publications: "Ethnographic Analogies" (Iena, 1894);
 "Neolithic settlements in Hunedoara County" (1879);
 Turdas neolithic culture is known today because of her first discoveries.
 She organized a Neolithic Museum with pieces found at Turdas.
 She supported the idea of ​​continuity of the Romanians in this region.


Albert Amlacher (1847 - 1939) - writer

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:38 PM

Born in Orastie.
Writer and historic in love with the Carpathian lands.
Founding member of the "CarpathianAssociation";
Honorary Member of the historical and archaeological Association of Hunedoara county.
Worked on nearly 50 publications, including "Amicul familiei", "Familia", "Telegraful Român", "Gazeta Transilvaniei","BerlinerTrageblat","Prager Presse", "FrankfurterZeitung"etc.


Ioan Mihu (1854 - 1927) - lawyer

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:39 PM

Born on Good Friday.
Orastie scholar, and politician involved in the cultural and economic life of his time.
Studies: Orastie (Kun College), University of Graz, Vienna and Budapest.
Settles in Orastie as an attorney.
One of the founding members of the Bank of "Ardeal", and its first director.
Member of the Romanian Society for Theatre Fund and Astra Association of Orastie.
Representative novel: "Weekly Review of my political, cultural, and economic thoughts"


Ioan Branga (1863 - 1936)

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:40 PM

Born in Poiana Sibiului.
Brilliant student of Gheorghe Dima.
Starting 1883, for over a quarter of a century, he leads the Orastie Choir (also known as "the Romanian Reunion Choir")
In 1906 - at the Roman Arenas in Bucharest, the Orastie Choir wins several gold medals in a choral festival.
Ioan Branga also held a few other positions:
Member of the “Ardeleana” Bank Supervisory Committee (director, later);
Member of the Parish Committee and the urban community
Retired in 1913.


MIRON CRISTEA (1868 - 1939) - patriarch, prime minister

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:41 PM

Born in Toplita.
In 1890 became interim director and teacher of Romanian School of Orastie.
Secretary of the Consistory of Sibiu.
Bishop of Caransebes.
Taking part of the Great Union of Alba Iulia, as Bishop.
Becomes the first Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church after the reunification of the country.
After the abdication of King Carol II, he is part of the regency.


Preot Protopop Ioan Moţa (1868 - 1940) journalist, priest

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:43 PM

Born in Nojag.
He served as priest in Orastie since the late 19th century until his death (1940).
He was among the intellectuals who started the newspaper "Libertatea".
The 1902 is director and owner of "Libertatea".
From 1915, he takes refuge in Bucharest, still publishing "Libertatea".
In 1916, he was sent to the U.S. to support cause the cause of the  Romanians union. Still doesn’t give up on printing the newspaper.
"Libertatea" continued to be published inCleveland.


Dr. Aurel Vlad (1875 - 1953)

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:44 PM

Grandson, by his mother, of Gheorghe Baritiu.
Education: Kun College of Orastie and Law School in Budapest.
Lawyer in Deva and Orastie.
The second director of the “Ardeleana” Bank.
Director and owner of the newspaper "Solia Dreptăţii" of Orastie.
Elected deputy to the Parliament of Budapest.
He funded the Unification of December 1st 1918.
He died in 1953 in a communist prison from Sighet.
Honorary Citizen of Orastie (post - mortem).


Aurel Vlaicu (1882 - 1913) - engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:46 PM

Born in Binţinţi, near Orastie.
High schoolof Orastie and Sibiu.
1902 - enlists the Polytechnic School of Budapest.
Inventor, engineer at the Opel car factory in Rüsselsheim.
June 17, 1910 - Vlaicu managed to break ground with its first aircraft, "VLAICU I"
August 16, 1910 - successfully fly at a height of 100 meters.
December 1910 - begins the construction of "VLAICU II"
September 13, 1913 - collapses and dies near Băneşti village. He was trying to cross the Carpathians, to attend the Astra celebrationsin Orastie.


Andrei Farago (1886-1965) - farmacist

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:47 PM

Pharmacist who discovered many drugs with positive effects in many diseases (in 1920,hasprepared "Persicolul").
A widely used medicinal plants.
He helped set up "Digitalis" Cooperative (later known as "Plafar"company).


Sebastian Bornemisa (1890 - 1953) - journalist, writer, politician, philosopher

Updated: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:51 AM

Born in Burjuc. Publicist, poet, folklorist.
Faculty of Letters and doctorate from the Universityof Budapest.
He lived and worked in Orastie, Cluj and Bucharest.
He started as a publicistfor"Foaia interesană", supplement of "Libertatea".
In 1911 he starts editing the magazine "Cosânzeana", in Orastic.
A substantially edited and printed works such as "Almanahul scriitorilor de la noi" (1911), the volume of short stories "Frământări" (by Liviu Rebreanu), "Poemele singurătăţii" (by Victor Eftimiu) etc.
As a politician: member of the National Party (1919 -1920) and the People's Party (1926 -1927).


Valeriu Bora (1890 - 1976) - teacher, writer, journalist

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:48 PM


Born in Crivobara, Banat.
Theological Studies in Lugoj and Blaj.
Greek-Catholic priest in the villages Vaidei and Homorod.
Publishes poetry and different materials in various publications of the time: "Unrea", "Românul", "Drapelul", "Gazeta Hunedoarei" and Orastie magazines such as "Libertatea", "Solia dreptăţii".
On his initiative, begins the "Transylvanian Society of Romanian Writers" (Cluj-Napoca).
Novels and published works: "Truda", "Visează Pământul", "Drapele şi Lauri" etc.
He enjoyed the friendship ofrenowned writers:Nicolae lorga, Liviu Rebreanu, lon Agârbiceanu, Eugen Lovinescu, etc.


Aron Demian (1891-1970) - teacher, politician

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:49 PM

Born in Balsa, near Orastie.
Study: Orastie (primary), Blaj (high school), Cluj (Faculty of Letters).
December 1918 - professor at the "Andrei Saguna" High School of Brasov.
July 1919 - comes to Orastie. Becomes the rector of the Romanian boarding school.
1921 -1938 - Director of "Aurel Vlaicu" High School.
He founded "Mihai Eminescu"Romanian Language Society.
1938 -1945 - Inspector General in the Ministry of Education.
Since 1949 - professor at several schools in the Orastie area.
Since 1999 he is an Honorary Citizen (posthumously) of Orastie.
Aron Demian remains the most representative teacher in the history of "Aurel Vlaicu"High School.


Samoilă Ciumaşu (1893 - 1961) - politician

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:51 PM

Born in the Beriu village.
Education: Hungarian Reformed High School of Orastie;
High School and Theological Seminary in Blaj;
bachelor's degree in Greek Catholic theology in Lugoj.
1919-1947 - professor at the "Aurel Vlaicu" High School of Orastie.
A greatly contribution to the establishment andthe organizing of the "Digitalis"cooperative (cooperative  president for 16 years and technical director for 6 years).
Mayor of Orastie (nov.1945 - mar.1946)
Imprisoned by the communist regime for N.I.P Policy (1947-1948).

Outdoor military museum

Muzeu militar în aer liber

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:44 PM

        Orastie hosts the only outdoor military museum in Romania, located at the entrance to town, the former weapons factory of Orastie. The Military Museum has over 80 military pieces, both from the Romanian army and other countries.


Outdoor military museum

Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:41 PM

        Orastie hosts the only outdoor military museum in Romania, located at the entrance to town, the former weapons factory of Orastie. The Military Museum has over 80 military pieces, both from the Romanian army and other countries.

Local festivals and events

Evenimente culturale 2016

Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2018 11:04 AM

martie 2016

3martie Expoziţie de carte la Biblioteca municipală Ziua Mondială a Scriitorilor- manifestare anuală

18 - 21 martie Ziua francofoniei -Journee international de la Francophonie, acțiune derulată la Şcoala Gimnazială “Dominic Stanca”

20 martie 135 de ani de la naşterea lui Octavian Goga - Expoziţie de carte la Biblioteca Municipală.


aprilie 2016

2 aprilie Ziua Internaţională a Cărţii pentru copii. – Expoziţie de carte la Biblioteca Municipală

7 aprilie  Ziua Mondială a Sănătăţii, sărbătorită cu expoziție de carte la Biblioteca Municipală, dezbatere la Şcoala Gimnazială “Dominic Stanca”

19 aprilie  Best of Vlaicu – ediţia VII-a concurs de tinere talente (muzică, literatură, dans, pictură), derulată la Colegiul Naţional “Aurel Vlaicu”.


mai 2016

08 mai  Ziua Mondială a Crucii Roşii – expoziţie de carte la Biblioteca Municipală

9 mai Manifestări consacrate “Zilei Europei”

28 - 29 mai “Maialul Orăştian” - manifestare tradiţională anuală


iunie 2016

1 iunie Manifestări dedicate Zilei Copilului

09 iunie Ziua Eroilor – expoziţie carte - Biblioteca Municipală


iulie 2016

28 iulie Ziua Imnului Naţional Naţional – expoziţie de carte - Biblioteca Municipală


august 2016

31 august Manifestări dedicateZilei Limbii Române


septembrie 2016

13 septembrie Comemorarea aviatorului Aurel Vlaicu

27 septembrie “Ziua recoltei” - manifestare anuală


octombrie 2016

1 octombrie Manifestări dedicate Zilei Internaţionale a persoanelor în vârstă

13 octombrie Festivalul Concurs “Tudorică Muntean”, ediţia a XV-a, prezentarea portului popular din zona Orăştiei

16 octombrie Ziua Mondială a Alimentației, Un stil de viaţă sănătos înseamnă o viaţă sănătoasă, dezbatere - Şcoala Gimnazială “Dominic Stanca”

25 octombrie Manifestări dedicateZilei Armatei Române


noiembrie 2016

3  noiembrie Concert de romanțe ”A căzut o frunză-n calea ta” - manifestare anuală

17 noiembrie Simpozionul ”Personalități și evenimente orăștiene” - manifestare anuală”


decembrie 2016


1 Decembrie Manifestări dedicate Zilei Naţionale a României

5 decembrie Ziua Mondială a Voluntariatului, la Liceul Tehnologic „Nicolaus Olahus”

08 decembrie Concert extraordinar de colinde

15-19 decembrie Tradiţii şi obiceiuri de Crăciun - şezătoare. Serbări şcolare

22 decembrie Gala Tinerilor sportivi din Municipiului Orăştie


ianuarie 2017

12-15 ianuarie Manifestări dedicate zilei lui Mihai Eminescu și Zilei Culturii Naționale- manifestare anuală

24 ianuarie Manifestări dedicate “Zilei Unirii”


februarie 2016

21 februarieZiua Internațională a Limbii Materne – expoziţie de carte la Biblioteca Municipală

24 februarieDRAGOBETELE – sărbătoarea dragostei la români