Timisoara municipality, documentarily attested of over 730years, the capital of Timis County, located in Campia Timisului (Timis Plain); Timis Plain is crossed by Bega and Timis Rivers, whose presence has influenced over the time the evolution of the town from the Citadel fortified with walls, bastions, fosses and vallums. Timisoara is the third city of Romania with a population of 317,660 inhabitants (2002).
Timisoara municipality, documentarily attested of over 730years, the capital of Timis County, located in Campia Timisului (Timis Plain); Timis Plain is crossed by Bega and Timis Rivers, whose presence has influenced over the time the evolution of the town from the Citadel fortified with walls, bastions, fosses and vallums. Known as Citadel (ever since 1212) - Castrum Temesiense - located at the crossroad of the military and trade roads, becoming a main target of the dispute between the Turks and the Austrians and later on, coveted by the Hungarian bourgeoisie and aristocracy - Timisoara developed as a town around the fortified nucleus starting from the 18th century. In the period 1315-1323, King Charles Robert of Anjou establishes his royal residence at Timisoara citadel.
In 1781, Timisoara was granted privileges and was declared a free town, the credential document containing the acknowledgement of the coat of arms and of the seal. The coat of arms is divided by a horizontal line into two parts, the upper one being divided in its turn, by a vertical line. The upper left half comprises four silvery bands within a bloody plain, symbolizing the four main rivers which cross Hungary. In the right half, on a golden background, it is presented, on a green base, the former water tower of Timisoara citadel, and through its open gate, one can see a mill wheel.
The city is also called "Little Vienna", because it belonged for a very long time to the Habsburg Empire and the entire city center consists of buildings built in the Kaiser era, which is reminiscent of the old Vienna.
Timisoara is an important university center with the emphasis on subjects like medicine, mechanics and electro-technology.
The old city consists of historic city quarters with several historic squares and proms. restaurants have opened in the old center in the fine old baroque square.
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