Calvary Hill in Oradea

The most famous hill in Oradea has been renamed many times, from Kálvária (Calvary) to Ciuperca (Mushroom). In 1840, Bishop Lajcsák had a chapel built by architect György Barthel on top of the hill as an important last station for the procession of the Lord’s Day, which started at the Roman-Catholic church named “The Descent of the Holy Spirit.” The chapel was destroyed by the Communists in 1955, and out of spite, they opened a tin-roofed restaurant called “Ciuperca,” which has been renovated several times and is still open to this day. The local government has recently introduced numerous other innovations and adjustments which appear to have caused a landslide, temporarily ruining the sight. Still, why would I suggest going up there? I recommend it because it is a historical place with ancient power, I believe, which has not surrendered to the massive assaults of man, and which has long been a delight for young and old. To this day, Calvary Hill is the most beautiful lookout point to the city, offering a magnificent panoramic view both in daylight and at night. There is only one road to the “Golgotha” of our town: the old, bright, cobbled street, which is easily accessible both by car and on foot.

By Emese Fazekas, 3rd year English major

Photos by Arnold Szabó and Tamás Szabó, 3rd year Fine Arts-Graphics majors


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