What is this Palace in Turda?

Turda is not the most beautiful city in Romania, or maybe my judgement is unfair because I drove through the town on a rainy and grey November day.

But then this one building stood out due to its size and it’s atypical style. It looked like a Far-Eastern palace in the midst of one-storey Transylvanian houses.

Turda palace 1It did not appear to be too old, but it had already been deserted. Some of the letters of the sign on the facade had fallen off. Through broken windows, I could see fine tiles adorning the ceiling.

Turda palace 2Does anyone know the story behind this house? It is located at the corner of Strada Bicazului and Strada Albinei. Thank you for your help!

UPDATE: On Twitter, someone pointed out this article, according to which it was the residential house of a Roma family. – And other EU countries are afraid of Romanian welfare seekers. They should take a look at this house (although admittedly not everyone around here lives like this).

UPDATE 2: Thanks to everyone who replied! Several readers mentioned that there are whole villages consisting of palaces like these. I will need to visit Huedin and Buzescu.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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12 Responses to What is this Palace in Turda?

  1. deeess says:

    I found this when I did an image search for ‘Old building in Turda, Romania

    On http://www.windmill-cottage.net/archive/news2010/romania.htm , it is just listed as a “gypsy palace”

    But there seem to be many of them in that region. This site made for some interesting read:

    http://www.romanianhistoryandculture.com/gypsiesrromi.htm

    • Thanks for these links! On first sight, I thought the building looked Chinese, but in your second link it says it’s an Indian style.

      • deeess says:

        There seems to be an architectural influence of everything stretching from Pakistan to Mongolia, and all the countries between them. Certainly provides for an interesting image

  2. gypsy residence! with its’ “unique” architectural style..

  3. Aurora says:

    very cool!! And I love the video you posted, too!

  4. Calin S says:

    True, you should visit the town also, it’s small but quite chic. And you can find some nice things there: the salt mine http://salinaturda.eu/?lang=en, the town center http://www.turdaturism.ro/new/, local churches, some roman springs wich I didn’t visit but I read about them, the monument of Mihai Viteazu and the monastery with the same name are near, also the entrance to Apuseni mountains and Turzii Gorges…wich are beautiful…but haven’t been there in 2-3 years..so I don’t know how things are looking now. So, next time, don’t just pass, make a stop or plan to go there. If you need more intro and secrets, let me know.

    • Oh, I did visit the salt mine, which is a crazy experience. (Report and photos coming soon.)
      And I also went for a walk up a hill next to Turzii Gorge.

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