Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna)

Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna), Oradea

Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna)

Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna)
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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This name derives from the mechanism installed in the church tower in 1793. The clock and the moon are the work of George Rueppe, an innovative mechanic from Oradea. The mechanism rotating the moon is designed to make a full rotation on its axis in 28 days, thus indicating the moon phases, depending on the daily cycle marked by the clock mechanism. Inside the Moon Church you can visit a representative museum, with particularly beautiful Orthodox church-related objects.
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wondereyes
Bucharest, Romania2,359 contributions
Apr 2022
Beautiful ortodox church, nice and quiet, lovely place to pray. Impresed as during the visit we found people praying inside. The church is opened even late in the evening.
The moon phases that you can see outside on the facade is interesting, but the interior impressed me more.
Written May 6, 2022
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Flore
Arad, Romania1,650 contributions
Aug 2020
This year I also visited the museum of the Moon Church and I discovered some interesting things about the history of this church, what efforts were made to build it. I also found out, that inside the church, above the altar, the face of the popular hero Horea was painted. It is worth visiting, because, as far as I know, only this church has that mechanism that shows us the phases of the Moon, being unique in the world.
Written August 19, 2020
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Gabriella A
Cluj-Napoca, Romania219 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
It's located in the center of Oradea and it's a great attraction. You can admire its architecture and the clock mechanism showing the phases of the moon. If you go inside you can see the great paintings. It's an Orthodox church.
Written May 20, 2016
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Jazzumbo
Romania1,578 contributions
Jul 2019
The silhouette of the Moon Church will catch your eyes in the Unirii Square (especially if it happens to be a full moon day, so the sphere displayed above the church entrance will be bright yellow).
You can sit on a bench in the square, sip a cup of coffee and admire the elegance of Baroque architecture lines. In my opinion, there's no point to go inside the church - it's a typical Orthodox church with all the walls covered in paintings of various saints and Biblical scenes. There's not a single square centimeter to rest your view.
Written August 15, 2019
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Mark F
Baldock, UK239 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
Beautiful Church with fascinating clock tower movement showing moon phase from which church locally takes its name.
Written December 14, 2017
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Diana P
Oradea, Romania437 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
I know how I am in my travels - I always look for original things.

If you are like me, Oradea is your place and you cannot miss the Moon Church as its moon system is unique in the world.
Written April 30, 2021
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Lelah23
Oradea, Romania121 contributions
Jun 2019
It is a typical Orthodox church one cannot miss, as iti is quiet central. It is very reliogious-related, but a must-see.
Written August 7, 2019
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Gabriela Simuleac
Oradea, Romania38 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Thia is one of the most popular and beautiful place from Oradea. A place with a beautiful story. So colorful and perfect
Written December 11, 2018
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Flore
Arad, Romania1,650 contributions
May 2018
The whole area is to be visited if you reach the central area of Oradea. "The Moon Church" has this name because the central tower has a mechanism that shows the moon's phases in real time. The mechanism of the globe is related to the clock mechanism, also at 28 days, the globe rotates around its axis, indicating the phases of the moon. The globe is visible from the outside of the church.
Written November 28, 2018
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Diana P
Oradea, Romania437 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
The cathedral of the orthodox episcopate of Oradea, the Church with Moon was built between 1784-1790, in baroque style with neoclassical influences after the plans of the architect Éder Jakab. The inside pictures were realized by the Teodorovici brothers and by Paul Murgu. It has a bell-tower of 55 m high.In the tower under the clock there is a sphere with a diameter of 1 m painted half black and half golden. With the help of a mechanism the ball rotates in function of the rotation of the Moon round the Earth presented by his rotation all the Moon periods. The mechanism made in 1973 by the clock-maker Georg Rueppe sill function.
Written October 14, 2017
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