When you walk in a historic building that has witnessed hundreds of years of all kinds of events and happenings, it’s impossible not to get shivers all over. If its walls could speak, certainly, all pages in the world would be insufficient to restore their stories. However, many times, words are useless. Just take a look at its brick walls and architecture and you will realize that what happened there should not be overlooked easily.
Each of our journey fascinates me, takes my breath away and I fear that my mind can not retain all the information that assaults me. Turda History Museum is a jewellery from every single point of view. Usually, when you say Turda, you inevitably think at the salt mine and…that’s all. In fact, Turda is much more than that, it means so many other places that are waiting to be discovered. One of them is the museum, a place where some people’s passion gets mixed with art, culture and history of a valuable nation.
Dating from the fifteenth century, the medieval building that houses the History Museum is one of the oldest and most precious in the land and although it was subjected to numerous perils, it stubbornly resisted so we can admire it today. Since the end of the sixteenth century, when it was redesigned, gaining renaissance air, the building also received a new destination > the House of Turda’s Salt Mines Pantry; in 1943 it was transformed in what we know it is today, a museum, a living palpable encyclopaedia.
Turda was one of the main centers of Transylvania, where salt was systematically exploited since the 11th century. Economic development in the medieval period gained importance due to its location just in the salt deposit and also at the crossroads of important trade routes to the West.
The artifacts exhibited in the museum basement reflects the evolution of communities that have lived in this part of Transylvania in terms of historical, archaeological, artistic, architectural, scientific, cultural and religious life. Most objects fall chronologically between centuries VIII – XVIII, reconstructing the dynamic social image period.
Here you’ll find
- Potaissa’s Princely grave inventory.
- The painting entitled Diet of Turda, painted by Hungarian painter Aladár Korosfoi-Kriesch (1897).
- The building that houses the museum’s collection known as the Royal Palace is the most valuable monument of medieval civil architecture in town and the only palace that still has parts dating back to the late 15th century and the beginning of 16th.
- Temporary exhibitions with different themes: archeology, art, ethnography.