The Moon Church



One of the most unique buildings in Oradea - the "Moon Church", is a true combination of perfect craftsmanship and mechanics, beautifully combined inside the clock mechanism. It's like a time travel!

The unique mechanism that makes a complete rotation around its axis in 28 days is bound to impress you, whether you are passionate about clocks or not. It is designed to make a complete rotation around its axis in 28 days, thus indicating the Moon phases, depending on the daily cycle marked by the clock’s mechanism. On the centre wheel of the clock you can still read today, in German, details about its designer: "Georg Rueppert in Grosswardein, 1793" (Georg Rueppert in Oradea Mare, 1793). Kids just love it so we encourage you to visit the church with them - who knows how the story will inspire them?

Mechanical craftsmanship from 1793


The foundation stone of the church was placed in 1784 by Petru Petrovici, the bishop of Arad city, and the construction was finalized in 1790. Spared by the big fire in 1836, the church is found today in its original shape. After the Orthodox Bishopric of Oradea was found in 1920, the Moon Church was declared a cathedral.


Once you are here, we recommend you to also visit the museum inside. You’ll discover church objects of rare artistic beauty.


Try the full experience: climb the Church tower to have a close-up with the clock's unique mechanism. It’s definitely worth it!


What to Do

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