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After 250 years of continuous functioning, Apotheca Rodia of the Misericordia Monastic Order has been transformed into a museum that you should not miss when walking along Republicii Avenue!
The Roman Catholic Church - Diocese of Oradea, made a noble gesture for the inhabitants and visitors of the city, by completely rehabilitating the building on Republicii Avenue no. 33, where Apotheca Rodia functioned for 250 years. Thus, an impressive museum came to life - the Pharmacy Museum, officially opened on May 18, 2019.
The exhibition is permanent and is displayed in the exact space where the pharmacy operated for two and a half centuries. It includes original furniture and recently discovered 18th-century murals.
In addition, here you will be able to see “(...) over 1500 artefacts partially from the old pharmacy, respectively collected through the joint effort of the Diocese and the community of our city. In the 4 exhibition spaces, visitors can admire both epoch interiors and handcrafted tools and technologies of pre-industrial pharmacy”, as mentioned by the representatives of the Roman Catholic Church - Diocese of Oradea.
Whether you are passionate about pharmacy and medicine or not, the Pharmacy Museum is a real hourglass through which more than two centuries have passed.
Before you arrive here, consult the website of the Religious Tourism Office of the Roman Catholic Church - Diocese of Oradea for up to date information about the visiting possibilities – www.tourinfo.varad.org/ro.
Rodia Pharmacy was opened by the Roman-Catholic monks of the Misericordia Monastic Order more than 250 years ago. Here, you will be able to travel back in time and learn what kind of healing treatments people used to use, and what tools and utensils were used in pharmacy laboratories in the past, before the industrial age.
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