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Târgu Mureș

Top left: Medieval Fortress and Tower of Reformed Church, Top right: Bob Church, Middle left: Twilight in inner city, Center: Reformed Church in Szabadi Street, Middle right: Tower of City Hall, Bottom left: Dome of the Synagogue, Bottom right: Statue of Bolyai Farkas and János in Bolyai Square
Top left: Medieval Fortress and Tower of Reformed Church, Top right: Bob Church, Middle left: Twilight in inner city, Center: Reformed Church in Szabadi Street, Middle right: Tower of City Hall, Bottom left: Dome of the Synagogue, Bottom right: Statue of Bolyai Farkas and János in Bolyai Square
Flag of Târgu-Mureș
Coat of arms of Târgu-Mureș
Coat of arms
Târgu-Mureș is located in Romania
Location of Târgu Mureș in Romania
Country  Romania
County Mureș
Status County capital
 • Mayor Dorin Florea (Democratic Liberal Party)
 • City 49.3 km2 (19.0 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • City 134,290
 • Density 2,593/km2 (6,720/sq mi)
 • Metro 212,752
Demonym(s) târgmureșeantârgmureșeancă (ro)
vásárhelyi (hu)
 • Romanians 52.0%
 • Hungarians 44.9%
 • Roma 2.5%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 540xyz1
Area code(s) +40 x652
Car Plates MS-N3
Website .ro.tirgumureswww
1x, y, and z are digits that indicate the street, part of the street, or even the building of the address
2x is a digit indicating the operator: 2 for the former national operator, Romtelecom, and 3 for the other ground telephone networks
3used just on the plates of vehicles that operate only within the city limits (such as trolley buses, trams, utility vehicles, ATVs, etc.)

Târgu-Mureș (Romanian pronunciation: ; Hungarian: Marosvásárhely, Hungarian pronunciation: ; German: Neumarkt, Neumarkt am Mieresch; Latin: Novum Forum Siculorum) is the seat of Mureș County in the north-central part of Romania. It is the 16th largest Romanian city, with 134,290 inhabitants as of 2011.


  • Names and etymology 1
  • History 2
  • Geography 3
  • Climate 4
  • Demographics 5
    • Ethnic communities 5.1
    • Religious communities 5.2
  • Economy 6
  • Districts of the city 7
  • Personalities 8
    • Natives 8.1
    • Residents 8.2
  • Main sights 9
    • Places of worship 9.1
    • Other sights 9.2
  • Culture 10
  • Politics 11
  • Education 12
  • Health care 13
  • Transport 14
    • Road 14.1
    • Rail 14.2
    • Air 14.3
    • Public transport 14.4
  • Sports 15
  • Local media 16
  • Twin towns – sister cities 17
  • See also 18
  • References 19
  • External links 20

Names and etymology

A trilingual town sign in Târgu Mureș. Marosvásárhely is the Hungarian name and Neumarkt am Mieresch, German.

The current Romanian name of the city, Târgu Mureș, is the equivalent with the Hungarian Marosvásárhely, both meaning "market on the Mureș (Maros) [River]". Târg means "market" in Romanian and vásárhely means "marketplace" in Hungarian. The Hungarian Marosvásárhely is sometimes shortened to Vásárhely in local colloquial Hungarian language.

The first written reference of the city was in the Papal registry in Latin as Novum Forum Siculorum in 1332, and later as Sekulvasarhel (modern Hungarian: Székelyvásárhely), meaning "new market of the Székelys", in 1349. Other Latin names for the town included Agropolis and Areopolis.

In 1616, Gabriel Bethlen gave the name Marosvásárhely to the newly upgraded royal free city.[2] The Romanian name for the city, Oșorhei was a phonetic derivation from Vásárhely while the German name for the town, Neumarkt am Mieresch (also shortened to Neumarkt or Marktstadt; in Transylvanian Saxon, Nai Mark or Nai Muark), can be translated as New Market[3]

Other historical Romanian names for the town besides Oșorhei were Mureș-Oșorhei and Tîrgu Mureșului; other historical Hungarian names in addition to Székelyvásárhely included Újszékelyvásár and Újvásár.

After World War I, Marosvásárhely became part of Romania and was renamed Oșorheiu. The name Târgu Mureș became common in the interwar period. After, World War II, the spelling of the city's name was changed to Tîrgu Mureș following a 1953 spelling reform that replaced the letter â with î in all words. Another spelling reform in 1993 replaced the letter î with â in many words and the city's name has since been officially spelt "Târgu Mureș".


The city of Maros Vásárhely in 1735
Marus-Vasarhely on the Map of Joseph II
Grey Friars' Church
The city centre in 1911 with the musical fountain of Péter Bodor
The centre with the reformed and catholic churches in the 19th century

The first recorded documentation of the city dates to 1332. It is mentioned in the papal registry under the Latin name Novum Forum Siculorum meaning New Szekler Marketplace, and under the Hungarian name Sekulvasarhel (Székelyvásárhely) meaning Szekler Marketplace in 1349.

On the place of its Castle Church, the Dominican's church stood until the

  • Municipal website (Romanian) (Hungarian)
  • City guide (English)
  • Interactive map of Târgu Mureş (Romanian) (Hungarian)
  • BC Mureş Official Website (Romanian)
  • Interactive 360° panoramas of Târgu Mureş and its surroundings
  • Târgu Mureş photo gallery
  • Photo gallery and collection of links (English) (Romanian) (Hungarian)
  • Photos taken at the Cultural Palace in Târgu Mureş
  • Images taken at the Week-End Holiday Complex in Târgu Mureş by photographer Zsolt Suto
  • Local news on Mureş/Maros TV (Romanian) (Hungarian)
  • Local news provided by Erdélyi Magyar Televízió (Hungarian)

External links

  1. ^ "Romanian census 2002". Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Acta Ethnographica Hungarica - Volume 45
  3. ^ Thomas Baldwin, A Universal Pronouncing Gazetteer
  4. ^ a b c d  
  5. ^ "Teleki-Bolyai Könyvtár (". 25 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Vincze Gábor. "A kisebbségpolitikus Márton Áron". Magyar Kiebbség. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Târgu Mureş". Weatherbase. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2011 census" (PDF) (in Romanian). INSSE. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Results of the romanian 2002 census, see TPR15A.pdf
  10. ^ Árpád E. Varga. "Etnikai statisztikák" (PDF) (in Hungarian). Pro-Print Kiadó. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  11. ^ INSSE. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  12. ^ Ghidul turistic al municipiului Tîrgu Mureș
  13. ^ [3]
  14. ^ [4]
  15. ^ "Bolyai Farkas High School". Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Târgu Mureș sister cities". Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Újbuda története" [Újbuda - New in History, Twin Towns]. (in Hungarian). Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  18. ^ "Marosvásárhely" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Marosvásárhely". Retrieved 18 November 2011. 


Panorama of the city (north-western part).

See also

Târgu Mureș is twinned with:[16]

Twin towns – sister cities

Local media

The city has the 3 times national champion futsal team City'us Târgu Mureș, team who also competed in the European Futsal Champions League.

Târgu Mureș is also known for its bowling team, Electromureş.

CSU Medicina represents Târgu Mureș in the women's volleyball league. The team has been a constant presence in the top flight of Romanian volleyball in the last 15 years.

BC Mureș is the city's basketball team. It plays in the First Romanian League. In the 2012/2013 season, the club reached its highest achievement yet. It was the first time in club history when BC Mures won the regular season. Eventually they finished second after losing in the final 4–2 to CSU Asesoft Ploiești.

Târgu Mureș is the home city of one major football team: ASA Târgu-Mureș, which plays in the Romanian First League. The team was relegated from the first division in 2012, after only their second year on the first stage of Romanian football, but promoted back to Liga I in 2014. The city`s most famous football team is a now a defunct team of the same name called ASA Târgu-Mureș. The club's biggest achievement was playing twice in the UEFA Cup during the '70s. The club was dissolved in 2007.

The city is represented in many sports, including: football, handball, basketball, futsal and volleyball.


The city transport operators are S.C. Transport Local S.A., S.C. Siletina-Impex S.R.L. and S.C. TudorTrans S.R.L..

Public transport

The city is served by Târgu Mureș Transilvania Airport, which provides both domestic and international flights. It was renovated in October 2005. The airport is the second busiest airport in Transylvania, after Cluj-Napoca International Airport.


Romanian main-line railways are operated mainly by Căile Ferate Române (CFR). There are three railway termini in Târgu Mureș, South (southbound), Central, and North (northbound), operating both domestic and international rail services. The town is one of the main stops of the rouths of MÁV: Mures InterCity, Hargita InterCity. A tourist narrow gauge line (which formed part of an extensive narrow gauge system closed in the 1990s) to Band is operated at certain times of the year.


Transylvania Motorway (also known as A3), which is under construction, will pass near Târgu Mureș. Another future highway that will be connected with the city is the East-West Motorway, that will start in the eastern part of the country near Iași, Moldavia and will connect itself with A3. The construction is proposed to begin in 2014.

The bus network map of the town in Hungarian only
The bus network map of the town.



The city's medical services are exerted beyond city and county, a this is shown by the fact that more than 30% of hospital patients in the Emergency Hospital Targu Mureș County, are from other counties. The city is a major academic center in medicine. University of Medicine and Pharmacy offers a wide range of fields, such as medical and military medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, dental technology, surgical and emergency care. It has a multicultural and multilingual status, national education law. Education is available both in Romanian and in Hungarian and English. Research programs are carried out both within the institution and in the hospital, there are several research projects conducted with partner institutions abroad.

In medicine, the city is a center of excellence not only in Mureș County, but a nationally and internationally recognized by the quality and degree of specialization of medical care. Units in the city are equipped with efficient equipment and highly specialized medical staff, among which stand out: the County Hospital, County Hospital Emergency Targu Murșe (which is a regional unit), Institute of Prehospital Emergency Medical Care, Mobile Service Emergency Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD), who at the time of its appearance, was a national pilot project and the Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases and Transplantation Targu Mureș units under the direct authority of the Ministry of Health.

  • 2 hospitals
    • A County hospital (the biggest in the county) with 11 specialized units
    • A Municipal hospital with 7 specialized units
  • 36 medical offices
  • 9 clinics
  • Over 80 pharmacies
  • Ambulances and SMURD

Târgu Mureș has a well-developed healthcare system. It consists of:

Târgu Mureş, County Hospital,

Health care

At the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mureș there is controversy over Hungarian language higher education.

Renowned universities like the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Petru Maior University and Sapientia University account for more than 10,000 students between them. The Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transylvania is an institution of Hungarian higher education in Transylvania. Its establishment was motivated by needs outgrowing the present choice of Hungarian university education in Romania, especially that the percentage of Hungarian students in Romanian university life does not represent the percentage of Hungarian population in the country, and university education in Hungarian does not cover the range of necessary specializations. Other universities are the Theatre University and "Dimitrie Cantemir" University.


Târgu Mureș is an important centre for general and higher education. The most important high schools are the "Colegiul Naţional Alexandru Papiu Ilarian", "Colegiul Național Unirea" and the Hungarian-speaking "Bolyai Farkas Elméleti Líceum". The latter is a continuator of the traditions of the Schola Particula, established in Târgu Mureș in 1557, and of the Reformed College banished from Sárospatak at the beginning of the 18th century. The establishment was one of the first schools of the Reformed Church in Transylvania, was first working in the old building of the Franciscan monastery in the fortress, and had Baranyai Decsi Czimor János, Tordai Ádám, Laskói Csókás Péter as teachers, as well as others. After being sacked in 1601 and 1602, the Schola was moved into another building, on the place of the present high school. For centuries it had accommodated the Reformed College and the present high school. The present aspect was acquired at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The main statue, facing Bolyai square was erected following the design of architect Baumgarten Sándor in 1908–1909, in Hungarian Secession style. Târgu Mureș also has a "School of Arts" (in Romanian Liceul de Artă ; in Hungarian Művészeti Líceum) which was set up in 1949.The school offers young musicians and children interested in graphic arts the best education in the county. Along the book-learning, the children attend music theory classes, musical instruments (violin, piano, violoncello, viola, double bass, flute, harp, trumpet, tube, trombone, bassoon, clarinet, oboe, horn, percussion instruments etc.) and graphic arts classes.

University of Medicine and Pharmacy


    Party Seats 2012 Council
  Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania 10
Alliance for Mureș (PDL–UNPR–PER) 7
Social Liberal Union (PSD–PNL–PC) 6

The local Municipal Assembly has 23 members divided into three political parties and alliances:[13][14]

City Hall


The city is home to the Peninsula / Félsziget Festival, Romania's biggest music festival.


The city skyline can be seen from Cornești Heights [in Hungarian: Somostető].

The Cultural Palace is a remarkable construction in the city center. It was built upon initiative of the mayor of the town, György Bernády. Building works started in the spring of 1911. They contributed to the establishment of the distinctively flavored Hungarian Art Nouveau school in Transylvania by their works in Deva and Oradea. The plan is an irregular rectangle, with protuberances on the sides and at the extremities. The building has five floors: a tall ground floor, a mezanine and three floors differentiated by the use of various construction materials. The façades are characterized by bi-dimensionality and by a liniar-rectangular style, with only a few curvilinear elements: the six bow-windows covered by semi-caps above the main portal and the circular balconies on the edges. The main entrance is in the middle of the façade on Enescu street and is made up of four massive doors, protected by an architectural element made of glass and with an iron framing. This element, as well as the doors decorated with iron floral motifs are typical for the early 20th century style. The exterior is richly decorated, with colored mosaic panels, with relieved scenes and busts of Hungarians. The mosaic on the main façade is an allegorical scene inspired by the Hungarian folklore. The cardboards were made by Nagy Sándor, a Hungarian artist, who founded with Körösföy Kriesch Aladár the School of Gödöllő. The art is characterized by bi-dimensionality and vertical rhythmicalness. Most of the mosaics and stained glass windows were authored by Róth Miksa, particularly those on the side facing Square.

The old City Hall was built in 1906–1907 after the construction plans of Komor Marcell and Jakab Dezső. The entrance area, including the corridor and the staircase leading to the first floor, is the most representative in this regard. The ribbed stellar vaults that cover this area were inspired by Gothic architecture. The vaults are supported by columns with composite caps, and the keystone is a large floral shape which includes the lighting appliance. The vaults are painted with spiraling vegetal motifs. Elements of the front hall include the stone bench with its legs shaped as those of an animal and with wing-shaped handles. Its shell-shaped, golden back has a shield flanked by two volutes on its upper side. Features of the monumental staircase leading to the first floor include the upper side of the banister resembling a slithering animal or a wave. The exterior decoration is simpler and is based on Hungarian-Székely folk motives made of polychromatic ceramics. The ground floor is marked by a solid, embossed pedestal. Windows with large openings tend to be predominant in the façade. The three semicircular windows in the middle area of the façade are those of the honor hall that has a double elevation with respect to the other rooms. The glass paintings which illustrated Gábor Bethlen, Francis II Rákóczi, Lajos Kossuth, Ferenc Deák and Franz Joseph I of Austria are missing from the halls.

The Teleki-Bolyai Library is a historic public library and current museum in the town. One of the richest Transylvanian collections of cultural artefacts, it was founded by the Hungarian Count Sámuel Teleki in 1802, at the time when Transylvania was part of the Habsburg Monarchy, and has been open to the reading public ever since. It was among the first institutions of its kind inside the Habsburg-ruled Kingdom of Hungary. It houses over 200,000 volumes, of which many are rarities, constituting a comprehensive scientific database. The book collection is divided into several smaller libraries, of which the two main donations are the original 40,000-volume Teleki Library and the 80,000-volume Bolyai Library; the rest, grouped as the Miscellaneous Collection, is made up of several private libraries, volumes previously held by religious schools and those of a Franciscan monastery. Overall, the library constitutes a collection of most traditional types of Transylvanian book.

The first fortress in the town was erected in 1492 upon order of Transylvanian voivode Stephen Báthory, and was accomplished somewhere between 1602 and 1652 under judge Tamás Borsos. Having a pentagon plan, surrounded by a defense wall, the Citadel has seven forts, five of them bearing the names of the guild which – according to tradition – supported its maintenance: the leather dressers’, the tailors’, the butchers’, the ironmongers’, the coopers’. After the Citadel was taken over by the Austrian troops, it became the headquarters of the military garrison based in the town. In the mean time the Baroque style building was built (on the left hand side of the road in front of the entrance gate) and in the second half of the 18th century the construction works of the "barkey" were started, an addition finished in the 19th century. On the occasion of the Târgu Mureș days – which have as central point of performance the Citadel – a museum center was opened in the gate fort (erected in 1613) presenting the history of the town and of the Citadel.

Theater Square – Piața Teatrului – Színház tér
The Cultural Palace built between 1911 and 1913.
The old City Hall is now the residence of the Mureș County Council.
Entrance to the City Fortress

Other sights

The existence of the Unitarian faith in the town is linked to the name of Ferenc Dávid, founder of Unitarianism and the first Unitarian bishop. The political circumstances in Transylvania became favourable for Ferenc Dávid’s activity as the Diet of Torda held between 1557 and 1568 granted freedom of faith to all religions in Transylvania. The Unitarianism became religio-recepta together with all the other Protestant faiths. The king of the state himself, John II Sigismund Zápolya became Unitarian. The Unitarian Church was built between 1929 and 1930 next to the old Unitarian prayer house dating from 1869.

The Big Synagogue was built between 1899 and 1900 at the initiative of the Jewish community "Status Quo" and that was considered to be one of the most beautiful synagogues of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The design of the building was drawn up by Gartner Jacob from Vienna and the construction works were coordinated by the Hungarian Pál Soós. The entire edifice is dominated by the central cupola. Each side of the central spire is decorated with a floral rosette similar to the ones on the façade. This type of window is also used several times on the lateral façades. The vast interior is richly decorated, both with shapes and color. The synagogue has 314 seats on the ground floor and 238 on the top floor. The most recent large scale remodeling of the building took place in 2000 when the walls were reinforced and the interior decoration was re-done.

At the beginning of the 18th century, one of the most representative Baroque churches of Transylvania was built in the town. St John the Baptist Church was erected in the North-Eastern part of the city center and belongs to the Roman Catholic parish. The inside of the church is luxurious, with liturgical objects that are true works of art. The main altar, made in 1755 by Anton Schuchbauer and Johannes Nachtigal is of monumental dimensions and has a pseudo-architectural structure. The paintings of the altars in the lateral chapels: Saint Ladislaus I of Hungary, Saint Joseph, Saint John of Nepomuc, Holy Cross belong to the same Michael Angelo Unterberger. The stained glass windows made by the Türke Company of Grottau were installed in 1898.

The existence of the Franciscan order in Vásárhely was directly affected by the religious reform which was largely spread in Transylvania during the 16th century. In 1557, the influence of the Reformed Church over the Hungarians in the town was so strong that it eventually led to the confiscation of the properties of Catholic monastic orders. Franciscan monks, who until that time had been attending the church in the fortress, were forced to leave town. They returned after nearly two centuries when the political climate had become favorable to Catholicism due to the instauration of the Habsburgs in Transylvania. They bought the land in the center of the town where they built a new church and monastery by 1777. The tower, the only part that is still standing, was added to the church's façade in 1802 by architect János Topler. In 1971 the municipality decided to demolish the monastery to create the necessary space for the construction of the National Theater and the square in front of it. A new church was built for the Franciscans on Libertății street.

The Reformed Fortress Church is the oldest church in the town. According to historical evidence, less than a century had passed after the first appearance of the Franciscan order in Transylvania, Hungarian Kingdom, that the Franciscan friars arrived at Vásárhely. The building of the church took an entire century, from the middle of the 14th century until the middle of the 15th and it consisted of a monastery building, an older chapel, the church and the steeple. The church was finalized between 1400 and 1450. The church may have been originally decorated with frescos, as traces of mural paintings were found inside. The almost complete disappearance of these paintings is due to the fact that the church became the property of Protestant believers in 1557. The religious reform required for churches to have no paintings, statues or religious frescos.

The Grey Friars' church (pictured) was demolished by the socialists in 1971
The Fortress Church is the oldest church in the town

Places of worship

Main sights



Many personalities have been born or lived in the city and helped shaping it in different fields:


in Romanian in Hungarian
Centru Belváros
Dâmbul Pietros (1848) Kövesdomb (1848)
Unirii (on the right of the Mureș River) Egyesülés (i.e. Benefalva and Hídvég villages

on the right of the Maros River)

Rovinari (Ady Endre) Ady Endre
Aleea Carpați Kárpátok sétánya (former: Hungária)
Budai Nagy Antal Budai Nagy Antal
Gara Állomás
Livezeni Jedd
22 Decembrie 1989 (7 Noiembrie) 1989 December 22 (7 November)
Tudor Vladimirescu Sásvári-negyed (Tudor Vladimirescu)
Răsăritului Kikelet
Mureșeni Meggyesfalva
Substejăriș Cserealja
Cornișa Párkány
Valea Rece Hidegvölgy
Districts of the city in Hungarian
Districts of the city in Romanian

Districts of the city

  • Chemical industry (Azomureș)
  • Food industry:
    • Bread industry (Mopan)
    • Dairy industry
  • Wood industry
  • Textile industry
  • Leather industry

The various industrial sectors are:

At present in Târgu Mureș there are over 8500 private companies and several state-owned companies.[12]

Azomureş industrial plant


The largest religious community in Târgu Mureș is Romanian Orthodox, numbering 46.74% of the population. The most significant other religious communities are Reformed Church (30.06%), Roman Catholic (13.50%), Eastern Catholic (2.60%), and Unitarian (2.58%).

Religious communities

Year Total Romanians Hungarians Germans Jews Roma Others
2002 149,577 75,317 69,825 275 n.a. 3,759 401
2011 134,290 66,033 57,532 202 68 3,110 235
Year Total Romanians Hungarians Germans Jews Roma Others
1850 7,855 6.0% 82.6% 3.1% 2.6% 3.6% 2.1%
1869 12,678 5.2% 88.9% 3.5% n.a. n.a. 2.4%
1900 20,229 11.6% 83.3% 3.6% n.a. n.a. 1.5%
1910 25,517 6.7.% 89.3% 2.4% n.a. n.a. 1.6%
1930 40,058 26.7% 57.2% 1.7% 12.1% 1.1% 1.2%
1966 86,464 28.3% 70.9% 0.6% n.a. n.a. 0.2%
1977 127,783 34.8% 63.6% 0.6% 0.4% 0.5% 0.1%
1992 164,445 46.1% 51.4% 0.3% 0.1% 2% 0.1%
2002 149,577 50.4% 46.7% 0.2% n.a. 2.4% 0.3%
2011[11] 134,290 51.9% 45.2% 0.2% 0.1% 2.4% 0.1%

Ethnic structure evolution from 1850 until 2011:[10]

Ethnic communities

According to the 2002 census data,[9] the city had a population of 149,577. Among them 69,825 are Hungarians forming the largest urban Hungarian community in Romania, surpassing that of Cluj-Napoca. The 2002 census was the first to show the Hungarians as a local minority. The city is officially bilingual and both Romanian and Hungarian languages are recognised as official and used in public signage, education, justice and access to public administration, however, in case of commercial signage and advertisements the bilingual signage is usually used only by companies if they are owned by Hungarians. Roma people make up 2.51% of the city's population which is considerably lower than their proportion of 6.96% in Mureș County.

As of 2011 census data, Târgu Mureș has a population of 134,290, a decrease from the figure recorded at the 2002 census.[8]

Bilingual street sign
Document from 1985 regarding the intention of the local Romanian Communist Party to change the proportion of the Hungarian population by bringing more Romanian workers to the city.


Climate data for Târgu Mureş (1990-2015)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12
Average high °C (°F) −1
Daily mean °C (°F) −3
Average low °C (°F) −6
Record low °C (°F) −28
Average precipitation days 15 12 13 14 13 13 11 8 8 8 12 16 143
Average rainy days 5 6 11 13 13 13 11 8 8 8 10 8 114
Average snowy days 11 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 38

Târgu Mureș has a continental climate characterised by warm dry summers and relatively cold winters. Winter temperatures are often below 0 °C (32 °F). Throughout the year there are 38 days with snow, and more than 60 days when the snow covers the ground. In summer, the average temperature is between 18 °C (64 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F) (the average for June, July and August), even though temperatures sometimes reach 36 °C (97 °F) during this period. On average, there are 143 days with precipitation over the course of the year, most frequently in December with 16 days and the least in August, September and October with 8 rainy days. The average annual temperature for Târgu Mureș is 8.6 °C (47 °F). The lowest temperature registered in the city was −32.8 °C (−27 °F) in the years 1942 and 1963. The highest temperature of 39 °C (102 °F) was recorded in 1936.


Panorama of the city
  • Bucharest: by rail 448 km (278 mi), by road 330 km (205 mi)
  • Brașov by rail 282 km (175 mi), by road 168 km (104 mi)
  • Constanța by rail 642 km (399 mi), by road 548 km (341 mi)
  • Cluj-Napoca 127 km (79 mi) by rail, by road 101 km (63 mi)
  • Iași by rail 505 km (314 mi), by road 310 km (193 mi)
  • Sibiu by rail 189 km (117 mi), by road 112 km (70 mi)
  • Timișoara by rail 344 km (214 mi), by road 327 km (203 mi)

Distances between the city and some of the major cities in Romania:

Târgu Mureș is 346 kilometres (215 mi) from Livezeni, Sântana de Mureș, Sâncraiu de Mureș, Corunca, Cristești and Ceuașu de Câmpie. Two villages, Mureșeni (Meggyesfalva) and Remetea (Remeteszeg), are administered by the city.

The city is located in the Mureș River valley. The city spreads out from Fortress Church in the center of the town, built in the 14th century, to form an area of 49.3 square kilometres (19.0 sq mi). The city is located at the centre of the historical region of Transylvania and covers an area of 49.3 square kilometres (19.0 sq mi). It lies at the junction of three geographical regions of Transylvania (Transylvanian Plain, Mureș Valley and Niraj Valley) at 330 m (1,083 ft) above sea level. The city extends onto both banks of the Mureș river, however, the downtown area and the greater part of the districts are located on the left bank. The Cornești plateau (Hungarian: Somos-plateau) is the city's highest point (465 metres (1,526 ft) above sea level, co-ordinates: ).


The city has a substantial ethnic Hungarian minority, some of whom identify as Székelys. Since 2003, some Székely organizations have been campaigning for the city to become the center of an autonomous region again.

The local economy has started to get stronger after various investors settled in the area.

In March 1990, shortly after the Romanian Revolution of 1989 overthrew the communist regime, the city was the scene of violent ethnic clashes between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians.

After World War II, the communist administration of Romania conducted a policy of massive industrialization that completely re-shaped the community. Between 1950–1968, it was the center of the Hungarian Autonomous Province, later named as Mures-Hungarian Autonomous Region. On 7 September 1959, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Secretary-General of the Romanian Workers Party, and the Prime Minister Chivu Stoica visited the city. It was then decided where to build the fertilizer production plant, and the new residential quarters of the city. It was decided that the residential quarters would not be built in the Maros valley, but on the surrounding hills.

From 1940 to 1944, as a consequence of the Second Vienna Award, the city was ceded back to Hungary. After Hungary was occupied by Germany in 1944, a Jewish ghetto was established in the city. Oşorheiu re-entered the Romanian administration at the end of the war in October 1944. However, on 12 November 1944 General Vladislav Petrovich Vinogradov of the Soviet Red Army expulsed the returning Romanian authorities from Northern Transylvania with reference to the massacres committed by members of Iuliu Maniu's so-called Maniu Guard, and the Romanian authorities were not allowed to return until the government of Petru Groza was formed on 6 March 1945.[6]

The provincial appearance of the city changed greatly in the late 19th century and early 20th century. In 1913, the Hungarian Art-Nouveau style city hall complex and Cultural Palace was opened, as part of mayor Bernády György's urban renewal. After World War I, together with the rest of Transylvania, Marosvásáshely became part of Romania and was renamed Oșorheiu. From having been an 89% Hungarian-populated city (1910), Romanian population increased throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

In 1854, Szekler martyrs Károly Horváth, János Török and Mihály Gálfi were executed on the Postarét for plotting against the Austrian rule.[4] Since 1874 a monument marks the place. In 1861, Marosvásárhely became the seat of Marosszék, in 1876 that of Maros-Torda County. In 1880 the statue of Bem was inaugurated in Roses Square, in downtown area; in 1893 the statue of Kossuth was as well. The statue of Rákóczi was also inaugurated in 1907. All three were demolished after World War I between 1919 in 1923 after Transylvania became part of Romania.

Avram Iancu, the leader of the 1848 Romanian revolution in Transylvania, was a young lawyer in the city of Marosvásárhely before engaging in the fight for the rights of Romanians living in Transylvania. On 4 November 1848, the Szekler troops were beaten by the Austrian imperial troops under its walls, and the city was also captured. On 13 January 1849 the troops of major Tolnay recaptured it. On 30 July 1849, Sándor Petőfi and Bem set out from here for the Battle of Segesvár.

The city received a major boost to its social and economic life when it became home to the Supreme Court of Justice of the Principality of Transylvania in 1754. In 1802, the Teleki Library founded by count Sámuel Teleki was opened for the public with 40.000 volumes.[5]

In 1616, it was granted the status of a free royal city under the name of Maros-Vásárhely by prince (fejedelem) Gábor Bethlen.[4] In 1658 Turkish and Tartarian troops invaded the city and burned it, 3000 people were taken into captivity. In 1661, as no one showed willingness to accept the duty of prince, under Turkish pressure Mihály Apafi was elected prince of Transylvania here . In 1662, resulting from the negligence of the Turkish military residing here, the city almost completely burnt down. In 1687 it was devastated by German imperial troops. In 1704, the kuruc troops of Pál Kaszás occupied the fortress, which was re-occupied by Austrian troops led by Lőrinc Pekry in 1706. On 5 April 1707 Francis II Rákóczi was raised to the chair of princes here. In 1707 the city was struck by the plague with more than 3500 deaths. The black death renewed in 1709, 1719 and in 1738–39.[4]

the only prince of Szekler origin visited the city in 1603 when he liberated Transylvania from foreign domination. Mózes Székely, but it was actually built between 1614 and 1653. Tamás Borsos In 1602, the troops of Gergely Németh put on fire the remaining houses of the town, therefore, in 1602 the reconstruction of the fortress was started on the advice of mayor [4]

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