The National Ethnographic Park in Cluj

The National Ethnographic Park in Cluj-Napoca, Romania – is one of the well preserved ethnographic parks in Romania. It was established in 1929. The initial park had a surface of 75 ha, today only 16 ha still remained as part of the park. Some buildings have been destroyed during the second World War and the renovation works implemented in the following years help rebuild this “village” with its old and tranquil atmosphere.

Today, the first sector includes technical installations and workshops dating back to the 18th-20th centuries, illustrating the traditional techniques of wood and iron processing, gold making, woolen fabrics, clay, stone milling, grain milling and ways to obtain edible oil.

The second sector contains traditional peasant farms representative of distinct ethnographic areas in Transylvania, including buildings dated between the 17th and 20th centuries, equipped with the necessary household inventory.

I’ve only visited the park twice – but it feels like a place you don’t want to leave – the old structures and how everything used to work a few centuries ago – takes you back in time.



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