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Address: Piata Unirii Nr. 2, Oradea 410072, Romania
Phone Number:
+40 259 437 000
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This name derives from the mechanism installed in the church tower in 1793....

This name derives from the mechanism installed in the church tower in 1793. The clock and the moon are the work of George Rueppe, an innovative mechanic from Oradea. The mechanism rotating the moon is designed to make a full rotation on its axis in 28 days, thus indicating the moon phases, depending on the daily cycle marked by the clock mechanism. Inside the Moon Church you can visit a representative museum, with particularly beautiful Orthodox church-related objects.

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An interesting building in Oradea, a great church inside. The moon that is located on the tower is a wonderful technique and the ball is following Moon's phases.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Timisoara, Romania
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Timisoara, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An interesting building in Oradea, a great church inside. The moon that is located on the tower is a wonderful technique and the ball is following Moon's phases.

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Citta di Castello, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

It seems like that in the new refurbished Oradea square, this masterpiece is not working after technicians tried to discover how the moon system worked. Anyway, the church is still a place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

...renovated building in a big market that was rebuilt, maintaining historical look. It is a must go in Oradea.

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Racine, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is my favorite buidling in Oradea. The art work is astounding inside. Small enough to really enjoy the experience. Located in the city center square, really worth seeing all of that at night.

Thank Ginuka
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

A typical orthodox church with specific architectural features in the heart of the city. it is important for its mechanism about the moon-here is why we have the name of Moon Church.

Thank Maria Christina S
Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

On the SW corner of The Unirii Square ( Union sq.) in the city of Oradea, stands one of the famous churches of the town, but not for it's nice interrior, with charming vitraje windows, but for anice gimic, at the facade, above the main entrance - a half black and half yellow globus, which is roling arround it' s... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The Church with Moon was built between 1784-1790, in baroque style.In the tower under the clock there is a sphere with a diameter of 1 m painted half black and half golden.The mechanism made in 1973 by the clock-maker Georg Rueppe sill function .wonderfull place to visit

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

The inside of the curch is vibrantly painted. The nice adittion is having the benches inside. It was amazing to be there on 2 evenings, once when the full moon was smiling on Oradea and then started to turn away...the moon on the curch showed it perfectly each time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

A state church my candid opinion beleive in the marbel of the clasic european culture for many things good and pure

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

I can't say that U have seen a church tower before like the one on the Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna). Besides being a beautiful building the moon illustration on the front of the tower is quite special. The location of the church is amazing as well - it is one of the nicest squares I have visited.

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