Arad, called the little Vienna of Romania, is a charming city that rises on the first hills of Transylvania and extends on the banks of the river Mures. Its ideal location in the heart of Central and Eastern Europe has made it one of the most important cultural centres in the country, with a remarkable historical heritage waiting to be discovered. In Arad you can admire the imposing Fortress, be fascinated by the elegant classical Ioan Slavici theatre and visit the characteristic the neo-Gothic style of the Red Church. Romania Leu Romanian Romanian Image Image Image Fortress of Arad The fortress of Arad occupies an entire bend of the river Mures that crosses the city. Seen from above, the fortress is surrounded by a six-pointed star-shaped garden, and is connected to the city centre with several bridges. The fortress was built in 1700 by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria as a military garrison to protect the city and prison, and is considered a real masterpiece of military engineering. Image Classical theatre Ioan Slavici The Ioan Slavici Classical Theatre in Arad is a majestic neoclassical building built at the end of the 19th century. Before this theatre there was a smaller one, but the growing interest of the inhabitants of the city for theatrical performances started the construction of an even bigger theatre, which represented for decades the historic meeting place of the bourgeoisie of the city. Over time the building has undergone major internal and external renovations due to two fires occurred in 1883 and 1955. Image Red Church The Red Church is a fascinating neo-Gothic evangelical church characterized by the red bricks that were used for its construction. The church stands out in the landscape of the city thanks to the imposing bell tower 46 meters high. A particular fact is that at its inauguration, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the church had three campaigns weighing 1,590 kg each. During World War II, however, two of these were fused to form bronze bullets, leaving the church only a bell needed for the call of the faithful.