National Bank of Romania, Cluj Branch

7, Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca

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A visit to the Cluj Branch of the National Bank of Romania is a unique and captivating journey to places rich in banking and cultural history.

Built between 1913-1914 in the eclectic style of the Viennese Secession, the building hosting today NBR in Cluj looks like an urban palace.

On the facade of the building one can see the representation of the Pleiade Maia, of the Greek mythology, spouting the horn of plenty. Guests are welcomed by the beehive and the safe deposit box, frequent symbols of banking activity.

The former hall of counters, now „Ion Lapedatu” conference hall, impresses with the low dome made of stained glass mounted on lead, the work of the artist Miksa Roth, a star of his time, described by the emperor Franz Joseph as “imperial and royal stained-glass painter”.

The glass mosaic paintings, made after the drawings of the visual artist Sigismund Vajda, show allegorical scenes on saving and loaning – the two defining activities of a bank.