July 23, 2005
The Reception Hall of The Palace of Culture is home of a series of wonderful frescoes, "The Szekely Tale" and "The Szekely Kings." The former depicts a singer that tells the antique histories accompanied by his lyre, while the latter is depicting a priest foretelling the future. It is said that, instead of yellow, gold has been used.
The Hall of Mirrors is of particular beauty. Its windows of stained glass depict four ballads and some scenes from the life of Huns as ancestors of the Szekelys. The plans for these stained glasses received, in 1913, the first prize at the exhibition in Los Angeles, the originals having to be brought 1 year later, but failed to, since the outbreak of the First World War.
Opening times for visitors are Tuesdays to Sundays 9am to 3pm, each of the museums being visited and paid for separately. Entrance fees are really modest compared to Western prices, though I strongly recommend the Halls of Mirrors. Concerts are usually Tuesdays or Thursdays, the Symphony Orchestra of Târgu Mureş being one of the best in Romania.
From journal Târgu Mureş