otherusesof|TimişInfobox Settlement
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = ROU
map_caption = Location of Timişoara
nickname = Little Vienna|official_name=Timişoara

image_shield=Stema Timisoara.svg

subdivision_name1=Timiş County
subdivision_name2=Autolink|County Capital
leader_name=Gheorghe Ciuhandu
|leader_party=Christian-Democratic People's Party
population_as_of= July 01, 2007 [ [http://www.insse.ro/cms/rw/resource/populatia_stab_1%20iulie2007.htm Population of Romania as of July 01, 2007] ]
population_total= 307,347
population_metro= 359,132
population_blank1_title=Pop (2006)


Timişoara (pronunciation in Romanian: ; Hungarian: "Temesvár", German: "Temeschburg", "Temeswar", or "Temeschwar", Bulgarian: Тимишоара, Serbian: Темишвар, "Temišvar", Banat Bulgarian: "Timišvár", Turkish: "Tamışvar-Tamişvar" or "Temeşvar"), also known as "The City of Athletes", is a city in the Banat region of western Romania. It is the capital of Timiş County.

With 312,400 inhabitantsFact|date=August 2008, Timişoara is a large economic and cultural center in Banat in the west of the country.

It is a multicultural city with influential minorities, primarily Hungarians, Germans, and Serbs, as well as Italians, Arabs, Indians, Bulgarians, Roma people, Jews and Greeks.

The city is also called "Little Vienna",Fact|date=October 2008 because it belonged for a very long time to the Habsburg Empire and the entire city center consists of buildings built in the Kaiser era, which is reminiscent of the old Vienna. Timişoara is an important university center with the emphasis on subjects like medicine, mechanics and electro-technology. An industrial city with extensive services, it was the first European city to be lit by electric street lamps in 1884. It was also the second European and the first city in what is now Romania with horse drawn trams in 1867. There are numerous claims that Gustave Eiffel, the creator of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, built one of Timişoara's footbridges over the Bega.

The old city consists of historic city quarters with several historic squares and proms. These are: Cetate (Belváros in Hungarian, Innere Stadt in German), Iosefin (Józsefváros, Josephstadt), Elisabetin (Erzsébetváros, Elisabethstadt), Fabric (Gyárváros, Fabrikstadt). Numerous bars, clubs and restaurants have opened in the old center in the fine old baroque square.


All of the variants of its name derive from the Timiş River, known in Roman Antiquity as river "Tibisis" or "Tibiscus". The evolution of the river name from antiquity (with the phonetic change "b" → "m") can be explained by the transition of Latin into Old Romanian. Although the Bega passes through Timisoara, the city received its name from the Timiş river because at the time of the setting of the name, the Bega and Timiş river's paths were very much mixed up. It is frequently spelled in English simply as Timisoara (without the diacritical mark beneath the s which actually produces a "sh" sound as in "shape").


In the Roman period, in the place where Timişoara is today, or in its immediate proximity there was a military camp named Zambara or Zurobara. [ [http://www.onf.fr/europe/life-urbanwoods/pdf/Urban_wood_modern_life%20_Roumanie.pdf Urban wood and modern life- the example of Timisoara City] by Gheorghe Florian Borlea, Radu Brad, and Oliver Merce - Forest Research & Management Institute- ICAS Timisoara, RO] During the time of the invasions of the nomad tribes from the Central-Asian plains, especially that of the Avars, on the site of the ruins of Zambara, a new settlement, called Beguey, was built.

In 1019 the locality of Dibiscos/ Bisiskos/ Tibiskos/ Tibiskon/ Timbisko/etc., presumed to be the future Timisoara , was mentioned for the first time in written documents of the Byzantine Emperor Basil II, although not all historians do agree with this identification. In 1154, the Arabian geographer Sarif al Idrisi mentioned the city telling that "it is a nice city offering a lot of riches". The first mention of the fort of Timişoara "(Castrum Temesiensis)" is found in the decree of King Andrew II of Hungary dating from 1212. Timişoara itself was first mentioned in official documents as a city in 1474. It was conquered by the Ottomans in 1552 and remained under their control until it was taken by the Habsburg army led by the Prince Eugene of Savoy in 1716.

The demographic conditions of the region changed dramatically during the 167 year of Ottoman rule. In 1582, the city of Temeswar, in spite of the bloody siege, still had a Hungarian majority (the chief judge was István Herczegh [Preyer, Johann N.: Monographie der königlichen Freistadt Temesvar, 1853] ). Later, the largest ethnic group in the city were Muslim Turks, and other smaller groups included Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies.Dr. Dušan J. Popović, "Srbi u Vojvodini", knjige 1-3, Novi Sad, 1990 ]

After the city was occupied by the Austrian Empire, the Turkish population fled. Of the remainder, we know of about 600-700 inhabitants out of which 446 were Serbs, 144 Jewish, and 35 Armenians. [According to captain Graf Paolo Wallis - Neumann, Victor: "Istoria evreilor din Banat". Buc. 1999 ] The "Armenische Stadt" as a separate quarter existed until the Great Plague of 1738. According to the 1720 data, the largest ethnic group in the city was Serb. Other smaller groups included Romanians and Jews; there were no Hungarians or Germans in the city at that time. Later, many Germans settled in the city, and gradually they became the largest ethnic group.

In 1718, the first beer factory in Transylvania was built. The first tobacco mill in today's Romania was set up in Timişoara. Between 1728 and 1771 a canal Bega was built to unite the city with the Danube river. In 1849 Timişoara became the capital of the Austrian crownland of Voivodship of Serbia and Tamiš Banat as the result of the Spring of Nations revolution; the province was ethnically extremely diverse, as its population was made up of Romanians, Germans, Serbs, and Hungarians. The crownland was abolished in 1860 and passed to Hungarian rule in 1867 with the creation of the dual monarchy.

The city was also the first city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire to have public lighting using suet candles and lamps with oil and grease. Timişoara also became the first city in Europe to have electric public lighting on the 12th of November 1884, [cite web
title =Timisoara the Capital of Banat| publisher =Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy| url =http://www.umft.ro/en/general_information/timisoara's_history.html| accessdate =2007-12-31
] (four years after New York City). A tram hauled by horses also came into service around this period. Meanwhile, in 1869 Timişoara was also the first city in the Kingdom of Hungary to have an ambulance station.

In 1910, the town had 72,555 inhabitants: 31,644 (43.6%) Germans, 28,552 (39.3%) Hungarians (most probably including the Hungarian speaking Jews) , 7,566 (10.4%) Romanians and 3,482 (4.8%) Serbs. ["Atlas and Gazetteer of Historic Hungary 1914", [http://www.talmakiado.hu/ Talma Kiadó] ]

After World War I, the town was occupied by Serbian troops in November 24, 1918. They withdrew from the city on July 26, 1919 and the Romanian army entered the city on August 3 after an ultimatum of the Romanian government. This situation was confirmed by the Treaty of Trianon.

During the next decades as a result of the city's development and of population movements from the Romanian villages of the surrounding region and from other regions of the country, Romanians became the majority in the city. A relative Romanian majority was first recorded in the 1941 census. After the Second World War many ethnic Germans emigrated in Germany, also almost all of the Jews emigrated to Israel and to the West. Timişoara's population has more than tripled over the last 50 years (it was slightly more than 90,000 at 1930 census), while the percentage of Magyars (Hungarians) has decreased from 30% to 7.5%, the Germans' from 30% to 2% and the Jews from 8% to almost 0%.

On December 16, 1989 many citizens of the town came to support the Hungarian Calvinist pastor László Tőkés against the authorities and Securitate (secret police)'s decision to deport him. In these circumstances on 17th December a popular uprising started in Timişoara against the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu. This was the beginning of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, which put an end to the Communist regime a week later.


Timişoara has a population of 303,200 (2006). The average annual population growth is -1,5%. 14,2% of the population are under 15 years of age, 4.0% are old over 75.The municipalities population dynamics and ethnic composition:

Famous natives

* Mircea Baniciu (1949- ), Romanian rock singer
* Iolanda Balaş (1936- ), Romanian athlete, Olympic champion
* Ana Blandiana (1942- ), Romanian poet
* Félix Bodrossy (1920-1983), Hungarian cinema cameraman and director
* J. Edward Bromberg (Joseph Bromberger), (1903-1951) US actor
* Mircea Ciugudean (1940- ) founder and first dean of Electronics and Telecommunications at The "Politehnica" University of Timişoara
* Ioan Mihai Cochinescu (1951- ), Romanian writer and musicologist
* Cosmin Contra (1975- ) Romanian football player
* Virgil Cosma ( ) Romanian musicologist
* Nicu Covaci (1947- ), Romanian rock musician and painter, founder of Phoenix rock band
* Robert Dornhelm (1947- ), US-Austrian cinema director
* Ezra Fleischer (1928-2006), Israeli Hebrew poet and literary historian
* Catalin Dorian Florescu(1967), Swiss writer of German expression
* André François (Farkas) (1915-2005), French illustrator and cartoonist
* Peter George Oliver Freund (1936), US physicist
* Michael Harish (1936- ), Israeli politician, minister of trade and industry
* Arnold Hauser (1892-1978), British-Hungarian historian and sociologist of arts
* Ioan Holender (1935- ), Austrian bariton and manager, director of the Opera of Vienna
* Hugo Jan Huss (1934-2006), Romanian-American conductor
* Ion Ivanovici (1845-1902), Romanian conductor and composer, author of the waltz "The Waves of the Danube"
* Károly Kerényi (1897-1973), Hungarian-Swiss philologist and historian of religion
* Roberto Schlosser ( 1937- ), Romanian-Mexican Director, Actor, Producer
* György Klapka (1820-1892), Hungarian general, hero of the 1848 Revolution
* Frederic Klein, Romanian entomologist
* Hermann Kövess Commander-in-Chief of Austria-Hungary's army
* Károly Kós (1883-1977), Hungarian-Romanian architect, author and politician
* Pelbartus Ladislaus of Temesvár (1430-1504), Hungarian Catholic philosopher and preacher
* Eva Lonn, (1956-) Canadian cardiologist
* George Lusztig (1946- ), US mathematician
* Margarete Matzenauer, (1881 - 1963) US opera singer, mezzosoprano and dramatic soprano
* József Méliusz(Nelovankovic) (1909-1995), Hungarian-Romanian poet
* Zoltan Mesko (1986- ), US football player
* Alexandru Moisuc (*1942), Romanian Agroscientist und University-Rector Temeswar
* Miss Platnum (1980- ) Singer
* Reuven Ramaty (1937-2001), Israeli-US astrophysicist
* Sandra Romain (1978- ) Adult Film Actress
* Lőrincz Schlauch dr.( 1892-+1903).Cardinalis of rom.chatolic catedralis in Oradea
* Cornel Trăilescu (1926- ), Romanian composer and conductor
* Timotei Ursu (1939- ), Romanian cinema and TV programs director and author
* Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984), US Olympic swimmer, best known for his role as Tarzan
* Myriam Yardeni (1932- ) Israeli historian, specialist in the history of the Huguenots

ee also

* Timisoara metropolitan area



External links

* http://e-timisoara.info People from Timisoara
* http://www.timisoreni.ro/en/video/timisoara/intro.html Welcome to Timisoara, An introduction to Timisoara made by Prof. Harry W. Morgan
* http://timisoara.com CyberTim, Timisoara's home page, the oldest Romanian page on the net.
* http://timisoara.org City of Timisoara; Homepage.
* http://www.timisoara-tourism.com Timisoara Tourism
* [http://www.romaniatourism.com/timisoara.html Tourist Bureau of Romania]
* [http://www.harti-orase.ro/ Updated map of Timisoara]
* [http://www.photomapia.com/map/l665087.htm Timisoara's interactive map and many photos from Timisoara city]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&t=k&ll=45.75664,21.228998&spn=0.006977,0.014462&t=k Satellite image from Google Maps]
* [http://www.aerotim.ro "Traian Vuia" Int'l Airport] (in Romanian, English)

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