Heritage of Timișoara

Cetate 6 János Bolyai str.

St. Catherine Church

Completion date:


  • Architect: Camillo Sitte
  • Construction authorization: 1753
  • Modification authorization: 1888
  • Property type: Private property
  • Protection type: Historical Monument
    St. Catherine Roman-Catholic Church
  • Main arch. style Historicist/Eclectic
  • Current condition Fair
  • Planimetry Rectangular Complex
  • No. of levels 2
  • Current functions Church

The story of St. Catherine Church starts in the Middle Age. Located outside the fortification, it was turned into a mosque during the Ottoman rule, then once the city was conquered by the Habsburgs in the 18th century, it was reconsecrated and given to the Franciscan Order.

However, the church building interfered with the fortification’s expansion and the construction of the new bastions, so it was demolished in 1757. In return, the Franciscans received land inside the fortification, where they built a new Baroque church. The foundation stone was laid in 1753. At the end of the 19th century, the church was entirely reconstructed according to the plans of the famous architect Camillo Sitte and received the existing tower.

Blending into the front of a lesser circulated street, St. Catherine Church is truly one of the hidden treasures of the city. Nowadays, the church serves the Slovak Catholic community in Timisoara

Authors of this file:

Research & text: Mihai-Claudiu Moldovan

Field research & mapping: Vlad Pată, Alexandra Palconi-Sitov

Translation into English: Cristina Chira

Photographer: Sorin Silaghi

Last modified: 2 years ago

Published on: 22 September 2020

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