The old Greek Catholic church was built in 1765
The Greek Catholic Church
The Greek Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic church, Piaţa Mitropolit Alexandru Şterca Şuluţiu, nr.1 

The old Greek-Catholic church, built in 1765, was ceded to the Greek-Catholic community in Timișoara together with the parish house together with the construction of the new Roman-Catholic church in Romanilor Square.

The old Roman Catholic church, built in 1765, was handed over to the Greek Catholic community in Timișoara along with the parish house, with the construction of the new Roman Catholic church in the Roman Square. After its renovation and refurbishment, in order to better correspond to its new destination, it was consecrated on 26 November 1906 by the Greek Catholic Bishop of Lugoj, Vasile Hossu.


Josef Geml, The old Timișoara in the last half of the century 1870-1920, Cosmopolitan Art Publishing House, Timișoara, 2016.


The Greek Catholic Church

here’s the small Greek Catholic church here in Fabric, where the fire station was. There’s a square there and a Greek Catholic church. It’s always been there. In that street with the church, at the corner there was the liqueur manufacturing company. There, at the corner. It’s all closed now. I used to walk a lot around there. I lived on Iepurelui Street for about 20 years. There was the Hungarian school, I don’t remember the number, for the Hungarians, a school for the children in the outskirts. Bad children, I tell you, working-class children. Keeping discipline with those kids, it killed you, God, what a mess it was... It was a secondary school, up to grade seven. There at the corner was a liqueur company. It’s closed now. In Iosefin there was the main fire station. There was also one in Fabric. I don’t know if it’s still there now, I don’t think so. There are shops there now. There at the corner was The reality, that newspaper is gone now. It went bankrupt too. There’s also a mill in that square where this small church is. You pass the Kimmel factory, you pass by like that, there’s a mill at the corner, called Moara Tineretului. Next to this mill there’s “Crinul de porţelan”, a china factory, mainly plates. There where the mill is, there used to be a stream of water. Well, Bega river was outside the city, it had I don’t know how many branches. And this Iepurelui Street - Rabbit’s Street, it must have had a pub, or something similar must have been in that street, hence these names like: Lunii Street - Moon Street, Iepurelui Street - Hasengasse, these names came from the pubs or what else was there. It must have been a huge job to drain these waters. Well, the Germans did it. They dried up the swamps. They were confined here by Maria Theresa, they were settled here in a colony. They came from Bohemia, but they were extremely hard-working.

Oscar Schwartz, born in 1910 in Vienna - excerpt from an interview by Adrian Onică, Timișoara 1999, The oral history and anthropology group archive, coordinated by Smaranda Vultur.

 There used to be a united church, Greek-Catholic, in Fabric, when you go towards the former Școală Normală, there's a high school there now... from the Brewery, behind the dead Bega. The dead Bega no longer exists in any form, but in my time it did. It separated Regina Maria Park... Where Școala Normală for boys used to be where the TV and radio station is, ...where that people's bridge is, coming from Eminescu Park, that's the street, which comes and leads in front of the Park. And the park in Fabric was called Regina Maria, and the one in Cetate was called Eminescu Park. Then the Roses Garden appeared. Eminescu Park was in the extension of Rozelor, as you go towards the Centre. And it used to open at Carmen Silva High School and Loga High School. The park that's between Maria and Center was Scudier Park. But it was a continuity. That's what I liked: that you went from one park to another, you could cross Timișoara, without going through houses.

Mihai Șora, born in 1916 in Ianova, Timiș - excerpt from the interview conducted by Smaranda Vultur in Băile Herculane in 2001, The oral history and anthropology group archive, coordinated by Smaranda Vultur.