The former german district before World War I, Aradul Nou(german – Neu-Arad, english – New Arad) was inhabited mostly by Germans originality from Bavaria. There where where about 7,000 Banat Swabians, who lived in long, large and neatly houses, with flower-filled courtyards and gardens always well maintained; a source of pride for these women for whom farming was the main occupation. After the Revolution and the fall of communism, they emigrated back to Germany and only a few, around 350 Germans, are currently living in New Arad. Their traditions and religious holidays are today kept alive by the young, so you can still see the Swabians traditional port, especially by Kirchweih feasts, celebrated the first Sunday of September.
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The old parsonage in New Arad is one of the main tourist attractions, and one of the oldest buildings in Arad. Built in 1821 it was first run by Franciscan monks. Today, it is a monument of valuable heritage for the Catholic Church in New Arad.
At the head of Traian bridge, you will find the Old Custom House, built in the early twentieth century. For two decades, it was used as a customs point for goods and carts entering the Arad markets, over the Mureș river. On the secession style facade you can still distinguish the city emblem: three towers, the church, an arm holding a sword and a ribbon symbolizing the Mureș river.
In the district cemetery you can find the tomb of the oldest Hussar in the world, Škultéty Laszlo (1738-1831), who served not less than 81 years as a soldier. The original tombstone was replaced at the beginning of the nineteenth century. A black marble monument with a circular bronze plaque depicts the hussar on horseback. The tomb appears on old postcards of New Arad, from the early twentieth century. In 2013, the remains were expatriated to Slovakia, where they were reburied in the hussar’s hometown. The decision generated much criticism among local historians on preserving historical heritage.
You can easily reach by car, the Hodoș-Bodrog Monastery, located 15 km from Arad, on the Lower Mureș Valley. This is one of the oldest monasteries in the country, first documented around 1100. It is believed to be build by believers from near around. According to a legend, a bull from a herd, revealed to its pastor, a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus. The Monastery was build on the hillock where the icon was discovered. The bulls’s head and the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary are well preserved, even today, in the Monastery, wich is one of the largest pilgrimage sites for orthodox believers in the western country.
Header image source – prof. Horia Truţă – http://glsa.ro/arad/147028-monumente-si-imagini-religioase-monumentale-2-monumentele-sfintei-treimi.html