October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017


Built in 1908 on the current Ion I.C. Bratianu Square, the Palace of Justice was an aesthetic success and impressive presence in the city’s landscape at the time.

The architectural plans for the palace were originally drafted in Budapest, and included the construction of two inner courtyards housed within its hexagonal perimeters.

From an architectural and stylistic point-of-view, the building was influenced by secession art (the German version of Art Nouveau), which favours harmonious forms partly inspired by classicism to emphasize functionality. The building’s most impressive design aspect can be witnessed along its southern facade.

The palace has had different purposes over the years – mostly within the legal sphere. Among the institutions that worked here were: the Courthouse, the Mixed Court, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the Penitentiary.

After an administrative reorganisation in 1968 and the re-emergence of the Alba County, the building was used by the county’s government institutions. The City Hall of Alba Iulia functioned here along with the Court of Appeal, the Alba County Prefecture and Alba County Council from 1990.

Over the years, the palace has hosted a number of major events, the most important being the election of Transylvania’s provisional government on 2 December 1918. At this time, officials also established the delegation, which visited Bucharest and granted King Ferdinand with the decision to unify Transylvania and Romania.