Zalău is the capital city of Sălaj County and has 55.924 inhabitants.

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47,17829 N, 23,05647 E

The Casino built between 1895 and 1899 was one of the most luxuriant buildings of the town. It is assumed that it incorporated the Wesselényi house which remains can be distinguished from the interior yard, among the columns with the south wing arches with two levels.

The Casino had in the same time a representative and a cultural role, here it was organized shows and balls, meetings and exhibitions. It included also a restaurant, hotel rooms, a coffee, stores and workshops.

The wing from the market side with a very beautiful facade decorated in eclectic style has the height of three levels and above the first floor it is only a high hall for shows.

On the frontispiece we can distinguish the outline emblem of socialist Romania placed over the old emblem of the city with Saint Archangel Mihail. The lateral wings have only two levels, being decorated more poorly. The west wing has a balcony sustained on consoles and has metal railing. At the ground floor were arranged stores. The interior yard is closed by a wing without decorations. The wing from the market side is made of brick on a riveted metal skeleton. The big hall still had the old decorations, the scene is flanked by statues which symbolizes theatrical genre.

The ceiling is decorated with paintings in secessionist style made probably by Lotz Károly, or by one of his disciples. For now the building is completely renovated.

Renovation of Transylvania building, as it's named today, includes the restoration ofthe paintings from the ceiling. This work was drawn by a company from Iași.

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