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Turda is one of the six urban centres of the county of Cluj and the second biggest municipality in population. Being situated along the most important Romanian traffic route is a big advantage for Turda, as it ensures very good links with Cluj-Napoca, the country’s main residential town, as well as with the main towns of the neighbouring counties of Alba and Mureş.


The salt mines in the neighbourhood and the salt exploitation account for the multi-millennial existence of the town. Today’s Turda is the result of the gradual integration of smaller mediaeval settlements.


Turda is well known in Romania as a town with long traditions in ceramics, starting from as early as the Roman times. The ceramic industry has always been central in the life of the city: the first proofs are remains of neolithical painted ceramics. In 1752 Turda’s Town Council introduced measures to protect local potters against imported products, then a Potters Association was established in 1872 and from 1920 well equipped ceramic factories were established. However, traditional pottery from Turda has been dying after the mid 20th century, only terracotta tiles for stoves and flower pots are produced locally today.


The Municipality wants to revive and revalorise this sector, with which it would like to offer a sustainable and innovative alternative for preserving cultural heritage and to generate local employment and economic wealth. The city's strategy in order to achive this is to encourage (young) entrepreneurs to dedicate their activities to revalorise Turda’s local heritage, including pottery and other small crafts and to transfer these to the next generations. Preserving and revitalizing handicrafts will later contribute to the touristic promotion of the area as well.


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