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Biserica Solomon

“Solomon” Gherla Armenian Catholic Church

The first stone church in Gherla is the Armenian-Catholic church „Solomon”, located today on Cloșca Street. The church dedicated to the Annunciation was built between 1723-1724 with the financial support of the Solomon’s merchants family and is architecturally a mix of styles based on late Gothic.

The entrance portal, carved in stone, with decorations from the end of the 15th century, beginning of the 16th century, is flanked by two statues: St. Sylvester, Pope of Rome, and the other represents St. Gregory the Illuminator (240-332) – the one who baptized the Armenians. In 1908, two commemorative plaques were placed recollecting those who have funerary monuments in the church: brothers Solomon Simai and Bogadan Simai and their wives, the apostolic vicar Mikhail Theodorovich.