The Dandea Hall

The hall dedicated to the most important interwar Romanian mayor, Dr. Emil Aurel Dandea is recognition of its major role in modernizing the city. Born in 1893, a Romanian official liberal, became mayor of Targu Mures between 1922-1926 and 1934-1937. He reinvigorated the cultural and social activities by publishing magazines, newspapers, and books. Introducing the methane, he increased the standard of living and the local economy, which reflected in the development in constructions and business activities.

Concerned about the culture, he created a plan to build monuments for asserting the national spirit. Member of the European City Commission, he organized in Targu Mures the first conference of this kind. With the communist regime, he was arrested in 1952 and sent to forced labor, and between 1953 and 1955, he is at house arrest. He dies in Bucharest in 1969. He is buried as he wished, at the Wooden Church cemetery in Targu Mures. The citizens have kept gratitude for his skills, work, and personality by erecting a statue and naming a street after his name. The Commemorative Hall from the Palace of Culture hosts his portrait, made by Aurel Ciupe, next to images of edifices constructed during its mandates, among which: the Orthodox Cathedral, the Romanian Disciples Fireplace, the Greek Catholic Cathedral, the Administrative Palace, and the State Hospital.