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|județ Timiș||Timiș County|
Lugoj is situated an elevation of 124 m on both sides of the river Timiș in the Timiș county of the Banat region of western Romania.
Lugoj (Hungarian: Lugos, German: Lugosch) was once a strongly fortified place. During the times of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the river Timiș divided the city into two quarters, the Romanian quarter on the right and the German quarter on the left bank. In August 1849 Lugoj was the last seat of the Hungarian revolutionary government and the last resort of Lajos Kossuth and several other revolutionaries before their escape to the Ottoman empire. Lugoj is the seat of a Greek-Catholic diocese
Lugoj is the place of birth of the contemporary Hungarian composer György Kurtág (b.1926) and the Hungarian-American actor Bela Lugosi (b.1882 Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, d.1956), best known for his portrayal of Dracula. Also born in Lugoj was the Romanian politician Aurel Popovici (b.1863, d.1917) who in 1906 had proposed a plan for a federalist reform (see map) of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy based on along the ethnical composition of the empire (see map).
The Iron Bridge across the river Timiș was built in 1902, replacing the old wooden
bridge, demolished a year earlier. For 35 years it remained the only way to cross the river. To build the bridge over
185 tons of iron were brought from Resița.
The picture is labeled in Hungarian, Temes-híd' (Timiș bridge).