The Museum of Pharmacy is housed in a medieval building known as the Hintz House located in the Union Square of Cluj-Napoca.
It’s the very same building where the first pharmacy, called Saint George, was opened in the city all the way back in 1573. Apart from the communist period, when a pastry shop functioned in the historic Hintz House, the building served as a pharmacy for almost 450 years.
Is this the oldest pharmacy in the world? Probably not, but few others have such a long and storied heritage that goes back to the Middle Ages.
Photo: Hintz House, Cluj-Napoca (Monica Emilia Chirila, creative commons)