Situated in the western Romania on the banks of the river Mures, Arad is a modern-built city and contains many beautiful buildings. It is an important industrial center and transportation hub, it is also the seat of a Romanian Orthodox bishop and features two universities, a Romanian Orthodox theological seminary, a training school for teachers, and a music conservatory. The Fortified Town of Arad is one of the Transylvanian fotresses built in the Vauban star-shaped style. Arad's city hall is an impressive building which has to its right and left another two palaces 2 centuries old. Other tourist sites that well worth a visit are: Neuman Palace, Judiciary Palace, Cenad Palace, Bohus Palace and The Old Theatre (Hirschl), built by Jacob Hirschl in 1817, the oldest stone theatre in Romania.