Rubin Patiția House

Rubin Patiția House

COD LMI: AB-II-m-B-00140

Date of construction: sf. sec. XIX

no. 14, Trandafirilor Street

The edifice was built at the end of the 19th century, its value residing in the fact that it was home to Rubin Patiția and his son-in-law, Dr. Zaharia Muntean.

Rubin Patiția was born in Câmpeni in 1841, where he started primary school, which he will graduate in Poiana Vadului. He will go to normal school in Sibiu, then to gymnasium in Beiuș and Sibiu and he will graduate the Law Academy in Sibiu.

Between 1872 and 1878 he was a senator in the Bench of din Alba Iulia. From 1881 to 1893 he will become actively involved in the political fight for the rights of Romanians within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He will then be elected a member in the Central Committee of the National Romanian Party in Transylvania. He was part of the delegation who handed emperor Franz Joseph in Vienna a memorandum with the requests of Romanians in Ardeal. Following the trial of the memorandum bearers in Cluj, on May 7-25, 1894, he was sentenced to 2 years and a half of prison, but he was released after a little over 1 year.

Having returned to Alba Iulia, he was persecuted by the Hungarian authorities because of his fight to obtain rights for the Romanians in Transylvania. He died on June 13, 1918, a few months before he could see his dream come true, that of Transylvania uniting with Romania. He was buried in the Maieri Cemetery in Alba Iulia.

Zaharia Muntean was born in Merghindeal (county of Sibiu) where he went to primary school, then to high school in Mediaș and Law School in Budapest. In 1909 he married Elena Patiția, daughter of Rubin Patiția. He was an active militant for the rights of Romanians. In 1916 he was arrested under the charges of espionage in favor of Romania, and the extraordinary military Court in Cluj sentenced him to death. He managed to escape, being pardoned at the last moment by Carol I, the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

He was elected a member of the Romanian National Council in Alba Iulia and he was in charge of editing the "Alba Iulia" newspaper. He died in 1972 in Sibiu and buried in Alba Iulia.