Preparandia was established at the order of Emperor Francisc I, opening its gates on 03.11.1812. It is the oldest Romanian school for teachers in the region.
The building, a typical bourgeois one from the beginning of the XIX century was put at the disposal of the Preparandia by Arsici Sava, twice mayor of the city. In 1822, the Orthodox Theological Seminary also began here. The first director of the Preparandia was Dimitrie Ţichindeal, over the decades it had among teachers the most outstanding Romanian intellectuals: Alexandru Gavra, Vincentiu Babes, Constantin Diaconovici Loga, Atanasie Sandor, Teodor Ceontea, Petre Pipos.