The Preparandia was established at the order of Emperor Francisc I, opening its gates on the 3rd of November 1812. It is the oldest Romanian school for teachers in the region.
The building, a typical bourgeois one from the beginning of the 19th century was put at the disposal of the Preparandia by Arsici Sava, mayor of the city two times. 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 Babeș, Constantin Diaconovici Loga, Atanasie Șandor, Teodor Ceontea, Petre Pipoș.