For an unique view of the Mures Valley, head to the Deva Citadel: it is also one of the most important fortresses in Transylvania.
Ruled by princes and duchesses, the citadel in central Romania has a rich history. The first evidence of the medieval fortress dates back to the second half of the 13th century. But the signs of habitation are much older. Some discoveries date back to the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.
Located on top of a volcanic hill with an altitude of 378 meters, the citadel offers a unique view. Through this strategic position, the fortress guarded for centuries the exit and entry to Transylvania from the Mures Valley.
Deva Citadel officially reopened to visitors in April this year, after three years of rehabilitation work. The project required an investment of some RON 39 million (EUR 8.7 million), EU money. Thousands of visitors went to see the citadel on the opening day, and were welcomed by knights, princesses, and soldiers dressed in medieval costumes. See pictures below.
The citadel is located in Deva, Hunedoara county, more than 400 km from Bucharest, 120 km from Sibiu, and less than 20 km from Hunedoara. Tourists can reach the citadel by foot from Deva’s park, or by cable car. Deva Citadel is open daily and a complete tour takes about two hours.
While in the area, you might also want to visit Corvinilor Castle in Hunedoara (some 20 km away from the citadel), Sarmizegetusa Regia (around 70 km), Alba Carolina Citadel in Alba Iulia (some 75 km), the stoned church in Densus (60 km), and the Gold Museum in Brad (35 km).
Find out more about other beautiful citadels in Romania here.
Irina Popescu, [email protected]
(Photo source: Petru Marginean on Facebook)