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Sarmizegetusa Regia, Hunedoara County

Sarmizegetusa Regia
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Alina S
Bucharest, Romania24 contributions
Family
Not only the place is extraordinary but also the road to reach the place. Very different houses, very rich forest and absolutely marvelous nature. You walk 20 minutes to visit the place and find a harmony like never elsewhere in Romania. This is a place full with ancient history, similar to Stonehenge. It deserves a trip! Go and Charge your batteries for better connectivity with life itself.
Written August 30, 2020
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France680 contributions
Friends
Loved this UNESCO site! Info is sparse, but the history of Romania before the Romans is here :) It is beautiful, mysterious and not super popular so you have it for yourself basically.

If you visit other Dacian fortresses DO NOT visit them before coming here. And do not expect much; but I enjoyed visiting Costesti and another one before coming here, as the natural environment is a blessing.
Written October 8, 2021
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Madalina G
Palma de Mallorca, Spain36 contributions
I visited this place as a kid but as an adult is a very different story. The access is much easier now, as you can park at less than 1 Km from the ruins. The place is an incredible oasis of light and energy! It worths the time to go see this wonderful sanctuary!
Written October 20, 2021
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Anfrist
Bucharest, Romania4,275 contributions
Family
You leave your car 1.5 km away from the entrance and then you walk up. No other way unfortunately, some means of transport like a trocarici would be good. The ticket is 15 lei. There are 2 main areas, a military one and a sacred one. The military one is only an enclosure, as the Romans ensured nothing lasted. The sacred one has ruins of several buildings, some are altered by archaeologists in communist times, unfortunately even as part of filming movies with lots of nationalistic propaganda. This is not written on the signs. Anyway the signs do not help much of you have not prior knowledge of Dacians. Even if it is not easy to see this based on minimum information, I imagine that the administrators are in contact with other museum staff around the world and have seen how museums look in northern and western Europe, even with less actual archaeological material. This is Unesco heritage site, it deserves more.
Written June 29, 2020
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania8,711 contributions
Lets start with the beginning - it is a place that you must see when you are in the area.
Indeed it is huge, indeed it is very little exposed and indeed it could be as big as Knossos or any other site - however it ain't.
The ruins are covered in dirt and grass and forest has slowly but surely taken over this UNESCO World Heritage site (...so much is lost).
Briefly - without giving you a history lesson (not this time, at least) - the last Dacian King - King Decebalus fought to the bitter end on this grounds during 106 A.D and finally got defeated by the Legions of mighty Rome who were lead by the Emperor Trajan.
After the Dacian kingdom was conquered the Romans destroyed this stronghold and built 40 km away the city of Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana - the capital of the Dacian province under Roman rule.
Today what you can see are the remains - unearthed in years of archaeological digs - some artifacts restored - others replaced ...
Overall this place is of great historical importance and should be much more than it is today - however as I see it, definitely worth visiting. (if you get a history lesson included that is entirely up to you) ...
Go and see for yourself - enjoy!!
Written August 11, 2020
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Jazzumbo
Romania1,578 contributions
Ruins of some mysterious temples of a lost ancient civilization discovered in the jungle - this is what Sarmisegetuza Regia is all about.
Since Romania is not a tropical country, the jungle is a forest. Well, a virgin forest, in this particular case.
If you decide to visit the ruins, you need to use boots as you can encounter various snakes, including vipers, which are venomous. Warning signs are posted at the site.
Apparently, Sarmisegetuza Regia used to be the capital city of Dacian people, who lived here about 2000 years ago. They worshipped unknown gods, building strange temples for them and used an unknown solar calendar. It seems they practiced animal sacrifices for their gods. According to historians, around the year 108 AD, the Romans destroyed the capital city of Dacians and all their temples. Practically, this was the end of Dacian religion and civilization. The forest and bushes covered the ruins of the ancient fortress, houses, temples and sacrifices altars of the Dacian people. The Romans built another fortress, called Ulpia Traiana Sarmisegetuza about 50 km away from the former Dacian capital city, dedicated to their emperor, Trajan.
However, less than 200 years later, the Romans were forced to abandon the Dacian province. As an important part of the local population converted to Christianism after the Romans destroyed their temples, it came the turn of Christians to destroy the Roman temples and tombs by taking stones from them to build a church. This church, located in Densuş, is still in place and still organizes religious service nowadays. Roman inscriptions are still visible on the church's walls.
Interesting enough is the fact that all these three places (Sarmisegetuza Regia, Ulpia Traiana and Densus church) are located in Hunedoara County and could be visited in one day tour.
Note: the right name of this archeologic site is Sarmisegetuza Regia. Trip Advisor spelling is not correct.
Written August 18, 2019
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R0manianBaby
Bucharest, Romania125 contributions
Couples
This year we visited again the Dacian fortresses from Orastie Mountains, Sarmizegetusa Regia at circa 450 km from Bucharest, (access can be done by car or by train Bucharest - Orastie, from there is a local auto Orastie - Costesti at every hour and it last about 40 minutes).
We went about 5 times there but pity it is degraded from year to year. At the fortresses, please pay attention to the snakes, especially on spring. We stay at some friends in the village of COSTESTI (circa 30 km near city of Orastie).
All Dacians fortresses are from 1999 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All of them were constructed in “MURUS DACICUS “. Murus Dacicus consisted of two outer walls made out of stone blocks carved in the shape of a rectangular parallelepiped. The Dacian Fortresses of the Orăştie Mountains, UNESCO World Heritage Sites are examples of citadels built using this method. The landscapes are absolutely lovely at 1200 m. Sarmizegetusa Regia who was the capital of Dacia prior to the wars with the Roman Empire and the most important military, religious and political center of the Dacia Kingdom.
Written September 13, 2012
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Marshall P
Voluntari, Romania84 contributions
Family
It is at least an hour drive from the main road (66). The road up is dirt and rough in some spots though there was work in progress. A very scenic drive and there are quite a few Dacian sites signposted on the way up though we did not have time to stop. Confirm hours before you go - the site is secured and they won't let you in after hours. Kids will enjoy because there is a sacrificial altar however security guards are present every where and limit opportunities for clambering on the irresistible walls.

The site is magical with a cut stone fortress near the crest of the mountain and a paved ceremonial boulevard down to the temple area. As is common at Romanian archeological sites reconstruction is minimal, preservation is good and signage is detailed and informative. I don't know who runs these excavations but they deserve praise for doing an outstanding job.

Take any refreshment with you as there was nothing available at or near the site. Plan at least half a day with travel - more if you want to stop at any of the other sites in the area.
Written September 14, 2014
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MarcelTraveller
Voorschoten, The Netherlands1,608 contributions
Couples
A visit to Sarmizegetusa regia is a challenge. A visit requires a drive of 20 minutes from Orastie to Costesti. In this small town, the paved road ends and a dirt road of 18 km (about 1 hour) follows. In recent months, there has been properly worked on this road. In contrast to travellers ' experiences on the internet until 2013, this road is now well to drive with a normal car (in our case a Ford Focus). In some places are even pieces asphalt laid down to bridge trenches. Only the last 2 kilometers, when the road rises sharply, is still pretty bumpy. The location of the site is beautiful and quiet. Long time we were the only visitors, later we saw two other cars with some other visitors. After the entrance first follows a forest trail along a former city wall. Also is still to see an old road. Then you arrive on a green lawn, in which are various circles (and rectangles) of stones. The circle with wooden poles is not authentic, but constructed in the period for a movie recording in the era of Ceauşescu. Although these wood circle is not original, this gives a mystical image to the site. At the entrance there is a wooden booth, where a few lei entrance must be paid. There is nothing to eat or drink, you only can buy tickets!. Finally, be aware that the site is closed in winter and closes earlier in off season. The times are on a sign at the beginning of the dirt road. In Costesti, you’ll find some guest houses to spend the night. You are pretty close for a visit in the morning. We can certainly recommend Pensiunea Cotiso. Good rooms and a friendly English speaking young lady.
Written June 19, 2014
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globetrotter55
Bucharest, Romania2,506 contributions
we expected to meet the heart of our ancestors, the people from ancient Dacia who are well known represented on Trojan's column
it's true, we were in the sacred area of their capital, imagining the cruel sacrifices that took place there two millennia years ago
we saw also the solid walls of the citadel, a paved street leading us to sacred area...and that was all
unfortunately, the signs of the communist "repairs", I mean intrusions in the original constructions, are still there
the place is for sure not valuated to the proper level
regarding the sacred area, we were surprised to read that the Dacian Gods are actually not known - so read carefully the legend about Zamolxis, etc

the place could be reached by car, the road is ok, the parking is big enough; then you have to walk 20-30 min on a paved road; inside the location, it's a nothing paved
Written August 12, 2020
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