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“The fortress of my city”
Review of Oradea Fortress

Oradea Fortress
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3-Hour Cultural Walking Tour of Oradea
Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Oradea
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: ORADEA MEDIAEVAL FORTRESS HISTORY AND EVENTS WITNESSING THE PASSAGE OF TIME If nowadays we can hear about history in school and see it in museums, this is the best place to feel it. The fortress has witnessed the passage of time and continues to keep its old charm. It tells everlasting stories and passes on to its visitors some of the history it knows. The Fortress of Oradea is nowadays the living proof of those historical times and it continues to remind everyone of what it used to represent. Also, it is one of the symbols of the city along Crișul Repede river and the heart of its cultural events. LIVING HISTORY! The Mediaeval music concerts held here will take you back to an atmosphere of already forgotten times, while fighting demonstrations and guided tours accompanied by weapon and armour presentations will steal your attention. The Fortress is no longer literally under siege, but still there are many tourists and local people visiting it, our of a wish to live a bit of real history. Here are some of the new functions of the Fortress: - the City Museum - the Museum of Bread - the Bakery, dating more than 3 centuries back - cafés - traditional restaurants
Reviewed May 23, 2013

The fortress it's still under renovation, but the big part it's already ready, it's definetly a nice place to visit, also the park sorounding the fortress.

Thank povidiu
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

I can't wait to see it in 2015, when (supposedly) the restoration works will be finally over.
Until then, a few steps on its old walls may let one feel like he/she's a lordship living in there 5 centuries ago...

Thank Dragosmd
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I first got in touch with this by the end of 1986 when it was a military facility. Time passed and three year ago I came back I was really impressed how much the local administration did for the fortress that is among the most well preserved between the Vauban style fortresses existed on Romanian territory (the best restored is Alba Iulia, then the one from Arad).
I saw the former moat transformed in a beautiful park that brings the tranquillity down there. It is wonderful to see also the Mangled bastion from the north-western side of the fortress, its name coming from the fact that it wasn't completed for a long time. Two Italian architects manage to finish the work in 1599. The average height of the walls is 9,5 to 10,5 metres but they were reduced once that the technology for the cannons developed. The case-mates located on the southern part of the bastion are in the original form.
From here we reach to the second old Bastion of the fortress known as the Golden Bastion and it was called after the Golden coat of arms of Bathory family once located above the cutting edge of the bastion above the band.
This is just few things that might catch your interest while visiting this wonderful part of Romania. Spend few moments in here and you'll be pleased.
The fortress is hidden behind an apartment block of flats and the new Christian Orthodox Church, and very close exit that leads to Cluj Napoca on the left bank of Crisul Repede River.

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I see this days the city of Oradea a verry beautiful city verry close to hungarian border, with a nice fortress verry old since 1100 rebuilt in the 16 century is going a large process of restoration, is surended by a verry nice park with alee small lakes, in few year problably you can see a verry nice fortress. The old city center of ORADEA is fully with beautiful barroc and art-nouveau palace and many beautiful church. The river Crisul Repede is very beautiful and atractive , you can see manny fishermans along the river.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

The fortress is old. Really old. Built around the sixteen hundreds it has two main entrances and is built in a star shape. The walls are over six or seven meters high and were used to defend the people inside from wave upon waves of invaders. Recently this landmark was restored, diggings took place inside the walls and archaeologists uncovered several skeletons and pot shards dating back two or three hundred years.
There's a huge park surrounding the citadel, alleyways crisscrossing grass and various wildlife plants. It's a very peaceful place, almost like a zen garden. It's also kept very clean by the towns people and there are two small ponds with wooden bridges and lotus flowers.
I for one love the place, especially in summer. You can circle the entire structure in about half an hour and enjoy the view. If you're in Oradea you must visit this place.

2  Thank Razvan C
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