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“Stunning citadel”

Citadel of Alba Iulia
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Day-trip to Turda Salt Mine and Alba Carolina Fortress from Cluj-Napoca
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Alba Iulia
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Owner description: *** Alba Iulia - Alba Carolina Citadel *** A town coated by the legendary halo of the great historical events that took place within its ancient walls, Alba Iulia has deeply got into the Romanian people's mind and soul. No other Transylvanian town has gathered so many crucial meanings and symbols. With thousands and thousands of years of human existence lying behind it, Alba Iulia represents the charming mirror in which all the ethnic groups of Transylvania can discover their vigor or their traditions of yore. The heart of Alba Iulia is Alba Carolina Citadel. Alba Carolina, the most representative bastion fortress in Romania and Southeast Europe, built upon the initiative of Emperor Charles the VIth of Habsburg, under the supervision of the French-born Austrian field marshal Eugene of Savoy, is wearing its royal robe. A royal citadel, residence of the bishopric, capital of autonomous principality, and a military garrison, Alba Iulia has been during all historical periods the main political, administrative, religious, cultural, and military centre of Transylvania. We invite you to visit The Other Capital of Romania.
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Breathtaking site. The views from the battlements are fantastic. We stayed in the hotel medieval a magnificent hotel within the citadel. The orthodox and catholic cathedrals have to be seen. At noon each day there is a changing of the guard with drums and horses. Lots of weddings taking place. One of my all time favourite places......

3  Thank MikeMason
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"romanian history"
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"amazing place"
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

They claim it's the largest citadel in Romania - i guess it is. The structure is absolutely huge, very impressive. Thick walls, military parades, quiet streets, horse riding, great restaurants & caffes.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The citadel hosts a big number of tourist attractions. Most of them are free, but there is an entrance fee for some of them. Most of the buildings have been recently restored and there are some restoration works still in progress. You can take your bike and do a tour of the citadel, because it is very large.

Thank mprica
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We went unprepared to Alba Iulia and we were surprised by the beauty of the fortress. Here they have undergone serious restoration works and the result is a major attraction for both the tourists as for the locals. The Route of the three fortifications is a journey well documented on the leaflets and maps they give you at the entrance which leads you bastions, torture chambers, cellars, bridges, execution spots, defense mechanisms, stables, all of this extremely well preserved and presented. A high class hotel (Medieval) and restaurants are also developed in this surroundings. After visiting this wonderful route into history, you definitely have to check out the entire citadel. You are a few steps away from the Unirii Hall and square, the catholic cathedral and the orthodox cathedral, both majestic and grand. The gates for the citadel are impressive. You will be met by bronze figures all over the place, extremely well carved. Take some time off to enjoy the charm of the citadel in coffee shop. If in Transylvania and Alba is not on your list, make room for a 2-3 hour visit of the citadel! You will be mesmerized.

Thank Eliza_Bucharest
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Alba-Lulia is part of a complex of buildings, churches, and fortifications historically important to modern day Romania. It is where modern day Romania was formed in the aftermath of WW 1. There are also a number of ruins from the varied number of inhabitants and rulers of the area dating from ancient times. The Romania Ministry is doing a very good job of restoring the complex. We found it well worth visiting.

Thank bfg1943
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