Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia

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Star-shaped Citadel of Alba Iulia showcases six monumental gates decorated in the early Baroque style and adorned with sculptures of ancient gods. Charles VI commissioned the building of the fortress, which was completed in 1735. The Italian architect laid out the fort as a seven-pointed star with bastions using the building system of Vauban, the leading military engineer of the 17th century. The citadel includes two palaces, a library, a university, a Romanian Orthodox church, and a medieval Catholic church. Try to time your visit to catch the ceremonial changing of the guards. Amenities include a few restaurants and cafes. Plan your Citadel of Alba Iulia visit and explore what else you can see and do in Alba Iulia using our Alba Iulia itinerary maker.
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  • August 19, 2017
    One of the most beautiful and doing the most places we visited in Transylvania. Great restored most of the walls, apparently the entire renovation of the fortress has cost 40 million lei. A walk along the city walls you can spend half a day, everything is clean and Nice. Sometimes it is hard to fathom how to get out from the middle of the ring between the walls. As the Interior of the Citadel has a lot of attractions: museums, monuments, restaurants, souvenir booths and tasty langoszami:-) For volunteers are bike rentals family homes ' and scooter. A lot of families with children, it seemed to us that the majority of walkers was from Romania. About 12 between Gates is the changing of the guard-it is worth to see. In Alba Iulia, you can see that someone wanted to, he could and did. The place is well maintained and prepared for a much larger number of tourists than we've seen.
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  • August 17, 2017
    For lovers of a few centuries of history the "cetate" is to visit in all its corners. Great restoration sign that European money can be used WELL.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It is a very nice place, well organized with a lot of things to do. Filled of history and monuments to see and learn about  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    It is a very beautiful citadel that was well restored. You can visit the many historical places from roman artifacts to medieval builds or simply walk the streets and rest in one of the little restaurants or bars that are within the citadel's walls. You can also take a tour by electric bus, bike or wake guide. For me it was a pleasant and unexpected surprise this establishment.
  • July 15, 2017
    This citadel made me feel like a child again. Even though I'm from Bucharest I've never heard people talking about it so I went with no expectations and I was blown away. Inside you can find shows and an ethnographic museum that it's a must see. Do yourself a favor and go visit Alba if you have the chance.
  • July 20, 2017
    A very beautiful place to visit. Full of history, and lots of interesting places to see. A living proof that Romania can protect its values, if it wants to...
  • June 20, 2017
    Amazing piece of preserved history. The entire citadel is in prestine condition.Definitely worth spending at least a few hours walking and visiting the museum.
  • June 17, 2017
    A must see in Alba Iulia! A splendid fortress! Too bad there are only a few hotels in Alba Iulia, soo in some periods you can't find acomodation

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