The Citadel Alba-Carolina, Alba Iulia

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Star-shaped The Citadel Alba-Carolina 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. Our Alba Iulia trip maker app makes visiting The Citadel Alba-Carolina and other Alba Iulia attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Best shaped Citadel, witch was well restored and preserved. You need your running shoes in order to walk all way around the Citadel, as the place is huge. There is outdoor and also indoor to visit. You can also buy many handmade gifts from various stalls and not the least, have something to drink or eat. The entrance is free in most of the areas, only some of them have a small fee.
  • Soul of Romania. History was literally made here, important one. I enjoy it evey time I come.
  • A special citadel where you can spend hours and hours visiting it! Free parking, also you can visit "Bastionul Sasilor" with a guide which is also free. Definitily worth visiting it!
  • The best location of its kind in Romania. You can see the money was well spent. I didn't have high expectations but ti's a real jewel and a must see.
  • 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.

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