Sightseeing

Sarmizegetusa Regia

Outside the cities and towns of the Greek and the Roman Empire (especially Italy), for the period II-I BC and I AD, Sarmizegetusa is the the most important capital of a European state of that time.

In the great city, the tourist can get on a road evolving from the Grădiştei to White Valley, about 1km, then climbing to Southwest on winding roads till the city gate.

It can be reached by almost any type of car.


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Fortress White Faces

The settlement of White Faces is placed on the sunny South coast, of Muncelului hill, separated by the narrow valley having the height of Sarmizegetusa Regia ruins.

It is part of the Dacian mountain settlements, being built on terraces protected by walls of limestone blocks, built in specific technical of all the Dacian fortifications from Orastie.

Besides the civil buildings, stands out a circular sanctuary with stone pillars, found on the fourth terrace. It was destroyed, as the settlement, after a consuming fire that occurred during the battles waged in the War of the Roman armies wore (105-106 AD), which ended the existence of the Dacian free state.

Costeşti Fortress – Citadel

Costesti Fortress-Citadel is the oldest fortresses in the area, with high fortification elements just before Burebista.

Being very close to our pension, the road can be covered on foot, in just 20 minutes or by car in less than 10 minutes.


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Blidaru Fortress

From around here,it is said ,that who can reach Costesti and Blidaru on the same day,his greatest wish will come true.

Situated at over 700m altitude, from its peaks you can see, on clear days, the Mures Valley and Grădiştea Muncelului.


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Red Stone Fortress

Located not far above from the cities of the entrance to the valley, at only 832m altitude, the Dacian fortress from the Red Stone (named after the reddish color of the limestone cliff that rises), it is a real redoubt, sometime defended by the Ponorici dam.

You can get here from SE, from Sarmisegetusa by Human Poiana (the road that the Dacians used too) and by village Boşorod, then by Luncani, steeply through the forest to the southern slope of Red Stone.


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The Cave and Waterfalls from Cioclovina

To reach the cave Cioclovina you follow the following route: Oraştie-> Ludesti (village route Costeşti) -> Ocolişul Upper-> Luncani-> Boşorod-> Cioclovina.

Cioclovina Cave is located in the village whose name it bears, and it is situated at the base of an wooded limestone. Once you get in the village Cioclovina if you drive you can get near the cave, and if you walk you get a nice trip about five to six kilometers.


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PESTERA CIOCLOVINA – traseul spre pestera urmat pe firul apei

Corvin Castle in Hunedoara

The castle was built in the fifteenth century by John Hunyadi on the place of an old fortification, on a rock on the river Zlasti flowing. It is an imposing building, equipped with towers, bastions and a dungeon. The roofs are high and covered with polychrome tiles. The castle was restored and converted into a museum.


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Prislop Monastery – The Tomb of Father Arsenius Boca

Prislop Monastery is located in a picturesque area near the village Upper Silvasu in a meadow surrounded by peaks of the Poiana Rusca Mountains from Hateg Country. The monastery is one of the most important churches in Transylvania, its beginnings dating back nearly seven centuries. The exact date is not known, but is assumed to lay foundations,they were Romanian nobles from Ciula, land owners at the time.

Father Arsenius Boca, whose tomb is in the cemetery of the monastery, is considered the Holy of Transylvania, and tens of thousands of pilgrims visit this place yearly.

According to testimonies of believers,at the tomb of parent, there still happens wonders, one of them being that the flowers on the grave never freeze, whatever would be the winter temperature.


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Sarmisegetusa Ulpia Traiana

Ulpia Traiana (on its full name Colonia Ulpia Traiana Augusta Dacica Sarmisegetusa) was the capital of Roman Dacia, situated at a distance of 40 km from Sarmizegetusa Regia,the capital of Dacia. The ruins of the ancient city is today the subject of an archaeological complex in Sarmisegetusa, Hunedoara county.


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Church Densuş

On the way to Ulpia Traiana Sarmisegetusa, the Roman capital of Dacia Felix, one can see the old church Densuş (where was born Nicholas Densuşianu the author of utopia “Prehistoric Dacia”), by somebody, temple dedicated to Mars,where there are 8 Roman apses and by others, the Christian church built in the thirtheenth century with stone brought from the old Roman metropolis.The valuable mural paintings,dating from 1443, the work of a team masters led by Stephen, one of the first known Roman painters, show stylistic close links with the antique paintings from Wallachia.


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Peak Muncel-Godeanu

At the foot of Godeanu mountain are located most sanctuaries all over Dacia, 8 at Sarmisegetusa, 3 at White Faces and dozens at Pustiosu, Rudele, Meleia and Tampu.

This peak is the only one visible from the peaks of all the Dacian fortresses including the Cities Chapel and Golu at a considerable distance from it.

It is the only peak in Retezat mountains Godeanu group that offers a panoramic view of the valleys and all heights in the area. Streiului Valley visible from its source to its mouth and Mures from Alba to beyond the limit of Arad and Hunedoara. You can see perfectly the mountain ranges Sureanu Parang, Retezat, Vulcan, Poiana Rusca and Ore.

It is said that this route, which starts from Sarmizegetusa Regia until Godeanu was a first test of the Dacian children .

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Why Cotiso?!

Because land always belonged to us. Each piece of this country is stained of Dacian words and people. Of height warlike and mystery. Of legends, so deep, that pales before the true extent of their imagination.

Cavalry

Yet why Cotiso? Dacian king came to power after killing commanded of the greatest leader of the Dacians, Burebista, Cotiso saved the prestige gained in years of blood for a people never said as one of sheperds. By his policy and guerrilla actions, it can be said that the king Cotiso hindered, as far as possible, the penetrating and destroying of the Roman Dacia as a nation.

Cotiso stood out as a worthy successor of the expansionist policy of Burebista, but adapting it to the historical moment that he lived. His political purpose was to maintain the sovereignty of the Dacian nation by any means and to regain the burebistane old privileges. Therefore, first, he initiates treaty of alliance with the Romans, first with Augustus, and Marcus Antonius, but without the expected result.

He also avoids an alliance with the neighboring kings, most customers of Rome. His ideal policy means is twofold: to ensure the perpetuation of the Geto-Dacian nation's territory, goal of his foreign policy, a politico-military ideology founded on the principle of "I attack, therefore I am!"

Cotiso decided that Roman terror be answered by terror. This explains his military incursions across the Danube and the obstinacy with which he fights against the Romans. Cotiso guessed very well that the preservation of sovereignty and survival of Geta people hung heavily by the annihilation trends of Rome’s hegemony. So, for his clairvoyance and his firm attitude of his Dacian leadership responsibilities and with the Roman power, Cotiso has the merit to be among the very illustrious historical figures from our past too troubled.

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Yet Villa Cotiso hides not only a rich history of a nation of warriors. There are open gates to the mysteries of these places very little affected by eye of the ordinary people. Beyond words, in the mountains full of mysteries around the Dacian fortresses, wolves live in large numbers, which gave rise to numerous stories about men-wolves. There is actually an old tradition regarding wolf watched with fear and admiration. In some areas, it is still retained the link with the Dacian wolf traditions.

Those who take care of wolves are under the protection of St. Andrew and even if in old age their body is full of scars from the bites of some little dogs or wolves,we do not know any case that one has been torn or eaten by these animals. These people were one of the two sources of the legends about the man-wolf or lycanthropes.

Another legend, preserved by word of mouth is about the noise of battle heard some nights in the eyes of the woods who watches the fortification Blidaru for centuries ... and this is just the beginning.

The land over which this settlement lives courted by timelessness is only an input into other realms, far deeper and perhaps more frightening. But that's a different story about that, people from here will tell you during the nights filled by Moon.

This is Villa Cotiso and the history that lies hidden under its slabs.