In case you missed it, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my trip to Romania.
Before I even get started in sharing the sights, can anyone guess from which Transylvanian movie I grabbed a quote for today’s title? (Hint: Put… the candle… back!)
Alright, so back to the sights! Our first full-day in Romania, the whole group walked the half mile to the Alba Iulia Fortress, also known as Alba Iulia Citadel (Cetatea Alba Iulia) or Alba Carolina Fortress. This grand fortress is situated in the center of the city and operates as a hub of sorts for the city. The fortress was built between 1716 and 1735, but it was once the location of an Ancient Roman center, Apulum, which was the largest city of Roman Dacia (aka present-day Romania). We partnered up with our tour guide who filled us in with the rich history of not only the fortress but also about the city. We visited the National Unification Museum, a museum of Roman and Medieval ruins, a Roman Catholic Church, and the Orthodox Cathedral of the Reunification, where King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie were crowned in 1922. The Fortress is also home to National Honour Gallery, the Princely Palace (Voivodal Palace), the Batthyaneum Library, the Roman Catholic bishop’s palace, and the Apor Palace. And because we didn’t have enough the first time, a small group of us went to walk around the fortress one afternoon before doing a little shopping.
Our second excursion was to Dracula’s Castle in Bran.