Neamț Fortress

We continue our series of posts from the Romanian North-Eastern region, Moldova. We loved it here and you have a lot to see. More than we had time for unfortunately. We started with Iași, then continued with the mountains, Ceahlău and finally Voroneț monastery. This time we stop in the town of Târgu Neamț in Neamț county.

On the outskirts of the town we see indicators towards the Neamț Fortress which I  remember from when I was little when I visited together with my parents. In fact I only remembered something about a suspended bridge, the rest was foggy 🙂 We decided to visit it since we were in town anyway. We left our car in a big parking lot and headed towards the fortress. We crossed a small bazaar where you can buy all kinds of souvenirs and started going up hill. After our long trekking session in the Ceahlău Mountains we weren’t very happy to climb again but what could we do? :)) It’s nothing much really, it takes just 15 minutes or so. We got there and our first impressions was: “wooww!!” 🙂

Neamț Fortress
Neamț Fortress – suspended bridge

I must admit that I didn’t remember it this way. It looks very good now. I remember it almost in ruins. Later I discovered that it was restored with PHARE funds between 2007 and 2009. The first thing that attracts your attention is the arched suspended bridge which rests on 11 massive pylons which are about 8 meters tall.It also has a moving part right before entering the fortress. That part could be retracted in order to cut access inside. Once you get over the moving part of the bridge you get inside the fortress through a Gothic – styled wooden gate.

Neamț Fortress – suspended bridge
Neamț Fortress – suspended bridge
Neamț Fortress – suspended bridge
Neamț Fortress
Mobile bridge and main entrance
Mobile bridge and main entrance

Once we got inside the courtyard we see that it is pretty large. It’s surrounded by thick defence walls and inside the walls you can find various rooms serving various purposes. On the Eastern side, at the ground floor and basement, you will see the prison, the mint, the storage room and the kitchen. At the first floor you can find the ladies room, and a dungeon called “the black dungeon”. On the Western side, at the ground floor and basement you can find the armoury, council and judgement hall and upstairs, a secret room. On the South side there is a Lapidary and a terrace upstairs. At last on the Northern side there is no room 🙂 In the pictures that you have below you can see the courtyard and the various room that we mentioned earlier:

Neamț Fortress – courtyard
Neamț Fortress – courtyard
Neamț Fortress – courtyard
Neamț Fortress -exit from the mint
Neamț Fortress – council hall

Neamț Fortress was built at the end of the 14th century by Petru I (1374 – 1391). The building materials include: river stone (used for the resistance of the walls and also used as a filling material), quarry stone (used in the arcades, pillars and abutments) and greenish sandstone rock. Between the fortress and the rest of the ground there is a defence ditch, on the Northern side. The fortress is shaped like a quadrilateral with unequal sides: the Northern side is 38,5 meters long, the Southern side is 37,5 meters long, the Eastern side is 47 meters long and the Western side is 40 meters long. The defence walls are 3 meters thick and are 12 – 15 meters high. In each of the four corners you can see a defence tower.

Neamț Fortress
Neamț Fortress

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