We arrived here after first visiting the stone church in Densuș that we already told you about. Black clouds were starting to gather above us but we still decided to leave the comfort of the car and start climbing on foot until the fortification.
Getting here is very easy now since there is a freshly laid asphalt road leading to a big parking area. You must leave your car here and continue uphill on the pedestrian-only paved road which is about 1 km long.
Although we hoped for the rain to avoid the area, bad luck struck exactly when we reached the pay point for entering the fortification. Torrential rain and then, soon after, hail started to fall on us.
Unfortunately there is no where to head for cover there. The only place we could find were under some big trees but they only minimised the storm. What can I say, I wish there were some places with a roof for tourists to be protected in such cases..
Sarmizegetusa Regia is situated in the Orăștiei Mountains and it was the capital of Dacia, the kingdom that predates modern Romania. This fortification was the biggest and the most important one of the six fortification used by the Dacian king Decebal to defend against the Roman Empire invasion. The other five fortifications are: Piatra Roșie (The Red Stone), Blidaru, Cetățuie, Căpâlna and Bănița. All of them are currently in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list.
After Dacia was conquered by the Romans, the latter moved the capital 40 km away and named it Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa.
Also, several temples or sacred places can still be seen, of course only a couple of big boulders used for their construction. One of the most important places in this big fortification is a sacred temple called the Circular Calendar (the one on the article’s cover photo). This place is also the symbol of Sarmizegetusa Regia as it is commonly associated to it.
We can only recommend to come see this place, the most important place of the ancient Dacian Kingdom, which is the foundation of the Romanians. Beside the fortification, the place where it is built is also very beautiful, surrounded by virgin forests at over 1200 m altitude. Fingers crossed so that storms will avoid the area when you’ll be visiting 😀
This place on the map so you can find it easier: