Although it’s only the beginning of February and spring is not even thinking of showing its face, we still can’t stand still at all during the weekends. So here we are again, quickly shutting down our laptops on Friday afternoon and back on the highway – this time in search of the Dacian Fortresses in the Hunedoara County.
This spring is quite freakish, changing rapidly from a hot season, sun and temperature over 25°C to a cold season, snow and -10°C, but waiting for the summer is not a valid option. Somewhere at the middle of March we said we should experience the first road trip with our 17 months baby. The forecast warned us that we will have changing weather, so we planned for a 2 days history trip not too far from Sibiu and we chose to follow the route Sibiu – Geoagiu – Deva – Sarmizegetuza Regia – Sibiu, a 350 km trip.
Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital and the spiritual centre of the Dacians before the two wars against the Roman Empire led by emperor Trajan, at the beginning of the second century AD. The site is included in the UNESCO World heritage program.
The sacred area
26 Km from Sibiu, in a magical village where time seems to have stayed still for centuries, is located the Dacian Fortress of Cățânaș Tilişca.
On the Cățânaș Hill at a height of 716 meters, the fortress had a strategic value for ensuring a good view of the two neighboring valleys.
On a Sunday afternoon, coming back from a lovely weekend to Garana and the Danube, we made a quick stop to Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, located in the Hunedoara county, in the Samizegetusa village. We first thought that there’s nothing too much to see, but actually the site is very well-preserved and offers clear information about what how life was about 2000 years ago.