Human beings seem to have a weakness for castles, fortresses or citadels build on high peaks, from where they can guard and frighten us at the same time. We are not different, so it was time for us to go up to the Deva Fortress and see what it has to offer.
We stopped at the Rotonda Chapel and the Reformat Church from Geoagiu during one of our road trip weekends. the weather was not an ideal one for a family road trip, but as far as the rain didn’t start, we were happy to wonder around.
The Mălăieşti Fortress is a small fortress in the village with the same name from Hunedoara county.
The fortress was built in the 14th century by the Sărăcin family, the rulers of the Sălaşu de Sus village. They were the second most important noble family from the Hațeg region of Romania, after the powerful Cândea family, known also as Kendeffy, after they changed their religion from Orthodox to Catholic.
Somewhere 4 kilometers from Hateg, Hunedoara district, in the Silviut forest, there is one of the few buffalo reservations in Romania and in Europe as well. This type of animal, that in medieval times used to dominate the European woods, is on the edge of extinction.