The impressive Alba Iulia

Trip Start Aug 18, 2009
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Trip End Aug 25, 2009


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Flag of Romania  , Transylvania,
Monday, August 24, 2009

So many tourists tell me that Brasov is the most beautiful city - but I found a more beatiful one.

We got in Alba Iulia by night so we took a quick orientation tour before heading to the dinner.

The history of the city started back in the 12th century and the Catholic Cathedral built in the 14th century is quite impressive.

It is placed next to the Unification Cathedral, built in 1922, called like this because it's, first of all, a memorial to the Unification of the 3 Romanian countries - Vallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania, made by Michael the Great in 1600 in Alba Iulia. In this Cathedral was crowned as king of Romania Ferdinand.

The Cathedral is enormous, might be the biggest in Romania.

The next day, after a very early coffee, we visited the Unification Museum and the Roman site in the city

But Alba Iulia really imposed itself as a strong city in the 18th century, when the fortification was called Alba Carolina and had an impressive defensive system built in Vaudan style.

Not it's being restored and  you can visit the restored workshops and bastions of the city.

Also a small ceremony is held every day between 11 45 and 12 15 - the city guards exchange. All the staff of the fortification is dressed in 18th century uniforms - makes you step into the past
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