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Sighisoara Fortress

Sighisoara, judetul Mures

Sighisoara is a medieval fortress with architectural ensembles made in rural Gothic style, but also in Renaissance and Baroque styles, which are the result of a constructive effort appeared later in t [read more]

Cetate, Categoria: Istoric
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Barsana Monastery

judetul Maramures, Maramures

The Monastery “Synaxis of the 12 Holy Apostles" from Barsana is a convent, located at 22 km southeast of the Sighetu Marmatiei city, at the exit of Barsana, to the Slatioara bridge, where t [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios | Biserica, Categoria: Religios
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Voronet Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Founded by Stefan cel Mare, Voronet Monastery church dedicated to "St. Gheorghe" is a synthesis of Byzantine and Gothic elements, made in an original manner. With a brilliant ingenuity, with [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA)

Delta Dunarii, judetul Tulcea

With Romania's adhesion to the Ramsar Convention in 1991, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA) was recognized as a wetland of international importance especially as waterfowl habitat. Taking into ac [read more]

Parc, Categoria: Natura
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Humor Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Situated at a distance of 5 to 6 km of Gura Humorului, Humor Monastery is one of the most famous foundations of the Romanian Middle Ages. It was built in 1530 by Toader Bubuiog, member of the divan of [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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Hurezi (Horezu) Monastery

Horezu, judetul Valcea

Among the historical monasteries, which decorates the Romanian ground, Hurezi Monastery is considered, along with its hermitages, the most representative architecture complex, defining the Brancoveanu [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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Liteni Fortress

judetul Cluj, Transilvania

AddressLoc. Liteni,

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Liteni Fortress is a medieval fortress founded at 3 km southwest of the current village of Liteni from Cluj County, on a cliff above the Iara valley.

The citadel's ruins (some of the most expressive medieval ruins in Transylvania) are at about 30 km southwest of Cluj-Napoca and at about 30 km north-west of the city of Turda, on the road between Luna de Sus and Buru. Near the fortress it is found Baisoara Mountain resort. Liteni fortress was mentioned in documents in 1324 under the title "Castrum Leta" and over time it has had a tumultuous history.

In 1405, Emperor Zsigmond Luxembourg (Sigismund of Luxembourg, 1368-1437) donated the fortress to the city of Cluj, later distributing  the estates of the fortress into three parts: to Vana (a judge), to Jakcs Janos and to Laszlo (vaivode of Beius).

After the death of the Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg the fortress entered under the authority of Losonczi Dezso, and later (after the year 1441) came into possession of Herepei Mark.

In 1456, Ioan de Hunedoara (Janos Hunyadi)  donated the building to a cousin of Pongracz Janos (Csolnokosi Klara). After the death of her family , the fortress was successively under the authority of several owners (Corvin Janos, Perenyi Orsolya, Balassa Ferenc, Artanhazi Bornemissza Boldizsar ).
On February 12th, 1562, Liteni fortress was badly damaged after the explosion of powder from the underground storerooms .

In 1569 the ruins and the forests nearby were donated to Geczy Janos who turned the fortress into a living place, his descendants settled here time of more than a century (until around the second half of the seventeenth century). Many legends refer to the name of Geczy (the name 'Geczy Fortress" comes from this period).

There are no precise data concerning the moment and the causes of the permanent abandonment of the fortress, but it is likely that this took place once with fightings of Curuts led by Francis Rakoczi II in the early eighteenth century.


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