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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]

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Soimos Fortress

Lipova, judetul Arad

AddressLoc. Lipova


Built towards the end of the XIII century by a noble family, Soimos Fortress was first mentioned in documents in 1278, when Ban Pal donated "Castrum Somos" to the sons of his brother. Its role has uniformly increased since prince Ladislaus Kan  II. After 1315 it becomes the royal domain, the residence of the counties of Arad.

In 1456, Soimos Fortress entered in the possession of Iancu of Hunedoara, who then gave it to the Czech Hussite captain Jan Giskra in 1471. In 1514, it was besieged by Romanian and Hungarian rebels, led by Gheorghe Doja. When Transylvania became an autonomous principality, in 1541, Soimos Fortress was the residence of the prince, Ioan Sigismund and his mother, Queen Isabella. During this period it is strengthened and decorated in Renaissance style, also adding the external bastions. Until today, in the courtyard, there are seen some profiles stone carved, from the princely apartments located upstairs.

In 1552, the Turkish occupied the city, after repeated sieges, and in 1595 it was retaken by Gyorgy Borbely - captain of Stefan Bath - getting into the custody of the princes of Transylvania. In 1599-1600 it passed under the authority of Mihai Viteazul (Michael the Brave). In 1688, the camp was finally released under Turkish domination. The damages during and after the siege have never been rebuilted, the fortifications being abandoned. Thus, in the eighteenth century, it gradually loses military importance because of the improvement of the artillery.

In 1784, near Soimos Fortress fought Horia against the imperial forces. Abandoned in 1788, its walls were gradually turned into ruins. In recent years there has been some building works at the walls.

The interior shape of the castle tower is similar to a triangle, easiest access from the west. The yard of the inner citadel is of considerable size (35x22 meters) and is dominated by the gate tower and the old tower, several storeys high. To the north there is the palace of Queen Izabela, richly decorated with sculptures of the Renaissance. Beautiful is the balcony maintained intact untill today and which still bears the name of the former sovereign. From the fortress opens a wonderful view to the gorge of Mures and to the plains of Arad.

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