Listed in Fortresses and Castles, Sights in Romania

Overview

Construction of the fortress began in 1324, during the uprising of the Saxons against the Hungarian king Charles Robert of Anjou. Later, two courtyards and three defensive towers were added to the original construction. In the first courtyard there is a 59 meters deep fountain , which still has not dried up.

Over time this was a place of refuge for the population in the surrounding villages, during repeated sieges of the Turks and Tartars.

The fortress has the form of an ascending spiral and its fortification system consists of three chambers: Upper Citadel (built before German colonization), Middle Fortress (built in the XVth century) and the Lower Citadel (dating from the eighteenth century).

The city was abandoned in 1643, when it was turned into ruins by fire. At the end of the century, the Saxons took refuge into the city but without using it for defense; they surrendered the castle to Habsburg armies without fighting. In 1790, the roof of the fortress was destroyed by a powerful storm and the city was abandoned.

To reach the gates of the fortress, you have to climb a narrow road, but the effort is rewarded by the offered  view.

  • Address
    Strada Cetății, Rupea, Brașov County
  • Opening hours

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    10:00 - 20:00

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  • Prices

    Adults: 10 Lei (~2.2 Euro); Children: 5 Lei (~ 1.1 Euro)

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