Alba Iulia Citadel
Alba Iulia Citadel is one of Romania's top attractions, a place where history goes back 2,000 years to the time when the Roman Empire conquered the Dacian Kingdom.
A Roman castrum, a medieval fortification and a large citadel under the authority of the Habsburg Empire, Alba Iulia was also the scene of the first and brief Romanian union in 1600.
But this impressive citadel is most famous for the day of December 1st, 1918 when Transylvania decided its union with Romania, celebrated today as the National Day of the country.
It's remarkable not only for its architectural elements and the beauty of its gates which reflect unique military structures, but also for the rich history surrounding it - the city of Alba Iulia is of vital reference for the history of Romanians and is associated with the Great Union of 1918, when Transylvania and the rest of Romania were united. This is why some Romanians like to refer to the city as "the other capital".
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