One of Romania's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sarmizegetusa Regia is located in the depths of the secular forests, at 1,200 meters (3,960 ft) altitude, and remains a historic site of high importance to Romanians.
This ancient city was the centre of the powerful kingdom of the Dacians, the ancestors of the Romanian people. Today you can walk among the remains of the fortress and admire the impressive sun dial, while the site's biggest treasures - the solid gold Dacian bracelets - are displayed in Bucharest at the National Museum of Romanian History.
It was the largest of the Dacian fortresses and it was built there in the proximity of nearby iron deposits. The fortress is entirely layered and spreads over terraces. The citadel surrounded by walls, the monumental sanctuaries (the Circular Calendar), the blossoming workshops, houses, systems for water collection and filtering, appear to be connected by a coherent system of roads. The historic area is filled with centuries-old ruins and one of the sanctuaries reminds of the Stonehenge in England.