Discover Transylvania with an enchanting tour travel in the western part of Romania, more specifically, on the left bank of Mures River. The city called Deva is the capital of Hunedoara County. With a population of 60.000 people and a history of 750 years, this city-fortress represents a main attraction in the region of Transylvania.
Its name was first documented in the year of 1269 as castrum Dewa. The leaders that once occupied this land were the Roman Legion Augusta II who had given the name of Castrum Deva from Britania to the conquered territory of Dacia.
As a large town in the west, Deva became an important military and administrative center for several kings such as Stephen V of Hungary or the Voivod John Hunyadi. Surrounded by mystery and fairy tales of ancient myths, the town’s biggest attraction is the Citadel, ancient fortress that has protected the region for many centuries.
Symbol of the town, it was nicknamed “the Key to Mures River”, it had many visitors and guarded the access from Central Europe to Transylvania. It offers an incredible view on the surroundings. The fortress is open daily and the admission is free. There is also a funicular that can get you nearly to the top.
This tour travel will get you to the most significant places of Deva, being easy to discover its beauties. The city is also known as an important place of pilgrimage for the members of the Unitarian Church. There are traces that indicate the presence of Unitarianism religion that has flourished since 1500s.
The Citadel Hill dominates the sighting, and it is protected as an important nature reserve thanks to its special floral species and vipers, especially the horned adder. Tourists can visit by using the cable car or climbing the hill. Nonetheless, this is the reference point to begin the tour.
Discover the rest of Deva visiting the Citadel Park, where lies the statue of the Dacian King Decebal and the statue of Mihai Eminescu, the greatest poet of Romanians. So the visitors can enjoy both the beauty of nature and historical stories.
Arriving downtown, the Art Theater is definitely worth seeing, as a fine example of Vienesse architecture, as the town’s main cultural institution. The Synagogue and the many churches, both Orthodox and Catholic, are significant monuments of worship, with impressive architecture of baroque or Byzantine style.
Moreover, at the foot of the Fortress Hill, the Magna Curia Palace represents a beautiful Renaissance construction which now houses the Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilizations. Other major touristic objectives that are not to be missed are the House of Culture, Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Bejan Park, the National Heroes Monument or the Reformed Church.
The capital of Hunedoara it is also considered the Gymnastics capital of Romania because the best gymnasts in the country have trained here, including Olympic, European and World champions Nadia Comaneci, Daniela Milosevici, Ecaterina Szabo, Lavinia Agache or Catalina Ponor.
Discover Transylvania in the tour travel of the picturesque settlement at the foothills of the volcanic cone of the Citadel, where Deva remains a cultural, social, sports and economic center.