Sarmizegetusa Regia, Petrosani

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Sarmizegetusa Regia, also Sarmisegetusa, Sarmisegethusa, Sarmisegethuza, Ζαρμιζεγεθούσα (Zarmizegethoúsa) or Ζερμιζεγεθούση (Zermizegethoúsē), was the capital and the most important military, religious and political centre of the Dacians before the wars with the Roman Empire. Erected on top of a 1200 m high mountain, the fortress, comprising six citadels, was the core of a strategic defensive system in the Orăştie Mountains (in present-day Romania).

Sarmizegetusa Regia should not be confused with Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, the Roman capital of Dacia built by Roman Emperor Trajan some 40 km away, which was not the Dacian capital. Sarmizegetusa Ulpia was discovered earlier, was known already in the early 1900s, and was initially mistaken for the Dacian capital, a confusion which led to incorrect conclusions being made regarding the military history and organization of the Dacians.
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  • This is a place you need to see. The capital of Dacia, it was an important spiritual center. Here you can even see the first paved road, many temple ruins and sacrificial tables.  more »
  • Not only the place is extraordinary but also the road to reach the place. Very different houses, very rich forest and absolutely marvelous nature. You walk 20 minutes to visit the place and find a...  more »
  • One of the few well preserved monuments in Romania from 2000 years ago. There are diggings still ongoing. The way up the mountain takes a while after leaving the parking area. There are public toilets and a small spring with drinkable fresh water. Pack some food though.
  • Had a surreal feeling visiting this ancient site. The location in the forest is great and helps keeping you cool on a hot summer day. Worth visiting!
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