CETATEA RUPEA

Although it does not seem from a distance, the fortress is divided into three levels, which test your physical condition, to conquer them and to see with your eyes the wonderful panorama from the top. Called simply, "The Citadel from above" (14th century), "The middle citadel" (with two enclosures from the 15th century) and "The Citadel from below" (17th century) betrays its different moment of construction, by the type of masonry, but and of the architectural layout, corresponding to the siege techniques of the time. Once equipped even with a lift bridge, the fortress still retains only the fortress towers, named after the type of utility they had throughout the time: · Tower of the gate, Tower of the Servants, Tower of Slăninii (initially called the New Tower), in the fortress below · The Tower of Hungary, the Pentagonal Tower, the Tower of the Scouts (equipped with a secret gate), the Tower of the Chapel, the Tower of the Gods (which is supposed to house the fortress archives), the Thick Tower and the Powder Tower, in the middle citadel      The history of the fortress of Rupea is marked by the rebellion of the Saxon elite against King Carol I (Karoly) of Hungary, in the 12th century. XIV (1324), who also left the fortress after the Turkish invasion of 1421. From that moment, the fortress remained in full possession of the Rupea chair. In the sec. XVI, the fortress was permanently inhabited by several hundred Saxons: about 100 dwelling houses populated the fortress, along with warehouses for supplies, weapons and documents, administrative spaces, chapel and the priest's house, carriage place, a fountain (deep 41 m, whose location is indicated today inside the citadel), but also a fair place (in the Fortress of the City, the locality having at that time a fair status). The Rupea fortress was never conquered or plundered, but was gradually abandoned since the first half of the century. 18th century, in the new calmer regional political context and after the political assurance guaranteed by the army of the Habsburg Empire.   The legends of the Rupea Fortresses are an attraction in themselves, because they are related to the great Dacian ruler, Decebal. Although unproven archaeologically, the legend says that here the days in the Dacian fortress Rumidava would have ended, on the ruins of which the fortress of Rupea would have been built. Another legend speaks of the obligation of the married young people from the Rupei chair, to contribute with a stone to the construction of the fortress, thus becoming part of the community.   Visiting program: April 1 - August 31: 09:00 - 20:00 September 1 - March 31: 09:00 - 17:00. Rates: 10 lei - adults, 5 lei - children Contact: +40 268 260555, +40 728 950 646 Languages spoken: Romanian, English   Discover in Rupea - The Evangelical-Lutheran church, hidden among modern buildings, in the center of the city, bears the dedication of St. James and dates from the 20th century. XIV. You will find inside it parts of mural painting in limestone, elements of Gothic, Romanesque inspiration, strange of the century. XVII-XVIII, but also a funeral tomb preserved in the sacristy, which suggests the possibility of a necropolis of the court judges and other local notables - The day dedicated to the city during Haferland Week - July - The George Cernea Ethnographic Museum, with objects that illustrate the traditional occupations of the inhabitants of the area, as well as their customs (pottery, crown feast, fishing, wedding, Romanian interior, Saxon interior, grocery store). Strada Republicii 191, Rupea 505500 etnobrasov.ro +40 268 260 790 Coordinates: latitude 46 ° 2 '15.17 ", longitude 25 ° 8' 58.59" - The Vasile Borcoman Ethnographic Museum http://www.facebook.com/#!/muzeuletnografic.vasileborcomanrupea Coordinates: latitude 46 ° 2 '19.03 ", longitude 25 ° 13' 17.83" - The Fortress Festival - July-August - http://rupeaturistica.ro/evenimente/ - Children's Ball on the second day of Christmas, dedicated to unmarried young people, where access is only based on invitation - The Ball of the Popular Port (February) is organized by symmetry with the "Ball of the children" - at this ball the protagonists are married persons, dressed in the popular port specific to the area of origin or ethnicity. The ball wants to revive the atmosphere of the old parties in folk costume that took place in Rupea. - Choral carols festival - December - The custom of caroling on the eve and Christmas day - The celebration of Pentecost, "La Rond" in "Grigorie's Forest" (Gigoriwald) outside Rupea - Animal fairs, specific to the whole area of the old Rupea chair and of a certain medieval tradition. In Rupea they are established on January 7, March 7, July 22 and October 7.