TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel review site, awarded Alba Carolina Fortress in Alba Iulia (central Romania) the Certificate of Excellence following the tourists’ reviews in the past year. Over 300,000 Romanian and foreign tourists are visiting Alba Carolina on an annual basis.
The rehabilitation works of the medieval fortress started in 2008 and ended after six years, following a EUR 67m investment. But those six years of restoration were worthwhile, as today Alba Carolina displays its true value and beauty, luring hundreds of thousands of tourists to come and admire the fortifications and the exquisite changing the guard ceremony.
Vauban-like citadel of Alba Iulia, lying on 110 hectares, was built during 1715-1738 against instauration of the Habsburg domination in Transylvania.
The Habsburg authorities saw in the new fortification a very important one for the defense system against the Turks, but also a sign of consolidation of their power on the occupied territories. So, Alba Carolina was to become Transylvania’s main fortification, particularly that it was designed trendily, inspired by the works of French military architect, marshal Vauban.
Alba Carolina is defended by three fortification systems, taking the shape of an irregular septangle. The seven bastions give the fortress a star-like picture, typical to this type of fortresses.
Alba Iulia local authorities are optimistic about the touristic perspectives of the fortress following TripAdvisor recognition.
“Practically it proves that we are on the right track, on an upward trend regarding tourism by registering rises by 20 pc every year,” Mihai Coser, spokesperson of Alba Iulia City Hall told Digi24.