New asphalt road to Sarmizegetusa Regia available as of next year
Good news for the tourists who want to know more about one of the hardcores of the Romanian people. The paved road up to Sarmizegetusa Regia, the former Dacian Capital will be asphalted for the first time in its history. Hunedoara County Council has accessed EUR 4 M European funds which will make a brand new access to the fortress lying in the heart of Orastie Mountains.
While only 50,000 tourists are currently daring to visit Sarmizegetusa Regia on a annual basis due to the bad county road which leads to the fortress, now the authorities are expecting the number of visitors to double.
„We are waiting for this moment probably since the Aurelian withdrawl. If the road is to be totally pitched, we estimate about 100,000 visitors for 2016,” Vladimir Brilinski, Sarmizegetusa Regia custodian told Digi24.
The revamping works are scheduled to be concluded till the end of this year. During rehabilitation, the road will close down, with the visitors having to resort to other roadways to visit the ruins.
Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital and the most important military, religious and political center of the Dacians prior to the wars with the Roman Empire. Built on top of a 1,200 m high mountain, the fortress, comprising six citadels, was the core of a strategic defensive system in the Orastie Mountains, Hunedoara county.
Included on UNESCO World Heritage list, Sarmizegetusa Regia has served as the Dacian capital for at least one and a half centuries, while coming to a climax during King Decebalus’ reign.
Read a special feature about Sarmizegetusa Regia in the Travel section on Tuesday, while you can admire an original photo gallery on the ruins of the mysterious Dacian site.