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Things to do in Alba Iulia

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The top 10 attractions in Alba Iulia

Train Stations in Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia Train Station
Alba Iulia has a good transport network, with both buses and rail. The train station is located in the modern area of ​​the city, just below the cemetery and the town centre. It has several platforms and railways both regional and long distance that connect the city with other popular destinations and countries such as Cluj Napoca, Timisoara, Deva, Hunedoara and Bucarest.
Cathedrals in Alba Iulia
Catedrala Reîntegririi - Reunification Cathedral
Reunification Cathedral is an orthodox temple located within the city walls of Alba Iulia. It was built in 1921 shortly after the unification of Romania, in the style of Byzantine church and inspired by Târgoviste. The most notable feature of the cathedral is its unique bell tower that extends 58 metres into the air, topped by a dome and supported by columns. It also has a Greek cross, and is accessed through a portico formed by five arches. The interior is decorated with murals. In this cathedral King Ferdinand I of Romania was crowned in 1922, and is therefore also known as "Coronation Cathedral".
Historical Monuments in Alba Iulia
Obeliscul - Obelisk of Horea, Clo?ca and Cri?an
This obelisk is close to the western gate of the Citadel, and was constructed in the year 1937 in memory of the ringleaders of the revolt that took place in Transylvania between the years 1784 and 1785 against feudal serfdom. They wanted to equate the rights of Romanians and other ethnic groups in the area, since at that time they only supported Catholicism as the religion and peasants were disadvantaged. The obelisk is carved in granite and was made by E. Negrulea Mihaltan.
Citadels in Alba Iulia
Cetatea Alba Iulia - Alba Iulia Citadel Bastionara
This citadel is the main tourist attraction of the city. This is a Vauban-type fort designed by architect Giovanni Morando Visconti under the direction of General Steinville Stephan. It was constructed in the early 18th century by order of Charles VI of Habsburg and was called "Alba Carolina." The Citadel is within a walled enclosure with a star on its perimeter measuring about 12 km, and is made up of 7 bastions and 6 doors. The biggest tower is that of the Trinity, and the doors are decorated with statues and reliefs made by many artists under the direction of Johan Konig. Inside are the main historical buildings: The museum Unirii, the Episcopal Palace, and 2 Cathedrals: The Reunification of (Orthodox) and San Miguel (Catholic).
Museums in Alba Iulia
Museum of the Union
One of the historic buildings which is located on the grounds of the [poi = 120486] Citadel [/ poi] is the Museum Unirii or of the Union. It is made up of a large building of two stories built in the late 19th century, where an important historical event happened: In this building, in the year 1918, the union of Transylvania to the kingdom of Romania was proclaimed. The museum was created in 1968 and is considered one of the largest in the country. It has over a hundred rooms which display artifacts, pieces of coins, and it has a permanent exhibition of customs and ethnography of the country. Additionally, visitors will find all types of documents and books related to Romanian history.
Palaces in Alba Iulia
This courthouse is located in the historic center of the city, but just outside the walls of the Citadel. The building was constructed during the 20th century, and is now home to the Palace of Justice and the Courts of the city. The building has three floors and occupies an entire block. The main entrance is located by the square chamfer Bratinu Ion IC.
Churches in Alba Iulia
Miguel the Brave Memorial Church
This church is located in the [poi = 120486] Citadel [/ poi], close to the [poi = 120497] Horea Obelisk, CLOSCA and Crisan [/ poi]. It is a memorial to Mihai Viteazul (Michael the Brave), who is considered a national hero for having achieved the unification of the three Romanian principalities (Wallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia). The church was originally built out of wood, but what we can see today is of a more recent construction from the year 1988, but it raised as the early 16th century. It is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. What is most striking is its tower, which ends in a pointed spire.
Cathedrals in Alba Iulia
Romano Catholic Cathedral - Cathedral of San Miguel
This Roman Catholic cathedral is considered as the most important building of the medieval architecture in the city. It can be found within the [poi = 120486] Citadel of Alba Iulia [/ poi]. The temple was built during the 13th century and was constructed in the Gothic style and has a basilica with three naves and a transept topped with three semicircular apses. There is a statue of Mihai Viteazul which stands there and is made in bronze by sculptor Oscar Han. Inside the cathedral, you will find several chapels, as well as the remains of John Hunyadi and Queen of Hungary Elizabeth Jagiello.
Villages in Alba Iulia
Nature Reserves in Alba Iulia