Visit Sarmizegetusa Regia Fortress

You will reach the Dacian capital walking along the ancient road or driving on the sylvan road. 
• There are about 4 km from Dacian Halt – Gradiste to Sarmizegetusa Regia. 
• There are about 17 km from From Dacian Halt – Costesti to Sarmizegetusa Regia.   
 
1. Driving on the sylvan road
Go the distance from Costesti village by car. In Gradistea de Munte turn right on the bridge next to the church. Go forward and pass the power plant, then turn left. Drive on and follow the signs till you will reach the city parking.  
You can also leave the car farther back near the power plant and follow the forest road by foot, the route is marked. 
Or you can park in the steep curve, many cars stop there. From that point on there is a ten minutes walk.

2. Walking on the ancient road
Go to the power plant and cross the footbridge to Godeanului Valley. Immediately on your left you will see a small trail that climbs steeply. The route is marked. Follow the path and climb the first difficult part of the road. Beware the blackberry bushes. Step in our ancestors` footprints on the mighty ancient road guarded by tall straight trees. Dacian chariots rode to the capital on this road. On the sides you will see terraces where there used to be houses. The ancient road can be traveled in about 90 minutes at an average walk. 

Sarmizegetusa is the most important city in Orastie Mountains. The capital of former Dacian kingdom, the administrative, political and religious center dominates the heights from 1200 meters altitude, lying in the shade of the Godeanu Peak. 

The fortress is built on five terraces, on an about 30,000 square meters area. It is surrounded by murus dacicus – three meters thick walls built using a Dacian ancient technique. 
  
The most visited part of the fortress is the sacred area which includes seven visible sanctuaries, a paved road, an andesite sun and the defense towers. This is the area showing the original positions of the Dacian buildings. The walls of the entrance were built by Romans after conquering the city as part of a Roman castrum. 
 
The Dacian advanced technology is clearly proved by the drains which were tested this year and gave an incredible force to the water. You will also see and astrolabe – an andesite dish whose bottom is filled with water. Our Dacians used the reflection to study the stars. 
 
On the way to the sacred area you will go along this paved road built with large limestone slabs. This used to be a monumental path for religious processions held at that time. 
 
No need to take water with you, but take an empty bottle. In Sarmisegetusa you can fill it with the spring water passing along a vein of silver. It is cold and pure as only in these places you can drink. 
 
In the city you will find postcards and flyers. 
 
See more about Sarmizegetusa Regia here.

All Orastiei Dacian Fortresses are part of UNESCO world heritage.
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