Michael the Brave Church


Out-of-sight Michael the Brave Church, brought to Alba Iulia in 1992 from Maramureş, stands on the site of a former Metropolitan cathedral built by Mihai Viteazul in 1597 and destroyed by the Habsburgs in 1714.

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1. Uprising Memorial

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A 22.5m-high granite column, erected in 1937, commemorates the peasant uprising in 1784–85. From here you can enjoy a superb panorama over the surrounding…

2. Former Princely Palace


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4. Custozza Monument

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Obelisk raised in 1906 to commemorate soldiers and officers of the 50th infantry regiment of Alba Iulia, who were killed while fighting in the Habsburg…

5. St Michael's Cathedral

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Archaeologists unearthed the largest fort in Roman Dacia at this site, and you can admire the old walls and old hypocaust (heating system) within.

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Within this 1900-built hall, the union between Romania and Transylvania was signed and sealed on 1 December 1918. The National Union Museum is opposite.

8. Forks Hill

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In 1785, two of Alba Iulia's revolutionaries were executed by Hungarian authorities on this spot, in front of a crowd of locals.