Câlnic Fortified Church


Seven-metre walls enclose this 13th-century citadel complex, once home to Saxon nobles. It's an atmospheric day trip from Alba Iulia, which lies a 30km drive north.

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12.72 MILES

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

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12.95 MILES

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7. Custozza Monument

13.1 MILES

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8. Muzeul Principia

13.12 MILES

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