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About Deva

Based on the archaeological findings in the area, Deva exists since 1269, when it was mentioned as castrum Dewa. Stephen V, King of Hungary and Duke of Transilvania, mentioned "the royal castle of Deva" in a privilege-grant for the Count Chyl of Kelling (contele Chyl din Câlnic).

Under Voivod John Hunyadi, Deva became an important military and administrative centre.

The city was partially destroyed in 1550, by the Ottoman Turks, but was afterward rebuilt and the fortress was extended.

The origin of the city's name gave rise to controversy, some believing that it comes from Dacic "dava", which means "fortress" or "citadel", others believing that it is of Roman origin, and that the city was moved from Castrum Ceva, now Chester, in UK, other opinions suggesting that the city's name means "maiden" or "girl".

Whatever the meaning of the city's name, one thing is for sure: there is plenty to do and see in Deva, to keep the boredom away.

The ruins of Deva Fotress are, perhaps, the city's biggest attractions. Deva Fortress was one of the most powerful fortresses of Transylvania and dates since the 13th century. It was built in a strategic area, at the narrowing of the Mures Valley and the river entrance in the defile between the Poiana Rusca Mountains and the Apuseni Mountains.

Although, the passing of time has left visible marks, today, the fortress still suggests dominance and impressiveness, drawing numerous visitors from all over the country.

Other worth-while attractions in Deva's area, include Citadel (Fortress) Hill, a truncated volcanic plug, with stunning views of the Mures valley, The Magna Curia Palace (aka Bethlen Castle), dating since 1621, The Deva Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilisation, and Aqualand Complex, where visitors can pamper themselves with all kinds of relaxing sauna and massages.

Quick Facts

- The country code is: 40

- The city code is: 54