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Attractions in Deva

Deva Fortress

The citadel functioned between the 14th and 15th centuries as a voievodal residence and valach district. It was transformed into an nobiliar castle, by Iancu de Hunedoara, beginning with 1453.

Throughout its history, it was sieged several times, and it also served as a prison, at the end of the 18th century losing its strategic importance and being abandoned until 1817, when emperor Francisc I, passing through Deva decided to restore it. However, its walls were blown up, in Augut, 1849, by the Austrians.

Today, Deva Fortress serves as a reminder of past times and it is of significant historical importance for the Romanian people.

Magna Curia Palace

Also known as Bethlen Castle, Magna Curia Palace was built in 1621, in a Renaissance architectural style, under the authority of Prince (Voivode) Gabor Bethlen, under whom's rule, Deva, for a short period of time, was the capital of Transylvania.

Since 1882, the County Museum, and the Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilisation, has been housed in the palace, which is located at the foot of Citadel Hill, next to a small park.

Castle of Hunedoara

Nearby Deva, in Hunedoara, there is another impossive historical gem - the Castle of Hunedoara, also known as Hunyad Castle, believed to be one of the most spectacular attractions of its kind in the world.

Legend says that this is where Count Dracula (Vlad Dracul) was imprisoned for 7 years, by king Matthias Corvin.

Since 1974, the castle serves as a museum.

Dr. Peter Groza House Museum

The building was constructed in 1926-1929, by Horea Creanga, nephew of the renowned Romanian writer from Humulesti - Ion Creanga, and it is dedicated to Dr. Peter (Petru) Groza, Romanian politician, best known as the Prime Minister of the first Communist Party-dominated governments under Soviet occupation during the early stages of the Communist regime in Romania. The building is listed among the national architectural monuments.