The Fortress of Deva

By Cristina Radu

When I got down from the train, all I wanted was to follow my plan: to let the luggage at the BVS bus depot, to make-up, to arrange a little bit my hair, to change into the dress that I picked up for Fortress of Deva and to hit the road.

Said and done! I put the luggage into the places that were designed for, in exchange of a fee of 5lei. They have a special policy: you pay 10lei when you let them there and when you are ready to leave, they will return you 5lei.

Coming back to the subject, 30 minutes later, I was dressed up, my make-up and hair done and ready to hit the road with my high sneakers, because I had no slippers in my luggage. I am brilliant, I know.

I walked almost 15 minutes from BVS bus depot to the Fortress of Deva. Google Maps will show you that you need to walk more than 30 minutes, because the location is selected to the top of the fortress, not to the cable car.

There was no one, so I couldn’t be happier than that. It was really a dream day. I could pose like I wanted, where I wanted, for how long I wanted without being disturbed or without disturbing anyone else.

P.S. If you want to go to Fortress of Deva for a photoshoot, chose to make it on Monday morning.

Although the cable car route seems scary, in reality was a smooth one, without any discomfort. You can climb on the old road that was the path for many people for centuries. For me was too early for that.

First, I walked around the fortress. I discovered a few corners of heaven (and one of vipers…). I put the heels on my feet and I tried to blend into the decor and to capture all the beauty of it, that dating back to 1269!

The Fortress of Deva was a medieval fortress and a regional residence, it got military value and a few decades later, a part of it, was transformed into a prison and a torture place. Unfortunately, it crumbled into ruin, but a short time after, it was brought to life. Ultimately, the powder magazine exploded, and all the east part was removed. Today, the fortress is the central attraction of Deva for the tourists and the locals.

For me, is that kind of tourist attraction that you need to visit once in a life time. But, if you are passionate about history and fortress, go there for how many times you can! Not every day you can walk through a place that guarded for centuries the entrance and the exit of Transilvania.

I had allocated 3 hours to do that dreamy photoshoot, but after 2 hours I was ready to go to the bus depot, to eat something and to hit the road to Hunedoara!

Cristina Radu

Hi! I'm Cristina, I'm 23 years old and I live in Bucharest. I collect antiques, I love cats and I want to live in a castle in France.

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