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Horea, Closca and Crisan Obelisk – Alba Carolina Citadel

Horea, Closca and Crisan Obelisk, Alba Citadel
The imposing Horea, Closca and Crisan Obelisk dominates the entire eastern part of Alba Iulia, reminiscent over time of the martyred heroes of the 1785 revolt, Horea, Closca, and Crisan.
MaterialLimestone and Trahit from Banpotoc, Hunedoara
Visiting HoursAnytime
LocationAlba Iulia, Romania, Europe

Horea Closca and Crisan obelisk

As you enter the fortress through Gate I, then climb to Gate II, the great obelisk rises to the left side face to face with Gate III.

The imposing monument was built in honor of the leaders of the revolt of 1784-1785, Horea, Cloșca and Crișan right on the place where in 1784 Horea and Cloșca were imprisoned.

The obelisk was built with money donated by citizens and various institutions.

A lighthouse was to be placed at the top of the obelisk to illuminate the night. Lighthouse has not been installed. The monument is empty inside and has an interior staircase from the base to the top.

During the construction of Horea Closca and Crisan Obelisk, the Second Gate of the fortress was destroyed. In 2010 it was reconstructed and the statues of the two Atlanteans and the lions are the original statues that were kept at the National Museum of the Union.

The Horea, Closca and Crisan obelisk has a height of 20 m.

Horea and Closca cell

At its base is a symbolic cell reminiscent of the place where Horea and Closca were held prisoners, and above the cell are carved in bas-relief the three martyrs standing upright in front of people.

Goddess Victoria and the marble plate

On the opposite, eastern side, there is a huge statue of the goddess Victoria, winged and bearing a laurel crown

On the basis of the Obelisk, there is a marble plate with the inscription: Humble worship of Horea, Closca and Crisan.

Horea, Closca and Crisan Obelisk, Alba Citadel