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The 1st Gate of Alba Carolina fortress – the gate of the gods

The 1st Gate, Alba Carolina, Romania
The 1st Gate of the fortress is the gate with representations from Greek mythology. This gate is the first one you pass through if you come from the east of Alba Iulia.
TypeMonument, Gate
Visiting
Hours
Anytime
Ticket
price
Free
LocationMihai Viteazu Street, Alba Iulia, Romania, Europe

The 1st Gate is the first gate in the eastern part of the Alba Carolina fortress.

It was built of stone, has the shape of a triumphal arch and has three entrances, a big one and two smaller ones.

The 1st Gate of the fortress is a gate with representations from Greek mythology.

As you approach the gate to enter the Alba Carolina Citadel, the statues of the god Ares (Mars) and the goddess Aphrodite (Venus) look down on you, being silent witnesses at your entrance to the most beautiful fortress in Romania.

First Gate, Alba Carolina, Romania

In the center, above the road access is the bicephalous eagle, crowned, on the chest of which is reproduced the monogram of Carol VI. It holds a scepter and a sword, symbols of power, and is the state emblem of the Austrian Empire.

On the outside facade, to the left side, above the pedestrian access, is represented Aeneas (Eneas), son of Anchises of Troy and the goddess Aphrodite, the legendary founder of Rome, who carries behind his father, saving him from the Troy set on fire by the Achaeans.

First Gate, Alba Carolina, Romania

To the right side is Hercules, fighting with Anteus, the giant, son of Poseidon and Ghea.

First Gate, Alba Carolina, Romania

On the inner façade on the left side, is represented Hercules killing the lion of Nemea.

First Gate, Alba Carolina, Romania

On the inner façade on the right side is another mythological character, Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae, who holds up the severed head of the Medusa, requested by Polydectes. In his left hand is his sword, with the tip down, and at his feet is the beheaded body of the Gorgon.

First Gate, Alba Carolina, Romania