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The 3rd Gate – the largest gate of the Alba Carolina fortress

The 3rd Gate Alba Carolina Citadel Romania
The 3rd Gate of Alba Carolina Citadel is also known as "Horea's Gate" because on the top of the gate there is a cell in which it is said that Horea was imprisoned. The cell can be visited as part of the circuit "The route of the 3 Fortifications"
TypeMonument, Gate
Other NamesCarol Gate, Main Gate, Mihai Viteazul Gate, Horea’s Gate
Construction
Year
1728
Visiting
Hours
Anytime
Ticket
price
Free
LocationMihai Viteazu Street, Alba Iulia, Romania, Europe

The 3rd Gate has the shape of a double triumphal arch, it is the largest and most impressive gate of the Alba Carolina fortress.

At the top of the gate is the equestrian statue of Carol VI, the Austrian emperor during which the fortress was built.

The emperor appears triumphant, dignified, dominant, and his horse, rendered in an attitude of fierce war, passes over the Turkish military.

The four statues at the top, from the east (you can see them entering the fortress), represent the virtues: Temperance, Wisdom, Justice and Courage.

The 3rd Gate has three entrances: a big one and two smaller.

The monument is also known as “Horea’s Gate” because at the top of the gate there is a cell in which it is said that Horea was imprisoned. The cell can be visited as part of the circuit “The route of the 3 Fortifications“.

In front of the gate, there is a mobile bridge. In the past, in the evening it was raised and in the morning it was lowered again.

The ditch in front of the gate should have been filled with water, which was never done.