The 3rd Gate – the largest gate of the Alba Carolina fortress
|Other Names||Carol Gate, Main Gate, Mihai Viteazul Gate, Horea’s Gate|
|Location||Mihai 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.
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