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About Bistrita Citadel

Bistrita citadel dates from the thirteenth century; was rebuilt during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Under the German law, a settlement could have a medieval urban city status, only if they manage to raise a stone enclosure and maintain an army.

Fortifications, begun in 1465, involved a huge financial effort and a high technical intelligence to use the most effective natural features of the land and to ensure the best possible defense. At that time, from place to place were located not less than 18 towers and bastions of defense, at the expense of guilds.

Following the provisions of the Imperial Court in Vienna, arrived in 1863, the locals had to start tearing down fortifications, gates and towers. Tearing down old walls represent, symbolically, a break with the past based on privilege, a victory for freedom of movement.

The only tower that has been preserved until today was Coopers Tower. It has been used in the past as a hospital for mentally ill, but also, as a place of detention for prostitutes, who were put in chains before being nailed to the pillory, Central Square, where executioners apply them lashes, before being driven out of the city by the city's venerable women.
Currently, Coopers Tower houses a unique gallery of puppets and masks around 700 exhibits including creation of Baron Alexander Misiuga.

Coopers Tower is located in street Dogarilor intersection with street Nicolae Balcescu.

Contact and information:

Address: Str. Dogarilor, Bistrita, Romania

Opening hours: Daily

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