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The Citadel of Rasnovshow map
About The Citadel of Rasnov

The citadel was built as part of a defence system for the Transylvanian villages exposed to outside invasions. A decisive aspect for building the citadel on the actual location was the route of the invading armies that were coming from the Bran pass and were passing through Rasnov, on their way to Burzenland (Tara Barsei).

The only chance of survival for the inhabitants of the area was the refuge inside the citadel. Compelled to stay there for decades, the people of Rasnov and the nearby villages turned the fortification into a dwelling.

The medieval citadel of today is considered to be built between 1211 and 1225, during the rule of Teutonic Knights in Burzenland, although there is no evidence in this respect.
In 1335, during a Tatar incursion that ravage Burzenland, Rasnov citadels remained unconquered. This is also the first documentary attestation of the fortification. In 1421 takes place the first siege of an Ottoman army on the citadel.

Contact and information:

Address: Str. Cetatii, Rasnov, Romania
Railway station: Rasnov
Phone: +4 0734.114.304

Opening hours:

Summer: April - Octomber, Daily: 9:00 - 19:00
Winter: November - March, Daily: 9:00 - 17:00


Adults: 10 lei
Children, students: 5 lei

Free access:

Children younger than 3 years old
Persons with disabilities, on a proving certificate basis

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