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About Porolissum

Trajan established a military stronghold at the site to defend the main passageway through the Carpathian mountains. The fort, initially built of wood on stone foundations, was garrisoned with 5.000 auxiliary troops transferred from Spain, Gaul and Britain.

In the following decades, the fort was enlarged and rebuilt in stone (possibly under the reign of Marcus Aurelius), and a civilian settlement developed around the military center. When Hadrian created the new province Dacia Porolissensis (named for the now sizable city) in 124, Porolissum became the administrative center of the province.

Under emperor Septimius Severus, the city was granted municipium status, allowing its leaders and merchants to act independently. Although, the Romans withdrew from Dacia in 271, under Aurelian and the city was abandoned by its founders. Archaeological evidence shows that it remained inhabited for several centuries afterwards.

The site is one of the largest and best-preserved archaeological sites in modern-day Romania.

Contact and information:

Address: Moigrad-Porolissum, Salaj, Romania

Opening hours:

May - October

Daily: 10:00 - 18:00


Adults: 3 lei
Children: 1.5 lei

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