"Castles and Fortresses in Transylvania: Cluj
Castele si cetati din Transilvania: jude]ul Cluj" (ISBN 978-973-0-05364-7)
Liviu Stoica, Gheorghe Stoica, Gabriela Popa
Castles and fortresses, a testimony to civilizations'
living together through the ages, display a temporality that is a
source of inspiration not only for romantics. Emanating history, they
represent a heritage built up with great strife, during many years,
made out of earth, wood and stone, evidence of creativity, ingenuity
and strength on the part of the people who erected these monuments,
some of them going so far as sacrificing their lives in order to defend
these constructions in calamitous times.
The aim of this book's authors (an architect, a historian and a philologist)
is to attempt to remove the shroud of anonymity from such historic
sights as the medieval monuments of architecture from the territory
of Romania and to highlight them, due to a firm conviction that since
they belong to the universal heritage of humanity, they need to be
better known and benefit from a coherent program of permanent protection.
It is the first time that a united and systematic blending of image
and real historical information pertaining to the do-mains of architecture,
tourism, has been achieved for the castles and fortresses from a whole
Transylvanian county - Cluj.
On this territory we traveled more than 1,500 km and we made scores
of sketches and plans, thus achieving more than ten thousand images.
The documentation, text creation and the actual preparation of the
photographic material, of the map and the reconstitution of some of
these sights all required painstaking efforts, lessened perhaps only
by the efficient use of digital technology. Neverthe-less, the satisfaction
this work provided was immense. Although we were guided solely by
our own judgment, we think it is safe to say that in the end we managed
not only to discover ourselves better, but also, and this is even
more important, to put together a useful reference book for the readers
who are interested in medieval constructions. We would like to think
that the volume you are leafing through at the moment represents a
contribution to the inclusion of the castles and fortresses from the
county of Cluj in the tourist circuit.
By way of acknowledgements, we would like to express our gratitude
to the local inhabitants from wherever we traveled, for the invaluable
help they gave us in our endeavor, also to thank for the hospitality
that the warden of the high security Penitentiary in Gherla showed
us, for the kind reception we were given at the Hospital of Chronic
Mental Diseases in Borsa, at the Voluntary Association in the Banffy
Castle from the village of Luncani and at the Special School from
And now that you have carefully studied the map and you have made
up your mind about the routes you are going to choose, we wish you
a pleasant and instructive journey in a historic space dating as far
back as 1,000 years ago. However, there are certain trips that just
like certain human aspirations or a set of never-ending stairs, never
finish. We hope it is not presumptuous of us to say we are confident
that you will want to return.
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