This is a pack of three different one-day tours about the incredible and sad story of the abandoned Transylvanian built heritage. It is a tour meant to raise awareness about what communist nationalization and ‘post communist’ ignorance has caused. It is a tour dedicated to all those in a Dark Romantic mood, those interested in decline of the built-environment photography and last but not least, those who lust for history, Medieval architecture, heraldic symbolism and local stories.
Departure from Cluj in the morning in the direction of the Apuseni Mountains. First stop will be in Coltesti-Rimetea. From here we will take a short hike to the Thorocskay fortress. Situated 1,5 km away from the village of Coltesti and 4,5 km away from the village of Rimetea/Torockó, the fortress of Coltesti was built on a cliff in 1296 by a local noble family which owned the whole region of Trascau. For more than 350 years the fortress was inhabited by his successors. Destroyed several time along the centuries, the fortress suffered the final struck in the 18th century when the Habsburg troops destroyed the fortress.
We continue the road until the village of Cricau. Here we visit the Romanesque 13th century fortified church and learn the Black Plague and about the mysterious ‘Ulricus Maria’ inscription on the outside wall of the church. The Saxon fortified church from Cricau is a lucky one, being among the few restaured in the last couple of years.
Later on, we shall stop in Vurpar to visit a 16th century church that had a more tragic destiny. The church still lays in the open air without a roof.
Last visit of the day will be in Vintu de Jos at Martinuzzi castle. Here you will hear local legends about how the castle was built after the discovery, in the 16th century, of a hidden treasure, or how Maria Theresa the Empress would have killed her lovers here during the 18th century.
Way back to Cluj in the afternoon.
This tours may partially be subject to traffic jams.
In wintertime, different discount may be applied to this tours.