The Dacian fortress Piatra Roșie

It is part of the fortifications and settlements of the Orăștiei Mountains, circling the Dacian capital Sarmizegetusa Regia. It is locatedsouth west of the royal fortress, on an isolated rocky massif within Șureanu Mountains, called „Piatra Roșie” [The Red Stone], three sides being surrounded by staggering precipices. The fortress is located within the area of the National Park Grădiștea Muncelului-Cioclovina and has been included in the UNESCO world heritage in 1999, alongside with the Dacian fortresses from Grădiștea de Munte, Costești-Cetățuie, Costești-Blidaru, Bănița and Căpâlna. It consists of two fortified inclosures, whose surfaces sum up to 1.2 ha, built in different periods, and it probably was the seat of high rank personages of the time. Numerous anthropic terraces, bearing traces of habitation divide the Eastern and the Northern hill slopes, as well as the surrounding hills, which proves an intense habitation of the area in Antiquity.