FORMER WAR COMMISSARIAT

THE 1ST GATE OF THE ALBA CAROLINA CITADEL
October 23, 2017
FORMER STOREHOUSE
October 23, 2017

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The War Commissariat represented an important structure within the Austrian garrison in the Alba Carolina Fortress. Its main duties were military, economic and social: from soldier recruitment to construction and maintenance issues to supply, accounting, and healthcare purposes.

The Commissariat building was one of the first projects bearing the signature of the first architect of the Bastion Fortress (eighteenth century), the Italian Giovanni Morando Visconti. Square-shaped and massive, the edifice is typically military of a commanding appearance. Its window openings – probably built at a stage subsequent to the first construction phase – contain stylish stone frames that were specific to the 18th century.

In the mid-1700s, its tenants were two engineers and representatives of a special committee who led the works in the citadel.

Since 1900, part of the edifice was used as a warehouse for supplies, and some other rooms accommodated Austrian officers. After the Union in 1918, the building kept its military role – this time for the Romanian army.

The former War Commissariat has recently entered a restoration process. The first spaces open to the public are on the ground floor, housing exhibitions and cultural events.

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