October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017


Located in Alessandria Square, the Capitoline Wolf statue was named after a northern Italian city which is twinned with Alba Iulia. The monument was donated to the city in 1993 by the Honorary Consul of Italy in the Alba, Hunedoara and Sibiu counties.

Capitoline Wolf statues are similar all over the world, but their pedestals are generally different. The base used in Alba Iulia is a Roman column like the one used for the replica standing on Capitol Hill in Rome.

In 2009, the Municipality of Alba Iulia gifted the Italian city of Alessandria with a replica statue, which was seated in the „Square of Alba Iulia” of the Italian city in the region of Piedmont.

The she-wolf in Alba Iulia is depicted from a side view, her head turned toward the two infants, in accordance with representations from antiquity.

A proof of the link between the ancient Apulum and symbols of Rome is given by a representation of the mythical she-wolf suckling twins, Romulus and Remus. The bas-relief, exposed to the National Museum of the Union, is a testimony over millennia of the special status of the ancient Apulum in the Roman Empire.

Testimonies of foreign travellers also speak of a Capitoline Wolf stone carving, with the twins displayed on the eastern access gate into the medieval fortress. In the eighteenth century, along with the construction of the Alba Carolina Citadel, the medieval gate was demolished. The representation of the Lupa Capitoline was lost along with it; however, there is a chance the bas-relief is the same as the one displayed at the National Museum of the Union (though, its size suggests otherwise).

The original statue called Lupa Capitolina is exhibited at the Capitoline Museum in Rome.