FORMER STOREHOUSE

FORMER WAR COMMISSARIAT
October 23, 2017
RUINS OF THE TENTH CENTURY CHURCH
October 23, 2017

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The takeover of Transylvania by the Austrians in the late 17th century signified the start of a new era for Alba Iulia. When Viennese authorities decided to build the Alba Carolina Fortress, the city turned into a large garrison.

One unit of the imperial army in the citadel was the storehouse whose main duty was to procure flour and provide bread for the soldiers from the citadel; and, secondly, to serve as a warehouse for supplies.

Located on the eastern side of the citadel, the building where the storehouse was built was a massive one, quadrilateral in shape, with an inner courtyard. The southern wall of the storehouse is built right over the wall of the Roman castrum, which was used as a foundation. According to some historians, the edifice has had several construction phases over the centuries – the last important one took place in the eighteenth century. According to others, the building erected in the eighteenth century is considered new, one of the first and relatively few edifices built by Austrians in the fortress to provide the garrison.

The storehouse has been intertwined with history both at the time of Horea’s Uprising in 1784 and during the Revolution of 1848-1849 when the fortress was under prolonged siege.

The former storehouse was restored and refurbished, and now a five-star hotel is located here. The building has kept architectural elements of its eighteenth-century military purpose.

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