October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017


The story of the Lossenau monument begins on February 11th, 1849, when in Simeria, the Hungarian revolutionary army faced the Austrian troops led by Ludwig Losy von Losenau. As a result of that battle, the Austrian commander was severely wounded and died a few days after. Although today little biographical data is known about the Austrian colonel, his death made Alba Iulia produce one more monument. The initiative for the erection of the monument belonged to the officers of the Habsburg army from the Alba Iulia garrison. The first stone was placed in 1852 in the presence of the emperor Franz Josef.

Located in the middle of the Citadel Square, the work is shaped as a pyramid tower and decorated with neo-gothic elements. The year of the battle in which colonel Lossenau was wounded, 1849, is written in the central area of the front façade of the monument. On each of the four sides of the monument there is a metallic plate with German inscriptions with information about colonel Lossenau, the sacrifice of other Austrian officers and about the emperor Franz Josef. The niches on each side of the monument are shaped as gothic windows. The ones on the western and eastern side display symbolic statuettes.

The Lossenau monument was recently restored, along with the rest of the works for the highlight of the Alba Carolina Citadel.