October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017


Maieri Cemetery in Alba Iulia is a place of rest for both ordinary people and notable personalities of the city. It is located in the south-eastern corner of the citadel, on the same place as the old Orthodox cemetery belonging to the former mitropoly during the time of Michael the Brave. After the demolition of the Church, along with the opening of the construction site of the Alba Carolina Citadel, Romanian cemeteries were located near the „Lower Town” churches built in the 18th century. Over the years and with urban development these cemeteries have become overcrowded, taking up more and more wider space in the current location.

In the Maieri cemetery, you will discover the funerary monuments of some of the personalities involved in the Union of Transylvania with Romania: Florian Medrea, Commander of the National Guard in Alba Iulia which provided protection during the National Assembly on December 1st, 1918; his brother, Dominic Medrea, who organized the sanitary service for the same event; Samoilă Mârza, known as „Union’s photographer”, the only person carrying a camera from the 100,000 Romanians who came to Alba Iulia on December 1, 1918 and who therefore left images of the Union; Ion Arion, „the martyr of the Union”, who was shot dead at the railway station in Teiuș on November 30th, 1918, while he was coming to attend the Great Assembly in Alba Iulia; Camil Velican, the first Romanian mayor of Alba Iulia.

Maieri cemetery is also the resting place for personalities from the Patitia family: Lawyer Rubin Patitia, a memorable leader and a political man; his son-in-law, Zaharie Muntean, who was sentenced to death in 1915, being accused for activity in the interest of the Romanian army – a sentence not yet carried out; and his wife, Elena Muntean, who led the Society of Romanian Women in Alba Iulia.

The funerary monuments mentioned are located in the central area of ​​the cemetery and – with few exceptions – are modest.

North of the Maieri cemetery, there is the Hero’s Cemetery, set up after World War II. It mostly consists of graves of Soviet and Romanian soldiers fallen during the aforementioned conflagration.