Colț Fortress

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Colţ fortress dates back to the beginning of the 14th century, when it was built by prince Cândea. Later on, Cândea embraced the catholic religion and changed his name into Kendefy. The fortress lies on the territory of Suseni village. It was raised on a crag, around a square tower around which was added an enclosing wall, reinforced with other towers. Its layout is irregular, being adapted to the relief. Although built with a defense purpose, it never fulfilled this role, the three fortifications being too small to face large armies, so, most likely, the fortress was used a refuge in case of conflicts between princes. At the foot of the cliff there is a fortified church, built in the same period by the Cândeas. Small parts of the original painting are still preserved on the walls of the church. Next to the church a monastery for monks was established. The fortress was ruined by the crushing down the valley of some defense walls, and at present just remnants of these walls are still visible. Legend has it that the famous French writer Jules Verne visited the fortress accompanied by a mysterious woman and, later on, the fortress was the source of inspiration for the novel “The Castle of the Carpathians”. In order to find the ruins, one has to climb up through the woods for 30 minutes.