­The Oituz Gorge

 

The valley of the Oituz stream has always been one of the most important gates of Transylvania. A segment of our Settling ancestors came into the country through here, this is where the Turkish and Tatar armies invaded the country, it was here that in 1466 King Matthias led a campaign into Moldova, in 1576 István Báthory marched through into Poland here to be king. Count István Széchenyi designed the railway to Galaţi through this gorge.
The gorge was the scene of many bloody battles during the 1848-49 Hungarian War for Independence, and also during the two World Wars. In 1916 it was here that the Romanian troops invaded, and in august 1944 it was here that the 24th ranger battalion and the Sekler fort company fought against the invading Romanian-Soviet troops.

 

At the mouth of the gorge, in the neck of the Răchitiş (Rakottyás) mountain peak we find the ruins of the Rakoczi-castle, as well as the thousand-year-old border. The side curtain walls and the towers were visible even at the beginning of the XXth century, today we only find a few rocks on top of each other. According to old traditions the castle was built by György Rákóczi I, but it had already existed in the XVIth century, during the reign of Gábor Bethlen. The Turks conquered and destroyed it in 1788.

 

Táv:(35 kms from Valea Seacă, 40 minutes by car)

 

Itt tartzkodsz: SIGHTS Excursion Places The Oituz Gorge