Rupea, a Medieval Fortress located between Fagaras and Sighisoara

On a recent trip to Transylvania, I stopped to visit Rupea Fortress, a recently renovated Medieval fortress with a very old history. According to archeological discoveries, this fort was built by the ancient Romanians, the Dacians, and named Rumidava (“dava” meaning “fort” or “fortress”). Later on, as some of the Dacian territories were conquered by the Roman Empire, the fort was destroyed and rebuilt by the Romans with the name Rupes. During the Medieval times it became Rupea. This fortress was an important military and trading center due to its key position at the crossroads connecting Transylvania to Moldova and Wallachia, the three most important regions that once formed Dacia, nowadays Romania.