Rock Sculpture of Decebalus

The majesty of the Danube's towering cliffs, where the grand visage of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, has been immortalized. As Europe's tallest rock sculpture, this impressive landmark is a testament to ancient valor and modern artistic endeavor. Read more

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Carved into a cliff on the Romanian side of the Danube River, between the cities of Eselnita and Dubova, the Rock Sculpture of Decebalus is a monumental endeavor dedicated to the last king who resisted Roman conquest during the early 2nd century AD. The statue stands a staggering 40 meters high and 25 meters wide, making it the tallest rock sculpture in Europe.
Initiated by Romanian businessman Iosif Constantin Drăgan, the carving process took a team of 12 sculptors ten years, from 1994 to 2004, to complete. The face overlooks the waters of the Danube, serving as a powerful reminder of Romania's deep-rooted history and the legacy of its fearless leaders.
Beneath the sculpture, carved in Latin and faced with gold, is the inscription "DECEBALUS REX—DRAGAN FECIT" which translates to "King Decebal—Made by Drăgan." This juxtaposition of ancient homage with modern recognition speaks volumes about the desire to remember historical figures and events in lasting, significant ways.
The Rock Sculpture of Decebalus, with its sheer size and historical importance, serves as a captivating destination for travelers, urging them to ponder over the rich tapestry of Romanian history while basking in the beauty of the Danube.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Rock Sculpture of Decebalus

The Iron Gates of the Danube

A gorge on the Danube characterized by its narrow and dramatic cliffs, offering breathtaking natural scenery and unique ecosystems.

Tabula Traiana

A Roman commemorative plaque marking the completion of Trajan's military road. It's located near the sculpture and reminds viewers of the historic clash between Decebalus and Emperor Trajan.

Drobeta-Turnu Severin

A city known for its historical landmarks, including the ruins of the Trajan's Bridge, one of the greatest architectural achievements of the ancient world.

Bigar Waterfall

Often dubbed as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, its cascading waters over moss-covered rocks provide a serene environment.

Herculane Baths

Among Europe's oldest health resorts, with roots tracing back to Roman times, offering therapeutic natural springs.

Cazanele Dunării

A mesmerizing natural area where the Danube narrows and becomes deeper, surrounded by beautiful rock formations.

Danubius Museum

Located in Drobeta-Turnu Severin, this museum offers insight into the natural and cultural significance of the Danube region.

Veterani Cave

A natural wonder, known for its intricate formations and historical significance.

Domogled – Valea Cernei National Park

A biodiversity hotspot, this park offers lush landscapes, unique flora and fauna, and opportunities for hiking and exploration.

Iron Gates Natural Park

Encompassing a significant part of the Iron Gates region, this park provides numerous vantage points to view the river, gorges, and other natural wonders.

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Smederevo Fortress (108.02 km)

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Corvin Castle (131.72 km)

Atop a rocky hillside in Hunedoara, Corvin Castle stands as a monumental testament to Gothic-Renaissance architecture, with its imposing towers, turrets, and drawbridge. Rich in myths and medieval charm, it's an exploration into Romania's bygone era.

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