Visiting The Prison Tower Of Făgăraș Citadel

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As I promised about a week ago, in this post, I'm back today to show you the castle of Făgăraș, the prison tower to be precise and tell you the sad story that is locked inside the walls of the tower. If you missed my post, please click on the link above to see what the citadel looks like from outside.

The day we visited the citadel, even though it was September, it was really hot. We entered the castle and could enjoy the coolness of the rooms while looking at the exhibited objects dating back to ancient times and more recent ones.


The tower you see on the left side of the photo is the prison tower.


It wasn't a coincidence that we left the prison tower last, which is right at the entrance and I don't regret the decision.


Stepping into the first room, there were two things that hit me. First, the a pitiful sight, meaning this metal bed with the poor cover and the extremely cold air in the room. The draft was so strong, you needed to move on in order to avoid getting cold.



It's terrifying just to look at these devices. These were some of the torturing devices used in those times.


This tower was not set up for luxury use for sure. The doorway was low, you had to watch your head when going through.


Recreating what was going on once down there is humanly impossible, but there were drawings illustrating what they did to those caught on the wrong side of the action. I'm not sure how much you know about those days, but legislation was not what it is today, one testimony as enough from an alleged witness and you could hang. Money and power was ruling.


Scenes and instruments of torture.


Translation feels a bit weird here, but this is the story of the prison tower.


There were these stairs leading up to a higher level, but visitors were not allowed to go up.


There was this very small room, with a tiny window, most likely the one the writing above mentions. There was nothing inside, except the fuse box (or some electricity thing) and was dark as well. I used the flashlight of the camera to take the photo. Imagine being locked up here for God knows how much time.


This was another space with this torturing devices. It's called kaloda in Hungarian, but I don't know the English name of it.


If you've never seen one, here's how it was used. This photo was taken last year, at a medieval festival. This lady was brave enough to try it out, but you can see on her face how comfortable it feels :)


Next there was this room, basically the base of the tower. Needless to say how cold it was and the wind was blowing from every direction.





This was not the first torture chamber I've seen, but emotionally it affected me just as much as the first time. There's no easy way to handle this as it makes you live the pain just by looking at these drawings. These are drawings from the 17th - 18th century.



And if this wasn't enough, there was another level (of torture) upstairs. There was a very narrow staircase leading to the upper level. I forgot to tell you, if you're visiting, make sure to wear some comfortable shoes and clothes if you want to see everything. There's a lot to walk through and there are stairs to climb as well.


This was basically the top of the tower, a very windy, cold and cruel place, where prisoners were held for months, years.



I can tell you, those 10 minutes or so, how much time I spent up there reading the stories on those boards were not pleasant, let alone reading the horror the women of the resistance had to go through.


What you see here is the photos of the women, the invisible fighters of the anti communist war. The text unfortunately was only in Romanian.


Their husbands, fathers, sons were the partisans, spending years, decades in hiding, fighting against the communist regime, while the women were persecuted, arrested, jailed, tortured for years, decades to give up those in hiding.


There were informants everywhere, you could not trust anyone, not even the priests. It's common knowledge priests were collaborating with agents of Department of State Security, passing on information they obtained during confessions. Personally I can't understand how can men of the church betray their people. The church and servants of the church should be impartial and loyal to their people, not loyal to political parties and governments. Many times I see the flag on the church, which is also wrong in my opinion.



Families were torn apart, kids lost both their parents and maybe older siblings too, people disappeared without any trace.


It was like a never ending nightmare. These people never had a calm moment, they were under constant surveillance. There's a video series on YouTube, a documentary about this topic. Terrible, just to think about it.

Good thing after the communism ended, the tower lost its prison function and became a museum. However, it's hard to imagine how many people were held,tortured died there.

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I passed through Fagaras many times and I didn't visit the fortress here until one day when I discovered some photos on the internet, so the time came to visit it and I had this opportunity when I was heading to Ploiesti.
I didn't even think this place could be magnificent, yes, that's what I discovered after visiting Fagaras fortress, it's amazing.
I visited in winter.


You took this photo from almost the same position as me :)

This place is definitely a must visit. It has a lot to offer for those who like history. I'm glad I had the occasion to do so this summer. I made a list with most of the places I'd like to go in the country and the historical buildings I want to visit. Now all I need is time 😄

As you said we need time, at least for me time is the biggest enemy.
I have to divide my time between working 8 hours a day and travelling on weekends and holidays.

I can still travel when I take a week off, which can be summer or even winter, yes, I have an understanding boss.
To come back to the Fagaras Fortress, it really is a must visit, it is amazing, more than that if we are interested in history we can learn interesting things.
Have a wonderful weekend.

It's heart breaking to know what those political prisoners went through. Those are the dark days in history. It makes me thankful we live in the present.

I fully agree with you. Most likely each nation or country has its own dark days and we're lucky we live now.

It's hard to imagine the things that happened between those walls over the years. Definitely wouldn't want to end up there back than. It is a little creepy thinking of the many that got tortured there. I imagine actually visiting there now it has an uneasy feeling.

I can't believe church priest were used to gain information. I agree with you Church and State should be separate from one another. I imagine one would have had to keep a quiet tongue even amongst those who thought could be trusted.

You have to be ready to accept what you see, but you know how it is. It's one thing to imagine and a totally different thing to live it. It's sad though.

I can't believe church priest were used to gain information.

The problem is not that the church priests were used to gain information, but that these priests collaborated with those forces. One of the goals of the church should be to protect and guide their followers, not to sell them out to the highest bidder. The Vatican has a shady past as well.
There were exceptions as well, stand-up people, like Jerzy Popiełuszko, who paid with his life for doing the right thing.

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Thank you.

Beautiful views

I'm glad you like them.

This is quite a lot, as I read through, imagined how the prisoners lived within those walls.

It was a tough life for them for sure.

Yes it was indeed.

Horrible to what extent man's evil can go to subject another to such painful torture, the instruments really cause chills and detailing their uses in the images is strong, reading the women's stories must be heartbreaking to be subjected to such a gloomy space. and all kinds of abuse, I understand your feeling when you are there.

You're right, there was no limit to torture when they wanted to annihilate the enemy to stay in power. You need to be strong to read those stories and see those drawings. It's not for faint hearted people, but itls the truth, it's history.

It is better to be safe than to be in captive

You're right, but someone needed to fight them.

OMG I was reading that this affected you in the same moment that I was wondering if could continue watching those pictures. The elements of torture in those pictures are difficult to believe real, and of course they existed. The images of people suffering are very hard to see.

This was a very interesting post! Absolutely, but painful!!

Thanks for sharing!

It affects you if you don't have a stone heart. I bet it would have affected you too as it's hard to imagine what those people had to endure and most likely the majority of them did not even survive. Also, they say we need to know history in order to not repeat the same mistakes again.

Thanks for stopping by belug and sorry for the late reply.

Looks very horrendous. The torture they did to prisoners, women, the freedom fighters is so unhuman. Can't imagine how much pain they have to go through.

We agree on that, it must have been hell to them, yet, they continued fighting.

Where is this prison located?

It says in my post.

Well, it says Romanian, and technically it is implicit. Would be nice to say in another way though. It's just my opinion. My apologies.

The title says it's of Făgăraş. It's the first sentence you read when you see my post.

I didn't know where Făgăraş is :)

No worries, thank God we have Google.

It must have been awful living in fear of ending up in places like that... fascinating to see that part of history, though.

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When you go against the government, you live in constant fear. They knew what's going to happen to them and did it anyway, which is an act of bravery.

Without them, maybe we'd have things much, much worse today...


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Thank you, all the best to you too.

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Thank you for sharing this moving post about the Castle of Făgăraș and its prison tower's grim history. Your detailed descriptions and photos paint a vivid picture of the past.

It's crucial to remember these dark chapters in history as a stark reminder of the consequences of unchecked power and the need to protect human rights.

The stories of the brave women involved in the resistance against the communist regime are particularly heart-wrenching.

The transformation of the tower into a museum is a positive step, allowing future generations to learn from this history.

Thank you for shedding light on this lesser-known aspect of history and for your dedication to preserving and sharing this important narrative.