Tilisca, in Sibiu county, is surrounded by four hills which naturally provide this location with the shape of a fortress.north: Mt. Catansul (717m)
east: Mt. Plaiul (929m)
south: Mt. Plesa (945m)
west: Cetata (712m) – the fortress
The Dacian fortress consists of two defense belts, on the upper plateau two towers have been found. During the early 2nd century AD the fortress was destoyed by the romans.
Already at the beginning of the first Iron Age, approx.. 1.500 B.C. people settled in this area and started constructing the fortress between 12th and 8th century BC. The second main inhabitation area was from 3rd century BD and peaked from the 1st. century BC until the Dacian-Roman wars which took place in the beginning of the 2nd century. During the two roman wars, the Dacian fortifications have been taken one after another.
The ancient historian Herodotus described the Dacian as “Thracian people is, after that of the Indians, the largest in the world. If they had a single ruler or the Thracians would understand each other, they would be invincible and after my judgment much stronger than all other nations.”
From the parking area in Tilisca village below the mountain, it is only a short walk, about 45 min until you reach the top. Still visible are the two levels where the devence walls have been build and the fundaments of one tower.