The Statue of Decebalus is located near the town of Orsova, in southwestern Romania. The Statue is carved into the mountain rock and depicting Decebalus, the last king of Dacia (Dacia was the land occupied by the Dacians, during the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD, Dacia  is located in present day Romania) . The monument is about 40 meters tall (the tallest rock sculpture in Europe).
The Statue of Decebalus can only be reached by a boat ride but it can be seen from the road (there is even some kind of parking lot in which you stop and view the danube and the monument from a  far.) The Statue of Decebalus took 10 years to carve and even though it looks like it is as old as the ruler of Dacia it self it is pretty new to this world (sculptured from 1994 till 2004)  – Twelve sculptors worked on it. The entire  project was proposed and funded by one of the wealthiest Romanians ever lived, businessman Iosif Constantin Drăgan (1917 – 2008), it is believed that daragan spent one million u.s dollars over this project. There is an inscription (in Latin)  right under the carved face, it says: “DECEBALUS REX—DRAGAN FECIT” (or in English -“King Decebal—Made by Drăgan”).

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The Statue of Decebalus, Romania

The Statue of Decebalus, Romania

The Statue of Decebalus

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Ara Bradiana · December 5, 2015 at 12:19 AM

A great idea and wonderful statue!

Dacia was the land of Dacians not ” a land occupied by Dacians during the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD”.
Also known as Getae, the Dacians were an amalgamation of Thracian tribes who created a formidable state on the eastern confines of the Greco-Roman world. They inhabited the present territory of Romania and the lands south of the Danube.
Because of their philosophy and beliefs, Herodot described the Dacians as “the bravest and the most righteous of all the Thracians”.

Between 101–102, 105–106 were two military campaigns – Dacian Wars, fought between the Roman Empire and Dacia during Emperor Trajan. The conflicts were triggered by the constant Dacian threat on the Danubian Roman Province of Moesia and also by the increasing need for resources (Dacian rich mines of gold, silver and iron). Dacians, known as “Wolf Warriors” represented the biggest threat for Roman Empire.
That two wars were victories for Rome’s extensive expansionist campaigns, paving the way for Empire’s reinforcement and growth. King of Dacians, Decebalus, fled, but was followed by the Roman cavalry and committed suicide rather than submit.

Based on Herodot information, we can understand how was possible to find the basic philosophy and beliefs of the Dacian priests spreaded, throughout the Europe.
The Greek geographer Claudios Ptolemaios mentions twelve Dacian tribes. Of them, the most known is the tribe called Apuli/Apulii, who lived into the center of Transylvania and had their capital at Apoulon Their name comes from Apollo, their main god.
After defeating the Dacians, the Romans built few km away from Apoulon, a castrum and grew a new city, called Apullum by Romans. Later, it became the capital of Dacia Apullensis and of Dacia Felix.

Long before Aurelian created the new cult of the “Sol Invictus” at Rome, Apollo was called Bonus Deus Puer, or Bonus puer phosphorus, in many inscriptions consecrated to him, found in Dacia, mainly in the Apullum city, the capital of Dacia Apulensis province, (in middle of modern Romania) called so in the honor of the Dacian sun god, Apollo. Apollo’s sceptre assumes at times the form of a cross (cf. coin of Gallienus reproduced in Victor Duruy’s Hist. des Romains, Paris, 1885, Vol. VIII, p. 42, ERE).

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