"He told them how the disc of the moon gains increase or suffers loss, and showed them how much the fiery globe of the sun exceeds in size our earthly planet." ( Iordanes )

Aerial view of archeological site -- The largest and best preserved Dacian Fortress.surrounded by defence towers, one of the most amazing Dacian buildings. The calcarous stone (one can find also perfectly fashioned andesites among the calcarous stones) was brought from a great distance of 20-30km, and mounted by men on a mountain peak. If these walls were built for defence, why did they have on their exterior side immense terraces that could have been used by any enemy as a stepstone to the fortress? Why was the water cistern built on the outer side of the walls (this was also noticed at the other fortresses)? Why wasn't the fortress inhabited? What is the reason why so many towers were built around it? The fortress looks out onto the Prisaca Peak, lying slightly to the north, and on the River Gradiste. This splendid place shelters another beautiful Dacian building still left unstudied by the archaeologists. (Click on each image to enlarge)

The Blidaru Walls - the Dacians cut millions of calcarous stones in the Magura Calanului quarry which they fashioned, carried and laid on hardly accessible mountain peaks.

Dacian masonry - 700-800 kg blocks, built without mortar, still "populate" the colosal "davas" and Dacian fortresses.

The horseshoe, the half-ellipse - a sign of the Dacian spirituality, "inscribed" by the Dacian masons on the hidden side of the calcarous and andesite stones.

The Dacian masonry - human perfection in harmony with nature and cosmos.

The gates of the Blidaru Fortress - on the right side of the wall the letter "P" (from the Phoenician alphabet) is carved; P - gate ("porta") is certain proof of the exceptional knowledge these people had and of the Latin origin of their language.

A colosal Dacian terrace in the neighbourhood of the Blidaru Fortress - these terraces built in the proximity of the walls could have easily helped any enemy prepare himself for a devastating assault against the fortress. Why did the Dacians build such huge, perfectly horizontal terraces close to the stone built mamelons? The answer is simple: because the Dacian buildings were mostly temples, spiritual fortresses and not defence systems.

The Poiana Pertii tower - one of the many towers in the neighbourhood of the Blidaru Fortress, 2.60 m thick, surrounded in its turn by several cyclopic terraces (see the map of the towers in the Dacian Technology file)

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