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2018 - Romania - Serbia - Danube River - Decebalus

2018 - Romania - Serbia - Danube River - Decebalus

This huge face carved into the Romanian side of the Danube River celebrates the Romanian hero Decebalus, who fought many battles with the Romans.

Decebal (Decebalus - the brave one) was the last king of Dacia.
Decebalus led his army into battle with the Romans many times. He committed suicide in 105CE to avoid capture when the Roman emperor Trajan conquered Dacia.

The carving is located near the city of Orșova, Romania. The sculpture was commissioned by Romanian businessman Iosif Constantin Drăgan and it took 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, for twelve sculptors to finish it. Stories say Drăgan spent $1 million USD on the sculpture.

Perhaps one of the reasons Drăgan chose this site was due to the fact the Tabula Traiana, a memorial to the Roman conquest of Dacia, is located on the opposite side of the river. Over the millennia Decebalus became a folk hero, and a symbol of Romanian nationalism.

The monument is unique due to its size: 43 metres tall and 25 metres wide. It stands eight metres taller than the statue of the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, and only six metres shorter than the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

On it is a Latin inscription: DECEBALUS REX DRAGAN FECIT, which translates “King Decebalus, made by Dragan”.

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Photo prise @ Dubova le 8 mai 2018 (© Ted's photos - Returns Late November / Flickr)

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