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The Fortress of Rika

The Fortress of Rika

 

In the Rika forest there is a high mountain called Hegyestető. The oral lore says that it is the place where Attila’s, the Huns Powerful King, fort stood. This is the place where he relaxed after wars and held hunts. The Hun king’s most beloved wife, Réka, also lived in the fort. The legend says that when the queen died she was buried in the Rika Brook, she still lays here peacefully, nobody disturbs her peaceful rest. On the bank of the brook there is a grate rock. The people call it Réka’s grave, a wood headstone is placed there.

The fort system consists of 4 objects; the most visible object is the eastern tower. The tower’s walls were renovated, reconstructed.

According to the archaeologists, during the feudalism there was a medieval fortress on the Hungarian border. The fortress situated in Rika is the oldest building in Southeast Transylvania, which had a border protecting function. Due to its position, the whole Barót Basin was visible, as well as the northern part Barcaság Basin, so from here it was very easy to observe the traders and the enemy. Beside its military function, it might have been a customs area. It lost its importance due to the reorganisation of the eastern borders of the Hungarian Kingdom.

 

The Fortress of Rika

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