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Gate of Heroes (1916-1918) in Pitesti, Romania
The Gate of the Heroes is a monument inaugurated on September 28, 1926, and built in the form of a traditional Romanian gate, being made of masonry set on stone foundations and a stone basement with a tiled roof. Above the large arch with a vast opening to the street, reads in prominent archaic capital letters "1916 GATE OF THE HEROES 1918" and "Argeş Regiment no. 4", and on the inner arch lies a brief explanation"[Who died] for their country, for glory, and for their flag". Having the imposing size of a triumphal arch, the gate is meant to be a tribute to the more than 1,100 heroes of the Arges region fallen for the achievement of national unity. The gate was erected based on the traditional architectural style, in the form of a simple but majestic arch, supported on two pillars, on which are engraved the names of certain locations or areas (Bran, Sercaia, Poiana Marului, Sinca Noua, Sinca Veche, Mohu, Predelus, Dealul Porcului) where the Regiment of Dorobanţi of Agres fought battles between 1916 and 1917.
Romania, South Muntenia Region, Arges County
Type of WWI-heritage
- War monument
State of repair/preservation
The Gate of Heroes was restored in 2008
Historical WWI Context
The monumental work was erected in honour of the Regiment of Dorobanți of Arges who fought in the First World War. The 4th Regiment of Dorobanți of Arges was a military unit of the Romanian Army that fought in the First World War in Transylvania, Moldova, and Bessarabia.
A history of Romania's participation in World War I can be found on the following website: http://www.marelerazboi.ro/
State of legal protection
This is an objective included in the List of Historic Monuments, classified as historical monuments type B (AG-III-m-B-13864), according to the Order of the Minister of Culture no. 2.828/2015
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Kind of cultural use of WWI
Within the confines of the gate pillars, a small military museum was set up, where the war trophies taken by the soldiers during the fighting that took place at Marasti are displayed.
The monument can be visited throughout the entire year
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Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby
There is the railway line Bucharest-Pitesti (there are 12 trains a day between the two cities), and Pitesti is also connected with Craiova by rail via Piatra Olt (there are five trains a day between the two cities) (http://mersultrenurilorcfr.ro/).
There are regular bus journeys that ensure the connection of the city to other towns and cities in Romania and abroad (http://www.autogari.ro/Pitesti/Plecari).
At the same time, local transport in the city of Pitesti should be mentioned (http://www.publitrans2000.ro/ ).
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