is situated at the base of the fortress and has been
built out of stones carved like a three gates triumphal
The gate has the Austrian blazon ( the two headed eagle,
the sward and the scepter) in the middle, between the
statues of the god Mars and the statues of the goddess
The inside is carved with antique mythology bas-relief,
representing legendary hero Hercules fighting Nemeea
lion and Perseus holding Medusa’s cut head
the second gate, out of which only the lateral pylons
are preserved, next follows the most important and most
grandiose of the gates, the third gate.
It actually represents the entrance to the fortress.
It is situated on the curtain, half way between the
St. Eugene bulwark and St. Capistrano one.4 pillars
and 8 pilasters hold the archway and the vault of the
three gates. Richly adorned, it is considered representative
for Transylvanian baroque sculpture.
The front stands out for the Carol the sixth’s equestrian
statue. Two ottoman prisoners, terrified under the hoofs
of the victorious emperor’s horse, are sculptured on
the pedestals of the statue.
The Austrian blazon with the two-headed eagle, with
Transylvanian blazon on its chest is carved on cornice.
The bas-relief on the left side represents the allegory
of the glorious general receiving Alba Iulia`s scale
model after his brave victory over the ottomans. Inside
the pedestal of Carol’s statue there is a small room
that, in 1785, January 2, had served as cell for Horea
the main leader of the great serves revolt from 1784-1785.
In 1937, a stone plaque with the carving: "This
where he had suffered with bravery, determination and
trusting the future of Romanian people 27th of December
1784 - 28 of February 1785".
On the side there are four statues, symbolizing the
great virtues temperance, wisdom, welfare and force.
Fourth Gate, also in baroque style is situated next
to the two cathedrals. It is one of the entrances to
the Roman Plateau. The building is the common one, and
was probably used as shelter for the guards; it also
contains a semi cylindrical vault on two Atlantis, resembling
the one at the Third Gate; the elementary Austrian blazon;
bas-reliefs of trophies, canons and Carol the sixth’s