The Cluj county council and the Transylvania National History Museum have started the proceedings to include the Roman Limes – the Northern border of Dacia the Roman province – in the UNESCO Heritage, in order to protect the historic sites that still exist.
The Roman sites in Cluj county, which were part of the Northern border of Dacia during the Roman domination, are made of towers, fortifications and artificial dams, and are located at Turda (Potaissa), Bologa and Hodisu (Poieni village), Negreni, Gherla and Căşeiu. The county council wants to revamp these sites and prepare them for tourists.
The Limes was the border of Ancient Rome. It marked the boundaries of the Roman Empire, and had its peak in the second century AD, when it stretched over 5,000 km from the Atlantic coast of northern Britain, through Europe to the Black Sea, and from there to the Red Sea and across North Africa to the Atlantic coast.
Should UNESCO approve including these Romanian sites on its lists, this would be the first such project in Cluj county.
Dacia, the land inhibited by Dacians, Romanians’ ancestors, was conquered by the Romans in the second century A.D, when it became a Roman province. The mix of Romans and Dacians created the Romanian people.