The face of Decebal: A monumental masterpiece in the heart of nature

A symbol of Dacian pride:

The face of Decebal, a monumental 55-metre-high bas-relief, stands watch from the rocky bank of the Danube at the confluence of the Carpathian Mountains and the mighty river. The sculpture depicts Decebal, the last king of Dacia, symbolising the strength, courage and fearless spirit of the Dacian people.

A unique work of art:

Made by sculptor Florin Cotarcea, with the help of 11 climbers, the sculpture was completed after 10 years of hard work. It is the tallest stone sculpture in Europe and the second tallest in the world, surpassed only by the Statue of Liberty and the Monument of Christ in Rio de Janeiro.

An unforgettable experience:

Visiting the Face of Decebal is a fascinating experience that will take you back in time, on the footsteps of Dacian history. The natural beauty of the area, untouched for hundreds of years, perfectly complements the grandeur of the sculpture.

Useful information for tourists:

  • Location: the face of Decebal is located in Cazanele Mici, on the banks of the Danube, between Eșelnița and Dubova, near Orșova.
  • Access:
    • By car: By DN6 from Drobeta Turnu Severin to Orșova.
    • By train: Orșova train station, followed by bus or taxi to Eșelnița or Dubova.
    • By boat: There are regular trips from Orșova that can take you to the foot of the sculpture.
  • Mountain trails:
    • There are several marked mountain trails that can take you to the Face of Decebal, offering spectacular views over the Danube and the Caissons.
  • Recommendations:
    • Choose a day with good weather to enjoy the views.
    • Wear appropriate footwear for walking.
    • Bring sufficient water and supplies.
    • Comply with the rules for visiting the area.
    • Admire the beauty of nature and leave no trace behind.

In addition to the Face of Decebal, other sights in the area are worth visiting:

  • Tabula Traiana
  • Mraconia Monastery
  • Danube boilers
  • Iron Gates Natural Park
  • Orșova Fortress

The face of Decebal awaits you to discover a fascinating story, a journey through time and a memorable experience in the midst of wild nature.



Additional tips:

  • Visit the Face of Decebal outside the tourist season to avoid the crowds.
  • Consider staying at one of the local guesthouses for the full experience.
  • Respect the peace and quiet of nature and don't disturb wildlife.

The face of Decebal is a unique destination that will impress you with its grandeur and make you feel part of the history and beauty of Romania.