Did you know about the sculpture of Decebalus?

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Under the face of Decebalus there is a Latin inscription which reads "DECEBALUS REX-DRAGAN FECIT".

The rock sculpture of Decebalus is a carving in rock of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia. The sculpture is 42.9 meters in height and 31.6 meters in width and it was created between 1994 and 2004, near the Danube River, at the Iron Gates, which represents the border between Romania and Serbia.



Decebalus fought against the Roman emperors Domitian and Trajan to preserve the independence of his country, which corresponded to modern Romania.

The sculpture of Decebalus is placed opposite to an ancient memorial plaque, carved in rock on the Serbian side of the river. The plaque, known as Tabula Traiana, records the site of Trajan’s Bridge and thus commemorates the final defeat of Decebalus by Trajan in 105, and the absorption of the Dacian kingdom into the Roman Empire.