The “Love Altar” at Sarmizegetusa Regia: dozens of couples used to meet here to make love in the Andesite sun: what was the reason

Clearly, Sarmizegetusa Regia is still a source of mystery in the history of our country, and this despite the fact that some Romanians claim to hold the absolute truth about this historical landmark.

A lesser known fact is that for years, couples in love used to meet at Sarmizegetusa Regia in the middle of the night to make love on the andesite sun, considered to be a true altar of love, as you will learn from the following.

Sarmizegetusa Regia

“Intense” activity at Sarmizegetusa Regia, before the UNESCO “era”

The ancient mould at Sarmizegetusa Regia was discovered by Vladimir Brilinsky. He wrote about this relic, considered unique in the world, in his book, “The Entrenched”, where he also mentioned a somewhat more controversial episode that took place in the fortress, when the archaeological site was not under UNESCO protection, as it is today.

Basically, for years, dozens of couples would meet here to have sex in the moonlight, directly in the andesite sun.

According to, Brilinsky himself allegedly witnessed such an event after a local told him that strange things happen in the fortress on full moon nights.

Accordingly, the researcher hid in the forest to see for himself whether what he had been told was indeed true.

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“Suddenly, my eyelids suddenly light up and I flinch in fright. A lantern light moves haphazardly at the end of the cobbled square and moves towards the andesite sun. That’s me, you’re mine, I say to myself as I pull my camera out of my backpack. There are two of them advancing. They stop by the sun. The flashlight goes out and one places it on the bag beside them. Full moonlight floods the sacred area and slowly the eyes adjust. The two are a he and a she. Suddenly they embrace and with a savage kiss they crush each other’s lips.

They begin to undress, just as restlessly, as if patience had run out. A wide skirt flies beside them, as boots fall noisily into the drainage ditch. In the blink of an eye, they’re naked. The man hastily unfurls a neoprene on the andesite sun and both, as if in a true ceremony, climb onto the thick slices of sun. I can’t believe it. I had heard that some people come to sleep on the andesite sun, but not really. The two lie on the neoprene in a passionate embrace and an icnet shatters the silence of Sarmizegetusa,” he wrote in his book, according to the source cited above.

Immediately after the couple finished their sexual intercourse, according to Brilisnky, a second couple appeared in the same place with the same intentions.

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“Not a minute passes and a light again makes its way through the darkness of Sarmizegetusa to the same place. Another couple, this time one with less momentum. Older, they tell me. Don’t tell me they’re also fucking at the altar, I can’t believe it. I can. More tactical, they sit on the edge of the altar, untie their shoelaces and begin to undress separately. The woman stays with her skirt on and the man climbs up the altar alone. They don’t have foreplay,” the book also states.

Interestingly, there were many other couples in “line” waiting to do the same thing as soon as they caught the “free” altar. Often orgies were even held here, it was also mentioned.

Sarmizegetusa Regia
Sarmizegetusa Regia

The reason why the andesite sun has been a magnet for couples in love for years

In trying to unravel the mystery, the researcher later learned that there was a good reason why the archaeological site was used in such a way.

Apparently, in popular belief, couples who make love here will have “chosen” children. What that means, exactly, we cannot know. Nor whether those couples have achieved what they set out to do, obviously.

In 2013, however, the mystical love affairs came to an end, since the site became part of UNESCO, and security was instituted in the area.

The andesite sun was discovered in 1958 and fully unveiled in the 1959 archaeological campaign.

The andesite sun at Sarmizegetusa Regia

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