Limestone Sanctuary, Sarmizegetusa Regia


Andrej Zivojin
published on 02 December 2019
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The large limestone sanctuary at Sarmizegetusa Regia was a religious building within the sacred area of the Dacian capital. It was build when Dacian king Burebista (82/61 – 44 BCE) moved his capital to Sarmizegetusa in 1st century BCE. The sanctuary served its purpose until the Roman conquest of Dacia in 106 BCE when it was destroyed.

The limestone sanctuary at Sarmizegetusa Regia is a good example of rectangular Dacian sanctuaries. It had rows of pillars made of stone or wood that were erected on stone bases which have survived to this day. Those pillars probably symbolized the trees of the sacred pine forest on which, according to Jordanes in his work "The Origin and Deeds of the Goths", the Dacians used to hang sacrifices dedicated to their god of war.

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Andrej Zivojin
Andrej is a dedicated pursuer of knowledge of ancient history. His interests include the study of ancient Balkan tribes and their interactions with the Greek civilization. He has a BA (Hons) in History and is currently working on his master's degree.

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Zivojin, A. (2019, December 02). Limestone Sanctuary, Sarmizegetusa Regia. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Zivojin, Andrej. "Limestone Sanctuary, Sarmizegetusa Regia." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 02 Dec 2019. Web. 24 Nov 2020.

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