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I noticed this building many times before, but never took interest in it. It is located next to medieval St. Michael's cathedral, within the citadel in Alba Iulia (Weissenburg/Karlsburg/Gyulafehérvár).
In recent years I read a few things about it, and found out that it is the Bishopric palace of the archdiocese of Transylvania, now the diocese of Alba Iulia, Archidioecesis Albae Iuliensis, founded in 1007 as a diocese of Hungary, Alba Transylvaniensis, by the first king of Hungary, St. Stephen and recognized by the Vatican in 1009.
The history of this building spans over more than 700 years. The palace was recently restored and architectural elements from different periods of its history were exposed. The building was errected sometime in the 13th century as a gothic style palace, and was continuously reshaped throughout the Renaissance and Baroque periods. In the 18th century, it served as barracks for the Austrian Habsburg garrisons in the citadel.

One day, the gate was open and I entered its inner coutryard. Nobody was around, and I could only hear voices inside the building. It is a simple and beautiful building with a baroque facade. Below a sundial on the wall, there was a small Renaissance doorway which was open, and I sneaked in, curious to see what does it look like inside. I was impressed by the simple but beautiful appearance of this small space, so typically medieval, which seems to have preserved much of its initial appeal.

The picture was taken with my digital camera and edited in Photoshop (resized, auto levels, sharpened, adjusted color saturation, frame, saved for web)

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