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The approach to Deva is marked by a change in the character of the scenery. The valley, always pic­ turesque, closes in, and near the town is an isolated rock, on whose summit are the ruins of a fortress, whose origin common report attributes to the Romans. No doubt it has been a strong place from time immemorial, but it has for some time been in a state of decay, and at the revolution in 1818 what little remained was blown up. It is a picturesque ruin, and, being in a country where ruins are not often picturesque, is perhaps the more appreciated.

But although the distance is short, the roads are not tempting. I t is generally associated with gold, and the mineralogical interest connected with it is very considerable. The gold of Nagyág is not obtained from washings, but from well-marked veins. They have long been worked, and the produce of the mines is still con­ siderable. North of Dcva the mountains are not very lofty, but ©BCU Cluj 30 GERMAN TOWNS OF T H E SIEBENBÜRGEN. they are difficult to cross, and the roads are very bad. To the east the road passes on towards the curious and -interesting Saxon lands of Transylvania,* and south­ wards there is a valley of considerable interest affording communication across two low passes with Wallachia.

BCU Cluj 18 PREPARATIONS FOR A TRIP. The singular barrier that here rises up between the valley of the Strehl and that of the Zsil is of no great elevation. Estimated by the aneroid barometer T found that from the village of Krivadia to the top of the bridle-path is a difference of level of 748 feet, and from the top of the pass down to the river Zsil on the other side is 392 feet. The cart road is much higher, being 1329 feet above the Strehl at Rivadia, and 924 above the Zsil at Vulkan. The heights above the sea were not ascertained, but the rise from Hátzeg to Krivadia is about 629 feet, and there is no fall of importance thence to the Maros, which flows at a good pace, but not rapidly, to the Theiss.

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