Ardud (Hungarian: Erdőd, German: Erdeed) is a town in north-western Romania, in the county of Satu-Mare. Ardud was first attested in 1215, as Herdeud. It is the birthplace of Archbishop of Esztergom, and papal candidate Tamás Bakócz (1442-1521), raised from serfdom to this dignity by King Matia Corvin. Ardud is visited by many people every year, because it has a spa.
The fortress in Ardud was built in 1481 by the Transylvanian ruling prince, Bertalan Drágffy, and it was one of the strongest senioral fortress in the north of Transylvania. It had a polygonal plan with bastions on the corners. The Drágffy family owned the stronghold for a long time, but the fortress they held was destroyed during history.
The kitsch statue of King Carol I
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