Fundatia Europeana Dragan
History of the monument
Today, 2000 years later, the great Dacian king continues to keep watch on the borders of those lands he defended to the death. Few kilometers from Orsova, on the banks of the River Danube, a majestic, monumental Decebal looks into the distance through time.
His gaze turned to where the Romans would make their way through rocks to reach the heart of Dacia from the Yugoslav bank of the Danube, as attests the Tabula Traiana, a memorial tablet ordered by the emperor Trajan to commemorate the march of his legions and the victories against the Dacian kingdom in 105 C.E.
The monument celebrates obduracy, audacity and pride.
It is a homage to the last Dacian King from Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Costantino Dragan, the founder of the Dragan European Foundation.
A successful industrialist and a highly educated man, but also a dedicated historian and a diligent scholar of the history of the Romanians, Giuseppe Costantino Dragan is a strong supporter of the theory that the original “flame” of civilization started on the ancient territory of Romania and argues as much in his work; hence civilization reached as far as the Sumerian Lands, Egypt, Turkey and Greece, to the North it reached Scandinavia and to the west moved as far as the ancient regions of Germany and Britannia. His studies, corroborated by major specialists in the main universities in the world, describe the Thracians as the legitimate successors of the great Pelasgian Empire from which drew their origins not only the Geto-Dacians, but also the Trojans, the Etruscans, the Hittites and the Macedonians.
The statue of Decebal, carved in the mountain, rises majestically in a territory which marks the origin of humanity and bears witness to millennia of civilization.
Discoveries made over time highlight this. In the caves of Chindiei and Livadita - 7 km from Moldova Nouă – the most ancient signs of life dated 35,000 B.C.E. have been discovered.
In 1985 Giuseppe Costantino Dragan chose the rock, rising to 128 m., and located in the area of the Cazanele Mici rapids, where the Danube is at its deepest at about 120 m.;however, work only started eight years later, in 1993. Finally the face of Decebal Rex emerged from the mountain, a remarkable and unique monument, the only one of its kind in the world.
“The invincible king Decebal, who chose to take his life rather than surrender to the Roman emperor, deserves a place of pride in the landscape of this country, that he defended with such obduracy, audacity and pride. The emperor Trajan himself recognized the Dacian king’s daring by dedicating Trajan’s Column in Rome to the bloody battles fought against him. After all Trajan can be considered Decebal’s heir”, according to Giuseppe Costantino Dragan, who thought of the monument and financed it.