A poem written in 1241 describes the conquest and setting aflame of
Oradea Fortress during a Tartar-Mongolian invasion. The Sequel to the
Lyon Council (1245) spelled out a coherent policy of central European,
Catholic states against the Tartar threat, and Oradea Fortress was
A strong heptagonally-shaped medieval fortress was
erected in this spot in the 14th century, and Pope Boniface IX
(1356-1404) "conferred a privelege" to the fort's cathedral in 1401,
making it a pilgrimage place for Christians all over Europe.