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Highlights

UNESCO SITES

The wooden Churches of Maramures (8 since 1999):

Wooden Church

  • Barsana – 1722
  • Budesti – 1643, “St. Nicholas”
  • Desesti – 1770, “St. Paraschiva”
  • Ieud – 1364, “The Birth of the Holy Virgin”
  • Plopis – 1796, “St. Archangels”
  • Poienile Izei – 1604, “St. Paraschiva”
  • Rogoz – 1663, “St. Archangels”, burned by the Tatars, redone in 1717; remarkable through its architecture and decorations, 17th &18th century interior paintings.
  • Surdesti – 1767, “St. Archangels”, wooden church on a stone pedestal, 54m tall tower
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The Churches of Northern Moldavia (7 since 1993):

  • Arbore – 1503, “St. John the Baptist”, 16th century exterior paintings
  • Humor – 1530, “St. George”, built by Teodor Bubuiog, a boyar (aristocrat); beautiful architecture, open porch (1st one in Moldavian architecture), cemetery, and exterior paintings with a central theme: “The Siege of Constantinople”, fortified.
  • Moldovita – 16th century church, built by Petru Rares, 1547 interior & exterior paintings, fortified
  • Patrauti – 1487, “The Holy Cross”, smaller in size but well proportionate, valuable interior paintings.
  • Probota – 1530, “St. Nicholas”, built by Petru Rares, representative architecture for 16th century Moldavia
  • Suceava – 1514-1522, “St. George”, remarkable interior & exterior paintings; the silver coffin of “St. John the New”
  • Voronet – 1488, “St. George”, built by Ruler Steven the Great, original mural paintings in the nave; since 1547 closed porch and outstanding exterior paintings (the “Voronet Blue” – just as unique and famous as Veronese’s Green); central theme: “the Final Judgment”.
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German Locations in Transylvania with Fortified Churches (7 since 1993 and 1999):

Transylvania - Medieval Fortified Church

  • Biertan – Bierthalm – 1492-1515, large Gothic cathedral, fortified by three rows of defense walls, beautiful altar built between 1483 and 1524
  • Calnic – Kelling – 13th century attestation, 1270 strong donjon (the Siegfried Tower); peasant citadel since the late 15th century
  • Darjin – Dersch – 14th-15th century Unitarian church fortified in the 16th century; valuable interior paintings
  • Saschiz – Keisd – 1493-1496 Evangelical church, fortified.
  • Prejmer – Tartlau – the strongest peasant citadel in the whole of Transylvania; inside there is a beautiful 1250 Evangelical Cathedral; Baroque decorations and fragments of mural paintings.
  • Valea Viilor – Wurmloch – 13th century church, “St. Peter”, enlarged and fortified in the 15th and 16th centuries, the church looks like a strong tower.
  • Viscri – Deutschweisskirch – built at the end of the 16th century in Gothic style, transformed up until the late 17th century
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The Dacian Ruins in the Orastie Mountains (6 since 1999):

  • Banita – situated on an isolated peak, called “The Rock of the Citadel” (902m high), just a couple of miles away from the town of Petrosani
  • Costesti-Blidaru – 106 BC., permanent residence of the Dacian King Burebista, with two adjoining areas; the walls are made of limestone blocks and there is a fortified line around it made of soil.
  • Capalna – Dacian citadel situated 650m high
  • Costesti-Cetatuia – citadel with several defense towers on the Cetatuia Hill
  • Luncani Piatra Rosie – 1st century BC-1st century AD – stone walls, 5 towers, destroyed in 106AD
  • Sarmisegetusa Regia – the former political, administrative and military center of the Dacian State at the end of the 1st century BC, beginning of the 1st century AD; one of the largest citadels and places of refuge in the whole of Transylvania.
    It was shaped as a polygon, with stone walls, two gates and several man-made terraces; there is also a large circular calendar out of cylindrical blocks of limestone, which helped calculate the 360 day Dacian year.
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Danube Delta

Danube Delta -  Fisherman's Reed House
It is the second largest delta in Europe and the 23rd of the world, however, an astonishing variety of birds (over 300 different species) spend most of the year here nesting and thriving. The position of the Danube Delta on the 45 parallel has made it the ideal stop for birds coming from all over the globe. The climate is perfect, with four distinct seasons and no extremes, allowing for all animal species to live independently of human influence in a place of time-forgotten.
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Horezu Monastery (since 1999)

Horezu Monastery Inside1
It is the largest medieval architectural complex, still in existence, in Walachia – the Romanian South and the main build of Constantin Brancoveanu, at the end of the 17th century. The church, which is surrounded by beautiful & elegant structures, dates back to 1690-1693.
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Sighisoara

Sighisoara - Clock Tower Detail
Sighisoara is the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Romania. When navigating the narrow streets of it, one feels as if they’ve traveled back in time to the Middle Ages. Everything is perfectly preserved, from the buildings and churches, to the 9 towers on the defense walls and the pavement of the streets. It is the place where the infamous Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula was born. The house where his father had lived between 1431 and 1435, the former Paulini House, still exists today and can be visited. The restaurant inside is frequently an option for tourists coming to Sighisoara on organized trips. To name just a few of the attractions here: the 14th century Clock Tower, the 16th century Church on the Hill, the Church of the Monastery, the Venetian House etc.
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