Sep 16

THE CAVE AT VADU CRIŞULUI, A PLACE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE (VADU CRIŞULUI, ROMANIA)

Vadu Crişului Cave was discovered in 1903 by Gyula Czárán after dynamiting the slope and arranging the wooden stairs and bridges soon after. In 1969, the underground facilities are upgraded and the cave is electrified, becoming the second cave in Romania where the electric lighting was introduced.

Vadu Crişului Cave is located in the Criş Gorge, in Padurea Craiului Mountains (the Princes’ Forest), between the towns of Vadu Cris and Şuncuiuş.

The cave has a length of 1 kilometer, of which 680 meters are allowed to be visited by tourists who are not speologists. It has three main large galleries (besides others that are narrower and more difficult to access), and one of them is used only for paleontological research, which is also famous for having been extensively researched by the famous Romanian explorer, biologist and scientist,  Emil Racoviţă.

Vadu Crişului Cave has a more special status because it is crossed by a stream which originates in the karst plateau Zece Hotare (Ten Borders) – Old Man’s Cave, so basically the water forming  inside the cave is the same that creates the Vadu Crişului Waterfall.

We enter the cave through the left side of the underground creek, we pass by the three galleries going upward, which open on the left, we traverse the Suspended Bridge over the lake and arrive at a party spherical high (globe of Earth), above which a limestone canopy has been formed during the ages.

Then two separate ways are splitting: one lower, along the underground stream and the other way that forms the upper floor. Upstairs hallway after completing a small climb in an upper room, where shall descend into the Balcony Hall with the fallen blocks. Underneath these blocks, we go to the Hell gallery and get reacquainted the creek in the Great Hall of the cave.

The road continues to the point of the Straits, where the corridor is obstructed by fallen boulders where the cave visiting ends.

You can reach the cave:

– By train to Cave Halt on Cluj-Oradea route;

– By train to Vadu Crisului or Şuncuiuş and then walking nearby the railway for about 2 kilometers to the same Cave Halt.

– By car from Vadu Crisului: you can leave your car near the football field in Vadu Crisului and then follow they railway or the new Red Circle tourist route;

– By car from Şuncuiuş: you can leave your car in front of Şuncuiuş station and then walk nearby the railway, again some two kilometers to Cave Halt.

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Sep 15

NATURE’S HOME – VADU AND CORBU (ROMANIA)

Many of us declare ourselves tired of crowded places, so tourists have started to seek other desert places where they can find peace and serenity, where they can lie all day on a quiet beach, in a hammock or in the shade,  without having to incur other disturbing elements.

Today’s destination is in Romania, on the Black Sea shore, where you will encounter two of the last pristine beaches: Corbu and Vadu.

Although it still is what we might call a wild beach, Corbu certainly will not stay in this category for long. That’s because local authorities have other plans for the future “newest resort at European level on the Romanian Black Sea coast”, as declared on the official website. The project includes both the beach at Corbu, and the one at Vadu.

So who wants to enjoy the wild beaches of Corbu and Vadu should hurry up before civilization takes over. In a few years, it’s very certain that things won’t be the same.

Construction plans have already been finalized and the project is available to anyone who wishes to admire and “marvel” concieved after the taste of the authorities and investors. What will Corbu be like in the future? Well, think of hotels and villas of four and five stars (goodbye, tents), marina for boats foodie (no more wooden boats), an international circuit of golf, casino, sports park etc.

But let us stay in present times and see what Corbu has to offer now. When you go there, you will take a bite of true Nature, which will be a true blessing for those who want to enjoy the simple life by the sea, with just sand and sun. Corbu beach is included in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, and from here you can make day trips in the Delta, departing either from Tulcea, or Jurilovca.

Besides the beach, tourists can enjoy other eco-friendly activities, including windsurfing, water sports such as sailing, diving and amateur sport fishing in Lake Corbu. Also in this area, if you have binoculars or a camera with telephoto lens you can admire some special species of birds, including the tern or the silver seagull. Nearby, on Lake Sinoe, in a simple boat ride, you will meet with spoonbills, ducks and pelicans.

From untainted nature we are moving on to history. Two major cities are near the village of Corbu: Histria and Enisala. The first is the oldest Greek settlement in the country, built in 657 BC and the second dates from the late thirteenth century, the early fourteenth century.

Corbu is located at a distance of eight kilometers north of Mamaia, near Navodari. You can get there by car, but it is recommended to choose your route from home, depending on the location from which you start. The beach is near the village of the same name, and to get there you have to follow the paved road which goes to the right, located close to the indicator that marks the entrance to the village. The access to services is not easy, and near the beach there are no shops, therefore, a complete and correct supply will save you a ton of headaches.

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Sep 12

TOP THREE OF THE MOST POPULAR TOURIST ATRACTIONS IN MARAMURES (MARAMUREŞ)

A holiday in Maramures is not what you would expect, simply because this place is so unique that it will always reveal the unexpected – in the best way possible, of course! The lure of a land of which you have heard only good things will make you travel the world just to find a region of dream that is a must-see tourist attraction at least once in your life. We have made a top three list of the best things to do in this amazing region, but there are many more, we assure you. But for now, just to open your apetite, let’s see

Venture towards Horse Falls

In order to get to Horse Falls, you have to get at Borsa tourist resort first; this place is located in the eastern county of Maramures, near Rodna Mountains National Park. Borsa’s village is particularly appreciated by fans of winter sports; nearby, there are several quality slopes – the most important is Runc-Stiol, which has a length of 2 km – and a natural trampoline with a length of 90 meters, for those who dare to “fly” with skis. Otherwise, there are plenty of hostels, hotels to enjoy the quiet summers in a picturesque scenery.

You have two options to get to the Horse Falls from Borsa, namely the Resort located at an altitude of 1300 meters. If your your allow you, just follow the route marked with a red triangle; it will take you about two hours by foot, or climb the mountain on a chairlift, which operates in both summer and winter (their program begins at 9.00 and the last race is at 17.00). If you choose this option, you can go through the woods a bit more, about 20 minutes, to reach the waterfall. This is the highest waterfall in Romania: has a heights of 90 meters, and is divided into several stages.

Horse Falls is not necessarily impressive by the volume of water that it delivers (of course, it depends on the season you visit it), but by its natural location. Just like any place that respects itself, this waterfall also bears an old legend (although some say the story was real), revealing that the name of the place comes from the fact that long ago, several horses belonging to the local inhabitants were cornered by a bear during a storm, just on the edge of the plateau where the waterfall is formed today. Frightened and helpless, the horses were left with no option than to throw themselves into the void of the precipice and perished from the sight of the bear ravenous. Following this tragedy, people have named several places in the area in memory of their horses Horses’ Bridge, Horses’ Waterfall, Horse’s Spring, Horses’ Mountain.

Visit Sighet

On the way to the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta you pass through Sighetul Marmatiei, a town of 40,000 inhabitants placed at the Ukrainian border. Sighet was documented for the first time in 1326 (the town was known only by the name of Sighet until 1964) and had a turbulent history marked by several events. One of the darkest hours in the history of the place was in 1950, when in the town’s prison were brpught a lot of representatives of Romania’s elite, opponents of the new communist regime: ministers, heads of government, leaders of democratic parties, generals, academics , men of letters, bishops of the Greek-Catholic church etc.

As a result, today, one of the main attractions of the area is the Memorial to the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, which is in close proximity to the City Hall. The former prison has been converted into a museum, a memorial of pain that reconstructs and analyzes the painful past of those dark years of Romania. The Memorial has been founded by poet Ana Blandiana and writer Romulus Rusan, and the Sighet Museum has been developed with the support of the Center of Studies, which has its headquarters in Bucharest. It opens at 9.30 and the visitation fee is 6 lei.

Sighet is an interesting and quite animated town, offering visitors many other tourist attractions, that are much happier. Among them, Maramures Village Museum, an outdoor museum that houses a reserve of traditional architecture and monuments in the entire area of Maramures. You can also visit the Ethnographic Museum, with exhibits where you can see traditional objects, icons painted on glass and wood, pieces of folk etc.

Take a ride on Mocăniţa

Mocăniţa is a top attraction in Maramures. Since 2000, this tiny, old and slow steam train has been reintroduced into the circuit, and now it passes through the Vaser Valley, which displays itself in front of your eyes in all its beauty.  You can go on this trip of 21.6 km, through the midst of a beautiful landscape that lasts over two hours, from spring to autumn.

The train leaves from Viseul de Sus and if you want to get tickets, you’ll find that are actually five trains with different departure programs; the first one leaving at 9 a.m., and the last departing at 11 a.m. and back to 17.00.

Beyond that, if you come with your children, they will will be delighted by this trip on the Mocăniţa. Try to pick a warm day (better give up if it rains!), take the seats and enjoy the scenery. The train has three stops, the end of the road is Paltin, which you will reach in about one and a half hours. There’s nothing else to do than to eat steaks and sausages, take pictures with the little locomotives and don’t miss the visit to the Railway Museum. Vaser Valley is beautiful and wild, the silence is broken only by the hiss of the iron “horse” and certainly the photos you’ll make will turn into memories.

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Sep 06

THE FORTIFIED CHURCH IN BIERTAN, THE PLACE OF REFUGE OF THE PRINCE OF WALES (BIERTAN)

Those who visit Transylvania, and especially the fortified churches in the middle of the country will not bypass a village that has become famous in recent years, mainly due to Prince Charles, who visited her in thick lines and has promoted it as: Biertan – a place so beautiful that feels like a visual storytelling that inspires anyone to pack one’s bag and follow the road towards the legendary fortified church.

Located in the northern county of Sibiu, between Medias and Sighisoara, Biertan was first mentioned for the first time in the documents beginning with 1283, as a Saxon settlement. Traditionally, as the years pass, the city has developed an administrative organization that places the church in the center of the rows of houses, which seem like a fortification belt around it. Built in the late Gothic style, on a hill, between 1490 and 1520, the church is preserved almost perfectly, being one of the best preserved of the fortified churches in Transylvania among the circa 300 in number, that have been built during the 15th and 16th centuries.

The main part of the medieval complex is the church itself, one large, comprising three halls equal height edifice that is very impressive and harmoniously built. The altar was made by master architects from Nuremberg and Vienna, being the largest in Transylvania, with its 28 painted panels. The pulpit is carved in stone and one of the most interesting elements of the building is the door of the sacristy, built in 1515, which features a unique closing (it has no less than 19 locks!), and is the winner of the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. The organ dates from 1869 and is the work of renowned Carl Hesse of Vienna. Inside, there can also be admired the valuable pews painted in the studio master Johannes Reichmuth from Sighisoara in the early 16th century, together with the oriental rugs or flags that belonged to the guild of Biertan.

The complex near the church embodies a clock tower, the Catholic Tower (symbol of religious tolerance), the Mausoleum Tower (where the graves of the prelates are located), the Bastion Tower Prison (or room reconciliation, where they those who wanted to divorce were imprisoned in order to make a truce), the Tower Hall, and bastion.

The patriarchal atmosphere of Biertan bears the memory of the 1,600 Germans who lived here in the 70’s. Biertan is no longer being considered today a Saxon village but, ironically, here takes place the meeting of the Transylvanian Saxons almost every year. If you want to find accommodation in Biertan, the most likely solution at hand is the Unglerus Pension / Medieval resort), located at the foot of the hill on which the church stands, and that includes a restaurant and a wine cellar.

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Sep 05

BUCOVINA VILLAGE MUSEUM, A TIME CAPSULE OF THE ANCIENT LOCAL TRADITIONS (MUZEUL SATULUI BUCOVINEAN)

Located right next to the fortress of Suceava, this outdoor museum is a true delight of the spirit, where you will find popular architectural landmarks specific to the area of northern Moldova. Basically, you will discover a village of Bukovina, which you can admire, both from the outside and in the inside; there are different types of houses and farms in the area, with annexes, and the center of the village with a church and bell tower. There are also a pub, popular technical installations with specific workshops for pottery, blacksmithing, weaving etc.

The excellent settling of the interior of the houses will show you what the way of life is like in this area, and how each element has a clear purpose: from furniture to stoves, from textiles to interior parts of costumes.

Bucovina Village Museum is the highlight of the architectural heritage of folk in the “Upper Realm”. The newest of all open-air museums in Romania, it was open in the 1980s, when the Bukovina village disposed of countless monuments of folk architecture, and it took shape after 1990, when new homesteads and popular settlements have been transferred, reconstructed and open to visitors.

The overview of the museum reflects the complex organization and activity of a village, envisioned as a synthetic model of the Bucovina village. Along with households formed by the house and its annexes, located along the streets, from the center of the village – the polarizing center of community life -, the church and belfry, dating from 1783 are present. Besides all these elements, you Cn also see the local pub from the village of Saru Dornei and technical installations: water mill, mill of peasant coats, carding comb, oil mills.

Trades and crafts are represented in specific workshops such as pottery, spoons etc., and also workshops for weaving, painted eggs , furrier and so on.

The interior settlement is a unique ethnographic exhibition which has complied with the objectives of the regional peculiarities of folk architecture. Ovens, stoves are found in the museum in a wide variety of types; traditional furniture, interior textiles, pieces of folk traditional civilization completes the picture of Bucovina. The peculiarity of Bucovina Village Museum is the representation of the spiritual life of the peasant by marking the rites of passage. In the Straja House, there are exposed props for the ritual of baptism, and the Cacica House the funeral ceremony is marked – the two major thresholds of life.

Beyond the essential function of conservation, restoration and recovery of cultural heritage, Ethnographic Museum Bucovina Village has imposed itself on the national cultural landscape by organizing folk performances and festivals (held on the open air stage), craftsmen fairs to promote traditions and authentic creations, art camps for students, the museum becoming a polarizing center for the cultural life of Suceava.

There are many of them and each deserves a special description, but we will only mention a few, just to get you an idea; among the monuments of folk architecture there are Vama Church and Belfry, Household Bilca, Household Campulung, Household Humor Monastery, Household Moldoviţa, Household Rădăşeni, Household Straja, House Breaza, House Cacica, House Campulung, House Dorna Candreni, House Holohoşca, House Humoreni, House Iacobeni, Sadova Fountain, the Marginea Potter Studio, the Forge, Humor Monastery Mill and many others.

Facilities. It is good to notice that there are free services for people with physical disabilities, children in orphanages, war veterans and current workers and former museum employers. There is a 50 percent discount for pensioners.

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Sep 02

TWO LEGENDARY LAKES IN THE MIDST OF THE ROMANIAN CARPATHIANS

You cannot talk about places to visit in the Romanian Western Carpathians without mentioning the natural beauty that unfolds in front of your eyes with every step that you take, while visiting Nera Gorge. Mountain lovers will start on the red line trail, 9-10 hours along the Nera River to admire the wild beauty of the area. Starting point: Sopotu Nou. Arrival point: Sasca Montana, or vice versa. You move on to Devil’s Lake, pass through Ogasul Porcului and La Carlige, where you have to cross the Nera River, then reach  Dubova Cave; then you get to the Tower of Beg and Damian’s Canton, then Caraula Hill and the Bridge of the Bei, then pass through tunnels dug into rock. During spring and early summer you can go rafting on the Nera River. It is more difficult, almost impossible to perform this kind of fun during the dry months when water falls below acceptable in some places.

In the Nera – Beusnita Natural Park, you’ll leave the car (in case you get up there by personal car) to the Trout Pools and you shall start walking towards the Eye of the Lake of the Bei, which is the first priority of the route (the second will be Beusnita Waterfall). After about an hour of walking on a reasonable route, you will reach to a lake with turquoise water, transfixed in the heart of the woods, surrounded by shady trees. The karst lake is fed by a spring (and this is the reason why it never freezes during winter time), it has a depth of about 3.5 meters and an area of 284 square meters. The fascinating color is due to carbon dioxide and limestone on the bottom of the lake, which is so clear that can catch a glimpse of the playful fish.

There are a lot of legends and superstitions related to this particular lake. One of them says that once a Turkish odious who possessed this land had a son with blue eyes, who was madly in love with a local woman, whom he noticed in the Flower Glade. Their love story soon reached to the ears of the Turk, who was terribly upset that his son was in love with a Wallachian. So he sent his soldiers to kill his own son. Hearing about his father’s decision, the lover got so upset that he started to cry continuously, and then he decided to end his life. It is said that the lake was formed from the tears of the young Turkish prince gliding from his blue eyes.

Initially an underground lake, emerging from the cave of the same name, the Devil’s Lake reached the current form by the collapse of the ceiling of the cave. In order to be able to see it, you have to leave from Sasca Romana towards Damian’s Canton, then Vogiun’s Glade and then a descent to the lake adjoining the Nera river bank. Another option is from Sasca to Carbunari and Sopotul Nou, and then on a forest road and continue downhill from its half.

The name of this blue-green pool also comes from another rather peculiar legend (there are several legends and the place is full of such fascinating folklore tales, but this seems to be the most popular): they say that it was an old pastor who lead his goats around this lake . At one point a little man appeared on his path, who asked him to fry a fish without bending its shape because of the fire.

The old men agreed, but he also asked the little fellow to fry for him a goat’s head without it showing its teeth. The old pastor fried the fish and the fish kept its shape, but obviously the teeth of the goat surfaced after placing it on the fire and it was completely burned. The little man got angry and felt as if he got beguiled, the little man jumped in the lake while the old man said to himself that he had just met the Devil – which is why the name of the pool remained the Devil’s Lake.

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Aug 24

DRAGOMIRNA MONASTERY – A UNIQUE SITE IN ALL BUKOVINA (MANASTIREA DRAGOMIRNA)

The fairy-tale scenery of Bukovina never ceases to amaze us with its timeless beauty. Wherever you look, you see a piece of history, you see the evidence of faith, and the beauties of nature. In this journey we will visit two very interesting and fascinating sights that will remain in their memory by their unique and picturesque character.

Located between the mild hills of Bucovina, 12 kilometers northward from the former residence of Stephen the Great and the Metropolitan of Moldova, Dragomirna rises like the proud stem of a millennial tree between the fortress walls. Built as if it was meant to taunt the heights, in search of more light near the woods, shaded by a curtain of trees and mirrored by the water of the majestic lake nearby, this place of worship, through its antiquity, originality of style, elegance and solidity of form awakens the admiration of every visitor, and the pious worshiper is as impressed as the art historian.

Bishop Anastasius Crimca Built the Dragomirna Monastery in 1609; it is somehow different from other monasteries in Bucovina, with clear influences of the early 15th century. First of all, the monastery is very large, it is more “aired” the other famous Orthodox monasteries in the area, and fortification walls provide it a greater solidity that can be noticed in the aspect, and proven as well as in the many conquering attempts. On the other hand, the inside of the church is very narrow and the walls are not painted but decorated with engravings.

Beyond the beauty of the landscape, the unusual site, which produces an unforgettable impression, there is strange elegance of the monument, with geometric rigor of great refinement, with a unique frame in terms of proportions and unit volume of all the other Moldavian medieval monuments. Probably precisely this uniqueness of the monument has attracted since early times the attention of specialists, who have set different judgments of value, according to the period and circumstances, but always stressing and pointing out the utter originality of the edifice. Nicolae Iorga spoke about the matchless beauty of Dragomirna Monastery, as well as about its greatness and the overall impression that it makes on its visitors.

The Dragomirna Ensemble was built on the border of two centuries and places itself between two stages of the Moldavian style. Dragomirna Monastery Complex of Medieval Art is composed of the Small or Hermitage Church, the Big Church, defensive walls, the old building of abbots, the five towers, monk cells and the chapel.

You can climb the walls surrounding the monastery and you can admire the interior of the edifice where nuns, busy as the bees, are performing their daily activities. Dragomirna is located in a very quiet area and exudes a peace of mind that spreads around.

The inner walls, which have a height of 11 meters, will catch your eye and will stir your amazement.

Location: Mitocul Dragomirnei town, 15 km north of Suceava, the dN29.

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Aug 19

A PIECE OF JEWELRY IN HATEG, ROMANIA: DENSUS CHURCH (BISERICA DENSUȘ)

A road in Hateg County does not mean only the bison reservation or the famous Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa. Well, maybe if you go to Hateg and want to visit something, the two objectives above will be rightly top the list. However, remember that the area has one of the most beautiful churches in Romania, so after you pass Hateg swerve out of the way on a distance of 10 kilometers and reach the village of Densus; you will be amazed of what you will discover.

You find the church very easily once you get there. You enter the gate (is should always be open, if not, you can call a neighbor to bring the key), climb the stairs which goes across a small orchard which is  prolonged in a cemetery and you will immediately notice the old architectural gem arising beautifully towards the sky – a place of worship dating since the dawn of Medieval times. If you’re lucky enough to get to Densus in a sunny day, you will notice immediately the beautiful contrast between the old walls and the blue sky. The church has a blurry history: it looks like a mausoleum that was initially raised by the Romans in honor of General Longinus Maximus, who perished in the battle against the Dacians. Other versions talk about the fact that this place would have been a place which housed a temple even before the arrival of Roman legions. Recent discoveries reveal that the church of Densus has only about 800 years old, dating from the 13th century.

The first thing that strikes you when you get near it is the material of construction. the church seems made of heterogeneous pieces. Polished stone dominates, but at its base there are the supporting Roman columns and vertical boulders (materials from Sarmizegetusa) – and you would think that at the construction there were more artists who have contributed, considering the different styles and different ideas; however, the entire result is superb and one of a kind. It is true that the building was restored in 2000, but wisely it does not live you this impression it any second; the patine of time is very obvious and it adds a lot to its charm. The entry is free and the priest seems a great and kind man, we learned that he had opposed the visitation fee. Sunday sermons are still kept at the church, which made it famous and people started writing about it and it’s probably true that the Densus Church is the oldest church in Romania where sermons have been taking place for such a long time.

The interior is narrower than you could imagine, simplicity is the essential word: four central columns, supported by huge slabs where you can admire numerous old inscriptions. On one wall there is a painting on a blue background, which is dating from the first half of the 15th century, signed simply with the name “Stefan”. But what is truly great about this place is the atmosphere that envelops the surroundings. An incredible feeling of peace is veiling you from the moment you climb the first  stairs and, as you cover the church with your gaze and surround it with your steps and enter inside the edifice, you abandon your previous thoughts that kept you connected to the contemporary everyday stress of the reality and get back to a forgotten time of still peace and atemporal serenity. All these things make the little church of Densus a real jewel of Hateg County.

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Aug 18

THREE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CASCADES IN THE ROMANIAN CARPATHIANS

The western Carpathians on the territory of Romania are the home of some of the most beautiful natural sights in the country. The amazing natural treasures are beginning to gain popularity and worldwide fame and and also a greater number of tourists who are impressed by the fairy tale –like scenery, clean air and the habitability of the locals.  There are many things to be seem in these surroundings, but let us start getting acquainted to the area by being introduced to three of the most beautiful cascades that you can imagine.

Susara Cacade

Susara Waterfall is on the easiest route that you can take (the sign of the blue cross): from Sasca Montana on the Susara river, about 40 minutes of quiet walking with a side a little more difficult when you have to do balancing along a wall so you do not fall into the river that is 20 centimeters deep. The two-stage waterfall is about 15 meters high and the water falls on a thin wire, on a steep rock covered in green moss, in a crystalline pool. You can include Susara on a longer route, about 4 hours long, which includes the Devil’s Lake endpoint, through Cracu Porcului and The Seats – two of the stops that will offer you a great view.

Vaioaga Waterfall

Located in the Nera- Beusnita National Park, on Bei River, Vaioaga Waterfall is one of the most beautiful in the entire country. It can be reached on foot from the park entrance (where you pay a fee of 5 lei), following the road to the Trout Basin or by car, on the same country road. After 2 km, on the right, you will see the panel that signals the presence of the waterfall. Descend a few meters and you will find yourself in a beautiful natural setting, whose central attraction – Vaioaga – will surround you with it’s hectic and neverending song, protected by a tree trunk whose dramatic diagonal increases its beauty.

Bigar Cascade

A few years ago, the site of the World Geography wrote about Bigar cascade, including it in the top ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Situated on the 45th parallel, the DN57b, 12 kilometers from the town of Bozovici, the waterfall has indeed a special beauty, being fed by a spring which flows into the water of the Minis river. Its peculiarity is that water flows evenly on a huge mushroom-shaped rock, “dressed” in green moss.

The waterfall is very easy to find, situated right on the road between Anina and Bozovici. During the busy and crowded days, the parked cars block the naval lane. Due to the fact that little has been added to the environment and the road is almost as rough as possible, with no particular urban-development, the waterfall can be photographed from above high, and descending to the base of the “mushroom”, from any possible and impossible agle.

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Aug 16

THE AMAZING HISTORICAL EDIFICES OF BUCOVINA (BUCOVINA)

Bucovina is one of the most representative areas in Romania. A historical region of crucial importance throughout the tumultuous history of Romania, it offers endless touristic attractions and possibilities.

Moldovita Monastery

Moldova was built in 1532 by Petru Rares, the son of Stefan the Great, and was painted in 1537, both inside and outside. The frescos on the southern wall are very well preserved. Notice at the outset that the nuns who live here are excellent guides for groups of foreign tourists – a very good note in the context of tourism. The monastery’s stylish and dapper, the church is close to the cells and the entire surrounding is filled with flowers that give it a special note. In the courtyard there is a statue of Petru Rares. Tourists will appreciate, not only the beauty of the place, but also the active presence of the nuns.

Sucevita Monastery

You cannot see Sucevita without seeing Moldovita, its “sister” located somewhat near. Sucevita monastery is about 50 years younger, built in 1583 by Irimia Simion and Gheorghe Movila, the former becoming the first leader of Moldova shortly after lifting this monastic building. One of the last churches painted on the outside and a part of UNESCO heritage, its stately elegance will delight the visitor’s eye with a specific shade – not so famous as Voronet blue, though -, but certainly delightful: green, symbol of the Holy Spirit. You will fall in love with the mural paintings and the silence of the place.

The Fortress of Suceava

This is an objective that represents a top sensational attraction. Unfortunately, a while ago, the lack of funding and interest made the most important fortress of the rulers of Moldova enter a long process of restoration, starting from 2012. Regardless of that, hadn’t you already known a few pieces of information, you will find out on the spot about the bravery of the Moldavian rulers and soldiers against all those that attempted to conquer these beautiful lands: from the Russians and Polish to the Ottoman Turks and many other migratory peoples – without luck and success, however!

The restoration process has been unfolding and is now done and over with, therefore the visitors are fully and quietly able to enjoy the place; no more workers on scaffolding! You can now admire an excellently built fortress, to which have contributed over the years rulers and political figures like Petru Musat I (he raised it in 1375), Stephen the Great, Alexandru cel Bun (Alexander the Kind), Vasile Lupu, Ieremia Movila and other Moldavian leaders who totally devoted their efforts into achieving and preserving a very hard city to conquer and a historical symbol. Unfortunately it was damaged  in 1497, after the Polish attack lead by John Albert, several earthquakes during Duca Voda – 1678-1683, the city turned to ruin and went into oblivion until the early twentieth century, when the Austrian architect Karl A. Romstorfer lent a helping hand and reestablished the glory on the old walls of this historic edifice.

And fortunately, after him, the current local authorities have shown the same interest and devotion and put it back on the well-deserved tourist track, where you can see it, admire and meditate upon the past..

Check for the prison of the edifice, it’s a truly sensational place to see!

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