Romania is a country of contrasts, full of surprises, traditions and countless places to visit, leaving breathtaking and unforgettable impressions in the minds of those who visit.
Perhaps Romania is not as well known as other European countries, but that does not mean it is an insignificant part of the world. It is a rich country in terms of cultural and historical significance that many people are unaware of.
Here are some of the most interesting things that make Romania a country of contrasts:
1. Romania has one of the happiest cemeteries on earth
Hidden in a small village in Maramures, near the Ukrainian border, the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta is not just a single burial site, but also an outdoor museum and a tourist attraction in its own right. Designed in 1940 by a local sculptor Stan Patras Ion, the Cemetery in Sapanta stands out with crosses in bright colors, carved in oak and painted with scenes from the life of the deceased, who rest at that place forever. Moreover, each tombstone has also a spiritual poem that illustrates a person's life and how the person died.
2. Romanian inventors changed the world
Romania has given rise to extraordinary scientists and engineers, most of whom have actually changed the world. Nicolae Constantin Paulescu - discoverer of insulin, Eugen Pavel - the inventor of Hyper CD-ROM, Aurel Persu - first automotive engineer and designer who built a car with the line aerodynamic wheels STIs; Petrache Poenaru - inventor of the pen; Emil Racovita - founder of biospeleology (study of living organisms in caves); Anastase Dragomir - inventor of the parachuted seat version of the early ejection seat today. In addition, Romanian engineers have contributed to the history of successful flights. Henri Coanda and Aurel Vlaicu Traian Vuia - all were pioneers in aviation and aerodynamics.
3. Romanian is the only roman language in Eastern Europe
Most people believe that the Romanian language is very similar to that spoken in Russia and other Slavic countries, but in reality, Romanian is a roman language closely related to Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese.
4. Romania has 7 UNESCO recognized places
These include churches in Moldova; Dacian Fortresses in Orastie Mountains; The historic center of Sighisoara; Horezu Monastery; villages with fortified churches in Transylvania; Wooden Churches of Maramures and the Danube Delta.
5. Romania has the largest gold and silver resources in Europe
Romania holds valuable natural resources, hiding in rich hydrographic network. Much of these metals are found in waters that spring from the Apuseni Mountains and the Meridional Carpathians. These metals have been extracted from our waters since antiquity through primitive methods such as "saitroc".
6. Romania has the largest administrative building in the world
Built by former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Parliament Palace in Bucharest, also known as the People's House - is the largest, heaviest and most expensive building of civil administration on the planet.
7. Romania has the best preserved delta in Europe
It has more than 23 natural ecosystems, flora and fauna offering an amazing variety.
8. Statue of Decebal from Danube Boilers is the largest stone carving in Europe
Somewhere along the Danube, near the small town of Orsova, in southwestern Romania is a stone sculpture with a height of 55 meters, depicting Decebal, the last king of Dacia. The monument is the largest stone carving in Europe and you can reach it only by boat.
9. The first illuminated city streets in continental Europe
Timisoara, one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of Romania, was the first city to have electric street lighting lanterns in Continental Europe, in 1884. According to international standards, it was second only to New York.
10. The first castle in Europe illuminated by electric current
Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electricity. Electricity was produced by its own central heating system of the castle. Built in 1888, the Peles Castle is still functional and is visited throughout the year by millions of Romanian and foreign tourists.
11. Romanian Black Sea Coast
With a total length of 245 km, stretching from north of the border with Ukraine to the border with Bulgaria. Black Sea Coast is certainly one of the most spectacular regions of Romania.
Stunning landscapes, objectives and tourist attractions, opportunities for leisure and entertainment, accommodation capacity (250,000 beds) - these are just some of the ingredients that make the holidays for local tourists and abroad to be a success.
It is considered to be the most spectacular road in the world. We do not say that, but the British Top Gear does. Built in the early 70s for militaryuse and completed on September 20, 1974 Transfagarasan connects Transylvania and Muntenia, being at a height of 2034 m.
We will not even reveal everything about our country, but we expect you to visit us and discover the hidden treasures of Romania.