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Old November 15th, 2009, 09:43 PM   #201
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Old November 16th, 2009, 07:57 AM   #202
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Wooden chrch from Maramures (Plopis)

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Old November 16th, 2009, 08:07 AM   #203
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The Ponor Fortress (Cetatile Ponorului) is the Romania's greatest Karstic complex: the main portal of 70 m high, 3 grand dolinas (120 m deep), 2000 m long cave with huge galeries watered by an underground stream.



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Old November 16th, 2009, 01:26 PM   #204
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Peles Castle, Sinaia

This would have to be the most beautiful castles that ive been to.
I could not belive the detail inside, all that furniture and wood paneling in such great condition.
I was so lucky to have the place to myself on the day, just me and a guide

I spent 2 weeks in Romania in 2002, loved it, loved it, i want to come back rite now after looking at this thread
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Old November 16th, 2009, 10:08 PM   #205
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iubesc Alba Iulia

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Old November 16th, 2009, 10:12 PM   #206
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Another picture I took in Alba Iulia. I loved this church and if you look closely you can see another church off in the distance.

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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:00 AM   #207
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Galbena Gorges, Apuseni

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Alba Iulia

After the southern part of Dacia became a province of the Roman Empire, the capital of the Dacia Apulensis district was established here, and the city was known as Apulum. Apulum was one of the largest centers in Roman Dacia and the seat of the XIII Gemina Legion.

In the 9th century, the city was mentioned under the name of Belgrad or Belograd. The Gesta Hungarorum mention a ruler named Geula, Gyula, or Jula, who had discovered the city and made it the capital of his dukedom during 10th century. Following the establishment of the Catholic Transylvanian bishopric after Stephen I of Hungary adopted Catholicism, the first cathedral was built in the 11th century. The present (Catholic) cathedral was built in the 12th or 13th century.

As Gyulafehérvár, Alba Iulia became the capital of the Principality of Transylvania in 1541, a status it was to retain until 1690. It was during the reign of Prince Gabriel Bethlen that the city reached a high point in its cultural history, with the establishment of an academy. Further important milestones in the city's development include the creation of the Batthyanaeum Library in the 18th century and the arrival of the railway in the 19th century.


In November of 1599, Michael the Brave, Voivode of Wallachia, entered Alba Iulia following his victory in the Battle of Şelimbăr and became Voivode of Transylvania. In 1600 he gained control of Moldavia, thereby uniting the three principalities under his rule until his murder in 1601 by Giorgio Basta's agents. This was the first unification of the three Romanian-populated principalities of Wallachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania, lasting for a year and a half. In 1918, tens of thousands of Romanians and representatives of the Transylvanian Saxons and other minorities of Transylvania gathered in Alba Iulia on 1 December, now commemorated as the National Day in post-communist Romania, to hear the proclamation of the union of Transylvania with the Kingdom of Romania. In 1922, Ferdinand of Romania was symbolically crowned King of Romania in Alba Iulia in an act which mirrored the achievement of Michael the Brave.


The main historical area of Alba Iulia is the upper city, developed extensively by Charles VI of the Holy Roman Empire, in honour of whom the Habsburgs renamed the city Karlsburg. The upper city's fortress, with seven bastions in a stellar shape, was constructed between 1716 and 1735 by Giovanni Morando Visconti, using the Vauban system—the largest of this kind in south-eastern Europe.

Inside the fortress is the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Batthyaneum library, the Roman Catholic Bishop's palace, the Orthodox Cathedral, Babylon Building (National Museum of Unification), Union Hall, Apor Palace, the Princely Palace, and the University of Alba Iulia.


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Sfântu Nicolae Domnesc church in Curtea de Arges, 14th century wall paintings

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Old November 19th, 2009, 02:36 PM   #211
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Cozia monastery and Olt river. It was erected by Mircea cel Bătrân in 1388 and is boasting his tomb.

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Turnu Rosu (Red Tower) castle and Olt river. The main building was built in 13-14th century.

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Turnu Rosu castle, the oldest part is this tower from the Roman castrum Caput Stenarum

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Viscri / Deutsch-Weisskirch, one of the most picturesque Saxon peasant fortresses

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Old November 20th, 2009, 10:19 PM   #216
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Danube at Braila

The Cantemir metropolitan area will be formed from the cities of Galaţi and Brăila in Romania. Together they have a population of more than 600,000 people. An alternate name could be Lower Danube.

As of 2009 it is a proposed project and, if completed, would represent the second-largest metropolitan zone in Romania after Bucharest.

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