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EXOTIC ROMANIA: HUNDREDS OF UNKNOWN DESTINATIONS IN HIGH RESOLUTION PICTURES



Given the fact most photos on Photoencyclopedia of Romania don't display anymore because of some technical problems, I decided to create this personal thread where first I'm gonna repost some hundreds of the best photos from Photoencyclopedia.

All destinations and photos in this thread will be listed in this first post, when selection of photos from Photencyclopedia and reposting will be finished. So you're going to have a summary with links to all at the beginning of the thread, ordered by geographical position and other criteria. This summary will be updated periodically with links toward the new posts.

In order to mantain a unitary appeareance of the thread, please consider it a personal one. Don' post photos without asking me first
 

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Călușarii pre-Christian ritual dance in Craiova, Oltenia

CĂLUȘARII PRE-CHRISTIAN RITUAL DANCE IN CRAIOVA, OLTENIA




Călușarii is a custom that was preserved almost unchanged for at least two millenia, as proven by the existence of a identical custom (costumes and dance) in England - the Morris Dance - no doubt dating from Roman period, when is known that cohorts of Dacian soldiers have been settled in Britain. The Călușarii custom is nevertheless much older, being initially an agrarian ritual that formed in prehistory, probably in Neolithic, five or more millenia ago.










 

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Hadâmbu Monastery, Iași County, Moldavia

HADÂMBU MONASTERY, IAȘI COUNTY, MOLDAVIA




Built in 1659 by the Greek boyar Iani Hadâmbul, the fortified complex was owned and inhabited only by Greek monks until 1863, when together with all monasteries in Romania, suffered the consfiscation of the properties by the Romanian state and becoming poor, was deserted by its inhabitants. The nationalisation of the monastic properties was necessary because at the time most Romanian monasteries were consecrated to Greek monasteries and bishoprics in Greece or Near East, and as the Romanian monasteries were owning almost a quarter of the agricultural land of Romania, a quarter of the agricultural production was going outside the country.





DAY 220/366 by Raluca Damian, on Flickr







 

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Last rafters on Bistrița Valley at Ciocănești, Bukovina

LAST RAFTERS ON BISTRIȚA VALLEY AT CIOCĂNEȘTI, BUKOVINA



Timber rafting on Bistrița was an important industry before the 1960s, when the Izvoru Muntelui Dam was built. Large amounts of logs where transported in this way from the mountains of Moldavia and Bukovina on Bistrița, then on Siret River, then on Danube and further to foreign countries. Today, last rafters are 80 years old and they perform only touristic rides with their rafts on short sections of the river.









 

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Bethlen - Haller Castle in Cetatea de Baltă / Küküllővár, Transylvania

BETHLEN - HALLER CASTLE IN CETATEA DE BALTĂ / KÜKÜLLŐVÁR, TRANSYLVANIA




This was one of medieval Transylvania's most important settlements, with one of the few royal castles in voivodate and being the capital of Târnava Comitatus that included the territories on Târnava rivers (the Hungarian name, Küküllővár, means "Târnava's Castle"). In 15-16th centuries the domain belonged to the Moldavian rulers (a gift from the Hungarian king). In antiquity here was a Roman castrum that controlled the valley of Târnava Mică. The present Bethlen-Haller Castle was built in 1615-1624 with the stone from the demolished medieval fortress. Next to the castle, on the same plateau commanding the village, is the 13th century chapel of the former royal fortress.













 

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Boian / Bonnesdref, former comitatus of Cetatea de Baltă, Transylvania

BOIAN / BONNESDREF, FORMER COMITATUS OF CETATEA DE BALTĂ, TRANSYLVANIA




This was a serf Saxon village (usually Saxons were free and had certain autonomy inside Kingdom of Hungary, then the Principality of Transylvania) on the domain of Cetatea de Baltă royal castle. In 1489, Hungary's king Matthias Corvinus gave the Cetatea de Baltă domain to his ally, ruler of Moldavia Stephen the Great. The domain was transmitted to Stephen's two succesors, rulers Bogdan III and Petru Rareș, up to the middle of 16th century.
The Lutheran church in photo was built in 1404 in Gothic style, as a Catholic church. In 1506 it was partly reconstructed and fortified, then surrounded by walls. On a stone in the gate tower is sculpted Moldavia's coat of arms, the auroch head, a witness of the period when the village together wth all the comitatus belonged to this principality's princes.





Tabara Bicicleta Transilvania_Himalaya Adventure_2016_0001 by Himalaya Adventure, on Flickr







 

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The wonders of Eastern Carpathians: Călimani Mountains, Transylvania and Bukovina

THE WONDERS OF EASTERN CARPATHIANS: CĂLIMANI MOUNTAINS, TRANSYLVANIA AND BUKOVINA



They are the largest mountains of volcanic origin in Romania, extending on 2,000 km² that spread on a lenght of 60 km and they reach 2,102 m elevation.









 
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