The village is situated on a hill between the valleys of Doftana and Prahova. Both these valleys are touristic zones and the villages and towns along them are packed with holiday homes.
Secăria is situated in the foothills of Baiului Mountains, which are seen in photo in backdrop. The area is tranquil and relaxing.
417 km long, Ialomița springs from Padina, the central, lower & forested area of Bucegi Plateau. The course of the river in Bucegi Mountains is characterised by deep, spectacular gorges surrounded by prehistorical forests with impressive old & big fir trees.
The town of Pantelimon (16,000 inhabitants) lies immediately east of Bucharest. It was founded in 17th century as a village with the name Obilești, but the name was later changed after the name of Saint Panteleimon, to whom the monastery was dedicated. The religious complex was founded in 1750 on the island of the lake, as a monastery-hospital. It was the second most important hospital in Bucharest area, after Colțea Hospital in the center of Bucharest. In 1868 a new large hospital building was adjoined to the cloister. The hospital was damaged by the 1977 earthquake. In 1986 the church was demolished and the buildings transformed into a luxury touristic complex called "Lebăda" ("Swan"). In 2001 it was retroceded to the Romanian Orthodox Church. Since `1990 was in a state of abandonment but was restored in last years and transformed into a cultural - missionary center called "Familia", belonging to the Orthodox Patriarchate.
You can see a set with 24 photos with Pantelimon Monastery made by me in January 2013 here.
Built between 1860-1863 by the Austrian administration, is considered the finest railway in country. The 34 km track goes through the ancient forests of Anina Mountains, on a level difference of 340 m. There are 16 tunnels - the longest having 660 m - and 10 viaducts with a total lenght of 843 m. The authors of this magnificent trail: engineers Anton Rappos and Karl Dülnig; architects Karl Maniel, Johann Ludwig Dollhoff-Dier.
Semenic Mountains extend on 1,180 km² and reach an elevation of 1,447 m. They are part of the Mountains of Banat, which together with other mountains (Țarcu, Godeanu,Cerna) make 65% of the area of Caraș Severin County (8,514 km²). Banat Mountains consist of low heights but are wild, very remote and little affected by humans, because of the low density in county: only 34 / km.
Much of Semenic Mountains is part of Semenic - Caraș Gorges National Park which has a surface of 361 km². Situated in Semenic and Anina Mountains, the specific of this park is the lush vegetation, the great biodiversity and high quality of primeval ecosystems. Here is the largest prehistorical beech forest in Europe, extending on around 50 km². There are many karst phenomena, including many caves with healthy bat populations.
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