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Sinaia, the Pearl of the Carpathians​

Sinaia (population 12.512) is the most famous Romanian mountain resort.

The first human settlement was the monastery, founded around 1690 in the wild Prahova Valley, between the high Bucegi Mountains (max height 2507 m) lesser Baiului Mountains.

In the second half of 19th century, King Carol I has became interested in the area and in 1873-1883 was built Peleș Castle, the summer royal residence.

A village appeared which to the end of 19th century will became a town and resort, with somptuous villas and hotels.

Today Sinaia is much visited for the royal castle, for the Bucegi and Baiului mountains. Cable cars and gondoles take people up to the Bucegi Plateau (2000 m) or Cota 1400.

Bears are a common sight on the road to Cota 1400 and even in the resort.

Sinaia by dizzy87rr, on Flickr

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