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Retezat National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 05, 2008 at 15:22:17 :: Romania

Retezat National Park, located in Hunedoara county, is the oldest National Park in Romania; it was established in 1935 and it's mai objectives were to conserve the landscape and the endemic flora found here. Altitudes vary between 794m at the park entry on Râu Mare valley and 2509m at Peleaga Peak.

Papusa Peak (Păpuşa - Varful Păpuşa, 2508m), important peak in the Retezat Mountains. The highest peak is Peleaga (Vârful Peleaga, 2509 metres).


Containing more than 60 peaks over 7,500 feet (2,300 m) and over 100 crystal clear deep glacier lakes, the Retezat Mountains are some of the most beautiful in the Carpathians and include Romania's first national park. Retezat National Park is a natural reserve area covering more than 275 sq mi (710 km2)., including 4.500 square acres in a strictly protected scientific reserve area called "Gemenele".

The Retezat Mountains can be found in this Park, with the highest peak being Peleaga Peak at 2509 meters. The name derives from the name of the mountains and retezat means in Romanian "cut off", alluding to their shape. It also includes about 80 glacier lakes.

Retezat Mountains lake, Retezat Mountains which also contains the Retezat National Park, Romania's first national park


Flora is known to be very rich, with almost 1200 plant species from about 3600 found in Romania. Having a third of the Romania flora present here was one of the main reasons to designate the area as a National Park.

Fauna is also very rich, mainly because of the diversity of habitats found here, but also because the human impact is still small. There are no permanent settlements inside the park.

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UNESCO World Heritage

Romania, Wooden Churches of Maramures

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 02, 2014 at 12:52:45

Location Districts of Bârsana, Budesti, Desesti, Ieud, Sisesti, Poienile Izei, Târgu-Lapus; Maramureş County, Region of Transylvania, Romania
Coordinates N47 49 15 E24 3 21
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/904 )

These eight churches are outstanding examples of a range of architectural solutions from different periods and areas. They show the variety of designs and craftsmanship adopted in these narrow, high, timber constructions with their characteristic tall, slim clock towers at the western end of the building, either single- or double-roofed and covered by shingles. As such, they are a particular vernacular expression of the cultural landscape of this mountainous area of northern Romania.

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Budeşti Josani church, Budești Budeşti Josani church
Ieud Șes church, Ieud Ieud Șes church
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Romania, Historic Centre of Sighisoara

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 02, 2014 at 12:32:18

Location Sighişoara, Mureş County, Region of Transylvania, Romania
Coordinates N46 13 4 E24 47 32
Property 33 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/902 )

Founded by German craftsmen and merchants known as the Saxons of Transylvania, Sighişoara is a fine example of a small, fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries.

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Clock tower, Sighisoara Taylors Tower, Sighisoara

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Romania, Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 02, 2014 at 04:33:11

Location Counties of Alba and Hunedoara, Region of Transylvania, Romania
Coordinates N45 37 23 E23 18 43
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/906 )

Built in the 1st centuries B.C. and A.D. under Dacian rule, these fortresses show an unusual fusion of military and religious architectural techniques and concepts from the classical world and the late European Iron Age. The six defensive works, the nucleus of the Dacian Kingdom, were conquered by the Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century A.D.; their extensive and well-preserved remains stand in spectacular natural surroundings and give a dramatic picture of a vigorous and innovative civilization.

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Sarmizegetusa Regia
Sanctuaries at Sarmizegetusa Regia
Costeşti-Cetăţuie
Costești-Cetățuie
Costeşti-Blidaru
Costești-Blidaru Dacian fortress
Piatra Roşie
Piatra Roșie Dacian fortress
Căpâlna
Dacian fortress of Căpâlna
Bănița

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Romania, Monastery of Horezu

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 01, 2014 at 12:53:22

Location Horezu, Vâlcea County, Region of Wallachia, Romania
Coordinates N45 10 60 E24 1 0
Property 22 ha
Date of Inscription 1993

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/597 )

Founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancovan, the monastery of Horezu, in Walachia, is a masterpiece of the 'Brancovan' style. It is known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculptural detail, the treatment of its religious compositions, its votive portraits and its painted decorative works. The school of mural and icon painting established at the monastery in the 18th century was famous throughout the Balkan region.

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Courtyard, Monastery of Horezu Monastery of Horezu

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Romania, Danube Delta

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 01, 2014 at 11:47:01

Location Tulcea County, Dobruja Region, Romania
Coordinates N45 4 59.988 E29 30 0
Property 312,440 ha
Date of Inscription 1991

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/588 )

The waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea, form the largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas. The Danube delta hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes.

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Bank of Danube, Danube Delta Danube Delta

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Romania, Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 22, 2011 at 07:53:58

Location Counties of Alba, Brasov, Harghita, Mureş, Sibiu, Region of Transylvania, Romania
Coordinates N46 8 9 E24 46 23
Property 553 ha
Date of Inscription 1993

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/596 )

These Transylvanian villages with their fortified churches provide a vivid picture of the cultural landscape of southern Transylvania. The seven villages inscribed, founded by the Transylvanian Saxons, are characterized by a specific land-use system, settlement pattern and organization of the family farmstead that have been preserved since the late Middle Ages. They are dominated by their fortified churches, which illustrate building styles from the 13th to the 16th century.

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Câlnic, Alba Câlnic fortress, fortified church of Câlnic
Dârjiu, Harghita Unitarian Church, village of Dârjiu
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Romania, Churches of Moldavia

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 26, 2009 at 18:02:47

Location County of Suceava, Region of Moldavia, Romania
Coordinates N47 46 42 E25 42 46
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1993

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/598 )

These eight churches of northern Moldavia, built from the late 15th century to the late 16th century, their external walls covered in fresco paintings, are masterpieces inspired by Byzantine art. They are authentic and particularly well preserved. Far from being mere wall decorations, the paintings form a systematic covering on all the facades and represent complete cycles of religious themes.Their exceptional composition, the elegance of the characters, and the harmony of the colors blend perfectly with the surrounding countryside. The interior and exterior walls of the Church of the Suceviţa Monastery are entirely decorated with mural paintings of the 16th century, and this church is the only one to show a representation of the ladder of St John Climacus.

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Church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Arbore Church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin of the former Humor Monastery, Humor Church of the Assumption of the Virgin
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