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Surprising Romania

There are bits of Romania scattered all over the world, like a puzzle waiting to be done; Romania is so universal and yet so unique in its own kind – a world in a country.  From the spectacular natural environment to ancient customs that defy even the most sceptical minds, all evolving around our greatest country asset ever – our people.

From the finest tastes and unique flavours to breath-taking landscapes, churches older than time and mixtures of civilizations preserving values unaltered across millennia, Romania is the “It” place to be.

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Romania enjoys the fairy-tale places where time stands still and stories come to life, offering one of the most scenic rides of great richness, wilderness and breath-taking panoramas. Dramatic mountain landscapes, peaceful villages, bustling cities, medieval monasteries hosting beautiful frescoes, soft sands and a wonderful sea side represent just a few of Romania’s real treasures where people are ready to welcome you into their hearts and offer you hospitality throughout your visit.

We have, within a fairly-short distance, access to the spectacular Carpathian mountains, the unique Danube Delta and the impressive Black Sea, at only a few kilometres from each other.

Romanian’s most precious beauties entered the UNESCO world heritage, as recognition of its role in preserving the humankind civilization for generations to come. The beautiful Danube Delta is largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas hosting over 300 species of birds, some of them being unique in the world.

 

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Romanians have created an impressive, diverse and distinctive culture over the last 2000 years. Still to these days, they have impeccably preserved traditions that show the true nature of the people: a great nation with riveting history, a civilization that defied time and spiritual heritage. A glimpse at the hand of a potter shaping to life its clay (Horezu) or the Calusarii dance with artists that float in the air are just a mere glance at the incredible legacy we have today.

You can find traces of this ancient civilization all over the country, from its earliest vestiges to the most futuristic architecture, a constant reminder of who we are and where we came from.

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For centuries, Romanians have created, built and nurtured traditions, culture, religion and everything worth saving as a nation, being the pillar of strength in keeping the European spirit alive. It is the likes of Vlad the Impeller – the fierce ruler of Transylvania that have put the country on the world’s most emblematic figures of all times, but behind his contemporary myth, lies a life dedicated to defending and staying true to the core values of Europe and Christianity.

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Romanians have a magic touch: they have churches older than time. The history of Transilvania is told through the wood of its churches and the times stood still in  Moldova with the Voronet monastery and its walls painted in the most mesmerizing blue in the world that can’t be found anywhere else.

Moreover, they are home to the exquisite wooden gates of Maramures – remainders of our unparalleled craftsmanship and the “Merry Cemetery of Sapanta” where humorous poetry combines with life celebration in a unique manner that only Romanian’s could do.

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Romania has also an incredible ancient architecture from the days where building castles was not luxury but a necessity.

The Corvin Castle, also known as Hunyadi Castle – one of the largest in Europe, enjoys a gorgeous Gothic-Renaissance design that makes it unique due to its magnificent location and one-of-a-kind preservation.

The beautiful Bran Castle that was once residence to Vlad the Impeller represents a gem of its own not only by fame but also by its wonderful design, a true staple in our architecture.

Last but not least Romania has the Peles Castle – worthy of a king, home to our royal family, a family related to the British crown and almost all royal families of Europe and beyond.

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Romania has qualities one cannot deny; the mixture of flavours makes its food and beverages unique in the world, as they have been generously reworded internationally and their indubitable qualities have been acknowledged by some of the greatest experts worldwide.

The Romanian cuisine is only matched by its diversity. The mixture of flavours only adds to its richness as we have Mediterranean influences from the ancient Greeks (our partners in trade), the Romans (giving us the country name), the Saxons (living in southern Transylvania), the Turks and our neighbours the Hungarians.

Romania has about 10 grape sorts that you can’t find anywhere else in the world, as we are the preservers of a 4000 years old Romanian wine culture that has been internationally acknowledged.

The exquisite dishes, the traditional beverages combined with juiciest fruits and vegetables are a flavour feast meant to seduce the genuine “connoisseur”, the one who understands and truly enjoys the mix and match of our cuisine.

Expats and travellers often consider Romania a place of their own, mirroring other cultures features, blending them in its life style. Romanians are well known for their capacity to adapt, to offer and share some of their good faith undamaged in time.

Bucharest is Romania’s capital and it’s one of the most vibrant cities with theatres, galleries and good entertainment.

The “House of Parliament” is known as one of the largest buildings of the sort in the world matched only by the Pentagon who allegedly built another wing there, just to remain the largest world-wide.

 

Cities like Brasov positioned beautifully at the heart of Transylvania, or Timisoara, the cradle of democracy in Romania, are just a few of the treasures that will add to the country unaltered beauty and core values.

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Sighisoara represents one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic.

In 2007, Europe has chosen the medieval city of Sibiu as one of its official capitals of culture, putting us on the world map of great contributors to the universal civilization, where we rightfully belong.

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Born at the cross roads of different cultures and civilizations, where East meets West, Romanians are multilingual, open to new experiences, innovative and future oriented.

Education in Romania is internationally acknowledged, students from domestic higher education institutions being accepted at some of the most prestigious universities worldwide. There are also foreign students who choose Romania, following the steps of some of the most well-known scientists in the worl: Nicolae Paulescu (inventor of Insuline), George Emil Palade (Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine), Emil Racovita (speleologist) and many other mathematicians, physician doctors, or pioneers setting foot where no one has even dared dreaming.

When you wright with your pen just remember it was a Romanian who invented it (Petrache Poenaru), when you fly a jet set it was another Romanian pioneer that pre-invented it (Henri Coanda) and when you type on your computer a “multumesc” could pop to mind as yet a Romanian is the father of cybernetics (Stefan Odobleja).

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Contributors to the universal heritage like Brancusi the great artist who initiated the restructuring of the world’s sculptural language in the 20th century), Eugene Ionesco, Cioran incredible writers and Eliade who wrote the first history of civilization and brought the world closer to its core values or Enescu the world prestigious composer, are just a few of the names that redefined art as Romania’s gift to humanity.

All the above mentioned and more make Romania a country worth knowing , a fabulous journey, a destination and yet a new departure, a starting line for any successful race to the finish, friendly and challenging at the same time, but most of all overwhelming.

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Brancusi – The Table of Silence