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Astra National Museum Complex

The ASTRA National Museum Complex (Museum Of Traditional Folk Civilization) was established in 1963 and is the largest open-air ethnography exhibit in Europe. The ASTRA Museum is based on the "living museum" concept, aiming to salvage, conserve and showcase traditional folk culture. It is one of the most important institutions of this kind in Europe. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts fairs, craftsmen's ...

The Village Museum Bucharest

A panorama of Romania's erstwhile villages, consisting of old traditional houses gathered from all the regions of the country, the Village Museum Bucharest is one of the unmissable attractions. In the heart of the city, and yet away from urban noise and futuristic buildings, on the shores of the Herastrau Lake, the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village Museum manages to recreate the atmosphere of traditional Romanian ...

The Fagaras fortress

The history of the Fagaras fortress is closely tied to the history of Romanians and to the establishment of the first medieval states on this territory. A residence of Transylvanian rulers, the citadel was built in the 16th century, on the ruins of a castle destroyed by fire. The fortress is surrounded by two rows of walls, the space between them being filled with earth; the result is one sturdy eight-meter thick wall. ...

Peles Castle – the summer residence of Romanian royalty

Built in the 19th century according to the specifications of Carol I, Romania's first King, the Peles Castle is an image of the monarch's aesthetic mindset, combining the German and Italian neo-Renaissance. The blood ties between the members of the Romanian and the British royal families, the Russian dynasty and the royal families of Germany and Greece, as well the Romanian Queen's tireless patronage of arts, ...

Putna Monastery

The history of Romania remembers a personality so significant that it had to be elevated to the sainthood. Stefan cel Mare si Sfant (Saint Stephen the Great) was one of the most important Romanian rulers, whose actions and achievements shaped the history of the land, as well as European history. The Putna Monastery, his final resting place, has become a prominent place of pilgrimage, a symbol of the greatness of an ...

Humor Monastery

In the area with the highest density of UNESCO-listed monuments in Romania, surrounded by thick stone walls, stands the Humor Monastery. A small, cross-shaped church was built here in 1530. Red hues dominate the exterior frescoes showing scenes from the Lives of Saints, as well as significant moments from the locals' lives, such as the wars with the Turks. In the tidy and flower-filled courtyard, silence reigns; ...

Viscri village

Set in the heart of Transylvania, Viscri village is a paragon of genuine rural life, a place increasingly sought by tourists. Despite this,  it is still faithful to the principles of traditional life. This small village was founded one millennium ago by the first Saxon settlers arriving from the area of Luxembourg. It is tucked away in the Transylvanian forests and sheltered from the busy roads, has preserved ...

Voronet Monastery

Man's connection to the divine has taken many forms throughout time, from small altars and statues dedicated to the gods, to majestic cathedrals and to pyramids built in the heart of the jungle. The limits of creativity have been pushed ever further in the attempt to surpass everything that had been built before – taller, more ornate, more awe-inspiring. At a time when Western European Christians were erecting ...

The wooden Church of Pious Parascheva in Poienile Izei

This church was built 400 years ago and is one of the most beautiful Wooden Churches of Maramureş. People think its survival during the Tartaric invasion was a miracle, the metal crescent on the pinnacle of the tower, right under the cross, being a proof of the dangers it had to face. The church entrance is a genuine time portal, which takes you on a journey through the life of this small community throughout many ...

Calnic Castle

In the 13th century, Calnic Castle was the home of the Kelling noble family, a dungeon defended by high walls and surrounded by moats. After the last noble descendants of the family lost their prerogatives, the Saxons living in Transylvania at the time took over the castle and used it as a refuge during rough times. Its history does not record bloody battles or sieges, yet the castle has a tunnel which remained secret ...