Romanian Myths & Legends

The Iulia Hasdeu Castle

The Iulia Hasdeu Castle was built by Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, a great Romanian writer, historian, and politician, according to the indications he said were sent to him by his deceased daughter during séances. The legend about Iulia Hasdeu Castle Iulia Hasdeu was considered a child prodigy, a young genius: at the age of four she could speak and write in three foreign languages, and at the age of 16 she was admitted to ...

Horezu Monastery

The Horezu Monastery was built between 1690 and 1697 and has preserved to this day most of its original murals. The history of the site (included in the UNESCO heritage) is closely tied to the life of the Romanian prince Constantin Brancoveanu, the founder of Horezu Monastery. The legend behind Horezu Monastery After a 26-year reign, during which he revitalized the country's cultural life and developed a ...

Curtea de Arges

Curtea de Argeș is the first capital of Wallachia, Romania's southern region, and it is a truly charming place, full of history and surrounded by a curious legend. The main attraction of the town is the Curtea de Argeș Monastery, built between 1515 and 1517 by Neagoe Basarab. It is one of the most famous architectural monuments in Wallachia, and it is part of Romania's list of historical monuments. During the rule of ...

Poenari Castle | Vlad the Impaler’s impenetrable fortress

Perched atop a cliff like an eagle's nest, at an altitude of over 800 m, the Poenari Castle is one of the most impenetrable fortresses in Romania. Despite not being as famous as other medieval castles in Romania, such as Bran Castle, Corvin Castle, or Peles Castle, the Poenari Fortress is no less impressive than the ones we just mentioned. It was built in the early 13th century, and in the 14th century, it was the main seat ...

Romanian Heroes in the Romanian Folklore

A place with so many multicultural elements thanks to its strong belief in God, on one hand, and witchcraft, on the other hand. To all of this, we can add pagan customs and Christian traditions, old colorful stories, and legends preserved from one generation to another. This place gave birth to Romanian heroes in the national folklore and to fabulous creatures. As we go way back in time, we discover that Romanian ...

Romanian Rituals | Exploring the beliefs and superstitions of Romania

Being a country with deep mythological roots, Romania is home to numerous mythological creatures, fictional heroes, peculiar places, and superstitions, all of which are fueled by the belief of the Romanian people in the supernatural. Thus, the Romanian folklore became an abundant source of inspiration for popular culture. Rituals of the Romanian Folklore Paparuda Paparuda, or how it’s known in the Slavic ...

16 of the Funniest Romanian Superstitions

Romania is the land where superstition and faith are dating and living together in harmony. It is a place with lots of contradictions, funny expressions, unique ways of celebrating the seasons and with a fascinating mythology and some of the most amazing legends and funniest Romanian superstitions. 1.  As the old Romanian saying goes, you shouldn't open your umbrella inside your house, because this brings bad ...

Sanziene – the Summer Fairies

Each year, on the 24th of June, Romanians celebrate the pagan holiday of Sanziene. Along with the Fates, Sanzienele are part of the big and charming family of Iele - gracious fairies with magical powers. Unlike the most of Iele, Sanzienele are always good and kind to humans. It is said that on the night before their day, they use to fly over meadows, smelling and touching the wildflowers, enriching them with special ...

The Ballad of Miorita – the defining Romanian myth

Folklore is the key to understanding a people’s culture. All the traditions and legends are just transposing, in a metaphoric way, the main attitudes concerning life, in general. The Miorita ballad, is perhaps, the most eloquent Romanian folk poem ever created, summing up the most important beliefs of this nation. The Story Behind the Ballad of Miorita This rhyme ballad has a very simple yet, profound story. ...

Romanian mythology – 3 legends you might not have known

Let's face it. The Romanian mythology is quite impressive. With legends such as those of Baba Dochia, Manole, or the Ballad of Miorita, we can surely say that Romania is pretty creative when it comes to mythology. And while we do have some pretty funny superstitions, other legends are very meaningful and even a little bit believable. So let's dig into 3 lesser-known legends from the Romanian mythology, and discover a ...