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 ...

Curtea de Arges, the artistic pinnacle of the feudal age

A monument of Romanian medieval art, Curtea de Arges Monastery is the pinnacle of artistic creation in the feudal age. The church was built between 1515 and 1517. By the 17th century, it had become famous for its beauty, foreign travelers starting to call this land "one of the wonders of the world". A genuine architectural jewel, the church is decorated with minutely detailed motifs of Georgian and Arabic origin, ...

Poenari Castle – the Fortress of Vlad the Impaler

Perched atop a cliff like an eagle's nest, at an altitude of over 800 m, the Poenari Castle was built in the 14th century on an isolated peak. It can only be reached by climbing a stairway of 1480 stone steps. The Fort was used at some point by Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian prince at the origin of the Dracula character. Vlad's Castle, built (according to the legend) by a few hundred prisoners, is a place that breathes ...

Sucevita Monastery

Construction work on Sucevita Monastery began in 1585. At that time the entire area was shaken by the power struggle between the Ottomans, the Poles, and the Austrians, who fought for control over the region. This is one of the reasons why the monastery was surrounded by three-metre deep, six-metre tall fortified walls. The fortification was also meant to protect the members of the royal family, which used the ...

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 Beliefs and Superstitions in Romania

Having deep mythological roots, Romania is, without a doubt, the home of unimaginable mythological creatures, ancient Romanian rituals, fictional heroes, unusual mythological places, fascinating folk tales, thrilling fairy tales, strong witchcraft and Christian beliefs, unique customs and traditions, and so much more. Romanian Rituals in the Romanian Folklore There are eleven Romanian rituals, but ...

15 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 – The legend of master Manole and Arges Monastery

The Romanian mythology is impressive, with the legend of Dochia and Traian, the story about the brothers Roman and Vlahata, about Zburatorul - the lovers from the starts, about the Ballad of Miorita and master Manole. A very charming place, full of history, is Curtea de Arges town, the first capital of Walachia - the Romanian southern region. The main attraction here is the Monastery of Arges, build in 1517 by the ...