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  • Date: 28-12-2015, 14:41
28-12-2015, 14:41

UNESCO sites reccommended by Lonely Planet to visit in 2016

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UNESCO sites reccommended by Lonely Planet to visit in 2016
One of the Lonely Planet Reccommendations is the fortified churches in Transylvania.
Why did #Transylvania make it to the top of our #BestinTravel recommendations for 2016? Here's why:
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  • Date: 11-03-2015, 12:38
11-03-2015, 12:38

Head of the German LIMES Commission, Prof. Dr. C. Sebastian Sommer, holding a conference in Cluj

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Head of the German LIMES Commission, Prof. Dr. C. Sebastian Sommer, holding a conference in ClujProf. Dr. C. Sebastian Sommer, head of the German LIMES Commission, professor of Bamberg University, chief-conservator of the Bavarian Monuments Authority, will be holding a conference on March 11, in Cluj, called ‘Expanding the UNESCO-WHS: Frontiers of the Roman Empire’. The conference, organized by the National Museum of Transylvanian History, will be held from 16:00, at Croitorilor Tower (str. Baba Novac no. 35). As announced by the organizers, the lecture of Prof. Dr. C. Sebastian Sommer will focus on different case studies, being presented in detail the current situation of Roman archaeological sites that make up the Roman frontier in Germany, focusing on presenting the history and structure of the current system of promotion and management of the Roman frontiers.
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  • Date: 11-03-2015, 12:35
11-03-2015, 12:35

Authorities in central Romania want to include local sites of former Roman Empire Limes into UNESCO heritage list

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The Cluj county council and the Transylvania National History Museum have started the proceedings to include the Roman Limes – the Northern border of Dacia the Roman province – in the UNESCO Heritage, in order to protect the historic sites that still exist.
The Roman sites in Cluj county, which were part of the Northern border of Dacia during the Roman domination, are made of towers, fortifications and artificial dams, and are located at Turda (Potaissa), Bologa and Hodisu (Poieni village), Negreni, Gherla and Căşeiu. The county council wants to revamp these sites and prepare them for tourists.

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  • Date: 27-02-2015, 19:39
27-02-2015, 19:39

Romanian objectives of UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage

Category: Traditions

Romanian objectives of UNESCO’s Intangible HeritageRomania has four cultural objectives included in the intangible heritage of humanity. We speak of particularly valuable traditions. The Male Choral Group is prevalent throughout Romania and Moldova, countries that share the same culture. Carolling is usually related to Advent and the winter holidays. With a profoundly Christian message, carollers spread the news of the birth of Christ. It is a way of preserving social solidarity, because in every village the carollers visit every house. One of the most spectacular forms of The Male Choral Group, which joined UNESCO in 2013, is the “Juni” ritual encountered mainly in mountainous areas, such as the Mărişel in the Apuseni Mountains or the Carpathians surrounding Sibiu. The groups are made up of young men led by a conductor, who carol without rest at all of the houses in the village.
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  • Date: 27-02-2015, 15:45
27-02-2015, 15:45

The Horezu Monastery – the Architectural Gem of the Brâncovenesc Style

Category: History / Oltenia / Horezu

The Horezu Monastery – the Architectural Gem of the Brâncovenesc StyleThe Brâncovenesc style, also called Romanian Baroque, is one of the most important Romanian art trends. Its denomination comes from the Prince of Wallachia, Constantin Brâncoveanu, who is celebrated as a saint in the Romanian Orthodox Church. It was he who encouraged the development of this style which blends Baroque elements, characteristic of Venice, traditional Romanian elements, as well as Balkan and Byzantine features. One of the masterpieces of the Brâncovenesc Style is the Horezu Monastery, located in the south of Romania. This is without doubt the most appealing monastic centre in this part of the country.
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  • Date: 27-02-2015, 15:41
27-02-2015, 15:41

Şurdeşti, The Church with the Immense Tower

Category: History / Maramureș / Şurdeşti

Şurdeşti, The Church with the Immense TowerThe Greek Catholic Church in Şurdeşti is one of the most spectacular structures. This place of worship has a huge tower, made of oak, 54 metres high, when calculated from the ceiling height of the narthex above which it was built. In total, from the foundation and to the top of the tower, the total height is 72 metres. This Maramureş church, dedicated to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, is among the highest sacred buildings in the world. The Church in Şurdeşti was built on the former site of a place of worship destroyed during the Tartar invasion in the year 1717. Its artisan was the renowned master builder John Macarius, who dared to raise its gigantic tower. According to some sources, the church was built in 1721 and according to others in 1766.
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  • Date: 27-02-2015, 15:36
27-02-2015, 15:36

The Church of Rogoz, The Pride of Lăpușului Country

Category: History / Transylvania / Rogoz

The Church of Rogoz, The Pride of Lăpușului CountryThe Church of Rogoz is one of the most beautiful expressions of art from the Maramureş area known as Lăpușului. It has as patrons the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. This place of worship was erected in 1663 on the site of an older church, destroyed during the invasion of the Turks and Tatars in 1661 against the Prince of Transylvania, George II Rákóczi, after his unsuccessful attempt to become King of Poland. This church is very rare among wooden churches. The narthex has a polygonal shape, with access from the south nave which is rectangular, and the altar is also in the form of a polygon with seven sides.
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  • Date: 27-02-2015, 15:32
27-02-2015, 15:32

The legend of the Crescent Church in Poienile Izei

Category: History / Maramureș / Poienile Izei

The legend of the Crescent Church in Poienile IzeiThere is a local legend about the wooden church in Poienile Izei due to the presence of a metal crescent under the crucifix that crowns the tower of the church. The legend says that the crescent was added by one of the locals to keep the church from being desecrated by the Turkish and Tatar Muslims. The legend was reinforced by the fact that during the Tatar invasion in 1717, the church in Poienile Izei was one of the few that escaped undamaged. But in reality the crescent moon that generated this legend is not a Muslim symbol, but Byzantine.
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  • Date: 27-02-2015, 15:28
27-02-2015, 15:28

The Church of Plopiş, a Real Architectural Gem of Maramureş Design

Category: History / Maramureș / Plopiş

The Church of Plopiş, a Real Architectural Gem of Maramureş DesignThe church in Plopiş was built later than the other Maramureş churces on UNESCO's list. It also has more modest dimensions, because the village that raised this place of worship only numbered 200 souls at the time of the foundation. However, this oak-built church, dedicated to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, has several features that bestow upon it the look of a true architectural gem. Although the mural painting has only been preserved in fragments, there are remarkable exterior decorations carved meticulously in wood by the local people who were famous sculptors of dowry chests.
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  • Date: 27-02-2015, 15:23
27-02-2015, 15:23

Budeşti , "The Wooden Cathedral"

Category: History / Maramureș / Budeşti

Budeşti , "The Wooden Cathedral"The Church of Budeşti, Josani is a magnificent example of the Greek Catholic cultural synthesis in Maramureş. The place of worship blends Eastern and Western traditions in perfect harmony. Basically, it is the largest wooden church in the UNESCO patrimony. The church was built in 1643, on a hill that dominates the village. The settlement was attested in 1361, when it was part of a Romanian Principality, attested in a diploma issued by King Louis of Anjou. The prosperity enjoyed by the locals allowed them to finance this particularly impressive construction. The length of the church is 18 meters, 8 meters wide, while the height of the tower is 26 meters.
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