World heritage sites

Heritage and culture

There are 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Romania, including both natural and cultural sites. Whether you go see the wooden churches of Maramures and enjoy villge life or explore the streets of Sighisoara, or enjoy fishing in the Danube Delta while admiring nature, you will be surrounded by diversity.

1. The painted monasteries of Bucovina

Scaterred in an area with fine hills and green forests, the churches and Monasteries of Bucovina are examples of exceptional fresco paintings on the inner and outer walls. Extremely well preserved, with a dominant color in each of the churches, these churhces of 15-16th centuries may be unique in the world.

2. The wooden churches of Maramures

There are about 85 wooden churches in Maramures, out of which 8 are listed as World Heritage sites. Rising proud and tall, a blend of Orthodox religious traditions with the Gothic style, these are an outstanding proof of fine craftmanship. One should notice the technique of building the church with no nails.

3. Horezu Monastery

Legend has it that this monastery was built at night, because of Turkish invasions, at a time when only owls (huhurezi) could be heard. Thata is where the name of Horezu comes from. A true masterpice of the late 17th century, a perfect example of the renowed „Brancoveanu Architecture”, famed for the pure lines, richness of details and harmony of proportions.

4. Sighisoara

It was built in the 12th century by the German settlers of Transylvania, with a typical German architecture, structured around a central square surrounded by houses. Nowadays busier every year, conquered by tourists, Sighisoara has still not lost its charm. Go wander its narrow streets, climb the steep stairs surrounding the citadel, leading you more or less in the same place. Go on the terrace of the clock tower for a magnificent view of the city!

5. The fortified churches of Transylvania

Hidden in the villages of Transylvania, with households organized in a particular way, same since the Middle Ages, their origin is mostly Saxon, with one exception (Sekely). They are caracterized by a central fortified church, with a religious but also military role. Nowhere in the world can you find such a density of churches, that is why 8 of them were included in the World Heritage list.

6. The Dacian fortresses of Orastie mountains

Built between 1st centruy BC and 1st century AD by the Dacians as defense against the Romans, six of them are now on the World Heritage list: Sarmisegetuza Regia, Luncani-Piatra Rosie, Costesti-Blidaru, Costesti-Cetatuie, Capalna and Banita. They are hard to reach, be prepared for some trekking in the mountains, but once you make it , each of the fortress will reward you with with its ....unspoilt nature, quiet and remote. Just imagine how this place used to be almost 2000 years ago!

7. The Danube Delta

A labyrinth of cannals and lakes, more than 300 hundred species of birds, colors and sounds...traditions and a fantastic landscape on the newest land and the best preserved Delta of the continent.

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