We invite you to admire one of Sibiu`s emblems: the Evangelical Cathedral
Take a look at one of the most impressive buildings in Sibiu, raised in the 14th century on the location of an old Roman church dating from the 12th century, verry beautiful constructed and decaratef in the gothic style. It is dominated by the seven level tower with the four towers on the corners, a mark showing that the city had the right of condemnation. With a height of 73.34 meters, the tower is the tallest in Transylvania.
The cathedral’s tower is situated at the balcony on the southern wing and includes a Baroque style organ made by a Slovak craftsman in 1671 which replaced the first organ brought in Sibiu in 1585. The new organ was built by the Wilhelm Sauer Company (Frankfurt/Oder) and installed in this church in Sibiu in 1915. At the present there exist two other organs made by this company (in Berlin – Tempelhof and in Talin - Dom). In 1997 the organ undergoes complex renovation works, nowadays being the largest in the South-Eastern Europe.
A lot of legends were borned here, in the historical heart of the church wich gathers around it all the medieval treasures of the city Sibiu.Sibiu, Romania
We invite you to UNESCO Heritage in Bucowina, the gateaway to spirituality, orthodox religion and beautiul nature!
This spectacular monastery of Sucevita was erected between 1584-1586 by the princely family Movilă and has the biggest number of wall paintings from all painted monasteries.
It was painted both inside and outside between 1596-1601 by Ioan and his brother Sofronie and it was the last monastery decorated with exterior frescoes.
Sucevita was a princely residence as well as a fortified monastery. Today, the thick walls shelter a museum presenting an outstanding collection of historical and art objects. The tomb covers of Ieremia and Simion Movila – rich portraits embroidered in silver thread –, together with ecclesiastical silverware, books and illuminated manuscripts, offer eloquent testimony to Sucevita's importance first as a manuscript workshop, then as a printing center.Suceava, Romania
One nature show in Bicaz Gorges! We invite you to enjoy a real spectacle of our wild nature!
Bicaz Gorge is a gorge in Romania, located in the north-east part of the country, in Neamţ and Harghita counties, as a part of the Cheile Bicazului-Hășmaș National Park. The gorge was excised by the waters of Bicaz River and it serves as a passageway between the Romanian provinces of Moldova andTransylvania, the former border between Romania and the Kingdom of Hungary.
Bicaz Gorges is also one of the main rock climbing sites in Romania.
The road along the 8 kilometres of ravines, often in serpentines with rock on one side and a sheer drop on the other, is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. Also within the gorge is Lacul Roşu (the Red Lake), with its traditional cabins, hotels, and its famous lake (situated at 980m altitude) caused by a landslide in the 19th century. Here you can relax and forget all your worries!Bicaz, Romania
Come and visit the church of Şurdeşti, the tallest wooden church in Europe with its tower of 54 m and a total height of 72 m, part of the the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Graeco-Catholic church of the Holy Archangels was built in 1766, proved by an inscription in Cyrillic characters incised above the entrance door. The church, although outside the historical area of Maramureş, is a typical Maramureşean church of the mature period of the style. Although the tower is very tall, the whole is harmonious and nearly reaches aesthetic perfection.
The church is rectangular, with a polygonal chancel apse, as is so usual. The roof has double eaves going all around the church, and the unitary roof covers also the chancel. There is another row of windows between the two eaves. The oak beams of the walls are placed on a foundation of stone.
The tall tower is marked with a ledge about half-way up. There are four small pinnacles at the corners of the roof, in the Lăpuş style.
The northwestern Romanian region of Maramures is home to many villages where century-old traditions are still part of daily life. This is the perfect place where you can feel the taste of ancients traditions, their guardiand beeing the inhabitants of this area.
Maramures villages are distinguished by their unique wooden churches with tall spires and shingled roofs. Woodlands still account for more than four-fifths of the land surface of Maramures. It is understandable, therefore, that wood has long been - and continues to be - the medium of expression for the region’s artisans. Elaborate woodcarvings decorate the eaves, entryways and windows of houses. The local handiwork is also seen in the hand-woven carpets and intricate embroidery that adorns folk dresses still worn by the locals.
The local craftsmanship can be best observed in the monumental Maramures gates, guarding the entry to the houses. Supported by three columns, they feature traditional ornamental motifs, including the sun and the twisted rope - both symbols of life and continuity. Some of the most beautiful wooden gates are found in the villages of Vadu Izei, Desesti, Giulesti, Budesti, Sarbi, Barsana and Oncesti. The villages of Barsana and Oncesti have, perhaps, the greatest number of impressive gates.
As it has for hundreds of years, social life in Maramures continues to revolve around the village church. The Wooden Churches of Maramures - in Surdesti, Plopis, Rogoz, Ieud, Poeinile Izei, Barsana, Budesti and Desesti - have been recognized by UNESCO as some of the most important sites of world heritage. Unique in shape and ornamentation, they have characteristic high roofs and tall, narrow, pointed steeples, often collectively describer as ‘the Gothic style of Maramures.’
If you are in Maramures, do not miss the visit of The Merry Cemetery, an unusual cemetery in Sapanta. became an open-air museum and a international tourist attraction, based on the belief of the immortality of the soul and the fact that death is a moment filled with joy and anticipation for a better life. The visit of this place will let you meet this special technique of decorating the tombstones directly from the artist.Romania
Wellcome to the the second largest church (after the Black Church of Brașov) in Transylvania! Dioscover the Catholic Dome « St. Michael » - the only Catholic church in Europe where the altar isn’t situated directly in the east (where the sun rises in the autumn equinox), but where sun rises on November 8, St. Michael’s day (the feast of Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel )
The new-gothic style tower (1837-1859) is the last built. The latter measures 80 m, together with the 4-meter high cross. The inside painting of the church is lost, however the restorations of the church revealed some very old and artful frescoes, dating from the XIV-XVth century. They seem to have been destroyed in the period when it belonged to the Protestants, as they are known for their preference for bare walls. Yet the Sleunig chapel under the tower hosts a XVth century beautiful fresco, “Golgotha”. Priest Biro Janos redecorated the church. The pulpit became baroque, with golden adornments, sculptures and bas-reliefs and the statue of archangel Michael on the top of the pulpit crown.
So, take your time to discover one of the city`s treasures, located right in the heart of the city!Cluj Napoca, Romania
Located in the heart of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca awaits its visitors, with the silent full of history walls and hospitable people. Treasures of architecture and years of shaping people’s minds have made this county special in its uniqueness. You’ll see here the famous Transylvanian calm and reflexive mind, seriousness and pride. Come and explore all the ancient and modern beauties and opportunities!
Cluj is the city with the largest botanical garden in Southern Europe and the third largest in the world. Dioscover the Catholic Dome « St. Michael » - the only Catholic church in Europe where the altar isn’t situated directly in the east (where the sun rises in the autumn equinox), but where sun rises on November 8, St. Michael’s day (the feast of Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel )
Renowned in the past for its richness and also known as “The Treasure City”, Cluj offers nowadays a wide range of possibilities for personal and company development, owing to its geographical position, the local resources and, not least, the skill, education and seriousness of its inhabitants.Cluj Napoca, Romania
Come and visit one of the most beautiful underground place in the world! Enjoy the table salt and the haloteraphy beneath the ground!
Turda Salt Mine, aside from its gigantic size, is fairly straight forward in its history. Explosives were never used to hollow the mine, and it was all done by hand or machine, making its size more impressive. One of the many halls of the mine measures a massive 260 by 130 feet with 160-foot ceilings.
After being abandoned in 1932, the mine reopened for tourists in 1992. Thanks to a $6 million renovation, the Salt Mine is now a large tourist draw for halotherapy, a treatment for allergies and asthma that uses the ionized air, pressure and humidity of the caves.
Along with the spa attraction inside the caves, some of the old mining equipment has been converted to lead visitors through on tours. One of the most prominent features is a panoramic wheel that lets tourists see the stalagmites that have formed over the cave’s 1000-year history. A small lake in the mine also offers the opportunity to paddle around the highly textured salt caves.
As the cave has grown in popularity over the last 20 years, it has attracted a number of high-profile visitors. Rumors have even circulated over the last few months that the new Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film will be shot heavily in the mine, with Turda acting as the new Batcave.Turda, Romania
Wellcome to the Landlers! We invite you to learn the story of one of the most beautiful village in Transylvania: Cristian! Known also as "The capital of storks", this village hostes a medieval pearl: its the fortified church
The mid-15th century, the former Romanesque basilica from Cristian, Sibiu County, was almost entirely redecorated and turned into a gothic hall church with three naves and a belfry.
The authorities wanted to build a very solid church to resist to the passing of time and to the merciless attacks and also to respond to the modern architecture of those times. Thus, the very famous stone-mason Andreas Lapicida, known in that region of Transylvania for his craftsmanship was commissioned to perform the works.
Because the settlement was in an open field and it had difficulties in defending itself from the invaders, the church was surrounded by two defence curtain walls and the exterior wall was equipped with five towers. During the attacks the families would withdraw inside the church and defend it, taking their animals and food with them. The lard and bacon were well kept in a specially designed tower, the so-called Lard Tower or Pantry Tower which can still be seen today.Sibiu, Romania
Wellcome to Biertan, Sibiu County!
Surrounded by quaint streets and vineyards, the 15th century fortified church at Biertan is perched high on a hill in the middle of the village. Three tiers of 35-foot-high defensive walls, connected by towers and gates, encircled the complex, making the church impossible to conquer during medieval times.
Representing late-gothic architecture with heavy doors and double exterior walls, the church boasts the largest Transylvanian multi-paneled wooden altar and a remarkable wooden door which once protected the treasures in the sacristy. The altar was built by artisans from Vienna and Nurenberg between 1483 and 1513. The door, a true marvel of engineering, has a particularly ingenious locking mechanism with 19 bolts that can be simultaneously activated by a key.
One of its treasures is the church's organ featuring some 1,290 pipes, as well as 25 registers, built in 1869 by the Hessian Company in Vienna.