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You want to visit Romania and are wondering what to see? Well…each of the regions has important cultural, architectural and natural beauty as well as many museums to visit. The regions in which Romania is divided are four: Dobrogia (the southern part bordering the Black Sea), Moldova (the east part bordering Moldova), Transylvania (the north-west, over the south Carpathians), Wallachia (south of the Carpathians and above the Danube). In recent years there is an increasing number of cultural trips in these regions organized by many agencies .
There are many reasons to visit Romania if you think that has fabulous and natural landscapes surrounded by mountains, forests, rivers and lakes where you can admire castles, beautiful medieval towns and fortresses. No coincidence that UNESCO declared 31 places of this country as world heritage!Among the beautiful things to see there are the medieval towns: the best known are in Transylvania, “the land beyond the forest”. The beauty of landscape there is breath-taking, with mountains and steep wooded valleys, forts and castles with towers for defence whose sharp forms defy the clouds.
Often the name of Transylvania is confused with the vicissitudes of the literary character invented by Irish writer Bram Stoker, Prince Dracula. It is linked to Prince Vlad Tepes, an authoritarian and cruel monarch, which soon attracted the hatred of many subjects. Here’s how to visit this mysterious place. To begin, you should know that the castle was built in the fourteenth century and then in 1900 it passed into the hands of Queen Marie of Romania. Today it houses an important museum of feudal history. The thing that will surely impress you while reaching the castle is the presence of large blocks of stone of which it is composed. In addition, you will see four tall towers that surmount the sides of the castle.
To begin, you should know that the castle was built in the fourteenth century and then in 1900 it passed into the hands of Queen Marie of Romania. Today it houses an important museum of feudal history. The thing that will surely impress you while reaching the castle is the presence of large blocks of stone of which it is composed. In addition, you will see four tall towers that surmount the sides of the castle. Inside you can admire the Hall of Arms, with armour and crossbows of the sixteenth century, the chapel in Gothic style, and the Music Room, where you can see beautiful pottery in the Baroque style of the seventeenth and eighteenth century from various countries such as Italy, Spain, France and England. Finally, do not miss the bedroom, where you’ll be impressed by the beautiful bed with the dome, the prison, placed under a ladder, where the prince inflicted terrible punishment on his enemies and the beautiful fountain in the inner courtyard, which served often as a secret hide-away.
I recommend to the adventurous travellers to book a tour to have a longer path. Furthermore, among the most beautiful castles is popular Peles Castle, situated in the mountain village Sinaia, 120 km away from Bucharest. And is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe and is in fact a masterpiece of eclectic architecture. Built by King Carol I of Romania, was built between 1873 and 1883. To the decoration of some of the 160 rooms has also contributed Gustav Klimt, a friend of the queen. Windows with scenes of German fairy tales, glass chandeliers of Murano, fine wood carvings and gold or leather-covered walls, Sevres porcelain and ivory carvings complete the picture of the favourite residence of the royal family and especially Queen Elizabeth, patron and writer .
Adjacent to Peles Castle is the Castle Pelisor (ie the Little Peles), the summer residence of the successor of King Charles I, King Ferdinand who found Peles too big. In addition it is said that the wife, Princess Mary, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England did not go over well with the Queen Elizabeth. Built in Art Nouveau style, Pelisor consists of 70 rooms decorated with Viennese furniture and Tiffany and Lalique vases. Enjoy the voyage and don’t forget to take pictures of the castles!!
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By Alba V