Category: Romania

The 5 most beautiful monasteries in the world; Daniel Esparza; Aleteia

Romania – Wooden Churches of Maramureş

From Egypt to Romania, the monastic tradition is responsible for several of the world’s most extraordinary feats of architecture.

The monastic impulse usually begins in simplicity, but it has given rise to buildings that are works of sacred art.

1. Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Egypt

The Greek Orthodox St. Catherine’s Monastery lies at the foot of Mount Sinai, in the city of St. Catherine, Egypt. One of the oldest monasteries in the world, it was founded in the 6th century and has operated without interruption ever since. It is said that the altar that crowns the Byzantine chapel of its interior was constructed from the roots of the Burning Bush. A highlight: The library, which also dates from the 6th century, and is second only to the Vatican’s library for number and value of its manuscripts.

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Chainsaws & Tree Huggers in the Land of Fairy Tales; National Geographic Society

Romania – Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

Sacred forest

“If you want a confession, I found God and His creation, pure nature, in the old growth forest. And at that moment I decided I had to do everything possible to protect it so my children could see it for real, not just in books and museums.”

Radu Vlad, Forest & Regional Project Co-ordinator for WWF’s Danube-Carpathian Programme, cuts an imposing figure, unmistakably a man of the Transylvanian forests he’s been campaigning to protect for over a decade. Those in the ancient county of Maramureș are particularly special to him because they contain much of Europe’s last remaining old growth forests.

“We can burn all the books and discover the real forest ecosystem here. It’s a living laboratory. Everything in balance in a natural community.”

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A Food Tour of Sighisoara, Romania; Alina Popescu; Argophilia

Photo: Argophilia

The Transylvanian citadel of Sighisoara is famous for being the birthplace of Vlad Tepes (Dracula, anyone?), a still inhabited Medieval stronghold (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and for its Medieval Festival that happens every year in August or September. Yet beyond the culture, the history, and the Goth passion for vampires, there are restaurants, cafes, and cool summer drinks to explore.

Source: A Food Tour of Sighisoara, Romania