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About Romania


Tour Guide, Bucharest, Romania

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►Voronet Monastery, located in northeastern Romania, is also known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the East’?

» The city of Brasov (Transylvania) is home to the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul? 

Brasov's famous landmark and Romania's leading Gothic church, the Black Church was built between 1385 and 1477 and got its nickname after the Great Fire from 1689 blackened it the walls.

» Romania has the second-largest open air museum in the world? Astra Museum from Sibiu features more than 300 buildings as well as watermills and windmills, gigantic presses for wine, fruit and oil, hydraulic forges and structures representing village architectural styles from many parts of Romania.

» The first fountain pen was invented by Craiova-born Petrache Poenaru(1799-1875)?

Mr. Poenaru's invention was patented by the French government in May 1827.

» The movie Cold Mountain was filmed on location in Rasnov Gorges area, Romania?

Hollywood celebrities Jude Law, Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman relaxed in Poiana Brasov after shooting the film Cold Mountain on location in nearby fields and farms.

» The Romanian city of Timisoara was the first in Europe to have electric streetlighting? 

Timisoara was the first European city to introduce horse-drawn trams (in 1869) and electrical street lighting (in 1889).

►The Bruckenthal museum in Sibiu opened its doors to the public three years prior to the Louvre Museum in Paris ? Founded in 1790 by Samuel von Brukenthal, the governor of Transylvania, the was museum opened for the public in 1817. It is the oldest museum in Romania and one of the first museums in Europe. The art collection includes paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Teniers, as well as works of German, Austrian and Romanian masters.

» Insulin was discovered by a Romanian physiologist ? 

Only after two Canadians received a Noble prize, some 50 years later for the same invention, Nicolai Paulescu’s precedence was finally recognized and he was rightfully acknowledged as the true inventor of the insulin.

» The jet engine used by modern airplanes was invented by Bucharest-born inventor Henri Coanda?

Romanian inventor and aerodynamics pioneer, Henri Coanda designed and built in 1910 the world's first jet powered aircraft, known as the Coanda - 1910, which he demonstrated publicly, to the second International Aeronautic Salon from Paris. Coanda died in Bucharest November 25, 1972 at the age of 86. Bucharest's main international airport, Henri Coanda, is named after the great inventor.

» Universal literature found valuable sources of inspiration in Romania'scastles ?

The most famous novels written are "The Castle in the Carpathians" by Jules Verne, and "Dracula" by Bram Stoker.

» Romania features the youngest continental land (The Danube Delta) in Europe ? 

The mighty Danube River flows 2860 kilometres (1,788 miles) from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest Mountains to the Black Sea. Just before reaching the sea it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas: 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. The Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast’s (especially a bird watcher’s) paradise. Formed over a period of more than 10,000 years, the Danube Delta continues to grow due to the 67 million tons of alluvia deposited every year by the Danube River.

» Brasov City (the Old part) hosts to what it is said to be one of the the narrowest street in SE Europe ? 

The Rope Street (Strada Sforii) is approximately - 1,38 meters (four feet) wide and links Cerbului Street with Poarta Schei Street. The street was initially used as an access route by fire fighters.

► Did you Know ? that Romanians were the only Latin people in the eastern part of the former Roman Empire and the only Latin people to belong to the Orthodox faith.

Did you know that Llittle Paris” as Bucharest used to be called, hosts the second largest building in the World after Pentagon Building.