joi, 25 noiembrie 2010
What a very old church is that in Densus!...
The church of Densus, a place in the Hateg Country,situated at a few kilometers from Ulpia Traiana Sarmisegetusa, is still keeping its secrets, so that nobody can assuredly say when it was built.
Historians’opinions are divided. Some say that this church might have been built on the ruins of a pre Christian edifice in Dacia, others think that it was erected on the foundation of a Temple, dedicated to the god Mars; many say that the church first functioned as a mausoleum devoted to the Roman general Longinus Maximus, killed by the Dacians; Nicolae Iorga situates it in the 16th century while the art historian Vataseanu thinks it may belong to the last quarter of the 13th century.
But what is absolutely certain is that at present it is the most ancient church in Romania where the service still is celebrated.
miercuri, 17 noiembrie 2010
On the Sinoe lakeside at a distance of 500 “stadia” from the Istros sacred mouth (as Strabo specifies it), there lay “Histria City”, the first Greek settlement on the western shore of the Black Sea and the most ancient town on Romania's territory.
Founded in about the middle of the 7th century B.C. (more specifically the year 657 B.C. according to the historian Eusebius) by colonists coming from Milet. The city had known an uninterrupted growth for 1300 years, from the Greek period until the Roman – Byzantine epoque. During the 7th century A.D., the city was destroyed by the Avar – Slavs attacks and gradually adandoned by its inhabitants.
Archaeological excavations, started from early 1914 revealed, besides the precincts' remains, a series of remarkable monuments dating from different epoques of the city's existence. As to the Greek period, we can notice the “sacred area” including the Zeus and Aphrodite Temples as well as remains of houses situated on the plateau where there was the civilian settlement. From the Imperial Roman period (the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D.) date the city's thermal baths and the street network system. Most of the monuments belong to the Roman – Byzantine epoque (the 4th - 6th centuries A.D.) and they are situated inside the later city : civilian or palaeochristian basilicae, public squares, shops, residential districts (domus) or economical quarters.
The excavations also offered a rich archaeological material of which the greatest part (remarkable archaeological fragments) is shown in the city museum : sculptures, reliefs, building materials, inscriptions, Greek and Roman pottery, glassware, metal goods.
sâmbătă, 13 noiembrie 2010
Let's enjoy the hot days of the end of autumn and admiring nature!
sâmbătă, 6 noiembrie 2010
Durău resort is situated in Neamt County, at an altitude of 780-800 meters, in a sunny meadow at the foot of the famous massively Ceahlău, 6 km south-west of the village Ceahlău, 9 km west of the lake on the Mountain Bicaz River, 60 km north-west of the city of Piatra Neamt.
It is a tourist resort frequented by many tourists because of clean air, atmospheric ozone.
It is recommended to rest and treatment of asthenic neurosis, a state of anemia, as well as recovery from physical and intellectual efforts.
In a small church was Durău painted by the famous Romanian painter Nicolae Tonitza.
From here you can make many trips ...
luni, 1 noiembrie 2010
The saying goes that a rock fallen from the mountain blocked the Bicaz River course and formed the lake. Actually, the interesting fact about this lake is not the way in which it formed itself not even its colour (which is not red as its names states it but yellowish) but its rather spectacular aspect. Nearly two hundred years ago or so in the place of this lake there was a forest.
Nowadays the lake looks like a sunken forest.Throughout the lake the former tree-trunks can be seen coming out of the water.The lake is situated at an altitude of 983 m in a small mountain depression, a world unique region where the forests of evegren fir-trees and the air pure and invigorating offer good resting conditions.
The lake's name comes either from the Ucigasul (Killer) Mountain or the Rosu (Red) Brook which is also called Verescheu.
One of the popular legends makes the connection between “red” and “killer” recounting that in its fall the mountain buried a flock of sheep with shepherds and dogs and all and for a long time the water remained blood-red.
Another legend relates that once there lived in Lazarea a magnificently beautiful girl whose name was Estera. One day she went to the market and there she met a handsome young man with whom she fell in love there and then. The young man asked her to be his bride. But he had to go into the army and Estera, while she was waiting for him, used to go every evening to the spring to fill her pitcher with fresh water and remained there for hours and hours. One evening, the bad luck brought a bandit to the spring. As he saw her he liked her and kidnapped her taking her among the thousand facets rocks where he lived. Desperate, Estera called the mountains imploring for help. The rocks, impressed by the girl's grieved cries responded with thunders. Instantly a rainstorm started making a clean sweep of everything in its way. Under the broken rocks remained both the girl and the bandit. Afterwards all the mountain's waters gathered in that very place. And thus formed the Red Lake (Lacul Rosu) or … the Killer.