17 Weird & Interesting Facts About Romania

 17 Weird & Interesting Facts About Romania

When we think of Romania, a lot of things come to our mind right away: enchanted castles, vampires, magical forests… But you probably have never heard of these amazing weird facts about Romania:

1.- IT HAS THE HIGHEST WOODEN CHURCH IN EUROPE

All churches in Romania are noteworthy. In a small town in the north of the country next to Sapanta Village, you can find a particular wooden style church, which is also the highest wood church in Europe. A total of 78 meters high (255 feet).

2.- IT’S HOME TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROAD IN THE WORLD

For those who enjoy a good road trip, you can not miss the Transfagarasan highway, listed by Jeremy Clarkson as one of the most beautiful roads in the world. It consists of viaducts, bridges and curves which work together as a truly magnificent example of engineering work. This road was originally designed by Ceaușescu as an escape route in case of Soviet invasion.

3.- IT HAS THE BEST PRESERVED DELTA IN EUROPE

For nature lovers, Romania is full of beautiful landscapes. One of the ones worth mentioning the most is the mouth of the Danube over the Black Sea where a delta is formed that has more than 20 natural ecosystems. It’s considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

4.- IT HAS THE LARGEST, HEAVIEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING IN THE WORLD

We are talking about Bucharest’s impressive Palace of the Parliament. The construction of this building was completed in 1997 and its price reached the sum of 3 billion euros. It has a nuclear bunker with 20 km of underground tunnels, an area of 2,55 million square meters (only surpassed by the Pentagon) and its shadow is larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

5.- IT’S HOME TO THE SECOND LARGEST UNDERGROUND GLACIER IN EUROPE

Other natural jewels worth mentioning are The Scărișoara Glacier. It has been more than 3,000 years since this mass of ice descended through the Bihor Mountains.

6.- IT HAS ONE OF THE FANCIEST BOOKSHOPS IN THE WORLD

In Bucharest, you can find one of the most beautiful bookstores, named the Cărturești Carusel. It is located in a renovated 19th-century building that formerly belonged to a bank. It has 6 floors with more than 10,000 books, 5,000 DVDs and a bistro bar at the top.

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CARTURESTI CARUSEL, que l’on peut littéralement traduire par «carrousel de lumière » est le nom résolument poétique que porte cette librairie. Abritant une banque au 19ème siècle, le bâtiment a été restauré par le cabinet de designers roumains Square One en 2015. Un travail tout en courbes et finesse qui sublime le caractère de l’ancien avec une grâce contemporaine. Sur 6 étages, on prend plaisir à déambuler au milieu des livres, épicerie fine, souvenirs soigneusement sélectionnés, espaces d’expositions, pour enfin s’installer confortablement au café situé au 6ème 👌🏻✨ • • • #carturesti #carturesticarusel #lipscani #bucuresti #bucarest #bucharest #romania #architecture #archilovers #design #greatinterior #library #ilovebrary #bookstore #booklover #bookandcoffee #coffeetime #travel #explore #passionpassport #photooftheday #white #ig_europe #exploretocreate #experiencebucharest🇹🇩

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7. IT IS THE FIRST COUNTRY THAT ENJOYS ELECTRICAL LIGHT IN EUROPE

Lights, camera and action! Timișoara was the first city in Europe that enjoyed electric illumination in the streets. It happened on November 12, 1884, and 731 lamps were lit.

8. IT’S HOME TO THE HAPPIEST CEMETERY IN EUROPE

Merry Cemetery in Săpânța is without a doubt the happiest cemetery in Europe. In this cemetery, there is no room for sadness, not only because of its colourful tombs but also because of the epitaphs full of black humour that will make you smile.

9. IT HAS A MOUNTAIN FULL OF MYSTERIOUS ROCKS

Bucegi Mountains located in central Romania is one of the most magical places you can find. In these mountains, the rock formations are impressive with all kinds of strange natural forms from a sphinx to giant mushrooms. There are many conspiracy theories of the origin of these rocks in the Bucegi Mountains, formerly considered the refuge of mystics.

10. IT HAS HOLLYWOOD-STYLE SIGNS

In the Saxon old towns of Brașov and Râșnov, there is a Hollywoodian-style
sign in the top of the mountain proclaiming each town’s name. This small tribute is due to the number of American movies that were recorded in Transylvania region. Among them are titles such as Cold Mountain, Young Frankenstein and Nosferatu among others.

11. IT’S HOME TO ROCKS THAT GROW UP AND MOVE

In the list of paranormal phenomena are the Trovan rocks that literally mean “moving stones” in Romanian. They are in the town of Costeti and scientists discovered that they have a growth process similar to trees and that they move an average of 2.5mm every two weeks. There are many theories about the Trovan rocks and its origins. There are those who say they can breathe and reproduce and others who say they come from another planet.

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Trovants 🤪 Shot in the mystical Buzau County, Romania – 2019. ✨”Trovants” or "the living stones" of Bozioru, in Buzau District, between legend and truth.⁣ ⁣ ✨In the "Luana’s Country" in the Buzau Mountains, the place where you can find about 29 millenary cave settlements, the nature has created mysterious petrified monuments of various bizarre shapes.⁣ ⁣ ✨From the scientific point of view, the “trovants” are clusters of pebbles, which are cemented together thanks to a calcium carbonate. They change shape in about 1200 years, period in which they grow a few centimetres, a growth that takes place from the centre outwards.⁣ ⁣ ✨The people in the area call them the "living stones" because, according to them, these stones grow, can change place and form, and even multiply. So, heavy rains give birth to small pebbles that feed on sand and grow in time.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ @nikoneurope @nikonartists @nikon_hunt @nikon.romania . . #trovants #travel #discover #discoverromania #romania #buzau #ufo #alien #aliens #landscape #photography #vision #picoftheday #placestotravel #placestovisit #nikond810 #nikoneurope #nikonartists #nikon_hunt #nikonromania #nikonphotography #tamron2470mm #yourshotphotographer #Atharia

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12. IT HAS ONE OF THE FASTEST INTERNET IN EUROPE

Surprising as it may seem, Romania competes with the major Asian countries (Singapore and Hong Kong), entering the top 4 of the average download speed ranking (105.98 Mbps) in the world.

13. IT HAS ITS OWN MOUNT RUSHMORE

You won’t need to go all the way to South Dakota to see it. Near the iron gates of the Danube, where it forms a beautiful gorge, you can find the carved face of the famous Romanian hero Decébalo, who fought many battles with the Romans.

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14. IT IS THE PLACE WHERE COFFEE ILLY WAS BORN

The famous coffee of the Italian company Illy was actually founded by the Romanian Francesco Illy who was born in Timișoara although he later moved to the city of Trieste in Italy.

15.- IT IS THE 5th COUNTRY WHERE MORE ALCOHOL IS CONSUMED

The average consumption in Romania is 14.4 litres of pure alcohol every year. It is also one of the countries with the highest wine production in the world, occupying the 16th place where more wine is consumed and the 10th place where more beer is consumed.

16. IT HOLDS THE RECORD GUINNESS TO THE BIGGEST FLAG

In 2013 Romania broke the record for the biggest flag. It was deployed at the Clinceni airfield (Bucharest), had a total of 79,000 square meters (349 meters wide by 227 meters long) and the material weighed 5 tons.

17. IT IS THE COUNTRY WHERE WITCHCRAFT IS CONSIDERED A JOB

The old popular tradition of witchcraft was declared in 2015 a taxable and regularized profession in Romania. Fortune tellers, tarot readers and witches were forced to pay taxes for performing their work and even have a work permit for it.

These are some of the most amazing weird facts about Romania but there are hundreds of them. The truth is Romania is one of the most charming places in Europe and worth discovering.

Paula

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