Tighina (Moldova)

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Bender, also known as Tighina (Romanian; Russian: Бендеры, Bendery; Ukrainian: Бендери, Bendery) is a city within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova under de facto control of the unrecognized PMR since 1992. Located on the right (western) bank of the river Dniester, together with its suburb Proteagailovca, the city forms a municipality, which is separate from Transnistria according to the Moldovan law. Bender is located in the buffer zone established at the end of the 1992 War of Transnistria.

While the Joint Control Commission has overriding powers in the city, Transnistria has de facto administrative control.

First mentioned in 1408 as Тягянякяча (Tyagyanyakyacha) in a document in Old Slavonic, the town was known in the Middle Ages as Tighina in Moldavian sources and Bender in Ottoman sources. The fortress and the city were called Bender for the most part of the time they were a rayah of the Ottomans (1538-1812), and during most of the time they belonged to the Russian Empires (1828-1917).

They were known as Tighina in the Principality of Moldavia, in the early part of the Russian Empire period (1812-1828), and during the time the city belonged to Romania (1918-1940).

The city is part of the historical region of Bessarabia. During the Soviet period the city was known in the Moldavian SSR as Бендер (Bender) in Moldovan (Romanian) written then with the Cyrillic alphabet, and as Бендéры (Bendery) in Russian. In the independent Moldova, officially it is known as Bender, but otherwise both names Bender and Tighina are used.

Tighina was part of the Moldavian Democratic Republic in 1917-1918, and after 1918, as part of Bessarabia, the city belonged to Romania, where it was the seat of Tighina County.

Along with Bessarabia, the city was occupied by the Soviet Union on June 28, 1940, following an ultimatum. In the course of World War II, it was retaken by Romania in July 1941, and again by the USSR in August 1944.

In 1940-41, and 1941-1991 it was one of the four „republican cities” (i.e. not subordinated to a district) of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, one of the 15 republics of the Soviet Union. Since 1991, the city is part of the independent Republic of Moldova.

Famous people born in the city include:

Soure: Wikipedia

The train which take us from Chisinau to Tighina (2 hours; 5.60 Moldavian lei is the ticket, almost 0.33 euro)

The train which take us from Chisinau to Tighina (2 hours; 5.60 Moldavian lei is the ticket, almost 0.33 euro)

The train...in Tighina

The train...in Tighina

Inside the train; with old Soviet wooden seats :P

Inside the train; with old Soviet wooden seats 😛

The platform from Tighina railway station (second station in the city)

The platform from Tighina railway station (second station in the city)

1,520 mm (4 ft 11+7⁄8 in) broad gauge or Russian gauge

1,520 mm (4 ft 11+7⁄8 in) broad gauge or Russian gauge

The moldavian cat was not for sale :)

The moldavian cat was not for sale 🙂

Kvass (квас) on the street

Kvass (квас) on the street

YOu can observe the difference between cars :)

You can observe the difference between cars 🙂

Just Lada :P

Just Lada 😛

Last year, Tighina celebrate 600 years of history (1408-2008)

Last year, Tighina celebrate 600 years of history (1408-2008)

Some nice flowers...

Some nice flowers...

Sheriff supermarket

Sheriff supermarket

The intersection from Sheriff supermarket

The intersection from Sheriff supermarket

A bus and trolley

A bus and trolley

An exchange currency panel

An exchange currency panel (26.09.2009)

Commercial centre

Commercial centre

The bazaar

The bazaar

On a walk to the Dniester

On a walk to the Dniester

Some communist blocks with 4 floors

Some communist blocks with 4 floors

A panel with the year of the foundation of Tighina

A panel with the year of the foundation of Tighina

Other communist blocks...

Other communist blocks...

A monument of an Infantry fighting vehicle of the breakaway Transnistrian "army"

A monument of an Infantry fighting vehicle of the breakaway Transnistrian "army"

Other monument

Other monument

A campaign against drugs

A campaign against drugs

The entrance into the city after you cross the bridge from Transnistria

The entrance into the city after you cross the bridge from Transnistria

Joint Control Commission Russian post near to the bridge, in Moldovan side.

Joint Control Commission post near to the bridge, in Moldovan side. Russian troops and vehicle

The railway bridge over the Dniester

The railway bridge over the Dniester

The walls of the fortress build by Stephen the Great and reconstructed by Suleiman the Magnificent

The walls of the fortress build by Stephen the Great and reconstructed by Suleiman the Magnificent

Other photo with the wall...

Other photo with the wall...

Old ship on the Dniester

Old rusty ship on the Dniester

The Dniester (Nistru, Дністер)

The Dniester (Nistru, Дністер)

The bridge over Dniester (just for cars)

The bridge over Dniester (just for cars and tanks)

A sweet cat :P

A sweet cat 😛

Lyon (France)

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Lyon also spelled Lyons, is a city in east-central France in the region Rhône-Alpes.

Lyon is a major center of business, situated between Paris and Marseille, and has a reputation as the French capital of gastronomy and having a significant role in the history of cinema with Auguste and Louis Lumière.

Lyon is located at 470 km from Paris, 320 km from Marseille, 160 km from Geneva, 280 km from Torino, 450 km from Milano and 600 km from Barcelona.

The local professional football team, Olympique Lyonnais, has increased the profile of Lyon internationally through participation in European football championships.

The residents of the city are called Lyonnais.

Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Lyon forms the second-largest metropolitan area in France after that of Paris, with the population of its urban area estimated to be 1,783,400 and that of its metropolitan area 4,415,000 (2007).

Its urban region (Urban Community of Lyon), represents half of the Rhône-Alpes région population with three million inhabitants. Lyon is also a major industrial center specializing in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. The city also contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games.

Lyon is the préfecture (capital) of the Rhône département, and also the capital of the Rhône-Alpes région. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lyon was historically known as the silk capital of the world.

The city is known as the culinary capital of France. It also hosts numerous international headquarters like Interpol, Euronews, International Agency for Research on Cancer or Cité Scolaire Internationale de Lyon.

Source: Wikipedia

A building with a butcher's shop and charcuterie in Charbonnières-les-Bains

A building with a butcher's shop and charcuterie in Charbonnières-les-Bains

Blocks in Charbonnières-les-Bains

Blocks in Charbonnières-les-Bains

Louis ROUGEAT De MARSONNAT (the greatest man from Charbonnières-les-Bains)

Louis ROUGEAT De MARSONNAT (the greatest man from Charbonnières-les-Bains)

Charbonnières-les-Bains in night...

Charbonnières-les-Bains in night... (it was in december)

Charbonnières-les-Bains is a commune in the Rhône department in eastern France. The commune is near Lyon.

Charbonnières-les-Bains is a commune in the Rhône department in eastern France, near Lyon

The center of the commune

The center of the commune

The meat shop was open :) Bon Appétit  ! :P

The meat shop was open 🙂 Bon Appétit ! 😛

This photo is made near to the Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu (railway station)

This photo is made near to the Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu (railway station)

A mall...

A nice shopping center...

A bus which take you to the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport

A bus which take you to the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport

Near to the Athena Hotel

Near to the Athena Hotel

From here you can take a bicycle for a walk in the city :)

From here you can take a bicycle for a walk in the city 🙂

*Note: These photos are made in December, few years ago.

Predeal (România)

Predeal is between Ploieşti and Braşov

Predeal is between Ploieşti and Braşov (for a better view of the map, click on the picture)

Predeal (Hungarian: Predeál, German: Schanzpass) is a town in Romania, in Braşov County.

An important mountain resort, Predeal is located on the Prahova Valley and is surrounded by five massifs: Postăvarul, Piatra Mare, Bucegi, Baiului and Fiţifoi.

The name is derived from the Romanian archaic form „pre deal” which means „on the hill” or from the Slavic word „predel„, which means „bound„, „limit„.

In the late years the town has known a remarkable boom in construction, with many well-off people from all over the country, having a mountain retreat in Predeal.

Predeal is the highest town in Romania with an altitude between 1033m-1110m.

William of Wied, Prince of Albania, died here in 1945. Predeal was the hometown of one of Romania’s less known poets, Mihail Săulescu.

Source: Wikipedia

Tourist Information centre in Predeal

Tourist Information centre in Predeal

A map of Predeal and surroundings

A map of Predeal and surroundings

Constantine and Helena Orthodox Church in Predeal

Constantine and Helena Orthodox Church in Predeal

BRD - Groupe Société Générale building in Predeal

BRD - Groupe Société Générale building in Predeal

Sighişoara (România)

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Sighişoara (German: Schäßburg; Hungarian: Segesvár; Latin: Castrum Sex) is a city and municipality on the Târnava Mare River in Mureş County, Romania.

Located in the historic region Transylvania, Sighişoara has a population of 32,287 (2002).

Sights

Sighişoara is a popular tourist destination, due to its well-preserved walled old town. The landmark of the city is the Clock Tower, a 64m high tower built in 1556. It is today a museum of history.

Other interesting sights are:

  • Sighişoara Citadel – a 12th Century Saxon edifice, is the historic center of the city. Still occupied, the citadel is listed as a World Heritage Site.
  • Clock Tower – Built in 1360 and standing at 60 meters tall atop the citadel hill. Inside is a museum that finishes in a great view from the top.
  • Weapon Museum – next to Vlad’s birthplace. Very small, but it contains an interesting selection of medieval weapons (swords, arrows, etc.).
  • Covered Staircase – a very old stone staircase with a wooden roof along the whole span. This leads up to the Church on the Hill and the cemetery.
  • Church on the Hill – contains many frescoes and a crypt. Built on the location of the Roman fort. Close to the cemetery on the side of the hill, which contains many German tombstones.
  • Bust of Vlad Tepes – Located around the corner from his birthplace, within sight of the Clock Tower.

Famous residents

Source: Wikipedia

Orthodox church from the city

Orthodox church from the city

Clock Tower - Built in 1360 and standing at 60 meters tall atop the citadel hill. Inside is a museum that finishes in a great view from the top.

Clock Tower - Built in 1360 and standing at 60 meters tall atop the citadel hill. Inside is a museum that finishes in a great view from the top.

The museum

The museum

A photo from the tower

A photo from the tower

A view with the city

A view with the city

Other view with medieval houses

Other view with medieval houses

The hill inside the citadel

The hill inside the citadel

The best restaurant in the citadel (waiters were wearing medieval clothes)

The best restaurant in the citadel (waiters were wearing medieval clothes)

Church on the Hill - contains many frescoes and a crypt. Built on the location of the Roman fort. Close to the cemetery on the side of the hill, which contains many German tombstones.

Church on the Hill - contains many frescoes and a crypt. Built on the location of the Roman fort. Close to the cemetery on the side of the hill, which contains many German tombstones.

The panel at the entrance into the cemetery

The panel at the entrance into the cemetery

The cemetery

The cemetery

Some crypts

Some crypts

Covered Staircase - a very old stone staircase with a wooden roof along the whole span. This leads up to the Church on the Hill and the cemetery.

Covered Staircase - a very old stone staircase with a wooden roof along the whole span. This leads up to the Church on the Hill and the cemetery.

A good shop with folkloric souvenirs from Transylvania.

A good shop with folkloric souvenirs from Transylvania.

Sinaia (România)

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Sinaia is a town and a mountain resort in Romania. The town was named after Sinaia Monastery, around which it was built; the monastery in turn is named after the Biblical Mount Sinai.

King Carol I of Romania built his summer home, Peleş Castle, near the town.

Sinaia is about 60 km northwest of Ploieşti and 50 km south of Braşov, in a mountainous area on the Prahova River valley, just east of the Bucegi Mountains. The altitude varies between 767 m and 860 m.

The city is a popular destination for hiking and winter sports, especially downhill skiing. Among the tourist landmarks, the most important are Peleş Castle, Pelişor Castle, Sinaia Monastery, Sinaia Casino, Sinaia train station, and the Franz Joseph and Saint Anne Cliffs.

Sinaia was also the summer residence of the Romanian composer George Enescu, who stayed at the Luminiş villa.

Source: Wikipedia

The Sinaia Monastery was founded by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after the great Sinai Monastery on Mount Sinai. As of 2005 it is inhabited by 13 Christian Orthodox monks led by hegumen Macarie Bogus. It belongs to the archdiocese of Bucharest.

The Sinaia Monastery was founded by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after the great Sinai Monastery on Mount Sinai. As of 2005 it is inhabited by 13 Christian Orthodox monks led by hegumen Macarie Bogus. It belongs to the archdiocese of Bucharest.

The belltower

The belltower.

On the road to the Elevation 1400

On the road to the Elevation 1400.

Under the gondola lift

You are in Prahova Valley 🙂

Down you can see the city Sinaia

Below you can see the city Sinaia.

Elevation 1400

Elevation 1400.

Inside of Mioriţa Hut (1960 m)

Inside of Mioriţa Hut (1960 m).

Oradea (România)

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Oradea (Hungarian: Nagyvárad, colloquially also Várad, German: Grosswardein, former Turkish: Varat, Yiddish: גרויסווארדיין, Italian: Gran Varadino) is the capital city of Bihor County, in Crişana, Romania.

The city proper has a population of 206,614 as of the 2002[update] census; this does not include areas from the metropolitan area, outside the municipality; they bring the total urban area population to approximately 260,000.

Oradea is one of the most prosperous cities of Romania.

Geography

The city lies at the meeting point of the Crişana plain and the Crişul Repede‘s basin. It is situated 126 meters above sea-level, surrounded on the north-eastern part by the hills of Oradea belonging to the Ses hills.

The main part of the settlement is situated on the floodplain and on the terraces situated down the river Crişul Repede. Oradea is famous for its thermal springs. The river Crişul Repede crosses the city right in the centre, providing it with a picturesque beauty.

Its output depends on the season; the water containers (the dyke near Tileagd) have partly controlled it ever since they were built in the early 1980s.

Attractions

The beautiful city centre is worth visiting, as are the Băile Felix health spas, accessible by bus and located outside the city.

Other sites worth visiting are:

  • Baroque Palace of Oradea – today Muzeul Ṭării Criṣurilor, a wonderful Baroque museum with 365 famous windows. It was the Roman Catholic bishop’s palace until 1945, when the Communist regime took the building into public ownership. It was returned to the Roman Catholic Church in 2003. Its collection includes many fossils of dinosaurs and birds from the bauxite mines at Cornet-Brusturi.
  • Catedrala barocă – the biggest Baroque cathedral in Romania,
  • Cetatea Oradea – Oradea’s Fortress, with a pentagonal fort,
  • Biserica cu Lună – a church unique in Europe, with a type of astronomical clock depicting the phases of the moon,
  • Pasajul Vulturul Negru – the „Black Eagle” Passage,
  • Ady Endre Museum – a museum dedicated to one of the greatest Hungarian poets,
  • Teatrul de Stat – the State Theatre, plans for which were designed by two Austrian architects who had built around 100 theatres and opera houses in Europe by the end of the 19th century,
  • Str. Republicii – one of the most beautiful streets of Transylvania, displaying an incredible number of Art Nouveau buildings (under restoration in 2006),
  • There are around 100 religious sites of different denominations in Oradea, including three synagogues (however, only one is said to be still in use) and the biggest Baptist church in Eastern Europe.

Source: Wikipedia

At the end of the tram line (last station)

At the end of the tram line (last station)

From the tram...

From the tram...

The panel from the entrance into the "Cetatea Oradea" - Oradea's Fortress (XI century)

The panel from the entrance into the "Cetatea Oradea" - Oradea's Fortress (XI century)

Roman Catholic Church inside of fortress

Roman Catholic Church inside of fortress

Inside of the fortress

Inside of the fortress

Sculpture in the garden

Sculpture in the garden

Near to the entrance (inside)

Near to the entrance (inside)

One of the gate

One of the gate

The tunnels...

The tunnels...

Fleuron from the old gothic cathedral

Fleuron from the old gothic cathedral

Military barracks build for Austrian army in 18 century

Military barracks build for Austrian army in XVIII century

The walls

The walls

Communist blocks

Communist blocks

The bridge over the Crişul Repede River

The bridge over the Crişul Repede River

Crişul Repede River

Crişul Repede River

The same...

Together with the rivers Crişul Alb (White Criş) and Crişul Negru (Black Criş), it makes up the Three Criş rivers ("Cele Trei Crişuri")

At the entrance into the Pasajul Vulturul Negru – the "Black Eagle" Passage

At the entrance into the Pasajul Vulturul Negru – the "Black Eagle" Passage

Inside of Black Eagle Passage

Inside of Black Eagle Passage

Pasajul Vulturul Negru (Black Eagle Passage) was build between 1907-1908 together with the Palace with the same name

Pasajul Vulturul Negru (Black Eagle Passage) was build between 1907-1908 together with the Palace with the same name

The statue of Mihai Viteazul (Michael the brave) in the center

The statue of Mihai Viteazul (Michael the brave) in the center

The palace Vulturul Negru (Black Eagle)

The palace Vulturul Negru (Black Eagle)

St. Ladislaus church (Catholic)

St. Ladislaus church (Catholic)

The altar

The altar

Inside the church...

Inside the church...

Virgin Mary statue

Virgin Mary statue

Near to the church, outside (the center and Michael statue is in left)

Near to the church, outside (the center and Michael statue is in left)

The Central Railway Station (Gara Centrală din Oradea )

The Central Railway Station (Gara Centrală din Oradea )

Buşteni (România)

The city is marked with green line, just between Ploieşti and Braşov

The city is marked with green line, just between Ploieşti and Braşov (click on the picture for bigger size)

Buşteni is a small mountain town in the north of the county Prahova, in the center of Romania. It is located in the Prahova Valley, at the bottom of the Bucegi mountains, that have a maximum altitude of 2505 m.

Its name literally means tree-logs in Romanian.

Buşteni’s average altitude is 900 m. It is one of the most popular mountain resorts, offering spectacular views, with lots of year-round tourism opportunities, ranging from skiing to mountain climbing.

The town and the surrounding mountains were the site of military confrontations in 1916, during World War I.

A large commemorative monument (about 25 m high), Heroes’ Cross (Crucea Eroilor) lies atop nearby Caraiman Peak, at nearly 2,260 m. The monument is lighted at night and is visible from virtually everywhere in Buşteni.

The average population is 15,000 inhabitants, although numbers vary greatly because of tourism. The main local industries are wood industry and tourism. Many holiday houses have been recently built in the town.

Also a new Information Tourism Center was set up near the City Hall.

Source: Wikipedia

A board which confirms that Busteni is similar to a french city, Moissy Cramayel

A board which confirms that Busteni is similar to a french city, Moissy Cramayel

 The Town Hall of Busteni

The Town Hall of Busteni

The cultural club from Busteni,the advertisment announces the beginning of the cultural week (10-18 august 2009)

The cultural club from Busteni,the advertisment announces the beginning of the cultural week (10-18 august 2009)

The main road that takes us to Brasov :-P

The main road that takes us to Brasov 😛

A "small" artistic moment captured in Nature :)

A "small" artistic moment captured in Nature 🙂

 Heroes Cross from Caraiman Peak seen in Busteni

Heroes Cross from Caraiman Peak seen in Busteni

How to protect better the Nature (Do not throw the rubbish in the forest!).Unfortunately, this message is respected by all  the tourists.

How to protect the Nature (Do not throw the garbage in the forest!). Unfortunately, this message is not respected by all tourists.

A mioritic picture caught in a quite,green angle (specific to this region),captured on the road to gondola lift

A mioritic picture caught in a quite,green angle (specific to this region),captured on the road to gondola lift

On the road which goes to gondola lift.Here you can find a lot of arbors with traditional romanian souvenirs,bars and restaurants

On the road which goes to gondola lift.Here you can find a lot of arbors with traditional Romanian souvenirs,bars and restaurants

A view of mountains in front of gondola lift start,near to Silva Hotel

A view of mountains in front of gondola lift point,near to Silva Hotel

First panoramic view at high! We were ready to get out of the gondola lift,at 2205 m high

First panoramic view at high! We were ready to get out of the gondola lift,at 2205 m high

First panoramic view at high! We were ready to get out of the gondola lift,at 2205 m high

Some nice donkeys sitting near the exit from gondola lift.We think they were ready for another road on the mountains 🙂

Such a silent and cold panorama surrounded us during our short excursion.You must take something warm to put on you if you don't want to get frozen ;)

Such a silent and cold panorama surrounded us during our short excursion.You must take something warm to put on you if you don't want to get frozen 😉

Down,to the right, on a band long for one kilometre outspreads an inexplicable positive magnetical field,so you get immediately fresh,no mater how tired you are!

Near to this zone,is an inexplicable positive magnetical field,so you can get immediately fresh,no mater how tired you are!

The pathway that goes to the Sphinx; to the right you see a hotel with a large restaurant down (the prices are not so high)

The pathway that goes to the Sphinx; to the right you see Babele Hut with a large restaurant down and a hotel (the prices are not so high)

Another "high view" at 2205 meters

Another "high view" at 2205 meters

A millennial natural monumental rock climbed by people...

A millennial natural monumental rock climbed by people...

An ancient altar of our ancestors..

An ancient altar of our ancestors..

Another extraordinary panoramic view!

Another extraordinary panoramic view!

A little tusk of frail beauty,between these imposing rocks

A little Viola flower

The Sphinx-an ancient sacred place;even the plate says that climbing on it is forbidden,a lot of people don't pay attention to it.

The Sphinx-an ancient sacred place;even the plate says that climbing on it is forbidden,a lot of people don't pay attention to it.

Circular sanctuary near the Sphinx

Circular sanctuary near the Sphinx

The Sphink,picture taken in a perfect angle!

The Sphink,picture taken in a perfect angle!

Surrounded by all these beauties,feeling the fresh,cold air and the silent settled around,you just can't stop making panoramic photos!

Surrounded by all these beauties,feeling the fresh,cold air and the silent settled around,you just can't stop making panoramic photos!

Another panoramic view...

Another panoramic view...

Babele (meaning old women)-another mystical rocks;some people believe it's an ancient historical monument, others that it's just the resulf of erosion.

Babele (meaning Old Women); another mystical rocks; some people believe it's an ancient historical monument, others that it's just the resulf of erosion.

An interesting cute mushroom noticed near rocks.It looks like a golden egg,doesn't it?

An interesting cute mushroom noticed near rocks.It looks like a golden egg,doesn't it?

 The place from where we take the gondola lift to bring us down (it takes 10 minutes to descend)

The place from where we take the gondola lift to bring us down (it takes 11 minutes to descend)

The "extremity" point of this part of mountains-from here,it starts to lower,to lower, to lower..

The "extremity" point of this part of mountains-from here,it starts to descent quickly...

The next attraction captured in gondola lift

The next attraction captured in gondola lift

The HUGE crowd-all these persons wait the gondola lift to descend,crowd longer than 50 meters (the same treatement expects you down,we waited more than an hour to take gondola lift).The whole ticket costs 54 lei-13 euros

The HUGE crowd-all these persons wait the gondola lift to descend,crowd longer than 50 meters (the same treatement expects you down,we waited more than an hour to take gondola lift).The whole ticket costs 54 lei-13 euros

Silva Hotel,a pretty expensive place to spend your vacations..

Silva Hotel,a pretty expensive place to spend your vacations..

Appartament houses in Busteni

Appartament houses in Busteni

A sweet,living dummy cat sleeping in a shopwindow which takes the glance of everyone who pass through..

A sweet,living dummy cat sleeping in a shopwindow which takes the glance of everyone who pass through..

Costila-the new commercial center opened recently in Busteni

Costila-the new commercial center opened recently in Busteni

Braşov (România)

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Click on the map for more informations about the city

Braşov (Hungarian: Brassó; German: Kronstadt; Medieval Latin: Brassovia or Corona; 1950-1960: Oraşul Stalin) is a city in Romania and the capital of Braşov County, with a population of 284,596, according to the 2002 census, is the 8th largest Romanian city.

Braşov is located in the central part of the country, about 166 km from Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians, and is part of the Transylvania region.

The city is notable for hosting the Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) international music festival.

Source: Wikipedia

In the centre...

In the centre...

A nice green view

A nice green view

A street which lead to the Old centre

A street which lead to the Old centre

The Hollywood-like sign on top of Mt. Tâmpa

The Hollywood-like sign on top of Mt. Tâmpa

An old building near to the Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

An old building near to the Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului) where Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) festival will take place

Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului) where Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) festival will take place

Tâmpa Mountain from Braşov Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

Tâmpa Mountain from Braşov Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului)

The house were Joseph II and Francis I live (Holy Roman Emperors)

The house were Joseph II and Francis I live (Holy Roman Emperors)

Casa Sfatului ("The mayor's former office building"). Here was the administration from Braşov for more than 500 years.

Casa Sfatului ("The mayor's former office building"). Here was the administration from Braşov for more than 500 years.

Biserica Neagră or Black Church (German: Schwarze Kirche; Romanian: Biserica Neagră; Hungarian: Fekete templom)

Biserica Neagră or Black Church (German: Schwarze Kirche; Romanian: Biserica Neagră; Hungarian: Fekete templom)

Bell tower

Bell tower

Johannes Honter

Johannes Honter was a Siebenbuerger Saxon (Saxon humanist and theologian. Honter is best known for his geographic and cartographic publishing activity, as well as for implementing the Lutheran reform in Transylvania.

One of the lateral entrance to the church

One of the lateral entrance to the church

Small statues outside of church

Small statues outside of church

True Gothic style...

True Gothic style...

Other sculptures

Other sculptures

Social Democratic Party in right place :)

Social Democratic Party in right place 🙂

Other photo from the Braşov Main Square "Council Square" (Piaţa Sfatului)

Other photo from the Braşov Main Square "Council Square" (Piaţa Sfatului)

In the same building is History Museum of the city

In the same building is History Museum of the city

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral ("Adormirea Maicii Domnului")

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral ("Adormirea Maicii Domnului")

Kiev (Ukraine)

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Kiev or Kyiv (Ukrainian: Київ), is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River.

The population as of the 2001 census was 2,611,300. However, higher numbers have been cited in the press.

Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks.

The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro.

The name Kiev is said to derive from the name of Kyi, one of four legendary founders of the city (brothers Kyi, Shchek, Khoryv and sister Lybid’). During its history, Kiev, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, passed through several stages of great prominence and relative obscurity.

The city may have been founded in the 5th century as a trading post, perhaps part of the land of the early Slavs. It gradually acquired eminence as the centre of the East Slavic civilization, becoming in the tenth to twelfth centuries a political and cultural capital of Rus’, a medieval East Slavic state.

Completely destroyed during the Mongol invasion in 1240, the city lost most of its influence for the centuries to come. It was a provincial capital of marginal importance in the outskirts of the territories controlled by its powerful neighbors: first the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, followed by Poland and Russia.

The city prospered again during the Russian industrial revolution in the late 19th century. After the turbulent period following the Russian Revolution of 1917, from 1921 onwards Kiev was an important city of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, and, from 1934, its capital.

During World War II, the city again suffered significant damage, but quickly recovered in the post-war years remaining the third largest city of the Soviet Union. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Ukrainian independence of 1991, Kiev remained the capital of Ukraine.

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The first photo which i made outside of Kiev Railway Station :)

The first photo which i made outside of Kiev Railway Station 🙂

Kiev Passenger Railway Station (Ukrainian: "Київ-Пасажирський", Kyiv-Passazhyrs’kyi)

Kiev Passenger Railway Station (Ukrainian: "Київ-Пасажирський", Kyiv-Passazhyrs’kyi)

Vokzalna (Ukrainian: Вокзальна, Russian: Вокзальная,Vokzalnaya) is a station on Kiev Metro's Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line

Vokzalna (Ukrainian: Вокзальна, Russian: Вокзальная,Vokzalnaya) is a station on Kiev Metro's Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line

Inside of Vokzalna

Inside of Vokzalna

Dnieper River

Dnieper River

Some nice ducks on the river

Some nice ducks on the river

Waterlillies (Nymphaea)

Waterlillies (Nymphaea)

Mailbox (Поштa)

Mailbox (Поштa)

Watermelons from Kherson (Ukrainian and Russian: Херсон)

Watermelons from Kherson (Херсон)

Livoberezhna metro station

Livoberezhna metro station (Ukrainian: Лівобережна, Russian: Левобережная, Levoberezhnaya)

Metrowagonmash subway train (Russian: ОАО "Метровагонмаш")

Metrowagonmash subway train (Russian: ОАО "Метровагонмаш")

Arsenalna metro station is the deepest station in the world (102 metres)

Arsenalna metro station is the deepest station in the world (102 metres)

solar

Ukrainian Super Turbo Solar 🙂

monument comunist

Soviet monument near Arsenalna subway station

patriarch

A support message for Ukraine and Ukrainians from Patriarch Kirill I, or Cyril I, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since February 1, 2009.

Gate Church of the Trinity (Pechersk Lavra)

Gate Church of the Trinity (Pechersk Lavra)

Great Lavra Belltower (Ukrainian: Велика Лаврська дзвіниця, Russian: Большая Лаврская колокольня)

Great Lavra Belltower (Ukrainian: Велика Лаврська дзвіниця, Russian: Большая Лаврская колокольня)

The guide panel from the entrance to the complex

The guide panel from the entrance to the complex

Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Ukrainian: Києво-Печерська лавра, Kyievo-Pechers’ka lavra; Russian: Киево-Печерская лавра, Kievo-Pecherskaya lavra), also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Kiev, Ukraine. Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1015.

Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Ukrainian: Києво-Печерська лавра, Kyievo-Pechers’ka lavra; Russian: Киево-Печерская лавра, Kievo-Pecherskaya lavra), also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Kiev, Ukraine. Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1015.

The same Cathedral

From close distance

The same Cathedral (Cathedral of the Dormition)

The same Cathedral (Cathedral of the Dormition)

The Dormition Cathedral was destroyed in World War II and reconstructed

The Dormition Cathedral was destroyed in World War II and reconstructed

Other photo with the Cathedral

Other photo with the Cathedral

The tunnel with Christian souvenirs

The tunnel with Christian souvenirs

Other popular souvenirs

Other popular souvenirs

A view from the back of the Cathedral

A view from the back of the Cathedral

This beautiful street is full of honey products

This beautiful street is full of honey products

A graffito with Dinamo Kiev footbal team (Ukrainian: ФК Динамо Київ, FK Dynamo Kyyiv)

A graffito with Dinamo Kiev footbal team (Ukrainian: ФК Динамо Київ, FK Dynamo Kyyiv)

A subway tunnel of Kiev Metro

A subway tunnel of Kiev Metro

Poshtova Ploshcha subway station (Ukrainian: Поштова площа; Russian: Почтовая площадь, Pochtovaya ploschad)

Poshtova Ploshcha subway station (Ukrainian: Поштова площа; Russian: Почтовая площадь, Pochtovaya ploschad)

The entrance to the station

The entrance to the station

Kiev funicular ((Ukrainian: Київський фунікулер, Russian: Киевский фуникулёр). Wheel width: 100 cm. Total track length: 238 meters.

Kiev funicular ((Ukrainian: Київський фунікулер, Russian: Киевский фуникулёр). Wheel width: 100 cm. Total track length: 238 meters.

The wagon from funicular

The wagon from funicular

The system's two track sidings

The system's two track sidings

Inside of wagon

Inside of wagon

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Міністерство закордонних справ України).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Міністерство закордонних справ України).

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev (Собор Святої Софії); XII century

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev (Собор Святої Софії); XI century

The statue of Bohdan Khmelnytsky in front of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine.

The statue of Bohdan Khmelnytsky in front of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine.

Patriarch Volodymyr (Romaniuk) (Romaniuk Vasiliy Emelianovitch) (1925 – July 14, 1995) was the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchy from 1993 to 1995.

The grave of Patriarch Volodymyr (Romaniuk) (Romaniuk Vasiliy Emelianovitch) (1925 – July 14, 1995) was the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchy from 1993 to 1995.

Souvenir penny in the garden of Saint Sophia Cathedral :)

Souvenir Penny in the garden of Saint Sophia Cathedral 🙂

The panel from the entrance with prices for visitors and program

The panel from the entrance with prices for visitors and program

The belltower of the Saint Sophia

The belltower of the Saint Sophia

Inside of the belltower

Inside of belltower

Other view of the Cathedral

Other view of the Cathedral

National History Museum of Ukraine

National History Museum of Ukraine

Other graffito with Dinamo Kiev near to Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium

Other graffito with Dinamo Kiev near to Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Верховна Рада України; English: Supreme Council of Ukraine) is Ukraine's parliament.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Верховна Рада України; English: Supreme Council of Ukraine) is Ukraine's parliament.

Dacia car in Kiev :)

Dacia car in Kiev 🙂

House with Chimaeras or Gorodetsky House (Ukrainian: Будинок з химерами)

House with Chimaeras or Gorodetsky House (Ukrainian: Будинок з химерами)

The building of the Presidential Secretariat is near to the House with Chimaeras

The building of the Presidential Secretariat is near to the House with Chimaeras

Khreshchatyk subway station of Kiev Metro

Khreshchatyk subway station of Kiev Metro

I made this photo near to the Independence Square

I made this photo near to the Independence Square

The monument of Berehynia from Independence Square "Maidan Nezalezhnosti" (Ukrainian: Майдан Незалежності

The monument of Berehynia from Independence Square "Maidan Nezalezhnosti" (Ukrainian: Майдан Незалежності

The base of monument

The base of monument

Hotel Ukraina (Ukrainian: Готель Україна; Russian: Гостиница Украина) from the Independence Square

Hotel Ukraina (Ukrainian: Готель Україна; Russian: Гостиница Украина) from the Independence Square

Flood in Independence Square :)

Flood in Independence Square 🙂

The Golden Gate of Kiev (Ukrainian: Золоті ворота, Zoloti vorota) constructed by Yaroslav the Wise (c. 978 in Kiev - February 20, 1054 in Kiev)

The Golden Gate of Kiev (Ukrainian: Золоті ворота, Zoloti vorota) constructed by Yaroslav the Wise (c. 978 in Kiev - February 20, 1054 in Kiev)

The monument from the The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum (Ukrainian: Українськии національний музей "Чорнобиль")

The monument from the The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum (Ukrainian: Українськии національний музей "Чорнобиль")

The panel from the entrance

The panel from the entrance

A device for measure the level of radiation into the museum

A device for measure the level of radiation into the museum

Map of radioactive contamination of animals

Map of radioactive contamination of animals

A sculpture devoted to memory of the helicopter's Mi-8 crew

A sculpture devoted to memory of the helicopter's Mil Mi-8 crew

A map with radioactive contamination after the Chernobyl disaster

A map with radioactive contamination after the Chernobyl disaster

Costumes of Liquidators, approximately 800,000 people who were in charge of the removal of the consequences of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl disaster on the site of the event.

Costumes of Liquidators, approximately 800,000 people who were in charge of the removal of the consequences of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl disaster on the site of the event.

Other costumes

Other costumes

The effects...

The effects...

Toys of the kids from Prypiat

Toys of the kids from Prypiat

A display of road signs for various settlements near Chernobyl. Abandoned areas inside the zone of alienation are struck out with a pink slash.

A display of road signs for various settlements near Chernobyl. Abandoned areas inside the "Zone of alienation" are struck out with a pink slash.