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 )