Târgovişte (România)

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Târgovişte (old spelling: Tîrgovişte) is a city in the Dâmboviţa county of Romania. It is situated on the right bank of the Ialomiţa River[update]. As of 2003, it had an estimated population of 89,000. One village, Priseaca, is administered by the city.

Târgovişte is a name derived from Slavic, its original meaning being of marketplace, cf. Serbian Трговиште and Bulgarian Търговище, being derived from the slavic word trъgъ, which means market.

First attested in 1396, in the Travel Accounts of Johannes Schiltberger, it became the capital of the Wallachian voivodship, probably during the reign of Mircea cel Bătrân, when the Royal Court („Curtea Domnească”) was built. Vlad III Dracula later added the Chindia Tower, now a symbol of the city.

In 1597 the Hajduks of Mihai Viteazul and Starina Novak fought and won a decisive battle against the Ottoman Empire in Târgovişte.

After Constantin Brâncoveanu moved the capital to Bucharest, Târgovişte lost its importance, decaying economically as its population decreased.

Târgovişte was the site of the trial and execution of Nicolae Ceauşescu and his wife Elena in December 1989. Interestingly, there are towns with the same name (albeit with different spellings as they are written in our days in the Cyrillic alphabet) in both Bulgaria and Serbia.

The Romanian and Bulgarian towns are twinned. The name is of Slavic origin, from the root -trg- or -tǎrg- („trade”) and the placename suffix -ište, and means „marketplace”.

Source: Wikipedia

A short history of Chindia Tower

A short history of the Chindia Tower

Vlad III the Impaler (Vlad Ţepeş)

Vlad III the Impaler (Vlad Ţepeş)

The coil-staircase inside of the Chindia Tower

The coil-staircase inside of the Chindia Tower

Woodblock print of Vlad the Impaler dining in the presence of numerous impaled corpses

Woodblock print of Vlad the Impaler dining in the presence of numerous impaled corpses

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A view from the up (down are the ruins of Royal Court)

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Royal Court ("Curtea Domnească") was built in the time of Mircea the Elder (cel Bătrân; 1355 – 1418)

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The church inside of Royal Court

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Other view from up

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The base of Chindia Tower

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Walls in the Royal Court

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Footbridge for tourists

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The Chindia Tower was built by Vlad III Dracula, in 15th century

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The main corridor inside of Royal Court

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Other corridor

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Other chamber

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Other photo with the church inside of Royal Court, which is in reconstruction, together with Royal Court

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The Stelea Church-Targoviste, it was built in 1645 by the Moldavian ruler, Vasile Lupu, on the place of an old monastery belonging to Stelea Spataru. It was erected as a sign of friendship to Matei Basarab that's why it was named the Church of Reconciliation

Consiliul Judeţean Dâmboviţa (Dambovita County Council)

Consiliul Judeţean Dâmboviţa (Dâmboviţa County Council)

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The center of the city

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Hotel Valahia

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Muntenia Shopping Center

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Other photo from the center (it was a raining day :()

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Kaufland supermarket in Târgovişte

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The Metropolitan Church-Targoviste, it was built in the 19th century on the place of an old church belonging to Neagoe Basarab, ruler who moved here the Metropolitan Seat from Curtea de Arges

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Statue of Michael the Brave "Mihai Viteazul" (Reign: 11 October 1593 – 9 August 1601)

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The Dealu Monastery-it was built by Radu the Great between 1495-1508, the monastery represents one of the most valuable monuments of Medieval architecture in Wallachia. In the monastery is the head of Michael the Brave

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Near to Stelea monastery are houses for nuns

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Here is buried the head of Michael the Brave, which was taken by Radu Buzescu and put here

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The church of the monastery is dedicated to Saint Nicholas

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The belfry from Stelea

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Old center of Târgovişte

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Biserica Târgului "Fair church" (1653)

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Town Hall of Târgovişte

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Tony Bulandra theatre

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