Romania is a country of eternal beauty, augmented by the impressive Carpathian Mountains, which cross the land from the south-east (Banat and Oltenia) and to it’s very heart situated in the north-east (Maramures and Bucovina). For decades to come, history has put a halt to the evolution of this land, but the isolation has contributed to sheltering the fields of its winding peaks, growing forests of fir, being home to a great number of bears, and swamps filled with birds.
Here, traditions are deeply rooted, in many places life passes by just as a few hundred years ago and the painted medieval monasteries, wooden churches, castles and palaces of fairy tales whisper secrets of the past. With this being said, starting with the revolution which brought down Ceausescu, in 1989, Romania has started to take the very first steps towards modernization, joining NATO, in 2004, and afterwards UE in 2007. The wind of change can still be felt on Romanian grounds, but we, Romanians, can be THE change. We make our own destiny!
Looking at any map, Romania feels like a well unified country. Although by European standards our state is relatively young. Taking a glimpse in the past, it’s useful to remember that we have been established since 1859 and we’ve encapsulated Transylvania only in 1918. Before this moment, our territory had been divided from a political, religious and geographic point of view. The language which was spoken by the people was the only link – a romance language, isolated between Slavic and Hungarian ones. As we used to say, “we are but an island of Latin in a sea of Slavs”.
Maybe for most tourists, Romania can be identified with Dracula’s image and nothing else. But we know that we are much more interesting than that. Born in the middle of a bunch of shores, each with its own specificity, Romania has absorbed foreign influences from each cardinal point. Thracian and Latin influences have fused with the Asian, German, French, Slavic, Greek, Hungarian, Jewish and Armenian ones. Romanian art, architecture, literature and music bear witness to the cultural blend. These crafts gather different overtones in Banat, Crisana, Maramures, Transylvania, Oltenia, Muntenia, Dobrogea, Moldova or Bucovina, but make up for the magic of these places.
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