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Unesco World Heritage

The overarching goal of the World Heritage Convention is the protection of cultural and natural properties of Outstanding Universal Value. This cultural and natural heritage in turn represents resources for economic activities such as tourism and the accrual of benefits for the local communities living in proximity to or associated with the World Heritage property. Therefore, in order to achieve long-term economic, environmental and social sustainability, heritage values and associated assets - tangible and intangible - should be considered as significant cultural capital which needs to be preserved and maintained through appropriate and responsible tourism in order to fulfil the ultimate responsibility set out by the World Heritage Convention. (source - whc.unesco.org)

 

Please have a look downhere to some of these Unseco Heritage sites located in Romania. This may be helpful in deciding your future travel to Romania.

Monastery of Horezu

Founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancovan, the monastery of Horezu, in Walachia, is a masterpiece of the 'Brancovan' style. It is known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculptural detail, the treatment of its religious compositions, its votive portraits and its painted decorative works. The school of mural and icon painting established at the monastery in the 18th century was famous throughout the Balkan region.

Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains

Built in the Ist century B.C. and the Ist A.D. under the Dacian rule, the six Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains show an unusual fusion of military and religious architectural techniques and concepts from the classical world and the late European Iron Age. The six defensive sttlements, the nucleus of the Dacian Kingdom, were conquered by the Romans at the beginning of the IInd century A.D.; their extensive and well-preserved remains stand in spectacular natural surroundings and give a dramatic picture of a vigorous and innovative civilization.

Bukovina's Painted Monasteries

Considering their exterior painted walls, these seven churches of Northern Moldavia Region of Romania are unique in Europe. Decorated with 15th and 16th century frescoes, masterpieces of Byzantine art, these are one of the main attractions of Bucovina (northern Moldavia) region. 

Far from being merely wall decorations, these paintings represent complete cycles of religious murals on all facades. Their outstanding composition, elegant outline and harmonious colours blend perfectly with the surrounding bucolic landscapes.

Sighisoara - Old Town

Founded by German craftsmen and merchants known as the Saxons of Transylvania, Sighişoara is a fine example of a small, fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries.

The Fortified Churches of Transylvania

These Transylvanian villages with their fortified churches provide a vivid picture of the cultural landscape of southern Transylvania. The seven villages listed down bellow, founded by the Transylvanian Saxons, are characterized by a specific land-use system, settlement pattern and organization of the family farmstead that have been preserved since the late Middle Ages. They are dominated by their fortified churches, which illustrate the building style from the 13th to the 16th century.

Danube Delta

The waters of the Danube River flowing into the Black Sea form the largest and best preserved of all Europe's deltas. The Danube Delta hosts over 300 birds species as well as over 140 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes.

Wooden Churches of Maramures

These eight churches are outstanding examples of a range of architectural solutions from different periods and areas. They show the variety of designs and craftsmanship adopted in these narrow, high, timber constructions with their characteristic tall, slim clock towers at the western end of the building, either single- or double-roofed and covered by shingles. As such, they are a particular vernacular expression of the cultural landscape of this mountainous area of northern Romania.