Romania trip: bits of history (Samisegetuza) and culture (Brancusi)

Our first stop in our road trip in Romanian was Sarmisegetuza. This place is very important piece of Romania’s history. “Sarmisegetuza Regia is the name of the capital of pre-Roman Dacia* (before the wars with the Roman Empire). Today, it’s a tourist attraction comprising of a complex of sanctuaries, situated in The Mountains of Orastie, at an altitude of 1,200 meters”**

It has six citadels from which the most noticeable are Big Rounded Sanctuary” and The Andesito Sun”. The former is quite surprising as it has quite similar to Stonehenge.  It’s thought that they have the same architect. The later is said to be similar to the famous Maya calendar.

We got to see the ruins of a few temples, a fountain, Roman forum and so on.

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I was really excited that I got to see it with Fernando and he got a glimpse of Romania’s history.

Next stop was Targu Jiu, a city that fosters some of the works of our greatest sculptor: Constantin Brâncuși. His works are spread out around the city, but the most famous ones are found in two parks. We spent a few hours walking around and taking pictures and admiring his works of art.

Unfortunately, us Romanians are not that good at promoting our achievements, inventions and so. But I am very proud to say that Brâncuși is considered as “the patriarch of modern sculpture.” Today, his works are in greatest museums all over the world, like London, New York, Paris, etc.

His most known works of art are: The Kiss (1908), Prometheus (1911), Mademoiselle Pogany (1913), The Newborn (1915), Bird in Space (1919) and The Column of the Infinite (Coloana infinitului), popularly known as The Endless Column (1938)***

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I was very excited to visit this place. I have seen some of his works in London and Paris, but not in Romania. This was one of the high points of the trip for me.

*Dacia: It was situated north of the Danube in the area of the Carpathians and Transylvania. The approximate territory of current Romania. In the year 106 it was conquered by the Romans. That’s why today we speak a Roman language 🙂 Might I say it’s one of our best traits

**Source: http://www.romanianmonasteries.org/romania/sarmisegetuza

***Source: http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/210006973

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