The UNESCO Heritage of Romania
The UNESCO World Heritage of Romania is an excellent starting point for your vacation in our country. They are the highlights of Romania’s heritage and each of them has its own stories and legends to share. Their tour will take you from the dawn of the first millennium to medieval times when churches were built to celebrate victories or to defend communities and even a bit in the future, in the youngest European land, the Danube Delta. More than reminders of culture and nature, the UNESCO Heritage Sites of Romania also tell the story of their local communities, mostly villages where people live and work traditionally. Include at least two of these sites in your next holiday in Romania and take your time to discover them and their nearby attractions.
The fortified churches of Transylvania are among the best cultural attractions in Romania for their medieval aspect and the well-preserved traditions of their villages. The churches are found in: Biertan, Calnic, Prejmer, Viscri, Darjiu, Saschiz and Valea Viilor.
Location: Brasov, Mures and Sibiu Counties
The monastery of Horezu was founded at the end of the 17th and the legend has it that the construction took place only by night when the birds sang and the Ottomans could not hear the building noise. In fact, the monastery was named after a nocturne species of bird.
Location: Valcea County
The Painted Churches of Bucovina
Symbols of medieval princes’ heroic victories and inspired by the Byzantine art of the time, these eight churches were included on the UNESCO list for their uniqueness and authenticity. The churches are: Arbore, Humor, Moldovita, Patrauti, Probota, Sfantu Ioan, Voronet, Sucevita.
Location: Suceava County
The Wooden Churches of Maramures
Built between the 13th and the 18th centuries, these wooden churches mix local wooden architecture and gothic influences in ‘the Gothic style of Maramures‘. What makes these churches unique is their stone block base, high roofs and their tall steeples that situates them among the highest oak buildings in the world.
Location: Maramures County
The Dacian Fortresses
These six Dacian fortresses were built in the 1st centuries B.C. and A.D. as a defense mechanism against Roman invasion, using techniques of the classic world and the late European Iron Age. The fortresses are: Sarmizegetusa, Costesti-Cetatuie, Costesti-Blidaru, Luncani-Piatra Rosie, Capalna, Banita.
Location: Hunedoara County
Often described as a birds’ paradise, the Danube Delta is one of the biggest wetlands in the world. Its 30 types of ecosystems place it in the third position in the world biodiversity top after the Galapagos and the Great Barrier Reef. This is one the most beautiful places in Romania and definitely a must-see destination for bird-watching, fishing amateurs and nature lovers.
Location: Tulcea County
Explore the UNESCO Heritage of Transylvania, a place of rich history and unforgettable landscapes. Landmarks included: the fortified churches of Transylvania (Prejmer, Viscri, Darjiu, Saschiz, Biertan), the Dacian Fortress, Sighisoara, plus Corvinilor Castle, Densus Church, Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, Brasov, Alba Iulia.
A tour of the most representative UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Sites in Romania, all summed up in a wonderful journey across the country. Landmarks included: Horezu Monastery, the fortified churches of Transylvania, the painted churches of Bucovina, the wooden churches of Maramures, plus Brasov and Alba Iulia.