Piatra Neamt, the capital of Neamt County, is located in the northern part of the charming region of Moldavia. The picturesque city, surrounded by the Eastern Carpathians, lies on the banks of the Bistrita River.

The land of present Piatra Neamt is known to have been one of the first human settlements on Romania’s territory.  Throughout the Neamt county there have been found traces of the much discussed mysterious culture of Cucuteni, a civilization who has lived 5 thousand years ago. Even more, the first centuries before and after Christ found this area as a large Dacian town, known as Petrodava.

Piatra Neamt lived a period of intense development under Stephen the Great in the 15th century, when the Princely Court, Stephen’s Tower and St John Baptist Church were built. The princely court, today the historical center, around which the actual city of Piatra Neamt developed, nests the Petru Rares College, the Art Museum, the Ethnography Museum, the Princely Court Museum and the aforementioned Stephen’s  Steeple Tower and the Church of St John the Baptist, which together form the symbol of Piatra Neamt.

Museums in Piatra Neamt are plenty, from the Cucuteni Museum of Eneolithic Art, which exhibits painted ceramics, art objects depicting humans and animals, to the Ethnographic Museum, a beautiful collection of traditional costumes and artisan tools suggesting the peasants’ way of life on Bistrita Valley.

The religious monuments of Piatra Neamt exceed the traveler’s expectations by their inestimable artistic value, like the “Transfiguration of Jesus” Wooden Church in Valeni or the richly ornamented Byzantine style Bistrita Monastery fortresses by four meters stone walls which were rebuilt after Suleiman the Magnificent destroyed them.

Surprisingly, Piatra Neamt also hosts a wooden synagogue, namely the “Baal Sem Tov”, which attests a large Jewish community from the medieval times. The wooden synagogue attracts thousands of tourists every year, for it dates back from 1766 and it is considered the oldest synagogue in Romania, possibly even in southeastern Europe.

With the administration of Piatra Neamt’s goal to put the city on the map of touristic destinations of Romania, they even constructed a cable car to facilitate the winter sports practiced on Cozla Park, as well as it is also the ideal way to admire the city panorama and the nature surrounding it from a pretty high altitude.

The Cozla Park, besides being a ski run, also administers a zoo park where tourists can spot the native fauna like bears, wolves, foxes, deer and stags.

Strandul Tineretului is not to be forgotten in this array of landmarks, as it is a touristic complex which plays the role of the perfect destination for summer. Here you can relax at the pool, play tennis, football, sand volley and basketball, roller blade and skate, or go on a a paintball session. There are also numerous accommodations, terraces and clubs available here.

Located in Hunedoara’s village of Densuş, Saint Nicholas Church is an orthodox church and one of the oldest in Romania having a Byzantine rite, as it was built in the 7th century and bettered in the 13th century; although there are several disputes among historians about the age of this place of worship. It is said that the Church of Densus was built on a former roman pagan temple worshipping the god Mars built in the 2th century; and even this temple is said to have been built over a Dacian temple dedicated to their only god, Zamolxes. The late Roman architectural style can be felt as the church was built with rocks brought from the ruins of not far away Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa. The interior exhibits invaluable fragments of murals dating back from the 14th century.

Considered the oldest church in Romania and Southeastern Europe, the church has held services continuously for 700 years.

The church hosts a series of unique murals. Even the church’s pillars are painted. The western wall shows a 18th century representation of the Last Judgment, Saint Marina fighting the devil, Jesus Christ dressed in a traditional Romanian shirt and a rather disturbing depiction of Saint Thomas wearing his skin on a stick.

The wooden paintings on the iconostasis are also from the 18th century. In the Holy Altar, the famous painter Stefan Zugravul made one of his masterpieces. The table is actually a roman tombstone taken from a sarcophagus. Above the area where the priests is in service, there can barely be seen a few strands from Jesus Christ’s hair.

The Saint Nicholas Church at Densus has suffered a great deal of blasphemies. From 1556 to 1733, Calvinists were the ones in power in Transylvania, so around 1700 there were two priests in service alternatively at Densus, an orthodox and a Calvinist. When the Calvin priest was in service, he put all the sacred icons with their front facing the walls and when the orthodox Romanians came back, they always put them back in their place. All the sacred images were eventually vandalized and painted over by Calvinists. Even more, Turks also vandalized and set everything wooden on fire, but the rock made church survived.

The Church of Densus is part of Tara Hategului / Hateg Land; a place full of Dacian-Roman vestiges. The Hateg villages are known for keeping churches, manor houses and medieval fortresses.

A gorge on the great Danube River, the Iron Gates trace a border between Romania and its neighbor, Serbia. Some consider the gorge to be a 134 km long route, as others consider the Iron Gates as the last barrier of this route, which encompasses the two dams as hydroelectric power stations of: Iron Gate I and Iron Gate II.

North from the Iron Gates there is the Romanian land and the whereabouts make up the Iron Gates Natural Park, whereas to the south, there is Serbia and its Derdap National Park. The Danube’s flow in this area plays the role of a separator between the Carpathian and the Balkan Mountains.

Both banks of this area of Danube’s pass were inhabited from the oldest of times, since the Paleolithic. Named Porta Ferea in Latin, this pass has caused problems for the Danube’s sailors for centuries on end, as it was a rock barrier with whirling waters which made navigation impossible. Today, the “murdering gates” are peaceful. The myriads of rocks peeking out of the water now sit quietly under the accumulation lake of Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station. Some say that after centuries of continuous battle between the Danube and the Carpathians and Balkans, river and mountain, water and rock, have finally made peace.

Due to its narrowness, the Great Kazan is the most famous gorge on the route. Not far from this landmark there is the legendary bridge of Apollodorus of Damascus and onwards from here you can see the “Tabula Traiana” Roman commemorative plaque on the Serbian shore. The not far away Small Kazan hosts the majestic rock sculpture of Decebalus, Trajan’s Dacian opponent, known as the tallest rock relief in Europe.

The megaproject of the two dams began in 1964 with the first Iron Gate Dam finished 1972, whilst the second dam opened 12 years thereafter along with the hydroelectric power stations.

The construction of the two dams caused the Danube to ride 35 meters and the famous and deeply regretted Ada Kales Island.

While in this area, make sure you get to explore Antiquity with the Dacian fortresses from Divici, the Liubcova cliff, the roman castrum and Apollodorus’ Bridge, the Middle Ages by visiting the ruins of Saint Ladislau, Drencova and Tricule fortresses, modern history with Veterani Cave, the Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station. There are also the churches on cliffs Saint Ana Monastery and Vodita Monastery.

Besides these landmarks, the Iron Gates natural park can also be the perfect relaxing getaway. Here you can navigate all day on the Danube, explore the rural life and do some sightseeing. You will not want to close your eyes!

Romania has had a plenitude of important figures throughout its entire history; figures that are still mentioned and appraised to this day. Here’s a list of five most famous male figures of Romania’s medieval era, romantic period, monarchy and communism.

Vlad Tepes, known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula, was the ruler of Wallachia. He lived between 1431 and 1476 and ruled Wallachia three times from 1448 to his death. Vlad got his notorious pseudonym of “the Impaler” due to his favorite method of execution, impalement, whereas the name of Dracula has its roots in the blood line of House of Draculesti. All crimes were punished by impalement: lying, stealing, killing, as Vlad Dracul was a very honest ruler.

Stefan cel Mare / Stephen the Great was the voivode of Moldavia between 1457 and 1504. The extensive rule of Stephen was a period of stability in Moldavia’s history and such he is remembered as a great ruler, today even regarded as one of Romania’s greatest national heroes. He is often regarded as the protector of the peasants against the noblemen or foreign invaders. Stephen has fought 36 battles and only lost two of them, although his army was often outnumbered. After his wars with the Ottoman Empire, Stephen got into cultural development, with dozen churches, monasteries erected in a unique Moldavian Architecture.

Mihai Eminescu was a poet, novelist and journalist of the Romantic Era. Born in 1850, the revolutionary poet only enjoyed 39 years of his life. He is regarded as the most famous and influential poet of Romania. Mihai Eminescu began writing poetry at the age of 16 as Mihail Eminovici. The national poet delivered an inestimable treasure of verse for which he is considered one of the greatest poets in the world of literature. His most famous work is Luceafarul, a dramatic idyll between an astral spirit and an earthly woman.

Nicolae Ceausescu was the communist dictator who brought Romania to its knees for two decades, from 1967 to 1989. After a short time of a moderate rule, Ceausescu became more and more brutal and oppressive. Although he led Romania through times of industrial development, he was also the cause of human misery and denial of culture and religion. As he became a power-hungry dictator, he started huge constructions like the Palace of the Parliament and abolishing everything that reminded of the monarchic era. His great ambition was to pay all of Romania’s debt, but he did this in such way that people got poorer and more miserable. Eventually, the whole of Romanians rose against his tyranny in the 1989 Revolution, when he was executed and the communist regime was abolished, although his imprint is still highly recognized today.

Michael I of Romania was the last king of the Kingdom of Romania. He reigned between 1927 and 1930 and again from 1940 to 1947. Born in 1921, his first rule was just at 8 years old and this was due to his father running away with his mistress. In 1930, Carol II returned to the country and replaced his son as king. After returning to the throne, Michael I had several endeavors to avoid the promotion of the communist party, but to no avail, as he was forced to abdicate in 1947. The communists took all his properties and his citizenship and thus he settled in exile in Switzerland. After the 1989 revolution, Michael tried to return to Romania but he was arrested and forced to leave. He was allowed visit in 1992 where he was highly appraised by Romanians, thing which alarmed the government. In 1997, Michael’s citizenship was given back to him as well as the confiscated properties. The still alive last King of Romania always raises nostalgia between Romanian people, as they regard the Kingdom of Romania as times of flourish.

Romanian ladies are best known abroad for their unique beauty, but that doesn’t mean they do not do anything except being beautiful. Here is a list of five women who remained well-known for their actions in history.

Queen Marie of Romania was the last queen of Romania, as the wife of King Ferdinand I. She was born in the British royal family, as Princess Marie of Edinburgh. She was to marry her cousin, King George V, but she refused and married Ferdinand I instead, the heir apparent of King Carol I, who was the first king of Romania. She was very popular in Romania as well as abroad. She was known for her talent in horse-riding, painting, writing, sculpting, dancing and for her beauty. She is also known under the alias of “Mother of the Wounded” or “Mamma Regina” as she was a nurse during the First World War.

Ana Aslan was a biologist and physician and discoverer of the anti-aging effects of procaine. She developed Gerovital H3 and Aslavital, of which you might have heard or used. She is considered a gerontology and geriatrics pioneer in Romania, as she founded the first Geriatric Institute in the world in 1952. While using procaine for pain relief on patients, Ana Aslan came upon other effects of the drug, like better skin and hair, better memory and a general feeling of well-being.

Elena Ceausescu was the influential wife of the infamous dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. It is believed that it was her who worsened the dictator’s actions upon the country and that without her, Ceausescu would have been a “moderate communist”. Under the dictatorship, she was considered the “Mother of the Nation” and an awarded erudite chemist and doctor honoris causa, which was in fact a hoax. Before the execution of the controversial couple, it was Elena who exhibited atrocious reactions rather than her husband.

Nadia Comaneci is a formet gymnast renowned all around the world. Considered the National Gymnast, at just 14 years old, she became the first gymnast in all Olympic history to receive a perfect score of 10 in 1976. Even more, she received other six perfect 10 scores and three gold medals in Montreal. The incredible gymnast won another two gold medals in 1980 in Moscow. For her Olympic and World Championship medals, Nadia Comaneci became one of the most important and well-known gymnasts in the world.

Ecaterina Teodoroiu was a woman who fought and died in the First World War. For this, she is considered a heroine in Romania. She was awarded the Military Virtue Medal after working as a nurse and subsequently becoming a sublieutenant of the Romanian Army. Her bigger brother died as a Sergeant in the times of her nursing. Her bravery and wish to avenge her brother’s death made her prove her military skills. She was killed while leading her platoon and her last words were “Forward, men, don’t give up, I’m still with you!”

“Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden in Cluj-Napoca – the most renowned botanical garden. Located in the southern part of Cluj-Napoca, the botanical garden administered by the Babes-Bolyai University exists since 1920, but it was actually founded in 1872 by Samuel Brassai. The 14 hectares house around 10,000 carefully curated plants from all over the world. What catches the eyes of the 150,000 annual tourists is usually the Japanese Garden and the Japanase house within, or the Roman Garden, where tourists can spot a representation of Ceres, the goddess of cereals, and other remains from the Roman colony of Napoca. Besides being one of the most renowned landmarks of Cluj-Napoca, Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden is a research center as well. Once here, you will find about the herbarium and the impressive pressed plants collection, 750,000 in number, a mix of the personal herbaria of Borza, Baumgarten or Porcius.

“Anastasie Fatu” Botanical Garden in Iasi – the oldest one in Romania. The botanical garden of Iasi was the first one to ever be built in the country, namely, in 1856, by the passionate Anastasie Fatu. The garden has suffered a tumultuous history, as after Fatu’s death, the terrain was sold and all the plants dissipated. After that, it took no less than 6 trials to reach to an actual botanical garden again, as between 1921-1963 there was only a hectare of botanical land, only after 40 years was it able to expand to its actual size of 100 hectares, this making it one of the biggest in Europe. The eleven sections comprise over 8000 taxons.

“Vasile Fati” Botanical Garden of Biologic Research Institute in Jibou, Salaj – The Botanical Garden of Jibou was founded in 1968 by the professor Vasile Fati. The garden comprises of a greenhouses complex, research and microproduction complex, aquariums, zoo, birdhouses, Japanese Garden and a rosarium.

“Dimitrie Brandza” Botanical Garden in Bucharest. The first botanical garden of Bucharest was built in 1860 by Carol Davila, afterwards, in 1884, it was moved to its actual place by Dimitrie Brandza. The Botanical Garden suffered great deals of losses both in the First and Second World War, as the second destroyed 80% of the herbarium. Tourists can also visit the Museum where they will spot 1000 exotic species.

“Vasile Goldis” Botanical Garden in Macea, Arad. Located in the Macea village, around the Macea Castle, the botanical garden extends on 22 hectares and the Botanical Museum exhibitions are displayed on 290 mp. The Macea garden is special because it developed an affinity for wooden species, numbering over 2000 arbors.

Cluj-Napoca hosts a great deal of historical buildings. There are cumulations of palaces spread throughout the Old Town, especially Unirii Square, Avram Iancu Square and Ferdinand & Horea Streets.

Their architectural beauty is undoubted, but there isn’t much historical information regarding them. As we want you to know about them for your next time in the city, here is a list of all the superb palaces of Cluj-Napoca:

The architectural and urbanistic complex of the four palaces on the banks of Somes River, displayed in a square, with only a crosswalk or the bridge between them:

  1. Babos Palace on Ferninand Street, No. 38. The ‘V’ shaped monument was built in 1890 to superbly represent the Belle Epoque architecture in Cluj. It was named after its first owner, Sandor Babos and today.
  2. Szeki Palace on Ferdinand Street, No. 37. Right across the Babos Palace, the ‘L’ shaped Szeki Palace is a neogothic monument built in 1893 by the reputable pharmacist Tibor Szeki. The corner of the L was the entrance to the Mathias Corvinus Pharmacy, which was directly linked to the pharmacist’s apartment through a spiraled stair. The pharmacy is still open to this day and still keeps the neogothic furniture and decorations.
  3. Berde Palace on Horea Street, No. 1. A historical and architectural monument built in a classic Secession style that was finished in 1900. First it was named Being Palace after the one who built it, Samuel Benigni, the vicepresident of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Cluj. In its shadow will be built the Astoria Hotel, one of the famous hotels of Cluj, which today houses the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  4. Elian Palace on Horea Street, No. 2. Right across from the Belde Palace, Elian was built in 1891 by an important winemaker, Viktor Elian. It inspires a discreet Parisian air by the Art Deco style it was built in.
  5. Urania Palace on Horea Street, No. 4. A zebra crossing away from the Elian, the Urania Palace was built in 1910 in Viennese Secession architecture, and it is the twin of the Urania Palace in Vienna. For a long time it has been a 400 places cinema as well as it housed a café, a grocery store and apartment buildings.
  6. Rhedey Palace on Unirii Square, No. 9. The building was bought in the 18th century by and gets its name from the noble family of Rhedey. The end of the 15th century found this area as four houses of Cluj patricians. Apparently they were torn down and Rhedey Palace was built in an eclectic style. A plaque on the outside walls reminds how this is where the first Hungarian theater in 1792. You can also spot Sara of Bulusd’s blazon.
  7. Josika Palace on Unirii Square, No. 8. This neoclassic palace is also known as the House with Legs due to the Doric columns sustaining a balcony. Legend says that if a student passes under the columns, that day he will fail an exam. Initially, this was Casa Kakas where Transylvania’s princes resided, but then it became the residence of Antal Josika. Throughout time, it housed the Hungarian Casino, Palace of Justice, Medicine Library and the Court of Appeal.
  8. Wass Palace on Unirii Square, No. 9. The Wass Palace is right next to Josika Palace and it represents an interesting mélange between Renaissance, Classic and Rococo architectures. The last owner was Countess Otilia Wass.
  9. Palace of Finance on Dorobantilor Street No. 1 and Avram Iancu Square, No. 19. Built in 1880 in a Classic style, the building has always kept its destination.
  10. Palace of Justice on Dorobantilor Street, No. 2 and Stefan cel Mare Square The imposing edifice was finished in 4 years, in 1902, and it is a representation of the eclectic style. Today it houses the Cluj Court of Appeal and the Cluj Courthouse. It is possibly the most expensive historical building in Cluj – 17 million euro.
  11. Palace of Prefecture on 21st December 1989 Boulevard, No. 58. A beautiful mélange between Gothic, Moorish Revival and Secession built in 1910.
  12. Palace of CFR Railway on 21st December 1989 Boulevard. It was built in 1980 in an eclectic style and it has always housed the CFR Railways.
  13. Palace of Telephones on Vasile Mitrea Street. Built in 1968, Telephones Palace is a representative building for Cluj-Napoca.

Amazingly, the Romanian Orthodox Church is the only church within orthodoxy to have as a native tongue a Romance language. With more than 85% of the Romanian population being Orthodox, the Romanian Orthodox Church is only surpassed by the Russian Orthodox Church in members.

Besides the 16 million Christians living in Romania, Romanian orthodoxy also expands to neighboring countries of Moldova (720,000), Serbia and Hungary and even more, the United States (11,203) and Oceania.

The Orthodox doctrine is often called the “true faith” or the “right/correct belief” by its members.

The three most significant events in a person’s life are the birth, the wedding and death. These are all usually “celebrated” through certain customs varying from church to church.

Orthodox Romanians baptize their children while they are still newly born, unlike other faiths where they are baptized later in their life. There may be many pairs of godparents and the engagement godparents must baptize the first child. Also, it is the godparents’ obligation to each hold lit an ornamented candle matching the child’s gender. At the end of baptizing, the godfather must put a silver cross necklace on the child and the godmother must swaddle him.

When it comes to the holy marriage and wedding, the man courts the woman and asks her hand to her parents. After she accepts and they get engaged, they decide on their godparents, as these are considered extremely important. The bride is readied by the godmother and afterwards meets the groom who gives her the flower bouquet. During the ceremony, Orthodox Christians have this custom to steal de bride and for unmarried girls to catch the bouquet.

When a person dies, the Orthodox customs of burial are the following: the deceased’s hands are crossed holding a cross, all persons coming to the wake must say “God forgive him!” The relatives of the deceased must wear black for 40 days and man should not shave and must not leave the soulless body alone. Wailing is manifested in some parts of the country as sign of respect towards the deceased. If the day of the burial is a rainy one, this signifies that the dead person did not want to die.

The Romanian Orthodox Church’s most important holidays and days of rest, besides the Birth of Jesus and the Resurrection Day, are the Beheading of St John the Baptist, Feast of the Cross, the Pentecost (Rusalii), Nativity of Mary, Assumption of Mary, Transfiguration of Jesus, Palm Sunday (Florii) and the Epiphany (Boboteaza).

The most loved and prized saints of the Orthodox Romanians are John the Baptist, the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Saint Nicholas and Saint Andrew.

As many wonder, there are some but slight differences between Catholicism and Orthodox, which were once the same Christian faith. In Romanian, they use different nouns for the Holy Spirit – Orthodox use “Duh” while Catholics say “Spirit”. Moreover, they make a cross the other way round. Catholics believe in the existence of a purgatory, a place or a state where a man waits for the Last Judgment, whereas Orthodox do not believe such thing exists. While Orthodox use bread as the body of Christ, Catholics use wafers, like Jews. Although Orthodox priests are permitted to have a family, Catholics are prohibited to get married and have children. Lastly, Catholics are known for the papal supremacy, considering the Pope as the replacer of Christ on Earth.

 

Trajan’s Bridge, also known as the Bridge of Apollodorus over the Danube, was the first bridge to ever be built over the lower part of the Danube. The Roman arch bridge was built at Trajan’s order in 105 BC. The emperor employed Apollodorus of Damascus, a Greek architect that also built Trajan’s Column in Rome, for the erection of the bridge across the Danube. Trajan wanted to build a bridge for his Roman troops to get into the Dacian territory easily and lead to the conquest of Dacia.

The remainings of the bridge are located east from the Iron Gates, in Drobeta – Turnu Severin, very close to the Serbian city of Kladovo.

Constructed in a remarkably quick time, between 103 and 105 AD, the wood and stone structure measured a total length of 1,135 meters, with a 15 m width and a 19 m height. Each end of the bridge had a Roman Castrum, Pontes and Drobeta, which made crossing the bridge only possible by walking through them. Apollodorus’ of Damascus superstructure was partially destroyed by Trajan’s successor, Hadrian, as he considered that the Roman Empire needed to protection against barbarian invasions. However, the actual desertion and total decay of the bridge are linked to the Romans leaving Dacia definitively in 275 BC.

The twenty pillars that sustained the bridge could still be visible in the mid-1800s, for the Danube hit a record low level. After some decades, it was decided that the destruction of two pillars was needed as navigation in this area was obstructed. In 1932, there were only 16 pillars left underwater and after 50 years, 4 more were missing. What can still be seen today is a pillar which is now part of the history museum of Drobeta-Turnu Severin, later expanded and named Iron Gates Region Museum.

The Iron Gates Region Museum have on display natural sciences exhibits like Danubian fauna and flora, history and documents, archaeology, ethnography and numismatics (coins, money and currency).

There have been long time discussions over the reason behind building this bridge. The ones opposing the official theory of Apollodorus of Damascus being the architect of this bridge and the building period of 3 years say that in fact this bridge existed beforehand and it was built by Burebista, who anyway dominated both sides of the Danube at that time. Moreover, it is thought that Apollodorus of Damascus only restored the old bridge to a functional Roman standard.

The Bucegi Mountains, located in the center of Romania, are probably the most known and visited mountains in Romania, on account of the Prahova Valley and especially the natural monuments, famous all throughout the country and the world.

The most extraordinary natural formations in the Bucegi Plateau are the Sphinx and Babele (Old Ladies). The best way to reach the 2400 high Bucegi Plateau is by cable car from Busteni.

The amazing Sphinx is a natural rock formation, an anthropomorphous megalith situated at an altitude of 2216 meters. It gets its name from the lookalikes between itself and the Egyptian Sphinx. Whereas the Great Sphinx from Giza is manmade, the Bucegi sphinx was formed gradually by eolian/wind erosion. A mysterious coincidence of the two sphinxes having the same height made many historians wonder if the Egyptian sphinx was actually inspired by the one from the Bucegi Mountains.

Another legend speculated around the Sphinx is that it might have been an energetic center used by aliens in ancient times, as close to it there is a cave which would supposedly collect extraordinary energetic mysteries and tourists are highly attracted by this.

Amazingly, there are other megalith monuments in Romania that bear the name of sphinx, like the one at Stanisoara, Piatra Arsa, Gutaiului Moutains and several more.

People have been fascinated by this natural wonder for ages, as one of the first pictures had the Sphinx as a protagonist, in 1900, when photography was still a scarcely explored domain.

Besides this manly figure of the nature, the Bucegi Mountains also houses the rocky formations Babele at the altitude of 2292 meters. Babele were also formed due to wind erosion and are situated 5-10 minutes away from the Sphinx. At the foot of the Babele chalet, there is a cottage with the same name, Cabana Babele, where tourists can enjoy their favorite drink and the extremely tranquil yet enigmatic scenery.

The mushroom-like formations of Babele and the remote Sphinx make up a superb sight of great importance, to which tourists come either by car, cable car or hiking each year. Make sure you put them on your bucket list and most importantly, like the pictures with tourists leaning on the Pisa Tower or cupping the height of the Eiffel, take a picture that looks like you’re kissing the sphinx to add to the collection.