The World Heritage Sites of Romania

To this present moment, UNESCO has included 7 sites of Romania to its World Heritage List.

The seven sites  included in UNESCO world heritage sites list are dispersed in 13 counties of the 40 that Romania has on the UNESCO world heritage sites map.

The first from Romania UNESCO sites is the one of the Churches of Moldavia, they are 8 in number, all in the county of Suceava, dating from the 15th and 16th century. They are considered Byzantine art inspired masterpieces, each one unique in its own way: Arbore, Humor, Moldovita, Patrauti, Probota, Suceava, Voronet and Sucevita.

Another site is the Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains, located in the counties of Hunedoara and Alba, which date from the first centuries before and after Christ. The uncommon mélange of military and religious architecture includes: Sarmizegetusa Regia as capital of Dacia, Dacian Fortress Costesti-Cetatuie, Costesti-Blidaru Dacian Fortress, Piatra Rosie Dacian Fortress and the Dacian Fortresses of Banita and Capalna.

The Historic Centre of Sighisoara also hit the list of World Heritage Sites. It is a fortified medieval town located in the county of Mures from the 13th century.

The Danube Delta is the only natural site. It is a biosphere reservation located in Tulcea, the South of Romania.

The medieval fortified churches of Transylvania were built between the 13th and 16th centuries in Alba, Brasov, Harghita, Mures and Sibiu counties. Villages with fortified churches in Transylvania make up the cultural scenery of southern Transylvania: Biertan, Calnic, Darjiu, Prejmer, Saschitz, Valea Viilor and Viscri.

The wooden churches of Maramures from the 17th and 18th centuries: the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Tample in Barsana, the Church of Saint Nicholas in Budesti, Saint Parascheva Church in Desesti, the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin in Ieud Deal, the Church of the Holy Archangels in Plopis, the other Saint Parascheva Church in Poienile Izei and other two Churches of the Holy Archangels in Rogoz and Surdesti.

A work of art of the Brancovenesc flair has also entered the list, the Monastery of Horezu ( Horezu manastire ) in the Valcea county from 1690.

Also considered for nomination, but still on the “tentative list” to accomplish UNESCO world heritage criteria are: the Byzantine Churches of Curtea de Arges, Slatioara Secular Forest, Trei Ierarhi Monastery of Iasi, the Monumental Ensemble of Targu Jiu, Rupestral Ensemble at Basarabi, Densus Church, Neamt Monastery, the Historic Town of Alba Iulia, Cule from Oltenita, the Retezat and Pietrosul Rodnei Massifs, the Sanpetru Formation, the Historic Center of Sibiu.


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Stefania Tripe
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January 9, 2017
Romania has been on my list for a long time, and not only for Vlad Tepes' castle ;-) I've been told it has gorgeous castles, ruins, churches and forests. And very interesting cities with various cultural influences. I didn't know there were 7 Unesco sites! I should definitely visit!

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