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Sighisoara Fortress

Sighisoara, judetul Mures

Sighisoara is a medieval fortress with architectural ensembles made in rural Gothic style, but also in Renaissance and Baroque styles, which are the result of a constructive effort appeared later in t [read more]

Cetate, Categoria: Istoric
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Barsana Monastery

judetul Maramures, Maramures

The Monastery “Synaxis of the 12 Holy Apostles" from Barsana is a convent, located at 22 km southeast of the Sighetu Marmatiei city, at the exit of Barsana, to the Slatioara bridge, where t [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios | Biserica, Categoria: Religios
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Voronet Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Founded by Stefan cel Mare, Voronet Monastery church dedicated to "St. Gheorghe" is a synthesis of Byzantine and Gothic elements, made in an original manner. With a brilliant ingenuity, with [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA)

Delta Dunarii, judetul Tulcea

With Romania's adhesion to the Ramsar Convention in 1991, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA) was recognized as a wetland of international importance especially as waterfowl habitat. Taking into ac [read more]

Parc, Categoria: Natura
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Humor Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Situated at a distance of 5 to 6 km of Gura Humorului, Humor Monastery is one of the most famous foundations of the Romanian Middle Ages. It was built in 1530 by Toader Bubuiog, member of the divan of [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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Hurezi (Horezu) Monastery

Horezu, judetul Valcea

Among the historical monasteries, which decorates the Romanian ground, Hurezi Monastery is considered, along with its hermitages, the most representative architecture complex, defining the Brancoveanu [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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Brancovenesti Castle

judetul Mures, Transilvania

AddressLoc. Brancovenesti,

Description

Construction works of the current buildings of the Brancovenesti castle began in the fifteenth century, by Dezsofi Losonczi noble family. The owners of the estate have changed several times over the next 150 years. In 1527 major works were made to the castle.

In 1610 the estate has already appeared as the property of Gabriel Bethlen, prince of Ardeal (Transylvania) and after that taken by Gheorghe Rakoczi I. Got at the throne of Transylvania in 1648, George Rakoczy II donated the estate consisting of 5 villages to a leader of armies, Ioan Kemény. He participated in battles in Poland, where he was taken prisoner by the Tartars, after which he was redeemed.

He became Prince of Transylvania, but died in a battle in 1662 and his enemies devastated the estate from Brancovenesti, also destroyed during the battles led by Francisc Rákóczi II. But every time the family rebuilt the castle.
At the castle from Brancovenesti was founded the Helikon Transylvanian Cultural Association, due to the last count, which had the same name as his ancestor, Ioan Kemeny.

From now on, for 20 years, the castle from Brancovenesti represented the center of the literary meetings of Transylvanian Hungarian writers, and others. War of 1944 hasn’t brought great damages, but after the family abandoned the estate, the population entirely destroyed the castle, which after 1945 became the home for severely mentally handicapped children (function that the castle kept till now). The castle was built on a square plan, with courtyard and corner towers, two larger and two smaller.

Several windows have frames in Renaissance style and above the entrance is built a picturesque balcony on stone consoles, that are found also at the towers floors. The entrance is on the north, by a bridge which crosses the fortress ditch.
Old documents testify that the former fortress from the thirteenth century, surrounded by the grooves of muck was protected by walls and towers positioned below the plateau on which the castle is situated. They were destroyed during the works of reconstruction after the war.

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