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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]

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Maldaresti Museum Complex

Horezu, judetul Valcea

Phone0250 861510
AddressCom. Maldaresti,
Fax0250 861510


Maldaresti Museum Complex was held in a picturesque natural environment at about 3 kilometers from Horezu and gathered together the Mansion Houses (Romanian word "Cula") Greceanu, Duca and Memorial House I.G. Duca, all of which being outstanding monuments of Romanian architecture, in which rural elements from the region are harmoniously intertwined with elements of some constructions with character of fortifications.

On these lands, where legend combines the history, "Cula" Greceanu has its beginnings in the XVI century, when Nan Paharnicul builds a tower of defense, and his nephew, Tudor Maldar, add at the end of the XVIII century, the rest of the construction. Legend says that Tudor Maldar, captain in the army of Mihai Viteazul, gets in the hand of the Tartars, being taken hostage. The khan's daughter fell in love with Tudor Maldar. He manages to escape from the Tartars' hands, and together with the khan's daughter, set in Maldaresti, where (XVII century) build their home.

Regarding the etymology of the word "cula", it derives from the Turkish word "kulea" which designates a tower, and in Romania defines, by extension, a house strengthened in form of a tower, which has as main features a high, massive floor, an access staircase to the floor and the successive withdrawals in height of the wall. This type of construction is widespread in the area of Balkan Peninsula, especially in Serbia, Albania, and Bulgaria.

In Romania it is characteristic only of the Balkan area, Oltenia and Western Muntenia. Built by nobbles from Oltenia, as a defense against the threat of incursion of the armies from Vidin and Ada-Kaleh and of the troops of outlaws, these mansion houses have subsisted until today to make proof of their resistance.

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