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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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The Ottoman Citadel

Timisoara, judetul Timis


During Ottoman occupation, Timisoara was divided in citadel, city and suburbs. In the center there was the castle where the Caimacan lived, a Turkish governor. City suburbs were divided in the Island and the Rascian City, name given by Orthodox Habsburgs.

In front of the Ottoman Castle there was a water tower, with four defensive towers and united with the citadel through a wall. The Water Tower was for the Ottoman army a strategic point of the city, and was the first point conquered by the Turks when they besieged the citadel, managing to cut the link between the citadel and the city, kneeling the defense. The city was surrounded by a wall with high palisades of wattle with clay, after which a row of deep trenches followed, filled with Timis’s river water.

In the city only the Ottomans lived and had many mosques wich impressed by their size, being the highest buildings in town.
Orthodox and Catholics lived in the suburbs and had their own churches. The entrance of the Ottoman fortress was made via the 5 gateways: Azab Gateway to South (Azab Kapi), Azab Gate to East, Cocosului Gate (Horror Kapi or OrosCapisi at north), Apei Gate (Vizi Kapu or Soukapi), Parti Gate (Parti Kapu).

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