Romania is a fascinating world to discover, highly enjoyable in its charm retained by the traditional rural areas balanced by a uniquely diverse cultural heritage, from the jewel-like painted monasteries to the Transylvanian fortresses evocative of times of yore and of the local Dracula hero, to the French-flair architecture of later centuries. All in attractive scenery of the forest-clad Carpathian Mountains, just to mention a few highlights of the cultural attractions and nature beauty.
Romania offers a large collection of beautiful medieval castles and fortresses that very well illustrates its medieval heritage. Most of them have been built between the 12th and 18th century as strategic points of defense against multiple invaders, those erected after 1800 being more elegant and luxurious.
The painted monasteries of Bucovina are amongst the greatest artistic monuments of Europe. They were painted in the 15th and 16th centuries when Turkish invaders threatened the Principality of Moldavia. Masterpieces of Byzantine Art, they feature vivid portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, images of both angels and demons, heaven and hell, all of them created to educate and entertain the illiterate soldiers and peasants.
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