Romania is a place worth visiting both because of the splendor of the scenic landscapes and because of the historical load rediscovered at each step. As the great values of society are forgotten, so are the buildings that made history. They are buried by the mists of time, not few being the buildings found on the list of historical monuments that today represent no interest for society.
Whether we are talking about mansions, castles, or houses built in the architectural style of old ages, these buildings carry in their walls, more or less affected by time, the stamp of our identity as a nation. These constructions scattered in all the corners of Romania recall the specifics of yesteryear, and also remind us that we are not the generation who will disconnect the wires which connects us to the past.
Cetatea de Baltă is a village at 60 km from Alba-Iulia that is documented in 1197. Under this settlement you can visit the Bethlen-Haller Castle. The Renaissance construction dates from the late 16th century, but the current form is placed under the guardianship of the year 1773. Those who pass its threshold can observe the evolution of the four centuries: from the Renaissance construction to Baroque elements, culminating with modern decorations.Today the castle is a private property, but it can be visited at request.
Cei care-i trec pragul pot observa evoluția celor patru secole: de la construcția renascentină, la elemente de baroc culminând cu decorațiuni moderne. În prezent castelul este trecut în proprietatea privată, dar poate fi vizitat la cerere.
In Alba county you can also visit the Mansion Thoroczkay-Rudnyánszky from Colţeşti. This mansion was built in the early 19th century by order of Torockószentgyörgyof Thoroczkay family. At the same time, the family who owned the estate of the two villages Colţeşti and Rimetea, built the Viktor Thoroczkay Castle, which today, unfortunately,cannot be visited. Alba county is closely linked to the past and the existence of other monuments which, having faced the fury of the ages, have come today to delight the rural landscape.
At about 10 km from the Arad city you can find the Fântânele Commune, where from the beginning of the 19th century, the Kover-Appel Castle can be seen by visitors. The building was built in neoclassical – baroque style, and contains an architecture specific to the mansions of the time.
In Arad you can also admire perhaps one of the most sensitive places in Romania, with a historical and sentimental significance and this is the Săvârşin Castle. It was decorated under the strict supervision of Queen Elena. At Săvârşin dwells a little part of Romanian royalty. In 2009 Săvârşin Castle hosted the “Dorel Sibii” National Festival of Literature. The royal domain is an example of continuance over time.
Maramureş County also cannot be outdone when it comes to monuments that have witnessed many auspicious or negative moments in our country’s history. Once you are here you should know that not only Maramures pălinca, specific eating, and traditions can indulge your soul, but also a number of monuments that few people have heard of. We can name the Teleki castle of the famous Teleki family from Pribileşti, the senior Blomberg house in Gâdani, etc.
Besides these ones, there are also many other constructions in the Carpatho–Danubian expansion, waiting to tell their storiesfor centuries. “Monumenteuitate.ro” started a project that unearthed monuments overlooked by tourists, and even by the authorities in some cases. Regardless of the places you choose to spend your holidays, do not avoid to write in your objectives list these places which are so important for our identity as a nation. Knowing your past means offering your ancestors the respect they deserve, but it is also a symbol of national unity and solidity.Know your country and you will know yourself!
Mihaela – Ștefania Puțeanu (translated by Eulalia Jitaru)