Tour Highlights

The 25 sites listed by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage are situated throughout the historical provinces of Romania.

The wooden Churches of Maramures were built after the Hungarian King forbade the people in this area to build stone churches which could have been used as fortifications like the ones built by the Saxons in Transilvania.

The painted churches from Bucovina were built in a very unusual style. Gothic elements are used for rising Byzantine churches and therefore the churches look very distinct because of this mixture between the main eastern and western architectural styles in the middle ages. But their main attraction is not the building style, it consists in the peculiar way the churches were covered on the outside walls with paintings for the people who came in large numbers to the service and did not fit in the church, having to attend the service from outside and mostly not being able to hear anything. Therefore, the outside frescoes on those churches replace the words of the priests being religious scenes but mixed with day to day and battle scenes as well. In Transilvania, the main focus of UNESCO relies on the Saxon fortress churches. The Saxons, after settling in Transilvania in the early 11th century, started to build fortified cities while the people in the villages fortified their churches against migratory people. Only a few of the over 500 German fortifications are now listed by UNESCO but probably the most representative is the city of Sighisoara, as the fortress is considered the best preserved, continuously inhabited, early middle age city in Europe.

In Valahia we can admire the only genuine Romanian architectural style – the Brancovenesc style – at the Horezu Monastery. This style was named after the Valahian Ruler – Constantin Brancoveanu who introduced it in many religious constructions erected at the turn of the 17th century.

Last but not least, in Dobrogea, the Danube Delta is listed by UNESCO as Natural World Heritage, one of the most impressive natural parks with unaccountable species of animals, plants and insects, a paradise for fishermen, birdwatchers or just nature lovers.