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Rosia Montana! An area of natural beauty. An area of quaint Romanian houses. An area of beautiful Orthodox and Catholic churches. An area with ancient Roman significance. Containing untold artifacts of centuries ago! A museum even stands to admire this!

If you want to go to Romania, Rosia Montana is a place to visit! Not to destroy.

A project to mine gold from that region, first purposed in the communist era, is being considered to go forward which will completely destroy the area.

Cyanide will be used to mine 314 tonnes of gold and 1,500 tonnes of silver in a project that’s owned 80% by foreign non-EU investors.

The government has approved a draft law enabling the mine to be open, Parliament will vote on this law later this month.

Protests in Bucharest reached up to 3,000 people. Protesters also gathered in Cluj. A separate rally against shale gas exploration, drew another 2,000 people onto the streets in the eastern town of Barlad.

Where Shale gas extraction will leave behind a wasteland and polluted waters. Mining could lead to countless archaeological artifacts to be forever lost.

The mining company even admits that large sections of the ancient mines would be destroyed, along with the peaks of four local mountains.

The Romanian media’s propaganda implies that this is needed and wanted for the country when most of the people do not want this. Bribes and corruption are what is helping the projects to go forward. 

Read more: Huffington post, BBC, Petitie, Virtual Tour, More information

Transylvania is steeped in the legend of Dracula, and I have to admit; the first time I visited I was also on a quest to discover just where the count came from. However, once in western Romania I soon realized that there’s far more to do here than hunt vampires. And, if you’re looking for a rustic and rural retreat where you can indulge in nature, architecture and homemade crafts, then heading to Transylvania is perfect. (via Transylvania, Romania – A lot more to it than Dracula |)

  • Transylvania has seen a turbulent past, and has belonged to the Roman Empire, the Gepid Kingdom and the Bulgarian Empire to name but a few. This means that there’s a lot of history to explore, and architectural throwbacks to its previous occupancy can be found everywhere. Over 150 fortified churches are ready to be explored, and I discovered some beautiful buildings in Valea Viilor, Biertan and Viscri. It’s also worth travelling to some of the region’s wonderful cities, including Sibiu; the only Romanian city that’s claimed the accolade of being a European Capital of Culture. Sighisoara has a stunning medieval charm about it, so much so that I felt I’d been transported back in time to medieval times, whilst the Palace of Culture in Targu Mures shouldn’t be missed.
  • There are more than man-made structures to explore in Transylvania too, with its situation on the edge of the Carpathian Mountains offering some stunning scenery and vistas. One of the best ways to indulge in Romania’s nature is to travel to Apuseni Natural Park. Dozens of trails meander through villages, forests, waterfalls and gorges, giving you the ideal way of losing yourself in this incredible wilderness.

photo by SBA73 on Flickr.

Castelul Huniazilor (Huniad Castle) is a Gothic-Renaissance castle in Hunedoara, Transylvania, present day Romania. In February 2007, Hunyad Castle played host to the British paranormal television program Most Haunted Live! for a three-night live investigation into the spirits reported to be haunting the castle.

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