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Transylvania and the Gothic Imagination.

A short series of photographs from my recent travels in central Romania.

Top to bottom, left to right: Mausoleum in Cluj-Napoca Cemetery, Church of Saint Nicholas in Brasov, Clock Tower of Sighisoara Citadel, Chandelier in The Dormiton of the Theotokos Cathedral, A corridor to a study in Pelisor Castle, The Church on the Hill in Sighisoara, two interiors - the grand entry, and a sitting room, in Peles Castle, Sinaia.

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Romanian architect Vlad Rusu has resurrected a “cultural palace” that was originally built in the 1930s but has sat in ruin for 20 years after being ravaged by fire. Rusu won a competition to overhaul the ageing structure in Blaj, a small city in central Romania. The aim was to create a multipurpose space suitable for a wide variety of events, from theatre performances to exhibitions and conferences.

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We all know Gara de Nord in northern Bucharest. But did you know Bucharest almost had a Central station along the Dâmbovița river? Unfortunately it never got built. The building would’ve been spectaculair. The French architect Alexandre Marcel had great plans for it. And after Marcel, Victor Stefanescu tried to draw a new train station for the Romanian capital. But it was not to be.

The Kilometre Zero monument (Romanian: Kilometrul Zero) located in central Bucharest, Romania, in front of Saint George’s Church, was created by Constantin Baraski in 1938.

The distances from Bucharest to other cities in Romania are measured from this monument. It is divided into eight sections, each representing a Romanian historical province: Muntenia, Dobrogea, Bessarabia, Moldavia, Bucovina, Transylvania, Banat and Oltenia. Among the cities inscribed on it are also Chişinău, Orhei, Tighina, which are currently in the Republic of Moldova, as well as Silistra and Dobrich (Bazargic) in Bulgaria, which were part of Greater Romania from 1913 to 1940.

Text source: Wikipedia

Image: IARD Photography

September 3, 1916 - Central Powers Invade Romania, Bulgarians Bomb Bucharest

Pictured - Not as easy as they’d hoped.

Ethnic Romanians welcomed the advancing army that invaded Transylvania, giving hope to Bucharest’s plan for a short war to grab long-desired territory.  Unfortunately, while the Romanian Army’s plan fulfilled territorial goals, strategically it left much to be desired.  On September 3 the first counter-attack came from the Central Powers in the south, where Bulgarian soldiers crossed the border and their planes bombed the Romanian capital.  Soon the Germans and Austro-Hungarians would be pushing back Romania’s advances in the north as well.  Bucharest pleaded with Britain and France for aid.  The British began another battle on the Somme, at Guillemont, in response, while the French sent thousands of tons of aid, everything from rifles to grenades to helmets.