Romania Wonderful places Texas Library Association 2011 Annual Conference
The territory of Romania is characterised by an aproximately equal repartition of the three existing forms of relief: - 35% mountains (more precisely The Carpathians, also known as the Alps from Transylvania) -35% hills and plateaus -30% plains Demographics dates: 21, 680 ,974 inhabitants Romanians – 89.5% Hungarians - 6.6% Gypsies (rromi) – 1.1% 91% are romanian language speakers 86.7% are orthodoxes christians
Throughout the periods of time, the present teritory of Romania hasn’t had a peaceful history , being plundered by numerous migrating peoples . Romania became a sovereign state in 1859 and got its independence in 1 8 78 . A little history... The roots of our nation are latin, the result of joining of Dacians (the inhabitants of old Dacia) and Romans. The “ancerstors” of Romanian people
After the World War II, the history of Romania became famous especially due to the infractions of the ex- comunist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was to be eliminated from gouverning in December 1989, due to a huge street revolt. At January, 1st, 2007 Romania adhered to the European Union.
You can admire famous sculptures such as Gate of the Kiss, The endless column and Table of Silence , made by our internationally renowned Romanian sculptor, CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI (1876-1957) – the artist of the XXth century , who wish to sculpture the light .
Often regarded as the most famous and influential Romanian poet, M IHAI EMINESCU ( 1850-1889 ) had a heavy word in our culture. He is also considered the “ godfather of the modern Romanian language ” . GEORGE ENESCU (1881-1955) - the musician that composed the Romanian Rapsody that you are listening now and which is the Romanian equivalent of the Blue Rapsody by George Gershwin. On the list of the Nobel Prize winners there are three personalities of Romanian origin: Herta Muller (writer), Ellie Wiesel (writer and journalist) and George E. Palade (doctor).
ROMANIA a country with picturesque monasteries and authentic customs
The Romanian Orthodoxe monasteries and churches pervade the entire Romania . T he most important painted monasteries that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage are Moldovita, Sucevita and Voronet from Bucovina and t he most impressive ones, are, by far, the wooden churches from Maramures . Fresco with the unique blue of Voroneţ
Romanian ceramic saucers Perhaps nothing can better illustrate the spirit of a people than its ancient traditions and customs. The western traveller will be surprised to discover in Romania a place full of legends, myths and traditions kept throughout centuries .
The C ALUSHARI represent the participants to the dance of Calush, a traditional Romanian dance, present from ancient times in Moldavia and Transylvania, but which is still danced today only in Muntenia and Oltenia.
Romanians like to eat, and they eat a lot with a great diversity. One of the most common meals is the mămăliga , a cornmeal mush that has become very appreciated in recent times and sarmale .
Wine is the main drink and has a tradition of over two millennia. Pork is the main meat used in Romanian cuisine, especially in winter periods.
One of the most representative places from Romania is the Danube Delta, well known for its fauna and flora and for the fact that it’s the second largest river delta in Europe, after the Volga Delta, and it’s the best preserved on the continent. Amazing landscapes...
We can proudly say that Romania is like Heaven on Earth , and we hope you’ll get to know and visit as many wonderful places in our country as you can. The Romanian public libraries are looking forward to offering you supplementary information!