RomaniaRomania-- the 9the 9ththlargest country oflargest country ofthe European Union bythe European Union byarea, with more than 19area, with more than 19million peoplemillion people
"… why should"… why should you go toyou go to““The straight answer isThe straight answer isbecause it is one of thebecause it is one of themost beautiful countriesmost beautiful countriesof Southeast Europe."of Southeast Europe."(The Blue Guide)(The Blue Guide)""Romania has majesticRomania has majesticcastles, medieval towns,castles, medieval towns,great hiking andgreat hiking andwildlife…"wildlife…"(The Lonely Planet)(The Lonely Planet)""Outstanding landscapes,Outstanding landscapes,a huge diversity ofa huge diversity ofwildlife…“ (The Roughwildlife…“ (The RoughGuide)Guide)Romania?Romania?
Population:Population: Religion: Orthodox (87%)Religion: Orthodox (87%) Official language: Romanian.Official language: Romanian. Many Romanians also speak English,Many Romanians also speak English,French or GermanFrench or German Capital: Bucharest, 2 mil inhabitantsCapital: Bucharest, 2 mil inhabitants Form of government: republicForm of government: republic
Voroneţ – protected by UNESCO, known as the “Sixtine Chapel of theVoroneţ – protected by UNESCO, known as the “Sixtine Chapel of theEast” - magnificant frescoes on the west wall, a representation of the “LastEast” - magnificant frescoes on the west wall, a representation of the “LastJudgement”.Judgement”.
The FortressThe Fortressof Fagarasof Fagaras Political, cultural,Political, cultural,economic andeconomic andadministrativeadministrativecentre of the regioncentre of the region Residence ofResidence ofTransylvanian andTransylvanian andVallachian princes, theVallachian princes, thefortified feudalfortified feudalcomplex is locatedcomplex is locatedright in the city centreright in the city centrebeing the only citadelbeing the only citadelof this type preservedof this type preservedin Romania.in Romania.
The Land of FagarasThe Land of Fagaras Right in central Romania, locatedRight in central Romania, locatedalong the middle course of Riveralong the middle course of RiverOlt it has been included in theOlt it has been included in theEDEN network of EuropeanEDEN network of Europeandestinations of excellence at thedestinations of excellence at theEDEN annual meeting in October,EDEN annual meeting in October,2012, in Brussels.2012, in Brussels.
Bâlea Lake-glaciar LakeBâlea Lake-glaciar LakeIn 2006, the first ice hotel inEastern Europe was built inthe neighborhood of thelake.
Bucegi Sphinx-is a rock formation, the result oferosion and varying hardness of the rock layers
TransfăgărăşanTransfăgărăşan road is the highest (2000m) androad is the highest (2000m) andmost dramatic paved road in Romaniamost dramatic paved road in RomaniaThe road provides access to Bâlea Lakeand Bâlea Waterfall.
Brâncoveanu OrthodoxBrâncoveanu OrthodoxMonastery, Sambata de SusMonastery, Sambata de Sus..
An Authentic RomanianAn Authentic RomanianSpiritual SettlementSpiritual Settlement Founded in 1696 byFounded in 1696 byConstantinConstantinBrancoveanu, ruler ofBrancoveanu, ruler ofTara RomaneascaTara Romaneasca(1688-1714), it has(1688-1714), it hasbeen a center ofbeen a center ofspirituality and culturespirituality and culturefor the Romanianfor the Romanianpopulation of Land ofpopulation of Land ofFagaras.Fagaras.
The Rupestral Monastery atThe Rupestral Monastery atŞinca VecheŞinca Veche An old place whereAn old place wherehermits in the pasthermits in the pastled their lives in anled their lives in anarchaic manner at aarchaic manner at ahigh spiritual level.high spiritual level. "The Temple of"The Temple ofWishes"Wishes"
CârtaCârta LutheranLutheran MonasteryMonastery Is a formerIs a formerCistercianCistercianmonastery, currentlymonastery, currentlyan Evangelicalan Evangelicalchurch belonging tochurch belonging tothe local Saxonthe local Saxoncommunitycommunity
Sâmbăta de Jos StudSâmbăta de Jos Stud A place with vastA place with vastpastures, freshpastures, freshmountain air andmountain air andclear spring water,clear spring water,the oldest andthe oldest andlargest farm of itslargest farm of itskind in Europe,kind in Europe,hosting more thanhosting more than350 horses.350 horses...
A Historical and EthnographicalA Historical and EthnographicalRegion of TransylvaniaRegion of Transylvania ..
A Group of Romanian Lads fromA Group of Romanian Lads fromA Village Near FagarasA Village Near Fagaras……
Vlad the Impaler and the LandVlad the Impaler and the Landof Fagarasof Fagaras"I,Vlad, prince and voivode and"I,Vlad, prince and voivode andgreat prince Vlads son, holdinggreat prince Vlads son, holdingrule and reigning over the wholerule and reigning over the wholecountry of Hungro-Wallachia,country of Hungro-Wallachia,Amlas and Fagaras"Amlas and Fagaras"(a 1460 document )(a 1460 document )
TraditionsTraditions They are as old as the RomanianThey are as old as the Romanianpeople themselves: almost twopeople themselves: almost twothousand years!thousand years! Music and dance, woodworking,Music and dance, woodworking,tapestries and clothing, icon andtapestries and clothing, icon andeastern egg painting, ceramics, foodeastern egg painting, ceramics, foodand drinks - all inherited from ourand drinks - all inherited from ourancestors - co-habited with the modernancestors - co-habited with the modernurban life style.urban life style.
Romanian folkloreRomanian folklore A feature of Romanian culture is theA feature of Romanian culture is thespecial relationship between folklorespecial relationship between folkloreand the learned culture. The ruraland the learned culture. The ruralcharacter of the Romaniancharacter of the Romaniancommunities resulted in ancommunities resulted in anexceptionally vital and creativeexceptionally vital and creativetraditional culture.traditional culture. The dances are lively and are practicedThe dances are lively and are practicedby a large number of professional andby a large number of professional andamateur groups;amateur groups; HoraHora is one of theis one of themost famous group dances but mensmost famous group dances but mensfolk dances such asfolk dances such as CăluşariCăluşari areareextremely complex and have beenextremely complex and have beendeclared by UNESCO to bedeclared by UNESCO to be"Masterpieces of the Oral and"Masterpieces of the Oral andIntangible Heritages of Humanity".Intangible Heritages of Humanity". Romanians have had, fromRomanians have had, fromimmemorial times, a myriad ofimmemorial times, a myriad ofcustoms, tales and poems about love,customs, tales and poems about love,faith, kings, princesses, and witches.faith, kings, princesses, and witches.
RomanianRomanian TraditionalTraditional MusicMusic Music and dance represent a lively part of theMusic and dance represent a lively part of theRomanian folklore and there are a great variety ofRomanian folklore and there are a great variety ofmusical genres and dances. Party music is verymusical genres and dances. Party music is verylively and shows lots of American, French,lively and shows lots of American, French,Hispanic, Italian and German influences.Hispanic, Italian and German influences. Sentimental music, however, is the most valued,Sentimental music, however, is the most valued,and Romanians consider theirand Romanians consider their doinadoina (a sad song(a sad songeither about ones home or about love, composedeither about ones home or about love, composedlike an epic ballad) unique in the world.like an epic ballad) unique in the world. Maria TănaseMaria Tănase is considered to be one of theis considered to be one of thegreatest Romanian folk singers, capable ofgreatest Romanian folk singers, capable oftransmitting strong emotions to the listeners be ittransmitting strong emotions to the listeners be ita joyful party song or a traditional sad doina shea joyful party song or a traditional sad doina shewas singing.was singing.
The School We RepresentThe School We Represent- the oldest institution of secondarythe oldest institution of secondaryeducation in the old town of Fagaras,education in the old town of Fagaras,founded in 1869;founded in 1869;- between 1919-1940 this school wasbetween 1919-1940 this school wasknown as an elite high school. In thoseknown as an elite high school. In thosedays there were only 25 such schools indays there were only 25 such schools inthe whole country…the whole country…
The school wasThe school wasfounded on the 13th offounded on the 13th ofSeptember 1869 by theSeptember 1869 by theTransylvanian scholarTransylvanian scholarIon Codru DrIon Codru Drăăguguşşanu.anu.
Ion Codru DrIon Codru Drăăguguşşanu (1818-anu (1818-1884) was a Romanian1884) was a Romanianwriter from Transylvania,writer from Transylvania,and also a famous journalistand also a famous journalistand politician.and politician.
The high school started its activityThe high school started its activityagain in 1898 after the authoritiesagain in 1898 after the authoritieshad approved of the setting up of ahad approved of the setting up of ahigh school of boys in Fagaras, calledhigh school of boys in Fagaras, called‘Radu Negru’. ‘Radu Negru’.
Along the years the high-Along the years the high-school has kept its excellentschool has kept its excellentreputation inspired by itsreputation inspired by itsfounder, Ion Codrufounder, Ion CodruDraguseanu.Draguseanu.
The best result was that of Dan Nicuşor whoThe best result was that of Dan Nicuşor whoin 1987 got:in 1987 got:-- the 1st Prize at the International Olympicsthe 1st Prize at the International Olympicsin Mathematics in Havana (Cuba)in Mathematics in Havana (Cuba)- the 1st Prize at the Mathematics- the 1st Prize at the MathematicsCompetition in Balkans in AthensCompetition in Balkans in Athens(Greece).(Greece).In 1988 he gotIn 1988 he got the 1st Prizethe 1st Prize at theat theInternational Olympics in Mathematics inInternational Olympics in Mathematics inSydney (Australia).Sydney (Australia).
Since 2011, the National CollegeSince 2011, the National CollegeRadu Negru Has Got Primary andRadu Negru Has Got Primary andSecondary ClassesSecondary Classes1. Primary classes2. Lower secondary classes (5th -8thgrades)3. Upper secondary classes (9th-12thgrades):- two Mathematics - ComputerTechnology Classes, Englishintensive,- one Mathematics - ComputerTechnology,Informatics intensive,- one Social Science Class- one Natural Science Class
Other important people whoOther important people whohave shaped theirhave shaped theirpersonalities here are:personalities here are:LaurentiuLaurentiuStrezaStreza, themetropolitanBishop ofTransylvania.He studied herebetween 1961 and1965.
Valeriu LiteratValeriu LiteratHe was a teacherHe was a teacherbetween 1920 and 1942.between 1920 and 1942.He was a priest and aHe was a priest and ahistorian.historian.
He studied here betweenHe studied here between1920 and 1942.1920 and 1942.He was a sculptor, a poetHe was a sculptor, a poetand a teacher.and a teacher.Virgil FuliceaVirgil Fulicea
A CA Center ofenter of CulturalCultural LLifeifeOver the decades, the National College “RaduOver the decades, the National College “RaduNegru“Negru“ has becomehas become an important culturalan important culturalfactor, the center of spiritual life infactor, the center of spiritual life in thetheCountry ofCountry of Fagaras.Fagaras.Every year 500 students sign up for thisEvery year 500 students sign up for thisschool..school..““ Radu Negru” has always been appreciatedRadu Negru” has always been appreciatedfor its outcomes.for its outcomes.