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Thearchitecturalheritage ofRimeteaBY BUCHAREST ETWINNING TEAM
The architectural heritage of Rimetea constitutesthe largest vernacular architectural heritage ofthe region formed of about 201 traditionalbuildings (out of the existing 315properties), 170 of which are historic buildingswith individual architectural and ethnographicalvalue. The buildings placed on a historicallyvaluable street pattern - divided to socialneighborhoods - are grouped around squaresand in rows of houses forming homogeneousensembles surrounded by a natural landscape ofan exceptional beauty.
Architectural and urban value of the settlement structureorganized according to a medieval pattern, conserved almostunchanged during more than 600 years that derives from thetraditional plot arrangement and land use. The streetstructure, the arrangement of the main and ancillarybuildings as well as the use of courtyards are a uniquesynthesis of multiple cultural, social and historical effects. Amedieval serf community that built its local economy on ironmining an manufacture of national importance created asettlement pattern comparable to those of medieval townsthat is developing having a double character of a bourgeois-industrial town with its characteristic functions and of avillage defined by its agricultural character and richethnographical heritage. Ethnographical value deriving fromthe movable heritage that belongs to historic buildings, suchas painted local furniture (unique and characteristic to theplace), local embroidery, very special and ornate traditionalcostumes.
Artistic, historic and ethnographic valueof the cemetery, that is an example for aunique burial method connected to themining past of the village, containing alarge number of gravestones that are thefine examples of local art andethnography over a span of 300 years.The graves exhibit different expressionways and styles that document the veryrich history of the local community.