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Tales, History & Religion

Citadels of Transylvania
January 5, 2019
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Unspoiled nature. The Carpathians
January 5, 2019

Transylvania stands as a multi-denominational European region rich in diverse Christian traditions and culture.

A diverse multi-denominational European region, in Transylvania you can find towns with orthodox, latin and greek-catholic, calvinist, lutheran and unitarian churches close one to another.

Transylvania is the place where, under harsh circumstances, the Romanian national consciousness developed in the 18th century just to be politically accomplished with the unification of all the Romanian provinces in 1918. It is no wonder, therefore, that Transylvania was the most disputed of these. The healing, relentless passing of time tamed ancient disputes. Nowadays we enjoy the masterworks inherited from past generations of Romanians, Hungarians, Saxons and Szeklers of Transylvania.

While travelling in-between these pulsing Transylvanian cities, a short trip to Blaj - a modest village by the end of Middle Ages - unveils how much was marked by humbleness, diligence and courage the rebirth of the Romanian soul three centuries ago, which started from here, with ”The Schools of Blaj”.

A few tens of kilometers away from Blaj, in Alba Iulia, stands the proud Austrian citadel of Alba Carolina, built by the Austrian Habsburgs in the 18th century, after their takeover of Transylvania. On December 1st, 1918, after the end of the WWI, at Alba Iulia took place the Great National Assembly which proclaimed the union of Transylvania with the Kingdom of Romania.

January 28, 2020
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Voronet, a medieval witness of piety and glory

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January 10, 2020
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VIDEO. Stephen the Great’s resounding victory over the Ottomans in the 1475 Battle of Vaslui.

Jan. 10, 1475, 545 years ago. Stephen the Great, prince of Moldavia, defeated a large Ottoman army in the Battle of Vaslui (or the Battle of […]
December 7, 2019

VIDEO. Blessed Iuliu Hossu – an exceptional secret recording

In 1970, though surveilled and harassed by Securitate, Cardinal Iuliu Hossu secretly recorded an exceptional “reenactment” of the most important moment of Romania’s history: he reread […]
November 2, 2019
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Nov.1 All Saints’ Day in Orthodox communities from Transylvania

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September 28, 2019

A life rhythmed by prayers. A touching inscription on a Viscri house

“When I wake up at dawn I think of You, Lord.Late in the evening, while I am sleeping, please, my Lord, think of me.” – Anno […]
May 21, 2019
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A great 3-day private tour in Transylvania, just after the Sibiu summit

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January 22, 2019
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The Noon Bell and the Feast of Transfiguration – John Hunyadi’s legacies of his victory over the Turks in Belgrade, 1456

The Noon Bell (the custom of ringing the church bells at noon during Angelus prayer) and the Feast of Transfiguration (which is observed on 6th of […]
January 16, 2019
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The Raven, the Ring, the King: Legends of John Hunyadi

Facts, legends and suppositions about John Hunyadi's ancestry.
January 15, 2019

Stavropoleos. The Jewel within the Very Heart of the City

It is one of the most beautiful churches in Bucharest.
November 7, 2018

Blaj, the Resurgence of the Romanian Nation

The Greek-Catholic cultural and national movement of Blaj (Transylvania) was later embraced by the other Romanian provinces and shaped the country of today.
October 26, 2018

Carta Abbey – Cistercians’ easternmost outpost in Europe

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