Discover Top 10 destinations

1.      Augustin Bunea Museum of History
The “Augustin Bunea” Museum of History in Blaj was founded in 1939 and functioned within the Cultural Palace. In 1974 it was moved to Geoagiu Bogdi Castle, dating from the seventeenth century and also representing the residence of the Greek-Catholic Metropolitan Church. The inventory of the “Augustin Bunea” Museum of History includes more than 1,500 objects, some of them showing the continuity and unity of the Romanian people in the Carpathian-Danubian-Pontic space. “Augustin Bunea” Museum of History possesses also the oldest book ever printed in Blaj.

2.      The Fortified Church of Cârţa
Situated between Sibiu and Brasov, the Fortified Church of Carta is one of the oldest religious settlements in Romania. It dates since 1202, from the time of the Cistercian Monks, who in fact founded several monasteries in Romania and it is representative for the early Gothic style, in Europe. Today, the Fortified Church of Carta preserves only the choir, the apse and south wall of the cells. The church choir consists of arches that join in a keystone which depicts the Virgin Mary, who is also the protector of the religious place. Other decorations of the church are the sunflower plates and round stained glass windows, arranged in six lobes. The former central nave of the Church of Carta houses a cemetery, built in memory of German soldiers fallen in the First World War, during the Battle of Sibiu. In the churchyard, there is also a water mill with little hammers.

3.      The Ardud Fortress Ruins
The Ardud Fortress Ruins can be found at the north-west of the city with the same name, by the Homorod River.Although there is not much left of the old seigniorial fortress of Ardud, you should know that this was one of the most important citadels in Transylvania in medieval times. Nowadays only the ruins and one of the battlements towers remained, but in its maximum glory period it had four defence towers and if necessary, the fortress could shelter even 1,500 warriors.

4.      Székely National Museum
Located in the heart of Szeklers in Sfantu Gheorghe city of Covasna, on Kos Karoly Street number 10, the Museum impresses at first sight by its distinct appearance, white colour and the architecture indicating clearly its Magyar characteristic, with specific Szekler area. It is important to mention the fact that this is one of the oldest museums in the present territory of Romania, but also in this part of Europe, given that it was opened in 1875. Beyond the external aspect, the Museum hosts a true historical, ethnographic and naturalist treasure, in its four sections.

5.      “Tudor Ciortea” Museum
Brasov is a beautiful city, full of history and beautiful buildings. “The First Romanian School” Museum from this locality alone meets these characteristics due to its main building. Built in 1495 and renovated in 1761, the building resembles some of the old Baroque houses with local influences that you can also find nowadays, houses owned by prominent people from all over Romania. The museum hosts several halls, all with their specificity: Anton Pann Hall, Coresi Deacon Hall, “the Book, a national unity factor” Hall, “the Book and the Brasov Scholars” Hall.

6.      The Village Museum from Bran
The Village Museum from Bran is an outdoor museum-document dedicated to the life of peasants in Barsa Country. It comprises almost everything that could give you an insight about how the people in these regions used to live, such as, smaller or larger country houses, timber sawmills driven by water, ​​tools for making clothes, icons, swings and last but not least, a few sheepfolds. The most common constructions are the ones specific to Bran area, the houses with reinforced courtyards, with stables and other outbuildings. They all show originality and the purest rustic old Romanian style.

7.      Astra National Museum Complex
Astra National Museum Complex of Sibiu has not less than four museums: the ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, the Franz Binder Museum of Universal Ethnography, the ASTRA Museum of Transylvanian Civilization, the Emil Sigerus Museum of Saxon Ethnography and Folk Art. The central headquarters is in Sibiu, in Piata Mica number 11, but all its components spread over a much larger area. Here you can see hundreds of peasant houses, from all over Romania, some of them brought directly from thousands of miles away, rustic inns, handicraft workshops, traditional sawmills, looms, pubs, fish markets or several beautiful churches, together with all the household objects meant to help us understand the peasant life.

8.      Mediaş Municipal Museum
Romanian, German and Hungarian history, plus Dacian and primitive history, but also a collection from the natural sciences field, this is what you will find at the Municipal Museum of Medias. The building itself on Mihai Viteazul street, number 46, is not spectacular, but it’s really impressive. An important fact to retain is that formerly it was a medieval Franciscan monastery from around the 1400s and that is bigger from nearby than it looks from a distance. However much more interesting is what you will find inside: more than twenty thousand exhibits of history, ethnography, art or natural sciences: ceramics belonging to one of the most famous Stone Age culture: Cotofeni, but also the Noua culture, traditional costumes, geographical and geological images.

9.      Hârtibaciu Valley Museum
The beautiful building where this museum is located since 1959 hides thousands of pieces. But not the number will impress you, much more important is the value of the exhibits, especially that this museum has a massive Saxon component, given the specific area. The most valuable part of the museum is undoubtedly the collection of nearly seven hundred books and manuscripts in German language, most of them old or very old and some considered unique by specialists. In addition, it also contains a large number of publications in Romanian language, some from ancient times, others from modern times.

10.     The National Museum of Union
The Museum of Union in Alba Iulia is one of the largest and more complex museums in Romania due to its history, archaeology and ethnography collections.Built in the nineteenth century and serving as a housing complex for the Austro-Hungarian army officers, presently called “Casa Babylon” (Babylon House), its aspect is similar on the one hand with a British castle, those with no sharp top, and on the another hand with an old university in the West. In this museum you can find from the tools from the primitive commune, to some of the documents of the Great Union of 1918. Perhaps the most impressive is, however, the collection of over 55,000 books, from the oldest to the newest. Not as many, but certainly interesting are the prehistoric objects – made of stone, bone, copper or iron. Then follow other objects from the ancient inhabitants of these lands – the Dacians. All weapons, ornaments and vessels of our ancestors come from Craiva, Cugir and Capalna Fortresses.

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