For those that follow the news, you will have heard a lot of talk in recent times about Romania in regards to the lifting of restrictions on working in the UK. But how much do you know about the country of Romania? Sadly, it is often overlooked by many as a tourist location, but it is a fascinating and beautiful country that has much to offer to those wishing to visit somewhere a bit different!
Here are some interesting facts about Romania:
The Palace of the Romanian Parliament is the second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon. It is also the heaviest building in the world.
The Gothic Church in Brasov is the largest between Vienna in Austria to the West and Istanbul in Turkey to the East.
The city of Timisoara was the first European city to have electric street lighting, in 1889!
The tallest wooden church in the world is in Sapanta Peri in Northwest Romania.
The film Cold Mountain was filmed in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania.
The Black Church in Brasov has the largest organ in Europe (it has 4000 tubes!)
The statue of King Decebal, which is carved in the bank of the Danube River and stands at 135 feet tall, is the tallest rock sculpture in Europe.
Romania is home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sights.
Romania is also home to the only gold museum in Europe (as in, a museum dedicated to gold, not a museum made of gold…)
The earliest reliably dated human fossils were discovered in Romania in 2002, and are estimated to be between 37,800 and 42,000 years old.
Transylvania hosts the second largest underground glacier in Europe, the Scarisoara glacier.
Romania is the 9th largest wine producer in the world!