21st December 1989
4 days later he was executed
after the Xmas Revolution
Some say this is untrue and that he died
8 years ago in Brazil
Either way - Good riddance to bad rubbish !!
Rot in hell Ceausescu, where you belong !
The Palace of Culture (Romanian: Palatul Culturii) is one of the largest buildings of Romania, located in the city of Iasi.
The building hosts four different museums: The Museum of History, The Museum of Art, The Museum of Ethnography, and The Museum of Science and Technology (named after Stefan Procopiu).
The construction was started in 1906, on the old ruins of the Royal Court of Moldavia, by orders from King Carol I, but during World War I, the construction halted due to the limitation of resources. The monument was finished in 1925 and was inaugurated the following year by King Ferdinand.
Three architects were assigned to plan the building (Xenopol, Cerchez, and I. D. Berindei) and they designed it in flamboyant neo-gothic style. The Palace has 298 large rooms with a total area of 36,000 m² (387,500 ft²), 92 windows in the front part of the building and another 36 inside the building.
Up until 1955, the building served as the main courthouse of the county, with an interruption in World War II, when it was used by German, and later, Soviet troops. From 1975 to 1977, the Palace had its top floor renovated, as wooden structures were replaced in favour of cement and steel. Since 1977 the building has served as a museum.
There are another 42 peaks between the heights of 2400 and 2500m. To continue the list of outstanding data: this is the location of the most dense water network in the country exceeding the values of 0.8km/skm.
The highest lake is in the Hărtopul Leaotei glacial valley. Mioarelor is at 2282 m. The largest lake is Bâlea, encompassing 4.65 has. The deepest glacial lake is Podragu, 15.5 m deep. The climate is severe with sub polar traits. Temperature is in inverse proportions to height. The annual average is -2 Celsius centigrade, ranging between +20 and -38 centigrades.
A clear blue sky is a rare sight. The mountain makes its own clouds. This is the place with the highest amount of rainfall, reaching an annual 1400 mm. In the winter avalanches are frequent, blocking even the transfagaras highway, which dates back to 1974. However, this is the only place where we can watch the enchanting cascades of surging fog, which make the heights endless, enwrap the rocks in a mysterious contour, and then in an unexpectedly open a window on the world below, where the ivy green meadows are bathed in sunshine.
Tourist lodges keep popping up and disappearing as time passes by. However, all of them are checkpoints in trails. So even if some of them disappeared the place is still named after them. One more thing: it is always difficult to decide how to tour these mountains: from one tourist lodge to the other or simply carry along everything we might need. Tourist lodges are at a1500m distance from each other, but, backpacks can be really heavy. Whichever you choose it must be done. You should not miss out on the unforgettable experience Fagaras offers you.
Vlad Tepes was imprisoned here during his youth for 7 years.
This castle is a solid rock fortress fiercely built by Turkish
prisoners. Holds 3 huge pointed towers, a drawbridge and
high battlements, 5 marble columns with delicate ribbed
vaults support two halls, and Knight's Hall. 50 rooms today
houses a feudal art museum. It served as a fortress until mid
the 14th Century when it became the residence of
Transylvania's ruler, Iancu de Hunedoara. Iancu upgraded
the fortress and it soon became known as the most beautiful
castle in Transylvania. Today you can see its Gallery,
Maces Tower, the Knights Hall, the Council Hall, Chapel,
and 100 ft courtyard.
Sighisoara is considered to be the most beautiful and
well preserved inhabited citadel in Europe,
with an authentic medieval architecture.
In Eastern Europe, Sighisoara is one of the few,
and in Romania the only fortified town which is
still inhabited. The town is made up of two parts.
The medieval stronghold was built on top of a hill
and is known as the "Citadel" (Cetate).
The lower town lies in the valley of Tarnava
The houses inside Cetate/Sighisoara Citadel show
the main features of a craftsmen's town. However, there
are some houses which belonged to the former patriciate,
like the Venetian House and the House with Antlers.
"The House with Antlers" has been brought into the
possession of the Messerschmitt Foundation with
the help of the Romanian Government and the
town council of Sighişoara in April 2000, defrauding
the legitimate heirs, the descendants Leicht-Bacon
(with English roots), who are mentioned in the cadaster
of Sighişoara as owners before the communist
dispossession of 1950.
In 2001-2003 the illegal construction of a Dracula theme
park in the 'Breite' nature preserve near Sighişoara was
considered but ultimately rejected, due to strong
opposition of local civil society and national and
international media as well as politically influential
persons, as the theme park would have detracted
from the medieval style of the city and would have
destroyed the nature preserve.