As you probably (don’t) know, I visited the Peleş & Pelişor castles and while I was there, I thought a visit to the Transfăgărăşan would be interesting. Now that I’m back, I can share some photos with you, although, nothing compares to seeing the real thing. Leave a comment saying what you think about the pics :
Peleş & Pelişor
Peleş, the summer residence of Romania’s kings is a creation of the taste of King Carol I of Romania (1866-1914) , but also of the knowledge of architects such as Johannes Schulz and Karel Liman , as well as the skill of sevral prestigious decorators : I.D. Heymann of Hamburg, August Bemé of Mainz and Bernhard Ludwing of Vienna. The Peleş Castle can be considered Romania’s most important historical monument. At the same time, it’s one of Europe’s most important monuments of this kind by its historical and artistic value in the second half of the XIXth century.
The construction of the castle began in 1873 and ended in 1914. The total cost was 16 million gold-lei.
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^in the image above you can see some gray silhouettes at the bottom. That’s the effect of movement in an HDR image. And I think the result is pretty interesting. 😀
It means “Over Făgăraş” or DN7C (National Road 7C) , the highest and most dramatic paved road in Romania. Built as a strategic military route, the 90 km of twists and turns run North to South across the tallest sections of the Carpathian Mountains, between the highest peak in the country, Moldoveanu (2545 m), and the second highest, Negoiu (2535 m) . The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Piteşti. The road was constructed between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceauşescu. Because only the construction of the tunel took 400 lives, it is also known as Ceauşescu’s folly.
Mabye the photos aren’t the best you can get, but they give you a taste of what you can expect from these 2 particular locations. My advice : just pack your bags and go visit them in person. You won’t regret it. 🙂