Romania is a country rich in culture and traditions, and in terms of tourism, it is known for the story of Count Dracula and the Transylvanian villages that have kept their customs and simple life of yesteryear. However, there are some lesser known things about Romania that might surprise you.
What are the most unusual things little known about Romania
In addition to the only inhabited fortress in Europe, Bran Castle and the Danube Delta reservation, Romania is proud of its many European and international achievements. Information about the history of Romanians and about places in Romania that are unique, all were included in a unique list of 10 lesser known things about our country that will make you love it even more.
The smallest banknote in the world
Did you know that in 1917 a Romanian banknote measuring 27.5 and 38 millimeters, respectively, was put into circulation? The Romanian 10 bani banknote from 1917 is the smallest banknote in the world. It was issued by King Ferdinand I and entered the Book of Records.
The most expensive newspaper in the world
In 2007, the world’s most expensive newspaper was purchased for about 800,000 euros. The newspaper is called Zimbrul şi Vulturul and is a Romanian copy dating from 1858. The value of the object is given by the eight stamps from the second issue of Cap de bour applied on the first page.
The only museum dedicated to gold
In Romania, there is the only museum dedicated to gold in Europe. The Gold Museum is located in Bran and boasts almost 2,000 gold exhibits from all over the world. Romania is also recognized in Europe as the country with the most gold resources.
The tallest stone sculpture
The tallest stone sculpture in Europe is found in Romania. The statue embodies the Dacian king Decebalus and is 55 meters high. The statue of Decebalus is one of the largest tourist attractions in western Romania and is preserved in excellent condition to this day.
The narrowest street
In Romania there is a street that is about 1.20 meters wide. Sforii Street in Brașov is the third narrowest street in Europe and is 80 meters long. Also in Brașov can be seen the largest organ in Europe located in a chapel inside the Black Church.
About the tallest wooden church in the world
Romania is home to the tallest wooden church in the world. The place of worship is located in Maramureș, it is called Săpânța-Peri Monastery and is 78 meters high. The beauty of the settlement is given by the details and the tranquility that surrounds it.
The first city with electric lighting
Timisoara was the first city in continental Europe to have electrically lit streets. The event took place on November 12, 1884, when 731 electric lamps were lit in Timișoara, a premiere in Europe, which transformed the city on the Bega into the first electric lighting city in Europe. At night, even the narrowest streets became bright spots on the city map, thanks to the incandescent lamps with carbon filament, increasing the protection but also the comfort of those who walked.
One of the densest transport networks
Bucharest’s surface transport network is one of the densest in Europe, carrying about two million passengers a day.
The only whole papyrus in Europe
The only whole papyrus in Europe was discovered in Romania. It is written in ancient Greek, dates from the 4th century BC and was discovered in Mangalia in 1959. The papyrus was sent to Moscow in the same year for restoration and preservation and to be deciphered. He was returned to Romania in 2011.
Romanian language, 1,700 years old
The Romanian language is approximately 1,700 years old. That it is old would not be who knows what laurel motif, but it is old in that way that, if we had traveled through time in Wallachia 600 years ago, it would not have been particularly difficult for us to understand what they were. said one like Mircea the Elder to his soldiers. It may seem obvious to you, but the truth is that very few languages in the world have kept their entire “trunk”. Shakespeare’s or Napoleon’s language cannot boast of such a state of preservation.