is a network of settlements which work with heritage and culture as sustainable development.
Inspired by the model of , the network includes 12 Transylvanian rural settlements and offers them access to training, exchanges and national and international partnerships, as well as ongoing assistance in their efforts to develop custom heritage interpretation plans. The programme supports local efforts to use heritage and cultural assets for sustainable development, including by building a network of cultural community centres in rural Romania.
Remarkable Romania is developed in partnership Sites et Cités Remarquables de France, National Museum of Liechtenstain and Cluj County Council, under the patronages of the Ministries of Culture in Romania and France. During 2022-2024, Remarkable Romania is financed with the support of the EEA Grants 2014-2021 within the RO-CULTURE Programme.
With a monastic tradition of seven centuries, in the charming landscape of the Iza Valley, the settlement is famous for its wooden monasteries.
Beyond the fir forests, towards the glint of the water where only a quick eye and a nimble step can catch the ripples of light, it is said that the ghosts of the old village roam unhindered.
Beyond the walls of the castle, far from the electric lights of the festival, unknown hands knead, knead and spread aromatic joy on top of which they throw a dusting of colored sugar - gingerbread.
The commune of Bucium stands in the shadow of the two detuned, volcanic rocks with an unusual appearance. Detunata Goala, sharp rocks of andesite and basalt, with the appearance of ribs, represent one of the most important attractions of Alba county.
A flower of legend, which links the town of Ciurila to a walk of the goddess Venus from whose ankle she allegedly fell, Lady's slipper is a wild orchid that blooms in the second part of summer in the protected area of the Dumbrava stream valley.
Up, up on the mountain up. The highest up the mountain of all the hearth places from us. 1360 meters up. Perhaps the closest to heaven, a village that once had eyes in two visions, in two countries.
If you are visiting Mănăstireni, don't be surprised that you are drawn to the kitchens in the village. You can learn a lot from the villagers about how things are going, what the year is like, and what the world is saying, but if you want to learn the really dark secrets, you just have to read the advice on the wall.
Hands that plant, hands that water, hands that weed, hands that tend, hands that pluck, hands that weave. Hands that save old varieties, that rebuild this road year after year, without grumbling, without giving up, without accepting new seeds.
The food had to be commensurate with the work, because everything was hard to come by. Polișneac, baked pies, filled with whatever was found, a homesick food, to satisfy not only the mouth, but also the heart. And those who later left Transylvania further, towards the forests of North America.
From the maelstrom of days to the maelstrom of water, as a reminder. The maelstrom twists and turns the clothes until all traces of toil leave them. It leaves behind only the foam of its movement, nature does not tire, nor does it become dirty, the water continues to flow carelessly, without traces.
Before the bees, monks swarmed these places, the bees being the most spiritual of creatures, and their industriousness often mentioned as a moral value that few people acquire. In this secluded place, on the meadow, in a typical village for the Cluj Hills, lives the largest number of bee families in the entire county.
From 7 meters above the ground I will see you, and here you will not enter. Here we stand, called to defend these lands. If you hear the bell, it's on guard! If you are a local, take shelter on this side of the wall, if you are a Cuman, prepare to receive your payment. We are Teutons, we are here to fight, we are not afraid.