Having a hard time deciding where to go on vacation? We might just come up with a solution for you! Romania is a little piece of paradise in south-eastern Europe.
Romania might not be well known, but it is most definitely interesting to visit. Here are a few facts about this amazing country:
- It got its name from the Latin word “Romanus” which means “citizen of the Roman Empire.” It is one of the very few countries that still carries on a significant inheritance from the old Roman empire.
- The earliest reliably dated European modern human fossils, up to now, were discovered in 2002 in southwestern Romania (at the “Cave of Bones”). The fossil’s age is estimated at 40,000 years old.
- With an area of almost 92,043 square miles (238,391 square kilometer), Romania is the largest country in Southeastern Europe. It is roughly the same size as the United Kingdom and slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Oregon.
- The Carpathian Mountains are home to one of the largest undisturbed forests in Europe.
400 unique species of mammals, including the Carpathian chamois, call the Carpathian Mountains their home. 60% of European brown bear population lives in the Carpathian Mountains.
- Inside the old Turda Salt Mines (Salina Turda) located in Transylvania, Romania, stands the world’s largest salt mine museum.
Originally established in the 17th century, the massive mines were formed completely by hand and machine rather than by using explosives. Visitors are invited to descend as far down as almost 400 feet into the Earth in order to witness the history of the trade.
- The jet engine used by modern airplanes was actually invented by Bucharest-born inventor Henri Coandă. A British man is officially known to have invented and built the jet engine for the first time, but it was based on Coandă’s initial design.
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