Transylvania – medieval, misterious, secluded

The mythical land of Transylvania is a mysterious region in Romania known for medieval towns, mountainous borders and castles like Bran Castle, a Gothic fortress associated with the legend of Dracula.

But we are not going to talk about Dracula from Bram Stoker’s famous novel here, even though Transylvania is home to so many mysterious legends and places that could easily inspire new novels and movies.

Instead, we are going to focus on the less known about Transylvania, this romanian region blessed with a rich culture, an old and intriguing history and amazing natural beauty but also home to qiute a few spooky places that would give you chills only by thinking about them.

Hunten Hioa Baciu Forest near ClujHoia-Baciu Forest

Transylvania is harboring one of the most haunted and spookiest forests on the planet, a sinister woodland full of all kind of unexplained phenomena and home to bizarre, unexplainable events. We are talking about the Hoia-Baciu Forest which lies in the very proximity of the city of Cluj-Napoca and is known as “The Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania.”

It is said that electronic equipment is prone to malfunction here, that the place was home to some UFO sightings and that visitors to the forest are prone to inexplicably intense feelings of unease.

Banffy Castle in TransylvaniaBanffy Castle

The Banffy Castle in Botinda, not far from Cluj-Napoca and one of the major Baroque attractions in Romania,  is considered by some to be the most haunted place in the country.

Known as Versailles of Transylvania, the castle suffered a fire at the hands of retreating Nazi soldiers in WWII, fire that destroyed its rich interiors and left it in ruins. These ruins of the Banffy Castle were said to be hunted by ghosts, the castle receiving even a visit from the team of Ghost Hunters International. If the famous ghosts are still there after the Castle’s restauration – well, that’s up to you to find out during your trip and visit to the place.

Dacian Fortresses in Sarmizegetusa Regia – the Romanian Stonehenge

Sundial in Sarmisegeuza Thousands of years before Christ, the Tracians and afterwords the Dacians were the first recorded people to live in Transylvania.

Their particular belief in immortality gave birth to a complex mythology that turned them into a famous, powerfull civilization, mentioned by Herodotus and other famous historians of the time.

Sarmizegetusa was the Dacian capital city, an icon of a developed ancient nation. The most enigmatic construction at the site is by far the large circular sanctuary.

Visitors to the site find similarities between the Andesite Sun within Sarmizegetusa Regia and  Stonehenge. While the layout of the timber settings resembles the Stonehenge monument, the “Andesite Sun” was likely used as a sundial. The proportions of the Sactuary are related to the number 1,618 also known as the golden ratio; the golden number, the golden section, and the golden triangle dominate the entire structure of the temple.

There are so many mysteries around the area famous for its legends about the energetic fields and the alledged hidden Dacic treasures so that it became a pilgrimage site for paranormal believers .

What do you think? Time for a visit?

 

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