Curious facts about Romania

Did you know that…

 

  1. The first city in the world illuminated with kerosene lamps was Bucharest, on April 1st, 1857; the city was illuminated with over 1000 oil lamps.

  2. Timișoara was the first European city to be illuminated with electric street lighting in 1884.

  3. In 1869, Timișoara was the first city in Romania in which horse-drawn trams were circulating.

  4. Romania is one of the most religious countries in the world.

  5. Many dinosaur skeletons were discovered in Romania; millions of years ago, our country’s territory was a true paradise for dinosaurs.

  6. The Cucuteni civilization in Iași county is the oldest civilization in Europe.

  7. The Bucegi Mountains Sphinx has the same height as the Egyptian Sphinx.

  8. The Romanian 10 bani note released in 1917 is the smallest note in the world of size 2.75 x 3.80 cm.

  9. In Romania there is the largest population of brown bears in Europe, as well as the largest land mammal – the bison.

  10. The only merry cemetery in the world is in Romania. You guessed, it is the Merry Cemetery in Săpânța, Maramureș.

  11. Romania occupies the 9th place in the world for wine production.

  12. The Peleș Castle in Sinaia was the first castle in Europe with full electric lighting. The power was produced by the hotel’s own installation.
    Peles Castle

  13. The tallest church in the world and the second wooden structure in Europe is the Peri Monastery in Săpânța, Maramureș, with a height of 78 meters.

  14. The pen was invented by Petrache Poenaru from Craiova and it was patented in May 1827.

  15. The tallest sculpture in Europe is the face of Decebalus, sculpted in a rock in the Cliff of Romania on the side of the Danube River. The bas relief has a height of 55 meters and a width of 25 meters.

  16. Romania has 7 places on its territory that are part of the UNESCO patrimony: Sighișoara, the Danube Delta, the Transylvanian villages with fortified churches, the churches in Northern Moldavia, the Horezu Monastery, the Dacian fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains and the wooden churches of Maramureș.

    Sighisoara

  17. Nicolae Paulescu is the Romanian scientist whom discovered the insulin and initially named it ”pancreine”.

  18. The Romanian language is 1700 years old.

  19. When we talk about gold, Romania is one of the richest countries in the world and it has the only gold museum in Europe with approximately 1300 exponents.

  20. The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon in the United States.