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contact@creativeartdesign.ro ltorului i ade bine cu Travellers will travel! There is so
aceast ediie a fost realizat
drumul! Ct adevr zace n much truth in this proverb, especially as
cu sprijinul acest proverb, mai cu seam soon we are celebrating one year since we
contributors
Cristina Frncu, Diana Zgrean, c n curnd se mplinete have travelled and travelled. No issue is the
Magda Ene, Teodor Fereta, un an de cnd cltorim i same as the next and yet all of them have
Ctlina Ghelan
tot cltorim. Niciun numr something in common, an ocean of beauty,
advertising sales nu seamn cu altul i totui toate au ceva of spiritual, cultural, historical revelations.
Tatiana Tu n comun, o mare de frumos, de dezvluiri The expedition in Prahova County has been
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spirituale, culturale, istorice. one of the longest, it spread on a period of
Expediia n judeul Prahova a fost una din- approximately two weeks and every day it
tre cele mai lungi, s-a ntins pe o perioad brought us new adventures. We started with
de aproximativ 3 sptmni i fiecare zi a Cheia, a fairy tale land, with pictures coming
adus n tolba noastr noi i noi aventuri. to life with splendid landscapes, we contin-
Am nceput cu Cheia, un loc de poveste, ued with Valea Doftanei, where we tasted
cu imagini nsufleite de peisajele splendi- the cacavea and we finished with Azuga, the
director general
general manager de, am continuat cu Valea Doftanei unde former residence of Ceauescu, a secluded
Bogdan Modreanu am fcut cunotin cu Cacaveaua i am domain embraced by nature, with the casino
director publicitate finalizat cu Azuga, cu fosta reedin a lui in Sinaia and Cantacuzino Castle in Buteni.
advertising sales manager
Ceauescu, un domeniu retras mbriat Prahova County is more than the place where
Tatiana Tu
de natur, cu cazinoul din Sinaia i Castelul winter sports lovers soar and rush to slide
director editorial Cantacuzino din Buteni. down modern slopes, the wind in their face
editorial manager
Elena Turcu Judeul Prahova este mai mult dect locul and the peak behind, it is a spiritual trail that
unde amatorii sporturilor albe se aventu- shows you symbols and values. It is a place
reaz i se nghesuie pentru a aluneca pe filled with richness, both material and imma-
coresponden
contact prtiile moderne, cu vntul n fa i piscul terial, above all, which cannot be converted
Str. Turturelelor nr. 48, demisol, n spate, este un traseu spiritual ce-i face against any price.
sector 3, Bucureti
Tel.: 031 436 43 10 cunotin cu simboluri i valori. Este un
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Sumar
contents
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12 dosar ora
Ploieti, istoria devenit legend Feature:
Ploieti, the history became legend

34 viziteaz judeul
Judeul Prahova este un loc ncrcat de istorie,

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spiritualitate i cultur. Visit Prahova
County Prahova County is filled with history,
spirituality and culture.

38 drumul voievozilor
Povestea vremurilor de demult The
Voivodes Road The story of days gone

40 munii bucegi
39 de trasee omologate i unul n curs de omo-
logare, mprite n patru magistrale turistice.
Bucegi Massif 39 certified trails and one
pending certification, divided into four main
trails.

150 3 zile n prahova


Schi sau drumeii, relaxare sau aventur,
judeul Prahova v ateapt chiar i numai pen-
tru 3 zile. 3 days in Prahova If you want
to ski or hick in the moutains, or maybe you

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are the sort that wants adventure, or maybe
you just what to relax, Prahova has it all and is
eager to offer you 3 wonderful and memorable
days.

idee de weekend 152 romni de succes


Afl la pagina 150 cum i poi petrece I.L. Caragiale i Leonard Doroftei - trecut i
un weekend plin n Prahova. Weekend prezent, mbriate de faim. Success-
idea Find out at page 150 how can you ful Romanians I.L. Caragiale and Leonard
spend an entirely weekend in Prahova Doroftei, past and present held together by
County. fame.

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Dosar de ora
cover story

Rzboi, politic i
petrol - scurt istoric al
Ploietiului
War, politics and petroleum
a short history of Ploieti

160 afaceri de succes


170 Patru nume rsuntoare i dezvolt activita

Realizat n
tea n unul din cele mai renumite judee ale
Romniei. Successful Romanian
Au contribuit
Romnia
businesse Four significant names are growing
in one of the most famous Romanian counties. Contributors
made in romania 170 triete romnete
Care sunt valorile ce definesc judeul Prahova?
Marc romneasc / Ar putea s v Live Romanian What are the values that
surprind, dar tiai c salamul de Sibiu define Prahova County?
a fost realizat la Sinaia? Romanian
brand. It may come as a surprise, but
did you know that Sibiu salami was first

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made in Sinaia?

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Prahova-Guide C i n c i d e s t i n a i i 2
Barajul de la Paltinu

ova
de vizitat n judeul Prah
S trecem de la trecutul minier la
prezentul hidroelectric. Cel mai
mare baraj din regiune se afl
Teodor Fereta pe Valea Doftanei. Cu o nlime
de 109 metri i o lungime de 455
n una dintre regiunile
cele mai active economic
Ocupnd o ntreag sec- de metri, barajul de pe Lacul
Paltinu este un obiectiv musai
ale rii noastre, Prahova, iune geografic pe verti- de vizitat pentru fanii peisajelor
eti nconjurat de vestigiile industriale.
unui trecut industrial. cal, pornind din cmpie
Paltinu Dam
Ocne de sare vechi de sute
de ani, gigani din oel i
pn n naltul Carpailor Let us leave the mining past and
crmid de la nceputul de Curbur, judeul Pra- move on to the hydroelectric
present. The largest dam in the
secolului, muzee ale srii i
petrolului. hova ofer o gam varia- region is located in Valea Doftanei.
With a height of 109 metres and
t de atracii turistice, de a length of 455 metres, the dam
on Paltinu Lake is a must-see

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One of the most economi-
la staiunile balneare din attraction for fans of industrial
landscapes.
cally active regions of our sud, rmie ale secula-
Muntele de Sare de la
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country, Prahova surrounds
you with the vestiges of an relor exploatri de sare, Slnic
industrial past. Salt mines
hundreds of years old, giants
pn la oraele cochete Pornind din extremitatea sudic
a judeului, vei fi surprini de o
Casa Domneasc de la
Brebu
of steel and brick from the de munte din nord. ciudenie geografic: Muntele
beginning of the century, de Sare, un fel de masiv alb, pe S coborm din nou la es i s
museums of salt and crestele cruia aciunea apei ne avntm din nou n istorie
petroleum.
i procesul de surpare au dus
la apariia unor structuri care
cu Casa Domneasc de la Brebu.
Unul dintre cele mai importante
Five destinations to mai de care mai ntortocheate. monumente de arhitectur de
visit in Prahova County Formarea muntelui a fost ns secol XVII, Casa Domneasc,
iniiat de aciunea omului, aici nceput de Matei Basarab
Covering an entire geographical section funcionnd o salin pn la i definitivat de Constantin
vertically, from plains to the peaks of 1854. Brncoveanu, prezint stilul
the Curvature Carpathians, Prahova tradiional local n maturitatea
County offers a wide range of tourist The Slnic Salt Mountain lui deplin.
From the southern extremity of
attractions, from the spas in the Brebu Princely House
the county, you will be surprised
south, remains of centuries-old salt Let us go back to the plains and
by a geographical oddity: the Salt
exploitations, to the posh mountain Mountain, some sort of white
delve into history once again with
towns in the north. the Brebu Princely House. One of
massif, on whose crests the the most important architectural
action of water and subsidence monuments of the 17th cen-
have created a series of intricate tury, the Princely House, whose
structures. However, the mountain construction started under Matei
was formed as a consequence of Basarab and was completed by
human activities, as a salt mine Constantin Brncoveanu, shows
the local traditional style in its full
functioned here until 1854.
maturity.

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de profil din Romnia avem
adunate cteva mii de orologii
tioned or described, we just wish to de o valoare estetic deosebit,
remind you that the Romantic style aparinnd stilurilor baroc,

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palace of King Carol I is located on rococo, empire etc., ce ne vor
Prahova Valley, close to the city of crea impresia c ne aflm mai is the Clock Museum. Hosted by a
Sinaia. degrab ntr-un muzeu de art Victorian-style house, the collec-
Castelul Pele decorativ i mobilier dect tion of the only Romanian museum

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Probabil o destinaie mult prea ntr-unul dedicat tehnicii de of its kind has a few thousand
bine cunoscut pentru a mai calcul. Cel mai vechi obiect din clocks of high aesthetic value,
trebui menionat sau descris, colecie dateaz de la 1562 i este representing the Baroque, Rococo,
inem doar s v reamintim c Muzeul Ceasului din un veritabil instrument tiinific Empire styles, which give us the
palatul n stil romantic al lui Ploieti al perioadei, fiind completat cu impression that we are rather in
Carol I se afl pe Valea Prahovei, Nu puteam s neglijm capitala cadrane solare. a museum of decorative art and
n apropierea oraului Sinaia. Prahovei. Unul dintre punctele furniture than in one dedicated to
de atracie ale oraului Ploieti The Clock Museum in Ploieti computing. The oldest object in the
Pele Castle l reprezint Muzeul Ceasului. We could not neglect the very collection dates back to 1562 and is
Although this destination is per- Gzduit de o cas cu iz victorian, county seat of Prahova. One of the a true scientific instrument of the
haps too famous to be even men- n colecia singurului muzeu attractions of the city of Ploieti period, completed with sundials.

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Bneasa Shopping City
Poziionate strategic, n nordul Capitalei, Bneasa Shopping
City & Galeria Feeria sunt parte integrant a platformei co-
merciale Bneasa, care ofer un acces facil prin intermediul
celui mai circulat drum naional din ar, DN1, i apropierea
de Aeroportul Internaional Henri Coand.

Bneasa
Shopping City este un
trend setter n domeniu.

Baneasa Shopping City is a trend setter
n the field.
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Fie c eti n cutarea unui Experiena Bneasa Shopping


cadou, ai o ntlnire de afaceri, i City este completat de consilierii Serviciile, aci-
unile i evenimentele
doreti s faci o sesiune de shopping personali de shopping, care te pot
centrului comercial
personal sau vrei doar s petreci timp ghida s identifici rapid ce i se potrive- i vin n ajutor pentru
liber de calitate, n centrul comercial Bnea- te din ultimele tendine. O programare cu a face cele mai bune
sa Shopping City le gseti pe toate. acetia i poi face la www.baneasashoppin- alegeri. The
Bneasa Shopping City & Galeria Feeria ofer gcity.ro/stilisti. Alte faciliti utile n cadrul unei services, actions and
clienilor si un mix unic de branduri, care poate vizite sunt serviciile gratuite de garderob securiza- events of the shop-
satisface i cele mai exigente dorine n materie t, parcare sau serviciul de taxi. ping center come in
de shopping, cu nume sonore precum Armani Avnd n vedere poziionarea strategic, Bneasa your help to make the
de/by: bneasa shopping city

Jeans, Agent Provocateur, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Shopping City a devenit i un punct ideal de ntl- best choises.
BCBGMAXAZRIA, Brooks Brothers, Caran dAche, nire, fie c vorbim despre o ntlnire de business
Douglas, Freywille, Geox, H&M, Humanic, Karen sau una dedicat prietenilor, zona de restaurante
Millen, Liu Jo, Luisa Spagnoli, M.A.C., Michael Kors, i cafenele fiind una foarte divers. Poi savura un
Montblanc, Pandora, Peek & Cloppenburg, Sephora, veritabil steak n Argentin, poi gusta din buctria
Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Weekend Max Mara asiatic n Sushi Ko, poi savura i preparate libaneze
sau Zara, alturi de creaii autentic romneti care la Sheherezade sau poi avea un prnz american la
pot fi gsite n Irina Schroter, Musette sau Victoria Grand Combo. Totodat, poi petrece timp de calitate
46. n timpul unui joc de bowling, biliard sau X-Box,
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Doar aici gseti


brandurile care pot
satisface i cele mai
exigente dorine.

Only here you can find the brands
that can satisfy even the most
demanding wishes.

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Ce ne-eavepenljocyeut!d dar v putei bucura i de o experien cinematogra-


What w fic n cele mai bune sli de cinema din Romnia.
Vizita n Bneasa Shopping The visit at Baneasa Shop- Sala Grand Ultra vine cu un concept de ncpere de
City & Galeria Feeria nu este ping City & Feeria Gallery is culoare neagr n totalitate, cu sistem audio Dolby
doar o vizit de shopping, not just a shopping trip is an Atmos, cea mai recent tehnologie de sunet surround
este o experien. Serviciile, experience. Services, actions din lume. Grand Cinema & More susine cultura prin
aciunile i evenimentele and events of the shopping coninut alternativ, cu transmisiuni n direct ale unor
centrului comercial i vin n center come in your help spectacole culturale internaionale i naionale im-
ajutor pentru a face cele mai to make the best choices,
portante, precum The Metropolitan Opera sau Teatrul
bune alegeri, fie c vorbim whether it is about a round
Bolshoi i, de asemenea, cu spectacole live de teatru,
despre clasicul shopping, of classic shopping, about
despre cadouri ori inute choosing for a gift, searching balet sau impovizaie. Centrul comercial ofer i un
speciale sau, pur i simplu, for a special outfit, or simply loc de joac dedicat copiilor, n cadrul Grand Play.
pentru a ti ce se poart for you to know what are the Suntei ateptai n Bneasa Sopping City & Galeria
sezonul acesta. Este recu trends this season. It is recog- Feeria de luni pn duminic, ntre orele 10.00 i
noscut faptul c Bneasa nized already that Baneasa 22.00.
Shopping City este de mult Shopping City is a trend setter
un trend setter n domeniu. in the field.

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Avnd
n vedere
poziionarea
strategic,
Bneasa Shopping
City a devenit un
punct ideal de
ntlnire.

Given the
strategic
positioning,
Baneasa Shopping
City became an
ideal meeting
point.
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Baneasa Shopping City


With a strategical position in northern Bucharest, Baneasa Shopping
City & Feeria Gallery are part of Baneasa commercial platform that
provides easy access through the most circulated road in the coun-
try, DN1, and proximity to Henri Coanda International Airport.

Whether you're looking for a gift, you have a


business meeting, you want to make a personal shop-
ping session or you just want to spend quality time,
in Baneasa Shopping City commercial center you find Cele mai noi branduri luxury ale
them all.
Baneasa Shopping City & Feeria Gallery offers its Bneasa Shopping City sunt Victoria
customers a unique mix of brands that can satisfy the
most demanding wishes in shopping, with big names
46, Armani Jeans, Liu Jo, Caran dAche
such as Armani Jeans, Agent Provocateur, Anastasia i urmeaz pe lista centrului comercial
Beverly Hills, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Brooks Brothers, Caran
dAche, Douglas, Freywille, Geox, H&M, Humanic,
brandurile Bobbi Brown, Max & CO
Karen Millen, Liu Jo, Luisa Spagnoli, M.A.C, Michael sau Tous.
Kors, Montblanc, Pandora, Peek&Cloppenburg, Seph-
ora, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Weekend Max Mara or
Zara, alongside romanian authentic creations that can The newest luxury brands of Baneasa Shopping City are
be found in Irina Schroter, Musette or Victoria 46. Victoria 46, Armani Jeans, Liu Jo, Caran d'Ache and on the
Baneasa Shopping City experience is complemented shopping centre of coaming soon list are brands like Bobbi
by personal shopping advisors, who can guide you to Brown, Max & CO or Tous.
quickly identify what fits you from the latest trends. An
appointment with them you can do here: www.baneas-
ashoppingcity.ro/stilisti. Other useful facilities in your
visit to the shopping centre are free services like secure
wardrobes, secure parking or taxi service.
Given the strategic positioning, Baneasa Shopping Hall comes with a black box concept with Dolby Atmos
City became an ideal meeting point, whether we are audio system, the latest surround sound technology
talking about a business meeting or one dedicated for in the world. Grand Cinema & More supports culture
friends, restaurants and cooffe shops area offers a di- through alternative content, with live coverage of some
verse variety. You can enjoy a real steak at Argentinian important national and international cultural perform-
restaurant, you can taste asian cuisine at Sushi Ko, you ances such as The Metropolitan Opera and the Bolshoi
can enjoy lebanese dishes at Sheherezade, or you can Theatre, but also live theatre, ballet or impovisation
have an american lunch at Grand Combo. Also, you can plays. The shopping center offers a playground for the
spend quality time during a game of bowling, billiards children in the Grand Play.
or X-Box, but you can enjoy a cinematographic exper- You can visit Baneasa Shopping City & Feeria Gallery,
ience in the best auditorium in Romania. Grand Ultra from Monday to Sunday, between 10.00 - 22.00.

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Ploieti
Istoria devenit legend

The history became legend
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Rzboi, politic i petrol -


scurt istoric al Ploietiului
Aa cum Bucuretiul i datoreaz statutul de azi iniiativei
unui domnitor, anume Vlad epe, tot aa istoria Ploietiului
a fost pus n micare de aciunile unui singur om -
Mihai Viteazul.

War, politics and petroleum
a short history of Ploieti
As Bucharest owes its current status to the initiative of a ruler, namely Vlad the Impaler, the
history of Ploieti, too, was set in motion by the actions of a single man Michael the Brave.
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2 oraul nc mai gz-


duiete monumente cu carac-
ter istoric ce merit vzute.
the city is still home to
some historical monuments
that deserve to be visited. suprimat n numai dou zile i ajunge s se transforme
n subiect umoristic pentru presa vremii, sub condeiul
marelui dramaturg I.L. Caragiale.
Importana strategic a Ploietiului se va dovedi prejudi-
cioas n timpul celui de-al doilea rzboi mondial, cnd
oraul devine n dou rnduri inta bombardamentelor
aliate. Dei se ncearc raiduri de precizie asupra rafin-
riilor, folosindu-se n premier avioane de asalt ntr-un
rol strategic, pagubele asupra populaiei civile sunt sub-
staniale. Aproape 10.000 de locuitori ai oraului i pierd
vieile i peste 2/3 din cldiri sunt distruse.
Cea mai mare parte a cldirilor istorice lsate n picioare
de anglo-americani sunt demolate n timpul guvernrii
comuniste.

In 1599, the ruler of Muntenia used the little bor-


ough as a meeting place and instruction spot for the armies
intended for the campaign in Ardeal, and on this occasion
the locality was classified as a princely borough. Its import-
ance will grow progressively throughout the Middle Ages.
An important event took place in 1856, when Teodor
Mehedineanu, in collaboration with the professor Alexe
03 Marin and the pharmacist Steege, managed to distil crude


oil and kerosene from the oil shales discovered at the edge
of Ploieti. The resources were later used for the city lights
n 1599, domnitorul muntean folosete micul and as raw material for the Gas factory, considered the
trg de moneni ca punct de adunare i de instrucie first refinery of its type in the world, established in Ploieti
pentru otile destinate campaniei din Ardeal, ocazie in 1857.
cu care localitatea este ridicat la rangul de trg The large refineries that would mould the character of the
domnesc. Importana ei va crete progresiv pe parcursul city began to appear at the beginning of the 20th century.
Evului Mediu. The first of them was Orion, followed by Unirea and Vega.
Un eveniment marcant are loc la 1856, cnd Teodor Established in 1896, Astra is the only one of the local
Mehedineanu, n colaborare cu profesorul Alexe Marin enterprises in the industry that survives the competition of
i farmacistul Steege, reuete s distileze iei i gaz lam- newcomer corporations. Its name still remains connected
to Ploieti.
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pant din isturile bituminoase descoperite la marginea


Ploietiului. Resursele vor fi ulterior folosit la iluminarea In 1870, the city stood out politically with a novel anti-mon-
oraului i ca materie prim pentru Fabrica de gaz, archy protest, initiated by the members of the liberal oppos-
considerat a fi prima rafinrie de acest fel din lume, ition in the Romanian parliament. The Republic of Ploieti,
nfiinat la Ploieti n 1857. as we came to know the action that let the Prahova capital
Marile rafinrii ce vor modela caracterul oraului ncep s declare itself an independent state, was suppressed in just
apar de la nceputul secolului al XX-lea. Prima dintre ele two days and it became a humorous topic in the press of the
este Orion, urmat de Unirea i Vega. nfiinat la 1896, time, described by the great playwright I.L. Caragiale.
Astra este singura dintre ntreprinderile locale de profil The strategic importance of Ploieti will prove to be injuring
care supravieuiete concurenei oferite de nou-venitele during the Second World War, when the city became the
target of allied bombings twice. Although precision raids
de/by: teodor fereta

corporaii. Numele ei va rmne legat de Ploieti pn n


prezent. were attempted on the refineries, using assault aircraft for
n 1870, urbea se face remarcat pe plan politic printr-un the first time in a strategic role, the civilian damages were
inedit protest antimonarhic, iniiat de membrii opozi- substantial. Almost 10,000 inhabitants of the city lost their
iei liberale din parlamentul romn. Republica de la lives and over two thirds of the buildings were destroyed.
Ploieti, aa cum ajunge s fie cunoscut aciunea prin Most historical buildings left standing by the Anglo-Americ-
care capitala Prahovei se declar stat independent, este ans were demolished during the communist rule.

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Pe urmele istoriei
Micul trg de odinioar, astzi devenit municipiu,
mbrieaz cu dragoste i respect un impresionant numr
de obiective turistice, repere istorice i culturale.

on the footsteps of history
Once history called it a townlet, but today it is a municipality that proudly embraces its turist
attractions and its cultural and historical references.
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Unul dintre primele


muzee prahovene,
Casa Memorial Ion
Luca Caragiale.

One of the first museums in
Prahova, the Ion Luca Caragiale
Memorial House.

Muzeul Naional al PetroluluiThe National Oil Museum 2 Muzeul de Art Ploieti The Art Museum of Ploieti 3 Muzeul de Istorie
i Arheologie Prahova Prahova Museum of History and Archaeology 4 Muzeul Ceasului Nicolae Simache Nicolae Simache Clock
Museum 5 Muzeul Judeean de Biologie Uman The County Museum of Human Biology 6 Muzeul Nichita Stnescu "Nichita Stnescu"
Museum 7 Muzeul Memorial Paul ConstantinescuPaul Constantinescu Memorial Museum 8 Casa Memorial Ion Luca Caragiale
The Ion Luca Caragiale Memorial House 9 Halele Centrale din Ploieti The Central Halls 10 Catedrala Sfntul Ioan Boteztorul "Sfntul
Ioan Boteztorul" Cathedral

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cristina frncu eu-romania.org

pentru a
srbtori
centenarul
industriei
romneti, la 8
octombrie 1961,
a fost inaugurat
Muzeul Naional
al Petrolului.

In order tp
celebrate the
centenary of
the Romanian
oil industry, on
8 October 1961
the National Oil
Museum was
inaugurated.

Muzeul Naional al Petrolului


The National Oil Museum
Prima rafinrie de petrol din lume a hri, diplome, medalii i fotografii. public lighting.
nceput s funcioneze n Romnia n Patrimoniul s-a mbogit din 1994, In order to celebrate the centenary of
anul 1857, cnd Marin Mehedineanu, numrnd n prezent peste 8.000 de the Romanian oil industry, on 8 October,
arenda al unor zcminte de iei, a obiecte, fa de modestia celor 800 de 1961 the National Oil Museum was
construit o fabric de gaz la periferia exponate cu care ntmpina vizitatorii inaugurated in Ploieti, one of the few
Ploietiului. Cu un an nainte, fratele n primii ani de funcionare. of its kind in Europe. The heritage of
su Teodor ncheiase un contract Gzduit de Conacul Buzianu, un frumos the museum includes tools and Davy
pentru iluminatul Capitalei, iar noua edificiu care dispune i de o curte, lamps from the 19th century, oil lamps,
rafinrie, dotat cu utilaje comandate ideal pentru expoziii n aer liber, tin hats worn by drillers, various drilling
din Germania, l-a ajutat s transforme Muzeul Naional al Petrolului ar putea equipment used over time, a miniature
Bucuretiul n primul ora din lume fi ns mutat n alt locaie, ca urmare a copy of the gas factory, explanatory
iluminat public cu petrol lampant. retrocedrii n instan a casei. panels and original documents about
Pentru a srbtori centenarul industriei the history of oil in Romania, maps,
petroliere romneti, la 8 octombrie diplomas, medals and photographs. The
1961 a fost inaugurat, la Ploieti, Muzeul The first oil refinery in the world started heritage has been enriched since 1994,
Naional al Petrolului, printre puinele functioning in Romania in the year 1857, with over 8,000 objects at the moment,
de acest fel din Europa. Patrimoniul when Marin Mehedineanu, lessee of as opposed to the modest number of
muzeului cuprinde unelte i lmpi de crude oil deposits, built a gas factory 800 exhibits that used to welcome
miner din secolul al XIX-lea, felinare on the outskirts of the city of Ploieti. visitors in its first years.
cu petrol, plrii din tabl purtate de The previous year, his brother Teodor Hosted by Buzianu Manor, a wonderful
sondori, diverse utilaje de foraj folosite had signed a contract for the lighting building with a yard that is perfect for
de-a lungul timpului, o reproducere n of the Capital, and the new refinery, outdoor exhibitions, the National Oil
miniatur a fabricii de gaz, panouri equipped with machinery ordered from Museum might be moved to another
explicative i documente originale Germany, helped him make Bucharest location, though, following the court-
privind istoria petrolului n Romnia, the first city in the world with kerosene ruled retrocession of the house.
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Colecia
de pictur a
Muzeului de Art
cuprinde aproape
toi autorii din
ultimele dou
secole.

The painting
collection of
The Art Museum
includes almost
every artist
from the lat tow
centuries.

Muzeul de Art Ploieti


The Art Museum of Ploieti
n centrul Municipiului Ploieti, pe Gheorghe Tattarescu, Nicolae Grigo- and politician, as well as the local
Bulevardul Independenei cel strjuit rescu, tefan Luchian, Corneliu Baba. authorities, Toma Socolescu founded, in
de castani, domin impuntorul Palat Bine reprezentat este i genul grafic, November 1931, the Art Gallery of the
Ghi Ionescu, al crui interior este din colecia de gravuri fcnd parte Municipality of Ploieti. Evacuated during
stpnit de patru colecii de art moder- desenele pe calc, cu motive dobrogene, the Second World War, it was re-estab-
n i contemporan. Aici se afl Muzeul ale lui Nicolae Tonitza sau crochiurile lished in the year 1955 under its current
de Art, nscut din dorina arhitectului semnate Jean Al. Steriadi. Dei nu la fel name, the Art Museum of Ploieti. Since
Toma Socolescu de a mbogi viaa de bogat, colecia de sculptur include 1969, the heritage of the museum was
cultural a Ploietiului. lucrri semnate de Dimitrie Paciurea i moved to the building raised at the end
Ajutat de un grup de intelectuali Ion Jalea, iar din cea de-a patra colecie, of the 19th century by Ghi Ionescu,
ploieteni, printre care se afla Ion a artelor decorative, fac parte icoane pe former mayor of the city.
Ionescu-Quintus, avocat, scriitor, colec- sticl, tapiserii i lucrri din ceramic. The museums painting collection
ionar de art i om politic, precum i includes almost every artist from the last
de autoritile locale, Toma Socolescu a two centuries, with valuable paintings
nfiinat, n noiembrie 1931, Pinacoteca In the centre of the Municipality of by Theodor Aman, Gheorghe Tattarescu,
Municipiului Ploieti. Evacuat n tim- Ploieti, on Independenei Boulevard, Nicolae Grigorescu, tefan Luchian,
pul celui de-al doilea rzboi mondial, framed by chestnut trees, the area is Corneliu Baba. The graphic style is also
s-a renfiinat n anul 1955, sub denumi- dominated by the impressive Ghi well-represented, with a collection of
rea actual, Muzeul de Art Ploieti. Din Ionescu Palace, with its interior ruled by engravings that includes drawings on
anul 1969, patrimoniul muzeului a fost four collections of modern and contem- transfer paper, with Dobrogea motifs,
mutat n cldirea construit la sfritul porary art. This is home to the Art Mu- made by Nicolae Tonitza, or the sketches
secolului al XIX-lea de Ghi Ionescu, seum, born from the desire of architect by Jean Al. Steriadi. Although not as
fost primar al oraului. Toma Socolescu to enrich the cultural life rich, the sculpture collection includes
Colecia de pictur a muzeului of the city. works by Dimitrie Paciurea and Ion Jalea,
cuprinde aproape toi autorii din Supported by a group of intellectuals and the fourth collection, of decorative
ultimele dou secole, fiind prezente from Ploieti, among which Ion Iones- arts, consists of icons painted on glass,
lucrri valoroase ale lui Theodor Aman, cu-Quintus, lawyer, writer, art collector tapestries and ceramic objects.

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edificiul
este realizat
n stil neoclasic i
a fost restaurat
n numeroase
rnduri.

The edifice
is built in the
neoclassical style
and it has been
restored several
times.

Muzeul de Istorie i Arheologie Prahova


Prahova Museum of History and Archaeology
Biroul de istorie al Muzeului de Istorie la punct cabinetele de numismatic i The edifice is built in the neoclassical style
i Arheologie Prahova funcioneaz n medalistic, unde sunt etalate colecii and it has been restored several times,
Municipiul Ploieti, n cldirea care a impresionante de monede din cele with special care for the architectural
gzduit timp de 30 de ani Gimnaziul mai vechi timpuri pn n vremurile personality of the monument. During
Sfinii Petru i Pavel. Arhitectul moderne, precum i colecii de medalii, the most recent large-scale renovation,
Alexandru Orscu a ntocmit planurile ordine i decoraii romneti i strine. between 1990 and 1995, the permanent
edificiului n aceei perioad n care era De asemenea, s-au amenajat expoziii exhibition was reorganised, as regards the
implicat i n construirea Universitii unde sunt redate momentele de cotitur concept and the theme, in order to make
din Bucureti, iar construcia a nceput ale istoriei naionale de la mijlocul seco- the history museum stand out among
n 1865. Lucrrile au mers destul de lului al XIX-lea, exist i o sal dedicat the other institutions of its kind in our
repede, o ceremonie deosebit de evoluiei instituiei Potei Romne, dar country.
inaugurare marcnd finalizarea cldirii i dou sli alocate sportului prahovean. Basically, so far it shows the first stages of
n 1867. Vizitarea muzeului de istorie este cu the city of Ploieti, by exhibiting vestiges
Edificiul este realizat n stil neoclasic i siguran o cltorie fascinant pe from the time of the ruler Michael the
a fost restaurat n numeroase rnduri, drumul istoriei romnilor i mai ales a Brave on the ground floor, the numismat-
de fiecare dat acordndu-se ns o grij Ploietiului. ics and medalistics cabinets have been
deosebit pentru pstrarea persona- arranged, with impressive collections
litii arhitecturale a monumentului. The history office of the Prahova Museum of coins from ancient to modern times,
Cu ocazia celei mai recente renovri de of History and Archaeology is seated as well as collections of Romanian and
mare amploare, dintre anii 1990 i 1995, in the Municipality of Ploieti, in the foreign medals, orders and decorations.
s-a reorganizat i expoziia permanent, building that hosted the Saints Peter and There have also been arranged exhibi-
la nivel de concepie i tematic, pentru Paul Secondary School. The architect tions that show the turning points in our
a individualiza muzeul de istorie n Alexandru Orscu made the plans of the national history, in the mid-19th century,
contextul celorlalte instituii de profil edifice in the same period when he was and there is a hall dedicated to the evolu-
din ar. involved in building the University of tion of the Romanian Post, as well as two
Practic, pn acum s-a reuit pre- Bucharest, and the construction started halls for the sports of Prahova.
zentarea etapelor de nceput ale in 1865. The work took a relatively short Visiting the history museum is a truly
oraului Ploieti, prin expunerea la amount of time, and a special inaugura- fascinating journey down the road of the
parterul cldirii a vestigiilor din vremea tion ceremony marked the completion of history of Romanians and, above all, of
domnitorului Mihai Viteazul, s-au pus the building in 1867. Ploieti.
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vizitatorii de
toate vrstele i
stpnesc cu greu
uimirea n faa
ceasornicelor i
orologiilor strnse
din numeroase
ri.

Visitors of all ages


barley contain
their surprise in
front of the clocks
and horologes
collected from
numerous
countries.

Muzeul Ceasului Nicolae Simache


Nicolae Simache Clock Museum
Ce este unic n Romnia, are sute de rale i politice, precum ceasul cu capac where the parties of the citys elite took
ace i timp berechet? Muzeul Ceasului ncrustat cu diamante al Regelui Carol place at the end of the 19th century,
Nicolae Simache din Ploieti, nfiinat I sau orologiul cu cadran astronomic al became the seat of the museum in 1971.
n anul 1963 de ctre profesorul i domnitorului Alexandru Ioan Cuza. Visitors of all ages barely contain their
omul de tiin Nicolae Simache. Pe Din 2013 se lucreaz la reabilitarea i surprise in front of the clocks and
atunci, patrimoniul muzeului numra consolidarea casei Luca Elefterescu, horologes collected from numerous
aproximativ trei sute de piese i iar exponatele au fost mutate n Sala countries. There are old pieces exhibited
funciona ntr-o sal a Palatului Culturii Auditorium a Muzeului de Istorie din as well, two astronomic clocks from the
din Ploieti, dar cu vremea, tot mai Ploieti. Cele peste patru mii de piese 16th century, a wooden pendulum and a
multe i mai deosebite ceasuri au sporit pot fi vizitate n noua locaie pn cnd watch with the effigy of King Louis XIV,
colecia. Casa ncptoare a magistra- se vor finaliza lucrrile, iar monu- built more than three centuries ago, sun
tului i politicianului Luca Elefterescu, mentul de arhitectur va fi reabilitat i dials and clocks with musical mechan-
o frumoas cldire cu arhitectur n stil pregtit s reprimeasc vechii locatari isms or fun clocks. Clocks belonging to
neogotic, n care se ineau petrecerile care msoar timpul. great cultural and political figures can be
elitei ploietene la sfritul secolului found as well, such as the clock with a
al XIX-lea, a devenit din 1971 sediul cover encrusted with diamonds belong-
muzeului. What is unique in Romania, has hundreds ing to King Carol I or the horologe with
Vizitatorii de toate vrstele i stpnesc of arms and plenty of time? Nicolae an astronomic dial belonging to ruler
cu greu uimirea n faa ceasornicelor Simache Clock Museum in Ploieti, foun- Alexandru Ioan Cuza.
i orologiilor strnse din numeroase ded in the year 1963 by the professor and Since 2013, the rehabilitation and con-
ri. Sunt expuse i piese foarte vechi, scientist Nicolae Simache. At the time, solidation of the Luca Elefterescu have
dou ceasuri astronomice din secolul al the heritage of the museum counted ap- been worked on, and the exhibits have
XVI-lea, un pendul din lemn i un ceas proximately three hundred pieces and it been moved to the Auditorium hall of
de mn cu efigia regelui Ludovic al functioned in a hall of the Palace of Cul- the Museum of History in Ploieti. The
XIV-lea, construite acum mai mult de ture of Ploieti, but in time, more special over four thousand pieces can be visited
trei secole, cadrane solare, dar i ceasuri clocks have been added to the collection. in the new location until the works are
cu mecanisme muzicale sau ceasuri The large house of the magistrate and finished and the architectural monument
distractive. Nu lipsesc ceasurile care au politician Luca Elefterescu, a beautiful is restored and prepared to receive its old
aparinut unor mari personaliti cultu- building with Neo-Gothic architecture, inhabitants that measure time.

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dup
cutremurul
din 1977, cldirea
afectat a fost
transformat
ntr-una dintre
cele mai vizitate
instituii
culturale.

After the
earthquake of
1977, the affected
building became
one of the most
vizited cultural
institutions.

Muzeul Judeean de Biologie Uman


The County Museum of Human Biology
n aripa de nord a Palatului Culturii doar trei sli din cele apte: Originea i At the beginning, the Museum of Biology
din Ploieti, edificiu masiv inaugurat evoluia vieii pe Terra; antropogenez, presented the flora and fauna of Prahova
n prezena Regelui Carol al II-lea, n Anatomia i fiziologia omului i o sal County, but there was also a section of
noiembrie 1933, fiineaz una dintre de proiecii. Dar pn la reabilitarea evolutionism. After the earthquake of
cele mai vechi instituii culturale ale celorlalte sli vizitatorii sunt ateptai 1977, the affected building was renovated,
municipiului, Muzeul Judeean de ntr-un muzeu modern, care mbin and the museum was reorganised at the
Biologie Uman. L-a condus timp de tradiionalul cu tehnicile moderne de initiative of Zoe Apostolache-Stoicescu,
dou decenii, nc de la deschiderea prezentare, slile fiind dotate cu ecrane with the support of many physicians,
din anul 1952, profesoara Margareta LED, videomicroscop, infochiocuri i, anthropologists, researchers, specialists
Moneaga, om de tiin i muzeograf ca o premier n Romnia, un prezen- from other museums, becoming one of
neobosit care a reuit, prin dioramele tator virtual n mrime natural care the most visited cultural institutions.
expuse n muzeu, s trezeasc interesul ofer informaii de baz despre corpul The age of the building, as well as the
pentru studiu multor elevi. uman. fact that the renovation of 1977 did not
La nceput, n Muzeul de Biologie erau include consolidation, have left their
prezentate flora i fauna prahovene, mark, and currently visitors can only
dar exista i o secie de evoluionism. In the northern wing of the Palace of Cul- enter three of the seven halls: The
Dup cutremurul din 1977, cldirea ture in Ploieti, a massive edifice inaug- origin and evolution of life on Earth;
afectat a fost renovat, iar muzeul urated in the presence of King Carol II, in anthropogenesis, Human anatomy
reorganizat la iniiativa doamnei Zoe November 1933, stands one of the oldest and physiology and a screening hall. But
Apostolache-Stoicescu i cu sprijinul cultural institutions of the municipality, until the rehabilitation of the other halls,
a numeroi medici, antropologi, the County Museum of Human Biology. visitors are expected in a modern mu-
cercettori, specialiti din alte muzee, It was managed for two decades, since its seum that blends tradition with modern
transformndu-se ntr-una dintre cele opening in the year 1952, by the professor techniques of presentations, with halls
mai vizitate instituii culturale. Margareta Moneaga, a tireless scientist fitted with LED screens, video micro-
Vechimea cldirii, dar i faptul c la and museographer who has managed, scopes, info desks and, as a premiere in
renovarea din 1977 nu s-a lucrat i la thanks to the dioramas exhibited in the Romania, a life-size virtual presenter that
consolidare i-au spus ns cuvntul, museum, to stir many young pupils gives basic information on the human
n prezent fiind deschise vizitatorilor interest for study. body.
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nu poi trece
prin Ploieti fr
s vizitezi matca
"necuvintelor",
casa unde s-a
nscut Nichita
Stnescu.

You cannot visit


Ploieti without
seeing the source
of the "unwords",
the house where
Nichita Stnescu
was born.

Muzeul Nichita Stnescu


"Nichita Stnescu" Museum
Nu poi trece prin Ploieti fr s nu fotografii expuse, iar n camera docu- plains. This is where Nichita was born, to
vizitezi matca necuvintelor, casa unde mentar i n bibliotec se afl cri cu fall in love with people and words, on 31
s-a nscut Nichita Stnescu, unde i-a dedicaii, diplome, manuscrise, medalii March, 1933.
petrecut adolescena pn cnd a plecat din activitatea de numismat a poetului. The memorial museum was inaugurated
la facultate n Capital, cas simpl i Una dintre camere este dedicat in this space where a great poet was
frumoas, cu un singur cat, unde aerul manifestrilor cu public, acolo se fac shaped, in December 2002, on 1, Nichita
are gust de smburi de vers. proiecii de filme sau se in expoziii Stnescu Street. In the rooms, one after
A fost construit n anii 1926 i 1927 de temporare. ns prin toate camerele another, we can see pieces of furniture
bunicul, unchiul i tatl poetului. Ar- a trecut cndva, pe rnd, Nichita mic, that belonged to Nichitas family, the
hitectura cldirii este echilibrat, fr Nichita mricel i Nichita mare, a trecut bed where he left his favourite toy, his
elemente ostentative, n stilul caselor n faa literaturii, lsnd n spate casa desk, his piano, his pendulum, his books,
rneti de la cmpie. Aici a venit printeasc, doar ca s se nale de pe symbol-objects that he was surrounded
Nichita pe lume, ca s iubeasc oamenii acoperiul ei spre lume. with in his first years of life and which
i cuvintele, la 31 martie 1933. later found their place in the poets
Muzeul memorial a fost inaugurat, n works. Nichitas smile brings light to the
acest spaiu n care s-a format un mare You cannot visit Ploieti without seeing house in countless photographs, and in
poet, n decembrie 2002, pe strada the source of the unwords, the house the documentary room and the library
Nichita Stnescu la numrul 1. n came- where Nichita Stnescu was born, where we can see books with dedications,
rele nirate una dup alta sunt expuse he spent his teenage years until he went diplomas, manuscripts, medals from the
piese de mobilier care au aparinut to university in Bucharest, a simple, beau- poets numismatic activity.
familiei lui Nichita, patul pe care i-a tiful house, with a single floor, where the One of the rooms is dedicated to public
lsat jucria preferat, biroul de lucru, air tastes of seeds of lyricism. events, such as film screenings or tem-
pianul, pendula, crile, obiecte-simbol It was built in the years 1926 and 1927 by porary exhibitions. But Nichita the young,
de care era nconjurat n primii ani de the poets grandfather, uncle and father. Nichita the teenager and Nichita the
via i care i-au gsit ulterior locul The architecture of the building is bal- adult passed through all of these rooms,
n opera poetului. Sursul lui Nichita anced, without ostentatious elements, leaving behind his parents home, only to
aprinde soarele n cas din nenumrate in the style of the peasant houses in the rise from its roof towards the wide world.

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ntr-o
frumoas
cldire, care
dateaz din
ultimul deceniu
al secolului
al XIX-lea,
gseti Muzeul
Memorial "Paul
Constantinesc".

In a beautiful
building dating
back to the last
decade of the
19th century one
can find the "Paul
Constantinescu"
Memorial
Museum.

Muzeul Memorial Paul Constantinescu


Paul Constantinescu Memorial Museum
n 1963, la doar 54 de ani, se stingea ani nainte s dispar pentru totdeauna documents that had belonged to him. In
din via compozitorul, violonistul din iubita lui lume cu oameni i muzic. 1993, the museum was inaugurated, at
i dirijorul ploietean Paul Constan- Foarte bine reconstituit, cabinetul the initiative of professor and musicology
tinescu, un imens talent artistic care de lucru al muzicianului ascunde un doctor Alexandru I. Bdulescu, who is still
a compus aproape n toate genurile exponat excepional, cel mai vechi pian managing the institution.
muzicii clasice. Astzi, n casa fratelui din sud-estul Europei, construit de o The permanent exhibition includes special
su, o frumoas cldire care dateaz din celebr firm din Stuttgart. Iar un alt documents that depict various aspects
ultimul deceniu al secolului al XIX-lea, punct de atracie l constituie desigur from the composers life and activity. Mu-
se gsete Muzeul Memorial Paul Concursul Naional de Interpretare i sic sheets, either handwritten or typed,
Constantinescu. Cumnata muzicianu- Creaie Muzical Paul Constantinescu, concert programmes and posters can
lui, dorind s-i pstreze vie memoria, a la care se adaug manifestrile muzicale all be found there, along with surprises
donat cldirea i un patrimoniu bogat, unde particip elevii de la Liceul de Art for connoisseurs and for the people of
cuprinznd piese de mobilier, cri i Ploieti, precum i studeni sau cadre Ploieti, such as the composition The
documente care aparinuser acestuia. didactice de la Universitatea de Muzic Symphony of Ploieti, gifted by the artist
n 1993, a fost a inaugurat muzeul, la din Bucureti. to his native town just two years before
iniiativa profesorului i doctorului n he left for good his beloved world filled
muzicologie Alexandru I. Bdulescu, with people and music.
care se afl i astzi la conducerea In 1963, at the age of 54, the composer, Very well restored, the musicians study
instituiei. violinist and conductor Paul Constantin- conceals an extraordinary exhibit, the
Expoziia permanent cuprinde escu passed away, a huge artistic talent oldest piano in the South-East of Europe,
documente deosebite care redau that composed in almost all genres made by a famous company in Stuttgart.
diverse aspecte din viaa i activitatea of classical music. Today, his brothers Another point of interest is definitely the
compozitorului. Nu lipsesc partiturile, house, a beautiful building dating back to Paul Constantinescu National Com-
manuscris sau tiprite, programe i the last decade of the 19th century, hosts petition of Musical Interpretation and
afie de concerte i nici surprize pentru the Paul Constantinescu Memorial Creation, along with the musical events
cunosctori, dar mai ales pentru locuito- Museum. The musicians sister-in-law attended by the students of the Art High
rii oraului Ploieti, precum prezena wished to keep his memory alive, so she School of Ploieti, as well as students
lucrrii Simfonia Ploietean, druit donated the building and a rich heritage or professors of the University of Music
de artist oraului su natal cu numai doi including pieces of furniture, books and Bucharest.
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ntr-o cas
de trgove bogat
gsim unul dintre
primele muzee,
Casa Memorial
"Ion Luca
Caragiale".

In a rich
merchants house
we can find
one of the first
museums the Ion
Luca Caragiale
Memorial House.

Casa Memorial Ion Luca Caragiale


The Ion Luca Caragiale Memorial House
ntr-o cas de trgove bogat din Ploieti, precum catalogul din anul IV Simache decided in 1962, 110 years from
Ploieti, construit la sfritul secolului de gimnaziu, unde elevul Caragiale the birth of the writer, to found the mu-
al XVIII-lea, cu cerdac i mpodobit Ioan se prezenta ca un viitor mate- seum in this house built by local crafts-
cu decoraii din stucatur, colecia matician, certat cu limba romn, n men, with a typical architecture for old
de documente, fotografii originale i slile muzeului sunt expuse i obiecte Romanian houses. Renovated after the
diverse obiecte care au aparinut celui de mobilier, aranjate potrivit pentru a earthquake of 1977, the house is currently
mai mare dramaturg romn i familiei recrea ambiana camerelor de lucru ale the venue of the exhibition Caragiale
sale formeaz unul dintre primele scriitorului. Expoziia este completat The man and his work, which tries
muzee prahovene, Casa Memorial Ion cu fotografii originale ale familiei i to capture and show visitors the main
Luca Caragiale. prietenilor lui Caragiale, importani moments in the life of the great classical
Dei Caragiale nu a locuit niciodat n oameni din cultura romneasc, dar author of Romanian literature.
Casa Dobrescu, profesorul Nicolae i cu ediiile princeps cu autograf ale Besides the original documents from the
Simache a decis n 1962, la mplinirea ctorva dintre operele sale. time when Caragiale used to study in
a 110 ani de la naterea scriitorului, Ploieti, such as the catalogue from his
nfiinarea muzeului n aceast fourth year of secondary school, where
locuin construit de meteri locali, cu In a rich merchants house in Ploieti, the pupil Caragiale Ioan introduced
o arhitectur tipic pentru vechile case built at the end of the 18th century, with himself as a future mathematician, who
romneti. Renovat dup cutremurul a veranda and decorated with mouldings, did not like Romanian, the museum also
din 1977, casa adpostete n prezent with its collection of documents, original shows pieces of furniture, arranged in
expoziia Caragiale - Omul i opera, photos and various objects that belonged such a way as to recreate the ambiance
care ncearc s puncteze i s prezinte to the greatest Romanian playwright and of the writers studies. The exhibition is
vizitatorilor principalele momente his family make one of the first museums completed with original photos of the
din viaa marelui clasic al literaturii in Prahova, the Ion Luca Caragiale family and friends of Caragiale, im-
romne. Memorial House. portant figures of Romanian culture, as
Pe lng documentele originale din Although Caragiale never lived in well as with the autographed princeps
perioada n care Caragiale a nvat n Dobrescu House, the professor Nicolae editions of some of his works.

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halele
centrale din
Ploieti au un
aspect cochet
datorit faadelor
din crmid
rocat i
beton, a cupolei
octogonale,
a turnului cu
orologiu.

The Central
Halls look posh
thanks to their
facades made
of red brick and
concrete, their
octogonal dome
and the clock
tower.

Halele Centrale din Ploieti


The Central Halls
E greu de descris atmosfera din centrul nc o strad a fost construit pentru growing and it became necessary for
Ploietiului din primii ani ai secolului al ca modernele hale s fac parte din the central market to be covered and
XIX-lea, ntr-o zi de luni, adic de trg. tumultul Ploietilor. serve the increasing needs of the city, in
Pe de o parte, incredibil de pitoreasc Halele Centrale din Ploieti au fost hygienic conditions. Such centralisation
prin forfota feluriilor negustori i reparate radical n anii 1982-1983, dar would have triggered the decrease of
rani venii s-i vnd produsele, i noi lucrri de reabilitare i modernizare food costs, and public health would
pe de alt parte, teribil de periculoas sunt necesare n prezent. Emblematice no longer have been threatened by
pentru sntate, prin lipsa oricror pentru municipiu, Halele au un aspect non-hygienic trade. The architect Toma
condiii de igien. Oameni i vite, zarza- cochet datorit faadelor de crmid I. Socolescu received the project of the
vaturi i brnzeturi, gunoaie putrezite i rocat i beton, a cupolei octogonale Central Halls in 1925, and the market be-
dejecii, toate laolalt alctuiau Oborul care acoper corpul principal i a came functional in 1934, the works con-
Ploietiului. turnului cu orologiu care se smulge din tinuing to the inauguration in November
Dar importana urbei cretea i devenea simetria construciei. 1935, in the presence of King Carol II.
necesar ca piaa central s fie acoperit Expropriations were necessary, the old
i s deserveasc cerinele tot mai mari market of wooden and iron barracks was
ale oraului, n condiii de igien. O It is difficult to describe the atmosphere destroyed and another street was built
astfel de centralizare ar fi avut ca efect in the centre of Ploieti in the first years for the modern Halls to become part of
i micorarea preului alimentelor, of the 19th century, on a Monday, a the throng of Ploieti
iar sntatea public nu ar mai fi fost fair day. On the one hand, incredibly The Central Halls in Ploieti were radic-
ameninat de comerul neigienic. Ar- picturesque with the throng of various ally repaired in the years 1982-1983, but
hitectul Toma T. Socolescu a primit n merchants and peasants who have come new rehabilitation and modernisation
grij proiectul Halelor Centrale n anul to sell their products, and on the other works are necessary at the moment.
1925, iar piaa a devenit funcional din hand terribly dangerous for health, for Iconic for the municipality, the Halls
1934, lucrrile continund ns pn lack of any hygiene conditions. People look posh thanks to their facades
la inaugurarea din noiembrie 1935, n and cattle, vegetables and cheese, made of red brick and concrete, their
prezena Regelui Carol al II-lea. Au fost rotten garbage and waste, they were all octagonal dome covering the main wing
necesare exproprieri, vechea pia de part of Oborul Ploietiului. and the clock tower that breaks the
barci din lemn i fier a fost distrus i But the importance of the town was symmetry of the construction.
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n Ploieti
exist o catedral
care s-a nscut de
dou ori n dou
sute de ani i de
aproape o sut de
ani se strduiete
s se nasc a treia
oar.

In Ploieti there
is a cathedral that
was born twice in
two hundred years
and that has been
trying to be born
a third time for
almost a hundred
years.

Catedrala Sfntul Ioan Boteztorul


"Sfntul Ioan Boteztorul" Cathedral
Prima dat a fiinat n anul 1810, cnd revenit n sarcina arhitectului Toma T. between 1840 and 1841, and the money
s-a nlat n vestul trgului de-atunci Socolescu, care a nceput lucrrile n for the place of worship was collected by
o biseric din lemn, cu hramul Sfntul 1923 i le-a sfrit, pe jumtate, n 1939. the inhabitants of the town.
Ioan Boteztorul, frumoas ca toate La construcia clopotniei, cea mai After going through the pain of World
bisericile de acum sute de ani, dar prea nalt de acest gen din jude, au ajutat War I, representatives of the citizens
fragil. Nici trei decenii nu a adpostit soldaii regimentului 32 Infanterie and the authorities decided to honour
n rugciune sufletele aezrii, c pe de Mircea, dar locaul sfnt ce urma s the memory of the heroes of Prahova
o parte s-a deteriorat, pe de alt parte fie construit i s poarte numele Cate- perished under the wheels of battle by
le-a rmas mic din ce n ce mai nume- drala Monument al Eroilor Prahoveni building a bell tower to be added to
roilor ploieteni, aa c au demolat-o din Rzboiul de ntregirea Neamului the old St. John the Baptist Church. 59
i au construit n locul ei o biseric 1916-1918 se cznete de atunci s metres tall, the bell tower, as well as a
din crmid. Asta se ntmpla n anii fiineze ntr-un Ploieti de secol XXI. new cathedral that would be propor-
1840 i 1841, iar banii pentru ridicarea tional to its size, became the duty of the
lcaului sfnt i-au strns locuitorii architect Toma T. Socolescu, who started
mahalalei. First time it was created in the year 1810, the works in 1923 and finished them,
Dup ce a trecut npasta primului when a wooden church was built to halfway, in 1939.
rzboi mondial, reprezentanii cet- the west of the borough, whose patron The construction of the bell tower, the
enilor i ai autoritilor au hotrt s saint was John the Baptist, beautiful like tallest one in the county, was done with
cinsteasc memoria eroilor prahoveni every church hundreds of years ago, but the support of the soldiers from Mir-
pierii sub tvlugul luptelor prin much too fragile. It didnt shelter the cea Infantry Regiment 32, but the place
ridicarea unei clopotnie, care s fie settlements praying souls for three dec- of worship that was going to be built
adugat corpului vechi al bisericii Sf. ades, when it deteriorated on one side, and bear the name Monument Cathed-
Ioan Boteztorul. nalt de 59 de metri and on the other it became too small ral of the Prahova Heroes from the War
pn la vrf, clopotnia, dar i o nou for the increasing number of people in of National Integration 1916-1918 has
catedral care urma s fie propori- Ploieti, so they demolished it and built struggled to come to life in 21st century
onal cu dimensiunile acesteia, au a brick church in its stead. This occurred Ploieti ever since.

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Viziteaz judeul Prahova!

Visit Prahova County!

Judeul Prahova este un loc ncrcat de istorie, spiritualitate


i cultur, remarcndu-se prin obiective turistice unice. Ca
prahovean, a recomanda oricnd zona Vii Prahovei, att
datorit peisajelor sale deosebite, ct i condiiilor bune de
cazare. n plus, nu trebuie omis nici faptul c aici, mai bine Prahova County is filled with history, spirituality and culture,
standing out by its unique tourist attractions. As a local, I
dect oriunde altundeva, turitii pot practica sporturi de
would recommend Prahova Valley anytime, both thanks to
iarn, tot mai atrgtoare pentru romni i strini.
its special landscapes and good accommodation conditions.
n schimb, dac eu nsumi a fi turist pentru o zi n Praho- Besides, we should not forget the fact that here, better than
va, nu a vrea s ratez Castelul Pele din Sinaia, reedina anywhere else, tourists can practise winter sports, which are
de var a regilor Romniei fiind un important reper istoric becoming ever more attractive for Romanians and foreigners.
i cultural. Totodat, un potenial turistic deosebit l are i However, if I were a tourist in Prahova for one day, I would not
zona Slnicului, cu bile srate i Mina Unirea, fiind o like to miss Pele Castle in Sinaia, the summer residence of Ro-
zon recunoscut n special pentru turismul balneo i SPA. manian kings, an important historical and cultural landmark.
O alt zon turistic n plin dezvoltare este zona viticol At the same time, the area of Slnic has a particular touristic
Dealul Mare - cunoscut n ar i strintate n special potential, with its salt baths and Unirea Mine, being recog-
pentru vinurile roii. Aici, turistul are posibilitatea s par- nised mostly for the spa tourism. Another developing touristic
curg un traseu unic intitulat Drumul Vinului. area is the wine region Dealul Mare famous in the country
and abroad especially for its red wines. Here, tourists have the
Din punct de vedre spiritual, judeul Prahova a fost i este
chance to go on a unique trail called The Wine Road.
un important centru al ortodoxiei, aici existnd din vremuri
From a spiritual point of view, Prahova County has been an
strvechi numeroase mnstiri, biserici i schituri. important Orthodox centre, with numerous monasteries,
Ceea ce puini tiu, i a dori s scot n eviden, este faptul churches and sketes.
c Ploietiul, de pild, a adpostit personaliti memorabile, What few people know, and I would like to emphasise, is
nume ce au fcut cinste acestui ora. Este vorba de drama- that the city of Ploieti, for instance, hosted memorable fig-
turgul I.L. Caragiale (Ploietiul fiind cunoscut ca ,,oraul lui ures, important names that have honoured the locality. We
Caragiale) i ,,poetul necuvintelor - Nichita Stnescu. are talking about the playwright I.L. Caragiale (Ploieti being
Judeul Prahova, care poate nsemna Cheia sau Valea Dofta- known as the city of Caragiale) and the poet of the un-
nei, Sinaia sau Buteni, Cmpina sau Bicoi ori Valea Telea- words Nichita Stnescu.
jenului, n ntregime, este foarte frumos, este magic n orice Prahova County, which can mean Cheia or Valea Doftanei,
anotimp i i invit cu acest prilej pe toi turitii, att din ar, Sinaia or Buteni, Cmpina or Bicoi or Teleajen Valley, is very
beautiful in its entirety, it is magical on any season and I invite
ct i din strintate, s descopere varietatea formelor de
all tourists in the country and abroad to discover the variety
turism ce pot fi practicate aici, la noi. Aceast diversitate cu of the forms of tourism that can be practised here. This di-
care am fost binecuvntai i ofer particularitate i l dife- versity that we have been blessed with grants it particularity
reniaz de orice alt zon din Romnia, un atu incontesta- and makes it different from any other area in Romania, an
bil care trebuie descoperit, trebuie mprtit pretutindeni. undeniable advantage that needs to be discovered and shared
Aceste forme de turism, fie c vorbim de turismul montan everywhere. These forms of tourism, be they mountain and
i premontan, fie de cel balneo sau cultural, viticol sau re- pre-mountain tourism, spa or cultural, winegrowing or reli-
ligios, sunt completate i de o infrastructur bine pus la gious tourism, are completed by a well-fitted infrastructure,
punct, dar i de apropierea de Bucureti, capitala Romniei, as well as the close distance to Bucharest, the Romanian cap-
i de Aeroportul Internaional Henri Coand. ital, and Henri Coand International Airport.
Bogdan Andrei Toader, vice-president of Prahova County Council
Bogdan Andrei Toader, vicepreedinte Consiliul Judeean Prahova
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grdina doroftei pub


zoologic Te bucuri de o bere
Foarte aproape de i savurezi o mas
Ploieti, la vreo delicioas.
5 kilometri.
Doroftei Pub
The Zoological Garden Here you can enjoy a beer
Very close to Ploieti, and indulge in a delicious
about 5 km away. meal.

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Info utifole
Grdina Zoologic Useful in

Preul biletelor este de doar 5 lei


pentru aduli i 2 lei pentru copii
Foarte aproape de Ploieti, la vreo 5 kilometri, ntre 7 i 14 lei, iar cei mici de tot

adic o nimica toat dac vii pe roi i ct o avnd intrarea liber.

plimbare sntoas dac o iei la pas, se The tickets only cost 5 lei for
adults and 2 lei for children
gsete un parc. aged 7 to 14, younger ones being
granted free entrance

The Zoological Garden
Very close to Ploieti, about 5 km away, which is a piece of cake if you come
by car and a healthy walk if you dont, you can find a park. www.zooploiesti.ro

Una dintre puinele insule de ponei Shetland, maimue, psri the park. Enough room for the over 250
verdea din vecintatea oraului, exotice, gte cu obraji albi, porci de animals of approximately 50 species,
Parcul Memorial Constantin Stere ap sau singurele exemplare din ara some of which are even endangered.
sau, mai simplu, Parcul Bucov, cum noastr de lame Alpaca i canguri Big cats, like their neighbours the brown
i spun localnicii, te ntmpin la rapizi de talie mic. bears, are accommodated in large
intrare cu o alee mrginit de tei Zoo Ploieti organizeaz n fiecare an, areas that attempt to recreate their
impuntori, sculpturi moderniste i pentru copiii de toate vrstele, o serie natural environment. The five lions can
busturi de scriitori. Vizitatorii sunt de workshop-uri pe teme precum cau- be admired by visitors on a 4,000 sqm
ns mai atrai de leii, maimuele i zele dispariiei speciilor de animale, parcel. But however majestic the lions
urii din parc dect de operele de art. protecia naturii sau biologia speciilor may be, children who come here on
Iar asta este perfect normal, ntruct din colecia Grdinii. Astfel, copiii school trips or brought by their parents
foto/photo: zooploiesti.ro, shutterstock

n Parcul Constantin Stere exist de vor putea nelege mai bine compor- and grandparents are fascinated by all
peste trei decenii o grdin zoologic, tamentul animalelor i necesitatea the animals living in the Ploieti Zoolo-
cu o suprafa ntins pe 16 din cele ocrotirii acestora. gical Garden. It is difficult to choose a
100 de hectare ale parcului. Un spaiu Este o plcere s vii la grdina zoolo- favourite animal when you see red deer,
suficient pentru cele peste 250 de gic ori de cte ori vrei, poate chiar vei nandu, Shetland ponies, monkeys and
animale din aproximativ 50 de specii, reui la un moment dat s te hotrti apes, exotic birds, white-cheeked geese,
dintre care cteva fiind chiar pe cale care este animalul tu preferat. water boars or the only specimens of
de dispariie. Alpaca and wallaby in our country.
Felinele, ca i vecinii lor de adpost, Ploieti Zoo organises every year, for
urii bruni, sunt cazate n spaii mari One of the few green areas children of all ages, a series of work-
care ncearc recrearea mediului lor around the city, the Constantin Stere shops on topics such as the causes of
natural. Cei cinci lei pot fi admirai de Memorial Park or simply Bucov Park, disappearance of various species of an-
vizitatori pe un teren cu o suprafa de as the locals call it, welcomes you with imals, nature protection or the biology
4.000 de metri ptrai. ns orict ar a path framed by impressive linden of the species in the Gardens collection.
trees, modernist sculptures and writers Thus, children will be able to better
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fi leii de maiestuoi, copiii care vin n


excursii organizate de coal sau adui busts. However, the visitors prefer the understand the behaviour of animals
de prini i bunici sunt fascinai de lions, monkeys and bears in the park and the need to protect them.
toate animalele care triesc n Grdina to the works of art. And this is normal, It is a pleasure to come to the zoo every
Zoologic Ploieti. Este greu s te because the Constantin Stere Park time you want to, perhaps one day
hotrti asupra unui animal preferat has hosted a zoo for over three decades, you will even decide on your favourite
cnd vezi cerbi carpatini, strui nandu, with an area of 16 of the 100 hectares of animal.
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Grdina Zoologic are


un spaiu suficient pentru
cele peste 250 de animale din
aproximativ 50 de specii, dintre
care cteva fiind chiar pe cale
de dispariie. The Zoolo-
gical Garden has enough room
for the over 250 animals of ap-
proximately 50 species, some
of which are even endagered.

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Doroftei Pub
La Doroftei Pub, barul situat deasupra cinema-
tografului Patria din centrul Ploietiului, poi
face mai multe lucruri deodat: s te bucuri de o
bere, s savurezi o mas delicioas i s l salui
pe Mou fr team.

Doroftei Pub
At Doroftei Pub, located above the Patria Cinema in the centre of Ploieti, you
can do several things at once: enjoy a beer, indulge in a delicious meal and say
hello to Mou without fear.

Fostul pugilist romn Leonard competiiile sportive, dar i alegerea in the ring, Doroftei was beaten only
Doroftei, campion mondial WBA la ideal pentru tinerii care vin s bea o once in 20 years, when he retired from
categoria semiuoar, nu mai boxeaz bere cu prietenii sau pentru turitii care the sports world. But the ring is different
din anul 2004 dect poate nite muchi nu scap fr un selfie cu Mou. from the pub, where people call him
de porc, ca s-i ajute buctarul. n Gurmanzii, pasionaii de box i toi Mou. The equipment that belonged to
schimb, st cu plcere la taclale cu curioii nfometai care vor s afle ce the boxer are framed on the walls, near
clienii care calc pragul restaurantului trebuie s mnnce un campion se pot medals, newspaper clippings and pictures
i uneori gtete alturi de angajai sau delecta cu reeta special conceput de of him, one table is placed inside a ring,
chiar servete la mese. Doroftei, un amestec de carne de pui, de boxing bags come down from the ceiling,
Doroftei Pub are o tematic unic n porc i de vit, mprietenit cu ciuperci and the most important trophies are
Romnia. Este amenajat ca un muzeu i mmligu i numit, cum altfel, exhibited above the bar. He has managed
al boxului, al muncii de o via a unui Plcerea Campionului. Nu se tie ci to win peoples sympathy and appreci-
sportiv care a nceput s boxeze n 1984 dintre cei care s-au nfruptat din ea au ation once again, and his pub became a
la Clubul Prahova din oraul natal Ploi- ajuns campioni, dar reeta sigur a ajuns symbol of the city, the meeting spot for
eti. Supranumit n ring Leul, Doroftei preferata clienilor. sports journalists who write their articles
watching sports competitions live, as
foto/photo: doroftei pub

a avut o singur nfrngere n 20 de ani,


dup care s-a i retras din lumea spor- well as the perfect choice for the young
tului. Dar una este ringul i alta este The former Romanian boxer Le- people who want to have a beer with
crciumria, unde lumea i spune mai onard Doroftei, WBA Lightweight cham- their friends or for the tourists who cant
degrab Mou. Echipamentele care i-au pion, has not boxed since 2004, except leave without a selfie with Doroftei.
aparinut pugilistului sunt nrmate maybe some pork tenderloin to help his Gluttons, boxing lovers and hungry curi-
pe perei, lng medalii, articole din cook. What he does is chat gleefully with ous people who want to find out what a
ziar i poze cu Leul, o mas este aezat the clients who enter his restaurant, and champion mus eat can enjoy the special
ntr-un ring, din tavan atrn saci de sometimes he cooks with his employees recipe conceived by Doroftei, a mix of
or waits tables. poultry meat, pork and beef, joined by
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box, iar cele mai importante trofee sunt


expuse deasupra barului. A reuit s Doroftei Pub has a one-of-a-kind theme mushrooms and polenta, whose name
ctige simpatia i aprecierea oameni- in Romania. It is decorated as a boxing is, what else, The Champions Delight.
lor i de data aceasta, pub-ul lui Dorof- museum, exhibiting the work of a life- We do not know how many of those who
tei devenind un reper al oraului, locul time of a sportsman who started boxing tried it have become champions, but the
de ntlnire pentru jurnalitii sportivi in 1984 at the Prahova club in his native recipe has definitely become the clients
care-i scriu articolele urmrind live town of Ploieti. Also dubbed The Lion favourite.
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1 Echipamentele care i-au


aparinut pugilistului sunt
nrmate pe perei, lng
medalii, articole din ziar i
poze cu Leul The equip-
ment that belonged to the
boxer are framed on the walls,
near medals, newspaper clip-
pings and pictures of him

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Prahova

40
Munii Bucegi pot fi vizitai i
iubii orict de mult, este lucrul
cel mai uor de fcut.

Bucegi Mountains can be visited


and loved as much as possible,
this is the easiest thing to do.

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Prahova County is filled with
history, spirituality and culture,
standing out by its unique tourist
attractions.

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Complexul de la marginea
Sinaiei ofer un veritabil
buchet de stiluri arhitectonice.

The complex located at the edge


of Sinaia has a true bouquet of
fin de sicle architectural styles.

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1 din martie
pn n octombrie
putei participa la
excursii pe Drumul
Vinului
From March to
October, you can
take part in journeys
on the "Wine Road"

01

Drumul Vinului
The Wine Road
Vinu-i vorbre, se tie. Se-mprietenete Noir! - la una dintre degustrile organizate turul viilor i al fabricilor, ntre degustrile
repede cu omul i, odat turnat n pahar, pe Drumul Vinului. de la cramele Rotenberg, Budureasca, Do-
ncepe-a povesti cte-n lun i-n stele. S lsm ns vinul s desfete simuri, meniile Tohani, S.E.R.V.E. Ceptura, Conacul
Sincer i binevoitor, vinul spune tot, despre precum i este menirea, i s-i vedem mai Urleanu, Domeniile Dealul Mare-Urlai,
cum s-a ndrgostit mama-vi cu solul-ta- bine drumul din podgoria Dealu Mare, de excursiile includ vizitarea conacului Bellu,
t, despre copilria din podgorie cu fraii la Valea Clugreasc la Tohani, un spaiu a mnstirilor Vrbila, Jercli i Zamfira, a
i surorile broboane, despre acea toamn viticol nrudit ca latitudine cu cel din Muzeului Crama 1777, iar nsoitorii de grup
cnd, dup ce i-a prsit ciorchinele, a regiunea franuzeasc de renume mondial i reprezentanii cramelor vin cu informaii
plns, apoi a mustuit i-a fermentat pn Bordeaux. Proiect lansat n anul 2000 de inedite despre procesul de vinificaie, par-
cnd i-a gsit tihna ntr-un butoi de stejar. fostul ministru al turismului Dan Matei ticularitile soiurilor romneti i rspund
i tocmai cnd credea c doar de tihn va Agathon, Drumul Vinului unete podgo- tuturor curiozitilor turitilor. Iar tot ce nu
avea parte pentru tot restul zilelor, vinul riile renumite ale judeului Prahova, vechi poate fi exprimat prin cuvinte rmne s fie
nnobilat i-a continuat cltoria, de data conace boiereti, mnstiri i crame unde neles dup ce plimbai vinul n gur cam
aceasta n sticl nchis cu dop de plut, ali se pot degusta cele mai bune vinuri, nsoite 15 secunde.
civa ani. de preparate tradiionale romneti, ntr-o
Pn acum! Clipocete vinul vesel n pahar, experien complet pentru toi cei pasio- Wine is a chatterbox, we know it. It
pn acum cnd e invitat special, alturi de nai de eleganta lume a oenologiei. makes friends with men easily and, once
alte vinuri - uite-l pe Cabernet Sauvignon, Din martie pn n octombrie putei parti- poured into the glass, it begins to spin a yarn.
ano ntre o Feteasc Alb i una Neagr!, cipa la excursii de jumtate de zi, o zi sau Honest and kind, wine tells everything, about
uite-l i pe Merlot cum uotete cu Pinot dou zile pe Drumul Vinului. Pe lng the way mother-vine fell in love with father-

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soil, about its childhood in the vineyard,


with the grape brothers and sisters,
about that autumn when, after leaving
its bunch, it cried, then it became must
and fermented until it found its peace in
an oak barrel. And just when it thought it
would enjoy peace and quiet for the rest
of its days, the noble wine continued its
journey, this time in a bottle closed with
cork, for a few more years.
Until now! The cheerful wine gurgles in
the glass, until now, when it is the special
guest, along with other wines there
is the Cabernet Sauvignon, strutting
between a Feteasc Alb and a Feteasc
Neagr!, there is the Merlot whispering to
Pinot Noir! at one of the tastings organ-
ised on the Wine Road.
But let us leave wine delight our senses,
as it should, and take a better look at the
road in the Dealu Mare vineyard, from
Valea Clugreasc to Tohani, a wine
growing area whose latitude relates it to
the one in the world-renowned Bordeaux
region in France. A project launched in
the year 2000 by the former Minister of
Tourism Dan Matei Agathon, the Wine
Road unites the famous vineyards in
Prahova County, old noblemens manors,
monasteries and wine cellars where you
can taste the best wines, along with tradi-
tional Romanian dishes, in a full experi-
ence for every fan of the elegant world of
oenology.
From March to October, you can take
part in journeys of half a day, one or two
days on the Wine Road. Besides the
tour of vineyards and factories, between
tastings at the wine cellars of Rotenberg,
Budureasca, Domeniile Tohani, S.E.R.V.E.
Ceptura, Conacul Urleanu, Domeniile
Dealul Mare-Urlai, these journeys include
visiting the Bellu manor, the monaster-
ies of Vrbila, Jercli and Zamfira, the
Crama 1777 Museum, and tour guides and
representatives of the cellars will provide
new information about the wine-making
process, the specificities of Romanian vari-
eties and they respond to every curiosity
of the tourists. And everything that can-
not be put into words will be understood
after you have swished the wine around in
your mouth for about 15 seconds.

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1 drumul voiev-
ozilor ncearc s
spun povestea dru-
murilor de demult
printr-un traseu
turistic tematic.
"The Voievodes'
Road" tries to tell
the story of days
gone by with a tem-
atic track.

01

Drumul Voievozilor
The Voivodes Road
Cnd urmele lsate de istorie n jurul nia. Tot aici putei vedea ruinele Conacului Vechi, Aricetii Rahtivani and Filipetii de
nostru amuesc, trebuie s le facem s Matei i Toma Cantacuzino, iar la Filipetii Trg, coming out to Trgovite.
vorbeasc din nou. Proiectul Consiliului de Trg, din aceeai serie a palatelor i For the moment, the road passes through
Judeean Prahova - Drumul Voievozilor conacelor cantacuzine, putei vizita ruinele four localities. In Floreti you can visit the
- ncearc s spun povestea vremurilor de reedinei lui Constantin Cantacuzino, Heroes Monument, the Roman Catholic
demult printr-un traseu tematic care ajut postelnicul domnitorului Matei Basarab. n Chapel, the Mavros Cantacuzino Manor and
turitii s cunoasc istorii ale unor vestigii comuna Aricetii Rahtivani se gsete, nc the Little Trianon Palace, built by the boyar
arheologice i monumente arhitecturale din 1777, Biserica Sf. Ilie i Sf. Nicolae, Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino for his grand-
din localiti mai puin cunoscute. iar n rezervaia arheologic La Movile daughter Alice. In Filipetii de Pdure you can
Inaugurat n toamna lui 2011, proiectul din satul Buda a fost descoperit n 2013 un see the Sfinii Trei Ierarhi Church, erected in
i propune ca la final s includ localit- grupaj unic de tumuli daco-getici. 1688 by Lady Blaa Cantacuzino and her son,
ile Ciorani, Drgneti, Gherghia, Balta sword bearer Toma Cantacuzino, recognised
Doamnei, Gorgota, Tinosu, Brazi, Trgoru by UNESCO as the Vorone of Muntenia.
Vechi, Aricetii Rahtivani i Filipetii de When the traces left by history all This is where you can also see the ruins of
Trg, ieind spre Trgovite. around us fall silent, we have to make them the Matei and Toma Cantacuzino Manor,
Deocamdat, drumul trece prin patru loca- speak again. The project of the Prahova and in Filipetii de Trg, in the same series of
liti. La Floreti putei vizita Monumentul County Council The Voivodes Road tries Cantacuzino palaces and manors, you can
Eroilor, Capela Romano-Catolic, Conacul to tell the story of days gone by with a them- visit the ruins of Constantin Cantacuzinos
Mavros Cantacuzino i Palatul Micul atic track that helps tourists learn about residence, the seneschal of Prince Matei Bas-
Trianon, construit de boierul Gheorghe the stories of archaeological vestiges and arab. In the commune of Aricetii Rahtivani
Grigore Cantacuzino pentru nepoata sa architectural monuments in lesser-known you can see the Sf. Ilie i Sf. Nicolae Church,
Alice. La Filipetii de Pdure exist Biserica localities. built in 1777, and in the archaeological reser-
Sfinii Trei Ierarhi, ctitorit n 1688 de c- Inaugurated in the autumn of 2011, the pro- vation La Movile in the village of Buda, a
tre doamna Blaa Cantacuzino i fiul su, ject aims to eventually include the localities one-of-a-kind group of Geto-Dacian tumuli
sptarul Toma Cantacuzino, i recunoscut of Ciorani, Drgneti, Gherghia, Balta was discovered in 2013.
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1 turitii sunt primii


cu braele deschise
n satele i comunele
prahovene i pot da chiar
i o mn de ajutor local-
nicilor la culesul fructelor.
Tourists are welcomed
with open arms in the
villages and communes
of Prahova and they can
even help locals pick the
fruits.

01

Drumul Fructelor
The Fruit Road
Odinioar un valoros bazin pomicol, i privelitea Munilor Bucegi. countless stop-overs along tracks beaten per-
nordul judeului Prahova este promovat Mai departe, n comuna Telega, bile forma- haps who knows, in the age of once upon
printr-un program care ncearc valorifica- te n jurul lacurilor srate din vechile ocne, a time by the great popular hero Pcal,
rea specificului i tradiiilor zonei. Turitii unde se spune c a fost nchis haiducul as well. If he filled his bag with all the fruits
sunt primii cu braele deschise n satele i Iancu Jianu, sunt un important punct de blessing the land of Prahova, who knows and
comunele prahovene, cu att mai mult cu atracie, iar comuna Brebu se remarc prin who can do anything about it?!
ct pot da chiar o mn de ajutor local- complexul arhitectural ridicat de Matei From the locality of Adunai, surrounded by
nicilor la culesul fructelor, la prepararea Basarab. Din localitatea Slnic, situat pe impressive hills, the road passes through the
dulceurilor, dar mai ales la degustarea un masiv de sare, putei ncepe i un traseu health resort of Breaza, then it goes down to
buntilor, la colindarea livezilor, la plim- montan, ntruct n apropiere se afl Munii Poiana Cmpina, where you can see the Ad-
barea prin pdure i la vizitarea nelipsitelor Grohoti. ormirea Maicii Domnului Church, to go on
obiective turistice. Drumul Fructelor se ncheie la Starchiojd, through Cmpina, where the Iulia Hasdeu
Drumul fructelor leag 18 localiti i care este cea mai veche localitate atestat Castle can be visited. From the Muscel Hill
numeroase popasuri prin trasee strbtute documentar din ntreg judeul Prahova - 10 you can admire both the entire vista of the
poate - cine tie, n vremea lui a fost odat iulie 1418. city with its surroundings, and the view of the
ca niciodat - i de nzdrvanul erou po- Bucegi Mountains.
pular Pcal. Dac i-o fi umplut traista cu Once a valuable fruit tree growing Further on, in the commune of Telega, the
toate soiurile de fructe care binecuvnteaz region, the north of Prahova County is pro- baths formed around the salt lakes in the old
pmntul Prahovei, cine mai poate ti i ce-i moted through a programme that attempts mines, where the outlaw Iancu Jianu is said to
mai poate face?! to valorise the specificity and the traditions have been imprisoned, are an important at-
Din localitatea Adunai, nconjurat de in the area. Tourists are welcomed with traction, and the commune of Brebu stands
dealuri impuntoare, drumul trece prin open arms in the villages and communes out with its architectural complex built by
staiunea balneoclimateric Breaza, coboa- of Prahova, especially because they can Matei Basarab. From the locality of Slnic,
r apoi spre Poiana Cmpina, unde se afl even help locals pick the fruit, make jams, located on a salt mountain, you can also take
Biserica Adormirea Maicii Domnului, but above all, they can taste the delicacies, to a mountain trail, as the Grohoti Moun-
i continu prin Cmpina, unde poate fi wander about orchards, walk through the tains are rather close.
vizitat Castelul Iulia Hasdeu. De pe Dealul woods and visit the ever-present tourist The fruit road ends in Starchiojd, which is
Muscel se poate admira att ntreaga pano- attractions. the oldest documented locality in the entire
ram a oraului, cu mprejurimile sale, ct The fruit road connects 18 localities and Prahova County 10 July, 1418.

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2 Localitile care m-
prejmuiesc Munii Bucegi sunt
printre cele mai cutate de
turiti, n orice anotimp.
The localities. surrounding
the Bucegi Massif are among
the tourists' favourites in any
season.

Munii
Bucegi 02

L
a nceput a fost un secret, cunos- aezrile de la poalele Bucegilor au ridicat
cut doar de Babele iubitoare de taifas. curioi privirea spre muni. i de-atunci,
I-au fcut semn Sfinxului s-i coboa- frumuseea Bucegilor nu a mai fost un
re urechea la vorbele lor, dar omul secret pentru nimeni.
de piatr, mai cu capul pe umeri, i nu orice Aa ar putea suna una dintre multele
umeri, ci umerii Bucegilor, a izbucnit n rs. legende care mbogesc universul mitic al
Cum credeau Babele c pot ine ascuns de Munilor Bucegi dac ar fi existat cndva
oameni frumuseea maiestuoas a Masi- o vreme n care locuitorii din mprejurimi
vului Bucegi, cu abrupturile lui stncoase s fi fost orbi. Orbi de-a binelea sau mcar
ndulcite de imense pajiti alpine, crestate nepstori la peisajele ncnttoare druite
din loc n loc de ape sprintene i strpunse de masivul n form de potcoav care atinge
de coloane impuntoare de calcar? Un lucru cerul cu fruntea Vrfului Omu, la altitudinea
ca acesta nici nu putea fi nchipuit, aa c de 2.505 metri. Dar aa ceva ar fi prea greu
Sfinxul a hohotit i s-au bucurat de veselia de crezut.
lui toate vieuitoarele, pieptul puternic al Localitile care mprejmuiesc Masivul
Caraimanului s-a umflat de rs, Cascada Bucegi - Predeal, Azuga, Buteni, Poiana a-
Urltoarea i-a asurzit pe btrnii Jepi cu pului, Sinaia - sunt printre cele mai cutate
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peisajul pitoresc, aerul curat i ionizarea


accentuat a atmosferei fac din aceast stai-
une un obiectiv turistic pe care ar fi pcat
s-l ratai.
O alt variant de traseu este cel nsemnat
cu band albastr, tot cu plecare din Sinaia,
dar care trece pe la Cabana Piatra Ars, iar
de la Vrful Omu coboar spre Rnov. Dac
o luai la picior, ai putea ajunge la Cabana
Piatra Ars n vreo patru ore, ns dac vrei
varianta mai rapid i mai confortabil,
v urcai n main i o apucai pe Drumul
Babelor. Aa se mai numete Transbucegiul,
unul dintre cele mai frumoase drumuri
montane din Romnia, care uureaz acce-
sul n zona Platoului Bucegi. Din cei 20 km
lungime, doar 17 km sunt asfaltai, cu toate
acestea putei ajunge pe patru roi pn n
apropierea Cabanei Piatra Ars, adic la o al-
titudine de 1.925 de metri. Autoritile sper
ca, dup redeschiderea oficial, preconizat
c va avea loc n 2016, Drumul Babelor s
ajung chiar pn la piciorul Babelor.
Traseul marcat cu cruce albastr ajunge
din Buteni la Cabana Caraiman prin Valea
Jepilor. Pe ct de frumoi sunt Jepii Mici,
aproape tot pe att de periculoi sunt pentru
cei nepregtii cu nclminte i mbrc-
minte adecvat. E bine de tiut c este mai
uor s urci dect s cobori prin Valea Jepi-
lor, c Jepii Mici sunt mai ri dect Jepii Mari
i c iarna nu se recomand s ncercai s-i
nfruntai. Dar, odat scpai de sperietoarea
Vii Jepilor, v putei odihni puin la Cabana
Caraiman, iar de acolo pn la Crucea Eroi-
lor Neamului, construit la altitudinea de
2.291 metri pentru a cinsti memoria eroilor
ceferiti czui la datorie n Primul Rzboi
Mondial, nu mai avei dect o or de mers.
poteci este cea mai dens i bine ntreinut. la Pichetul Rou, o luai la vale spre Buteni, Cea de-a patra magistral turistic, nsem-
Exist 39 de trasee omologate i unul n curs unde exist alte atracii turistice imposibil nat cu band galben, ajunge la Vrful
de omologare, mprite n patru magistrale de ignorat. Omu prin Valea Cerbului, recunoscut ca un
turistice, dar n ce ordine le alegei sau cum Una dintre ele este Castelul Cantacuzino, cartier al rulotelor i corturilor. Mii de turiti
le selectai rmne s decidei mpreun cu construit la cererea prinului Gheorghe aleg s petreac aici chiar i luni ntregi, din
muntele i tovarii de drum. Grigore Cantacuzino, cunoscut sub numele primvar cam pn cnd d prima brum.
Putei pleca din Sinaia, de la Cota 1400, prin de Nababul, pentru c era att de bogat nct Pensionari sau pur i simplu pasionai de
Piciorul Lptici i aua Strunga, iar de acolo, ar fi putut s fac acoperiul castelului din traiul n mijlocul naturii vin pe Valea Cerbu-
printre stncrii de calcare albe i bolovni- monede de aur. Nu a fcut acoperiul din lui cu butelii de aragaz, murturi, animale
uri, spre Cabana Omu, cel mai nalt punct aur, dar o comoar tot a fost gzduit n ca- de cas i integrame, cu corturi mari sau cu
din Romnia locuit permanent. De aici, merele sale, n 2015 fiind expuse, din august rulote personalizate cu plante de aparta-
dup ce v tragei rsuflarea, putei vedea pn n octombrie, peste 200 de lucrri ale ment ca s se bucure de soare, aer curat i
aproape toat ara. Cel puin aa se spune, lui Salvador Dali. campionate de ah sau table.
dar dac e senin, sigur vi se nfieaz un Din Buteni putei ajunge n mai puin de Cine tie, poate c aa se va nate o alt
orizont larg, de-a lungul imensului arc al o or la Cascada Urltoarea, spectaculoas legend a Bucegilor, una n care Babele,
Carpailor, de la Munii Moldovei pn la datorit nlimii de 15 metri i a debitului curioase din fire, se strecoar noaptea spre
Masivul Fgra. Dup ce dai piept apoi cu de ap considerabil. De acolo putei urma Valea Cerbului ca s guste din murturi i se
Vrful Bucoiu i cobori spre rscrucea de drumul forestier spre Poiana apului, unde mpiedic de bolovanii din Valea Priponului.

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04

Dar aa ceva ar fi prea greu de crezut, astfel beauty of the Bucegi was no longer a secret
nct putem lsa legendele n pace. Munii for anyone.
Bucegi ns pot fi vizitai i iubii orict de This is what many of the legends that enrich
mult, este lucrul cel mai uor de fcut. the mythical world of the Bucegi Mountains
would sound like, if there had ever been a
time when the people living in their surround-
06
At the beginning there was a secret, ings had been blind. Blind for good or at least
known only by the gossip-loving Babe. They blind to the charming landscapes gifted by
motioned at the Sphinx to lend them the the horseshoe-shaped massif that touches
ear, but the man of stone, with his head well
on his shoulders, and not any shoulders, but
the sky with the forehead of Omu Peak, at the
elevation of 2,505 metres. But this would be
Pensionari sau pur
the shoulders of the Bucegi Mountains, burst
out laughing. How did the Babe imagine they
too hard to believe.
The localities surrounding the Bucegi Massif
i simplu pasionai
could conceal from humans the majestic
beauty of the Bucegi Massif, with its rocky
Predeal, Azuga, Buteni, Poiana apului,
Sinaia are among the tourists favourites in
de traiul n mijlocul
slopes tempered by huge Alpine meadows, any season, and the network of paths is the naturii vin pe Valea
harrowed here and there by spry waters, thickest and the best maintained one. There
pierced by impressive limestone columns? It are 39 certified trails and one pending certific- Cerbului ca s se
was unimaginable that something like this ation, divided into four main trails, but it is up
could ever happen, so the Sphinx laughed to you, the mountain and your companions to bucure de aerul curat.
and every living thing enjoyed his good cheer, decide the order or how you choose them.
the strong chest of the Caraiman puffed with You can start from Sinaia, at Cota 1400,
laughter, the Urltoarea Waterfall deafened through Piciorul Lptici and aua Strunga, Pensioners or simply people who
the old Jepi with the roar of waters, and the and from there, among limestone rocks and love spending timw in nature
people who lived in the settlements at the boulders, to Omu Cabin, the highest per-
foot of the Bucegi lifted their curious gaze manently inhabited point in Romania. Here,
come to Valea Cerbului to enjoy
towards the mountains. And ever since, the after you have caught your breath, you can the clean air.

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4 Traseul marcat cu cruce


albastr ajunge din Buteni la with its height of 15 metres and its consider- worse than Jepii Mari and that this trail is not
Cabana Caraiman prin Valea able water debit. There you can take the forest recommended in winter. But once you have
Jepilor. The blue cross road to Poiana apului, where the picturesque got rid of the Valea Jepilor scare, you can rest
trail goes from Buteni to
landscape, the clean air and the high ionisa- a while at the Caraiman Cabin, and there is
Caraiman Cabin through Valea
tion of the atmosphere make this resort a just an hours walk from there to the Heroes
Jepilor.
tourist attraction that you should not miss. Cross, built at an altitude of 2,291 metres in
Another option for a trail is the blue band the memory of the railway heroes who died
one, which starts in Sinaia, reaching Piatra on duty in World War I.
Ars Cabin, and going down to Rnov from The fourth tourist trail, marked with a yellow
see almost the entire country. At least this is Omu Peak. If you walk, you can reach the band, reaches Omu Peak through Valea
what they say, but if the sky is clear, you will Piatra Ars Cabin in about four hours, but Cerbului, recognised as a neighbourhood of
definitely have a wide horizon spread before if you prefer the quicker, more comfortable caravans and tents. Thousands of tourists
you, all along the huge Carpathian arc, from option, you get in the car and take the Drumul choose to spend even whole months here,
Moldovei Mountains to Fgra Massif. Then Babelor. This is another name for Transbucegi, from spring until the time of the first mist.
after you have faced the Bucoiu Peak and you one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Pensioners or simply people who love spend-
go down to the crossroads at Pichetul Rou, Romania, which enables access to the area ing time in nature come to Valea Cerbului
follow the path down to Buteni, where you of Bucegi Plateau. Out of its length of 20 km, with gas canisters, pickled vegetables, pets
can find other tourist attractions impossible only 17 km are paved, but you can almost and puzzles, with large tents or caravans
to ignore. reach the Cabin by car, at an elevation of 1,925 customised with indoor plants to enjoy the
One of them is Cantacuzino Castle, built metres. The authorities hope that, after the sun, the clean air and chess or backgammon
at the request of Prince Gheorghe Grigore official reopening, estimated to occur in 2016, championships.
Cantacuzino, also known as the Nabob, Drumul Babelor will even reach the foot of Who knows, perhaps another legend of
because he was so rich that he could have the Babele. the Bucegi will be born, one where Babele,
covered the roof of the castle in gold coins. The blue cross trail goes from Buteni to curious as they are, creep up at night to Valea
He did not, but the castles chambers hosted Caraiman Cabin through Valea Jepilor. As Cerbului to taste the pickles and they trip
another treasure, over 200 works by Salvador beautiful as the Jepii Mici are, as dangerous on the boulders in Valea Priponului. But this
Dali being exhibited there from August until they are for those who come unprepared would be too hard to believe, so we can leave
October 2015. with proper footwear and clothing. It is good legends in peace. Bucegi Mountains can be
From Buteni you can reach the Urltoarea to know that climbing up the Valea Jepilor is visited and loved as much as possible, this is
Waterfall in less than an hour, spectacular easier than climbing down, that Jepii Mici are the easiest thing to do.

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2 Localitatea Azuga s-a


dezvoltat n jurul hanului
"ntre Prahove" sau "Cciula
Mare". The locality we
01
see today developed around
the inn "ntre Prahove" or
"Cciula Mare".

Azuga 02

L
a nceputul secolului al XIX-lea, secolului al XIX-lea. Tradiia amintete
zona de la poalele Munilor Baiului numele acestui fondator de facto al Azugi
era descris ca slab populat, ca fiind Gheorghe Zangor, aparent legat eti-
presrat ici-colo cu ctune de cteva mologic de numele prului i al localitii
case i hanuri ce deserveau pstorii i de mai trziu.
comercianii din regiune. ntre Prahove, devenit ntre timp un c-
Localitatea de astzi s-a dezvoltat n jurul tun adjudecat comunei Sinaia, i primete
hanului ntre Prahove, sau Cciula numele actual la 1881. Trei ani mai trziu,
Mare, situat n apropierea locului de vr- Azuga mpreun cu Predeal, Buteni i Poia-
sare al Prului Azuga. Conform tradiiei na apului sunt ornduite sub o comun
orale, acesta ar fi fost construit la mijlo- proprie.
cul secolului al XVIII-lea, dup modelul Procesul de industrializare de care s-au
Salonului de Piatr: o construcie masiv, bucurat aezrile prahovene n decursul
cu multe ncperi, unde zidurile de aprare secolului al XIX-lea s-a exprimat n Azuga
sunt nlocuite cu dependine. ncepnd cu 1830, cnd este nfiinat
Un cioban nstrit, cu o turm de peste 500 Gljeria lui Aslan, o fabric de sticl foarte
de oi, ar fi fost primul care i-a construit apreciat deservit n cea mai mare parte de
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with many rooms, where defence walls are


replaced with annexes.
A wealthy shepherd, with a flock of over
500 sheep, is said to have been the first one
who has built a house close to the inn, at
the beginning of the 19th century. Tradition
mentions the name of this de facto founder
of Azuga as Gheorghe Zangor, which seemed
etymologically related to the name of the
spring and the future town.
ntre Prahove, which had meanwhile be-
come a hamlet adjudicated to the commune
of Sinaia, received its current name in 1881.
Three years later, Azuga, Predeal, Buteni and
Poiana apului were organised under their
own commune.
The industrialisation process that the settle-
ments in Prahova County enjoyed during the
19th century was visible in Azuga from 1830
onwards, when Gljeria lui Aslan was foun-
ded, a much appreciated glass factory which
mostly employed craftsmen from Bohemia.
The factory was disbanded rather quickly,
after the tradesman Aslan retired his finan-
cial support. A new investor, S. Grunfeld, only
appeared in 1879. The new factory, located
Fabrica este desfiinat relativ repede, dup pe plan politico-administrativ. Primria between Vile Prahoviei and Azuga, had a
ce comerciantul Aslan i retrage suportul comunal se mut de la Predeal la Azuga staff of 250 workers, who had also come from
financiar. Un nou investitor va aprea abia n 1889, iar n 1949 localitatea primete Bohemia.
la 1879, n persoana lui S. Grunfeld. Noua statutul de ora. A whole series of enterprises with Romanian
fabric, aezat ntre Vile Prahoviei i and foreign capital were established in the
Azuga, are un efectiv de 250 de muncitori, eighth decade of the century: the yellow
de asemenea venii din Boemia. At the beginning of the 19th century, cheese factory, managed by Matei Mocanu, in
O serie ntreag de ntreprinderi cu capital the area at the foot of the Baiului Moun- 1882; the hydraulic lime factory, an initiative
romnesc i strin se vor nfiina n al tains was described as sparsely populated, of the Frenchman Labeuf, and the cement
optulea deceniu al secolului: fabrica de sprinkled with hamlets of just a few houses factory of the engineer Erler, both in 1885; a
cacaval, sub patronajul lui Matei Mocanu, and inns that served shepherds and trades- felt factory and a salami factory, in 1887; the
n 1882; fabrica de var hidraulic, iniiativ people in the region. well-known beer factory, in 1900, and many
a francezului Labeuf, i fabrica de ciment a The locality we see today developed around more companies.
inginerului Erler, ambele n 1885; o fabric the inn ntre Prahove or Cciula Mare, Azugas economic growth can also be seen
de postav i o fabric de salam, la 1887; located close to the mouth of Azuga spring. in politics and administration. The mayors
binecunoscuta fabric de bere, la 1900, i According to oral tradition, it was built at office moves from Predeal to Azuga in 1889,
numeroase alte ntreprinderi. the middle of the 18th century, by the model and in 1949 the locality becomes officially a
Creterea economic a Azugi se oglindete of the Hall of Stone: a massive construction, town.

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1 Preul practicrii
schiului este mai
mic aici dect n alte
staiuni de pe Valea
Prahovei.
The price of skiing
is lower here than
in other resorts in
Prahova Valley.

01

Prtiile de schi din Azuga


The ski slopes of Azuga
Ca o caracteristic mai mult sau mai de 400 de metri echipat cu un teleschi. suntei amator de soare, pe versantul sudic
puin general, cele apte prtii de schi Distana maxim de coborre la Cazacu avei amenajate dou prtii: Sorica Sud, de
din jurul localitii Azuga se adreseaz este de 1.920 de metri, din care numai 770 de metri i o diferen de nivel de 156
nceptorilor ntr-ale sporturilor de iarn. suprafeele deja menionate beneficiaz de de metri, i Sorica La Stn, cu o lungime de
Preul practicrii schiului este mai mic aici sisteme de cabluri, i o diferen de nivel de 910 metri i o diferen de nivel similar.
dect n alte staiuni de pe Valea Prahovei 530 de metri. Beneficiind de prtii uoare i de muli in-
i prtiile sunt de regul mai libere. Sniile Prtia dinspre poalele Muntelui Sorica structori pricepui, pe care i putei plti din
i alte elemente ce pot constitui obstacole este cu 17% mai dificil dect cea de la economia fcut la cazare, staiunea Azuga
pentru schiori sunt interzise. Cazacu. Acoperit de teleschi pe o distan este alegerea ideal pentru cei care vor s
Cea mai uoar dintre prtiile de la Azuga de 700 de metri, beneficiaz de o instalaie descopere tainele schiului.
se gsete n complexul Cazacu i este de iluminat nocturn. Nu trebuie s prsii
destinat nvceilor. Instructorii de schi Muntele Sorica pentru a gsi prtii mai soli-
se ocup aici chiar i de pregtirea copiilor citante. Este suficient s urcati cu telegon- As a more or less general character-
precolari. dola pn n vrf, de unde vi se vor deschide istic, the seven ski slopes around Azuga are
Prtia are 150 de metri lungime, un grad mai multe opiuni. intended for beginners as regards winter
de dificultate minim i dotri pe msura n integralitatea ei, panta de 2.100 de metri sports. The price of skiing is lower here
scopului urmrit, cum ar fi un baby-ski i o de la Sorica, cu o diferen de nivel de 561 than in other resorts in Prahova Valley and
instalaie de zpad artificial. Pentru cei de metri, este catalogat ca fiind de dificul- the slopes are usually less crowded. Sleds
care au depit provocrile prtiei pentru tate medie, ns toate poriunile acoperite and other elements that can be considered
copii, tot la Cazacu se mai gsete o pant de teleschi mpart calificativul uor. Dac obstacles for skiers are not allowed.

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The easiest of the slopes of Azuga is


located in the Cazacu complex and it is
intended for students. Ski instructors even
train pre-school age children here.
The slope is 150 m long, it has the min-
imum degree of difficulty and equipment
fitted to the purpose, like baby-ski and an
artificial snow installation. For those who
have won the challenges of the childrens
slope, there is another slope at Cazacu,
400 m long, fitted with a ski lift. The
maximum descent distance at Cazacu is
1,920 metres, but only the areas we have
mentioned provide cable systems and a
level difference of 530 metres.
The slope near the foot of Sorica Moun-
tain is 17% more difficult than the one
in Cazacu. Covered by the ski lift on a 700
m distance, it has night-time illumination.
You do not need to leave Sorica Mountain
to find more difficult slopes. All you need
is to take the aerial tram to the top, where
you will find several options.
In its entirety, the 2,100 metre slope
in Sorica, with a level difference of 561
metres, is labelled average difficulty, but
all the parts covered by the ski lift can
be considered easy. If you love the sun,
there are two slopes on the southern side
of the mountain: Sorica Sud, 770 metres
long, with a level difference of 156 metres,
and Sorica La Stn, 910 metres long, with
a similar level difference.
Providing easy slopes and many skilled
instructors, whom you can pay with the
money you have saved on accommod-
ation, the Azuga resort is the perfect
choice for those who want to discover the
mysteries of skiing.

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1 Cu o suprafa de 18
hectare "Poiana cu Narcise"
atrage prin frumuseea
deosebit, specific
punilor alpine de la 1.500
de metri. Covering an
area of 18 hectares, "The
Daffodil Glade" attracts
with its special kind of
beauty, specific to Alpine
meadows at an altitude of
1,500 metres.

01

Rezervaia Natural Poiana cu Narcise, Culmea Baiului


The Daffodil Glade Nature Reserve, Culmea Baiului
Sunt convins c majoritatea cititori pe lng cabana cu acelai nume. Urmai with its special kind of beauty, specific to
lor notri sunt deja familiarizati cu narci- de aici banda roie pn la Vrful Drgan Alpine meadows at an altitude of 1,500
sele, flori albe din familia Amaryllidaceae, i aua Baiului, n apropierea creia vei metres.
rspndite n cea mai mare parte a Europei gsi rezervaia de narcise. Traseul continu Located on one side of Culmea Baiului, it is
Centrale. ns nu putei spune c ai luat la cu Vrful Cazacu, Culmea Urechea, Prtia part of several relaxing touristic trails, easy
cunotin de potenialul estetic al narcisei Sorica i se termin n Azuga. ntre aua to cover, which unravel in a scenic landscape.
n deplintatea lui pn nu ai contemplat Baiului i Azuga exist, deopotriv, un The average tourist can expect to cover it in
un cmp slbatic ncrcat cu delicatele flori. drum forestier i o potec nemarcat. about 8-9 hours, according to the starting
Cu o suprafa de 18 hectare, Poiana cu point.
Narcise din apropierea localitii Azuga Starting from Sinaia, follow the blue mark-
atrage prin frumuseea deosebit, specific I am convinced that most of our read ings to Piscul Cinelui Peak, passing by the
punilor alpine de la 1.500 de metri. ers are already familiar with daffodils, white cabin of the same name. Then follow the red
Situat pe un versant al Culmii Baiului, este flowers, in the family Amaryllidaceae, spread band to Drgan Peak and aua Baiului, close
parte a mai multor trasee turistice relaxante over most of Central Europe. But you cannot to which you will find the daffodil reserve.
i uor de strbtut, ce se desfoar ntr-un say you have learned the full aesthetic The trail continues with Cazacu Peak, Culmea
peisaj scenic. Turistul cu o condiie fizic potential of the daffodil until you have con- Urechea, Sorica Slope and ends in Azuga.
medie se poate atepta s l strbat n 8-9 templated a wild field splashed with these Between aua Baiului and Azuga there are
ore, n funcie de locul de plecare. delicate flowers. also a forest road and an unmarked footpath.
Pornind din Sinaia, urmai marcajul albas- Covering an area of 18 hectares, The Daffodil
tru pn la Vrful Piscul Cinelui, trecnd Glade close to the locality of Azuga attracts

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1 Exteriorul
cldirii are un aspect
simplu, dar elegant,
influenat de stilul
popular din regiune.
The exterior of the
building has a plain,
yet elegant aspect,
influenced by the folk
style in the region.

01

Cabana de Vntoare Stevia


Stevia Hunting Cabin
Ca mai toi conductorii socialiti din era caracterizat de aceeai tendin rustic ist leaders took pleasure in taking part in
regiune, Nicolae Ceauescu nu a considerat i, din cte cunoatem, nu i-au fost aduse hunting games. Their favourite location
eliminarea total a formelor aristocratice modificri substaniale. was Stevia Cabin, on the upper valley of the
ca un imperativ pentru realizarea statului Pe lng valoarea istoric, cabana i Prahova River, 12 kilometres from the locality
comunist. Ce-i drept, n cultura romn pstreaz atracia iniial, pdurile din of Azuga.
vntoarea a fost perceput mai degrab regiune oferind posibilitatea unor partide Stevia Cabin was built in 1960, under the rule
ca o activitate sportiv sau de subzisten de cprior, mistre i alte animale specifice of Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, but its fame is
dect ca un ritual al elitelor. faunei carpatice. due to the frequent visits (sometimes even
Fie c le-a scpat sau nu substratul aristo- Este accesibil de pe drumul judeean Valea four times a year) of the Ceauescus.
cratic, ambii lideri comuniti ai Romniei Azugii. The exterior of the building has a plain, yet
participau cu plcere la partide de vntoa- elegant aspect, influenced by the folk style in
re. Locaia lor preferat era Cabana Stevia, the region. In the socialist period, the interior
de pe valea superioar a Rului Prahova, la Like most socialist leaders in the re- was characterized by the same rustic trend,
12 kilometri de localitatea Azuga. gion, Nicolae Ceauescu did not consider the and from what we know, no substantial
Cabana Stevia a fost construit n 1960, sub complete elimination of aristocratic forms changes have been made.
guvernarea lui Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, was a necessity for the fulfilment of the Besides its historical value, the cabin pre-
ns celebritatea i-a fost adus de vizitele communist state. To be fair, in the Romanian serves its initial attraction, the woods in the
frecvente (uneori i patru pe an) ale cuplu- culture, hunting has been perceived like a region giving the possibility to hunt doe,
lui Ceauescu. sports or subsistence activity rather than a wild boars and other animals specific to the
Exteriorul cldirii are un aspect simplu, ritual of the elites. Carpathian fauna.
dar elegant, influenat de stilul popular din Whether they missed the aristocratic It can be reached from the county road Valea
regiune. n perioada socialist, interiorul substrate or not, both Romanian commun- Azugii.

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1 Crama Rhein
se bucur de un pres-
tigiu aparte printre
productorii de
vinuri din Romnia.
Rhein Cellars
enjoy a special kind
of prestige among
wine producers in
Romania.

01

Pivniele Rhein
Rhein Cellars
Cu o istorie de peste 120 de ani i statu cantitatea de vin produs anual a sczut Exceptionally, the cellar is above ground,
tul de furnizor oficial de vinuri al Casei substantial, ns produsele Rhein conti- protected by walls 1.5 metres thick. The tem-
Regale a Romniei, Crama Rhein se bucur nu s fie promovate de membrii familiei perature inside does not go below 4 degrees
de un prestigiu aparte printre productorii regale. in winter or above 15 degrees in summer.
de vinuri din Romnia. Pivniele Rhein au fost incluse recent n Wilhelm Rhein was the first man who
A fost fondat la 1892 de ctre sasul circuitul turistic Drumul Vinului i sunt bought the licence to produce champagne in
Wilhelm Rhein, n apropierea Azugii. vizitate anual de peste 10.000 de persoane. Romania. In the inter-war period, the spark-
Amplasarea a fost aleas datorit climei ce Turitii au posibilitatea s se familiarizeze ling wine produced by his company would
favorizeaz fermentaia vinului spumant, cu procesul de fabricare al spumantului, become one of the official drinks of the Royal
strugurii folosii n producie fiind adui conform metodei folosite n regiunea House of Romania.
din Sebe. n mod excepional, crama se Champagne, i s deguste sofisticatele licori In the communist period, the sparkling and
gsete deasupra solului, protejat de perei produse aici. still wine production recorded a substantial
groi de 1,5 metri. Temperatura din interior growth. Nowadays, the amount of wine
nu scade sub 4 grade iarna i nu crete la produced every year decreased greatly, but
mai mult de 15 grade pe timpul verii. With a history of over 120 years and the Rhein products are still being promoted
Wilhelm Rhein a fost primul care a cump- the status of official wine supplier of the by the members of the Royal family.
rat licena pentru producerea ampaniei n Royal House of Romania, Rhein Cellars enjoy The Rhein Cellars have recently been included
Romnia. n perioada interbelic, spu- a special kind of prestige among wine produ- in the touristic circuit The Wine Road and
mantul produs de firma lui va deveni una cers in Romania. they are visited by over 10,000 people every
dintre buturile oficiale ale Casei Regale a They were founded in 1892 by the Saxon Wil- year. Tourists have the chance to become
Romniei. helm Rhein, close to Azuga. The location was familiar with the sparkling wine making
n timpul regimului comunist producia de chosen thanks to the climate that favours process, according to the method used in
vin spumant, dar i de vin linitit nregis- fermentation in sparkling wine, the grapes the region of Champagne, and to taste the
treaz o cretere substanial. n prezent, used in production being brought from Sebe. sophisticated wines produced here.

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1 Contemplarea
peisajului te ndeamn
la visare, iar o plimbare
pe malul Prului
Limbel te va face mai
linitit. Contem-
plating the landscape
makes you want to day-
dream, and a walk on
the banks of Limbel
Spring will make you
more peaceful.

01

Pstrvria de la Prul Limbel


The trout farm on Limbel Spring
Ce ar fi de spus despre Pstrvria tre dhotel, lista de opiuni culinare pe care want to daydream, and a walk on the banks
Limbel? n primul rnd, c pare a fi pla- le ofer acest pete ar putea umple o pagin of Limbel Spring will make you more peace-
sat ntr-o grdin imperial chinezeasc. ntreag. ful, if not wiser.
Sub cerul curat al Azugii, nvecinat cu un Tot aa i beneficiile lui pentru sntate. Pe The daily troubles will go away and stay far
pru, cu muni i cu lacuri, plin de peti lng bogia n proteine a crnii de pete, off, leaving your shoulders free for your trav-
iui i zvpiai ca focul, toate elementele ce v face mai puternici i mai energici, ellers backpack. Just like in the original mans
primare din tradiia oriental sunt armoni- aceasta mai conine i vitaminele B6 i B12, condition, only hunger will let you know you
os mbinate n acest loc seren. ce contribuie la ntreinerea celulei ner- can still have needs. What else could you eat
Contemplarea peisajului te ndeamn la voase, vitamina D, benefic pentru piele, i but trout, while youre here?
visare, iar o plimbare pe malurile Prului Omega-3, de asemenea un fortifiant nervos Baked trout with vegetables, fried trout,
Limbel v va face mai linitii, dac nu ce menine sntatea inimii. baked trout and potatoes, Italian trout, Vene-
mai nelepi. tian trout, boiled trout with matre dhtel
Grijile cotidiene se vor retrage i vor rm- sauce, the list of choices this fish provides
ne undeva departe, lsndu-v umerii liberi What is there to say about the Limbel could fill up a whole page.
pentru rucsacul de drume. ntocmai ca n Trout Farm? First of all, it seems to be located So could its advantages for your health.
condiia de om original, numai foamea o in a Chinese imperial garden. Under the clear Besides being rich in protein, which make
s v ntiineze c suntei capabil s avei sky of Azuga, with a spring, mountains and you stronger and more energetic, fish meat
nevoi. Ce altceva ai putea mnca dect lakes for neighbours, filled with quick, fidgety also contains vitamins B6 and B12, which
pstrv aflndu-v aici? fish, all the primary elements in the Eastern contribute to the maintenance of nerve cells,
Pstrv cu legume la cuptor, pstrv prjit, tradition are blended harmoniously in this vitamin D, good for the skin, and Omega 3,
pstrv cu cartofi la cuptor, pstrv italian, serene place. another nervous fortifier that preserves the
pstrv veneian, pstrv rasol cu sos mai- Contemplating the landscape makes you health of your heart.

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2 Mnstirea Ghighiu
din Brcneti este clasi-
ficat ca monument istoric
de arhitectur, de interes
naional. Ghighiu
Monastery of Brcneti
01 is classified as a historical
architectural monument, of
national interest.

Brcneti
02

C
omuna Brcneti, aflat la 55 Pruncul, este cea care a pus comuna Brc- Mnstirea Ghighiu a cunoscut o istorie
km de Bucureti, reedina judeu- neti pe harta turismului religios. ndelungat i agitat, de la rolul su n
lui Prahova, se remarc n circuitul Mnstirea Ghighiu din Brcneti este dezvoltarea farmaciei tiinifice (aici se
turistic, dar i n cel religios prin un ansamblu de construcii ce cuprinde producea roinia folosit ca medicament),
dou puncte-reper: Mnstirea Ghighiu i biserica mare Izvorul Tmduirii, ridicat la transformarea n cas de doctori n
ruinele conacului Brncoveanu - Mavrocor- n 1866, biserica mic nvierea Sfntului timpul epidemiei de holer din 1892 i chiar
dat, ce dateaz din secolele XVIII-XIX. Lazr, ridicat la 1817, chiliile micuelor, transformarea sa n fabric de conserve n
Situat la sud de oraul Ploieti, comuna ridicate pe laturile de sud i vest, turnul-clo- timpul Primului Rzboi Mondial. Cu toate
Brcneti este una destul de expus traficu- potni i zidul de incint, ridicat n preajma acestea, indiferent de greutile nfruntate,
lui auto, ea fiind traversat de DN1, ce leag anului 1856. Mnstirea Ghighiu a rmas un lca mo-
capitala Bucureti de muncipiul Braov. Numele Ghighiu apare atestat pentru prima nahal, unde credincioii au gsit mereu un
Brcneti este o comun cu peste 9.300 dat n secolul al XV-lea, fcnd referire la sprijin i o alinare a suferinelor.
de locuitori, un numr n cretere fa de satul Ghighiu, ntr-un hrisov al voievodu- n prezent, Mnstirea Ghighiu din Brc-
ultimul recensmnt, ce a fost inclus n lui Radu cel Frumos, de la 1471, n timp ce neti adpostete 45 de monahi, 22 ha de
documente nc din anii 1800. Mnstirea Ghighiu este menionat pentru pmnt de cultur i un adevrat tezaur de
Mnstirea Ghighiu, ce adpostete icoana prima dat la 1601, ntr-un document scris art bisericeasc, organizat n 1964, format
fctoare de minuni a Maicii Domnului cu de fiul logoftului Coresi din localitate. din obiecte de cult, tiprituri i icoane vechi.

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inhabitants, a growing number compared to


the previous census, and it was included in
documents in the 1800s.
Ghighiu Monastery, which holds the mir-
acle-working icon of Virgin Mary and Infant
Jesus, is the one that placed the commune of
Brcneti on the map of religious tourism.
Ghighiu Monastery of Brcneti is an
ensemble of buildings that includes the large
church Izvorul Tmduirii, built in 1866, the
small church nvierea Sfntului Lazr, built
in 1817, the nuns cells, located on the south
and west sides, the belfry and the outer wall,
built around the year 1856.
The name Ghighiu was attested for the first
time in the 15th century and it referred to
the village of Ghighiu, in a charter of Voivode
Radu the Fair, in 1471, while Ghighiu Monas-
tery was mentioned for the first time in 1601
in a document written by the son of logothete
Coresi in the town.
Ghighiu Monastery had a long, troubled
history, from its role in developing scientific
pharmacy (lemon balm used as medicine was
produced here), to its transformation into a
doctors house during the cholera epidemic
of 1892 and even its transformation into a
tin can factory during the First World War.
However, no matter the hardships, Ghighiu
Monastery has remained a place of worship,
where the faithful always found support and
comfort when suffering.
Nowadays, Ghighiu Monastery of Brcneti
houses 45 monks, 22 ha of farming land and a
true treasure of church art, organised in 1964,
consisting of ritualistic objects, prints and old
icons.
The miracle-working icon of Virgin Mary and
Infant Jesus is the central point of interest
Icoana fctoare de minuni a Maicii Domnu- nstirea Ghighiu, alturi de care s-a ridicat of Ghighiu Monastery, hundreds of believers
lui cu Pruncul este punctul central al Mns- mnstirea pe care o cunoatem cu toii. finding comfort before this icon.
tirii Ghighiu, sute de credincioi gsindu-i The miracle-working icon of Ghighiu Monas-
rugile ascultate n faa acestei icoane. tery dates back to the 15th century and it was
Icoana fctoare de minuni de la Mnstirea The commune of Brcneti, located 55 gifted to the monastery by the bishop Vasile
Ghighiu dateaz din secolul al XVI-lea i a km from Bucharest, the Prahova county seat, Samaha of Sergiopolis in Syria.
fost druit mnstirii de ctre episcopul stands out in the touristic and the religious Inside the Ghighiu Monastery there is a water
Vasile Samaha de Sergiopolis din Siria. circuit with two reference points: Ghighiu spring which is believed to have healing
n incinta Mnstirii Ghighiu se afl i un Monastery and the ruins of the Brncoveanu powers. The story of the Life-giving Spring
izvor cu ap despre care se spune c are Mavrocordat manor, dating back to the in Ghighiu Monastery begins with monk
puteri tmduitoare. Povestea Izvorului 18th-19th centuries. Agapies pursuits, in Vlsie Forest, of a place
Tmduirii de la Mnstirea Ghighiu ncepe Located to the south of the city of Ploieti, to build a monastery. As he was tired, he
odat cu cutrile clugrului Agapie, n Co- Brcneti is rather exposed to car traffic, stopped in a glade where he heard the mur-
drul Vlsiei, a unui loc de mnstire. Obosit, being crossed by National Road 1, which mur of a spring. It became the spring known
acesta poposete ntr-o poian unde aude connects the capital to the municipality of today as the Life-giving Spring of Ghighiu
susurul unui izvor. Acesta a devenit izvorul Braov. Monastery, next to which was built the mon-
cunoscut azi ca Izvorul Tmduirii de la M- Brcneti is a commune with over 9,300 astery we all know.

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2 Dei alte localiti de pe


valea Prahovei sunt mult mai
celebre i mai des vizitate,
Breaza nu este cu nimic mai
prejos dect acestea.
Although other localities
in Prahova Valley are much
01 more famous and visited
more often, Breaza is no less
interesting than them.

Breaza 02

B
reaza este un ora micu, de laptele pus la fiert, iar laptele fierbinte i
care nu te mai saturi privindu-l i atinge obrazul, lsndu-i o cicatrice. Aa
admirndu-i peisajele minunate. primete ciobnia porecla de Breaza, iar
Localizat n judeul Prahova, localitatea a fost numit dup aceasta. n
acesta are o istorie impresionant, fiind cea de-a doua variant se menioneaz
unul dintre punctele principale de trecere doar faptul c numele localitii vine de la
din ara Romneasc spre Transilvania. o ciobni breaz, care avea prul negru i
Nimeni nu tie exact de unde provine doar o uvi alb.
numele de Breaza, dar localnicii vorbesc n sursele oficiale, Breaza este menionat
despre dou legende, ambele fiind legate pentru prima dat n anul 1431, pe vremea
de o femeie. domnitorului Alexandru I, unul dintre
Prima versiune a originii numelui de fiii lui Mircea cel Btrn. ntre anii 1834 i
Breaza este legenda ciobniei care venise 1852, comuna Breaza de Sus a funcionat
aici mpreun cu soul su i turma de oi. ca punct de vam ntre ara Romneasc i
Acetia erau n trecere pe aceste melea- Transilvania, nainte ca acesta s se mute
guri, ns au ndrgit att de mult zona la Predeal. n acea perioad, localitatea s-a
nct au decis s se stabileasc permanent dezvoltat foarte mult, datorit negustorilor
03
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but the locals speak of two legends, both of


them being related to a woman.
The first version of the origin of the name of
Breaza is the legend of the shepherdess that
had come here with her husband and her
flock of sheep. They were passing through,
but they loved the area so much that they
decided to settle down here for good. One
day, the shepherdess fell asleep by the milk
left to boil, and the hot milk burned her
cheek, leaving a scar. This was how the shep-
herdess got her nickname Breaza, and the
locality was named after her. According to
the second version, the name of the locality
comes from a shepherdess who had black
hair and a single lock of white hair.
In official sources, Breaza is mentioned for
the first time in 1431, during the rule of Alex-
ander I, one of the sons of Mircea the Elder.
Between the years 1834 and 1852, the com-
mune Breaza de Sus functioned as a crossing
point between Wallachia and Transylvania,
before it was moved to Predeal. In that
period, the locality developed a lot, thanks
to the merchants that stopped here in their
journeys. Another important moment in the
history of the locality is the year 1928, when
it was declared a spa resort, thanks to the
special properties of the air in the area.
One of the best preserved buildings in
Breaza is the Voivodal Castle, the former
manor belonging to Toma Cantacuzino. The
castle was built in two stages, with a single
moment important n istoria localitii tui sat, devenit mai trziu ora, un lucru ground floor being completed at first, and
este anul 1928, cnd aceasta este declarat este cert: oricine va ajunge aici l va ndrgi then the floor was added by the ruler of
staiune balneoclimateric, datorit pro- imediat. Dei alte localiti de pe Valea Wallachia at the time, Gheorghe Bibescu.
prietilor deosebite ale aerului din zon. Pahovei sunt mult mai celebre i mai des The history of the castle is also related to
Una dintre cele mai bine prezervate cldiri vizitate, Breaza nu este cu nimic mai prejos two famous women, like the localitys origin
din Breaza este Castelul Voievodal, fostul dect acestea. Peisajele sunt cel puin la fel history, this time Martha Bibescu and Anne
conac al lui Toma Cantacuzino. Castelul de impresionante, iar aerul de aici, cu pro- de Noailles, born Brncoveanu, who lived
a fost construit n dou faze, iniial fiind prietile sale aparte, este renumit pentru here temporarily.
ridicat un singur nivel, apoi etajul a fost eficiena n tratarea mai multor afeciuni. Whatever the truth about the origin of this
adugat de ctre domnitorul rii Rom- village, which later became a town, one
neti din acea vreme, Gheorghe Bibescu. thing is certain: whoever gets here will take
Istoria castelului este legat i ea de dou Breaza is a small town, which you a fancy to it at once. Although other localit-
femei celebre, la fel ca i povestea de origi- cannot get enough of looking at and ad- ies in Prahova Valley are much more famous
ne a localitii, de data aceasta fiind vorba miring its wonderful landscapes. Located in and visited more often, Breaza is no less
de Martha Bibescu i Anne de Noailles, Prahova County, it has an impressive history, interesting than them. Its landscapes are at
nscut Brncoveanu, care au locuit aici being one of the main crossing points from least equally impressive, and the air, with
temporar. Wallachia to Transylvania. No one knows ex- its particular properties, is renowned for its
Oricare ar fi adevrul despre originea aces- actly where the name of Breaza comes from, efficiency in treating several conditions.

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Complex de terapie
natural Alexandra
- Hofigal
Complexul de terapie natural Alexandra - Hofigal
se afl ntr-un trm de poveste, pe Valea Prahovei, n
localitatea Breaza.

Alexandra Natural Therapy Centre Hofigal
Alexandra Natural Therapy Centre Hofigal is located in a fairy tale land, in Prahova
Valley, in the town of Breaza.

Este binecunoscut faptul c n Complexul de terapie natural Ale- lowing medical consultations, patients
aceast zon aerul are cel mai ridicat xandra - Hofigal este singurul din ar will also enjoy a healthy diet, consisting
coninut de ozon i de ioni negativi din n care putei beneficia de faimoasa only of organic foods, and a prescription
toat ara, proprietate extrem de bene- mpachetare cu spirulin, care ofer of Hofigal supplements. By combining
fic pentru purificarea organismului. nenumrate beneficii pentru ntregul the three factors, the patients will heal
Tocmai datorit acestor proprieti organism. n funcie de afeciunile de their bodies from the inside (thanks to
miraculoase s-a decis amplasarea care sufer pacienii sau de obiectivele the healthy diet and natural supple-
complexului n aceast locaie. urmrite (de exemplu, pierderea n ments) and from the outside (with
n Romnia exist mai multe staiuni greutate) pe parcursul sejurului, trata- treatments such as reflexotherapy, kin-
balneare n care pacienii beneficiaz mentele recomandate i dieta oferit esiotherapy, electrotherapy or massage).
de diverse tratamente pe parcursul sunt personalizate pentru fiecare caz n Let us not forget about spiritual healing,
foto/photo: complex alexandra

sejurului, ns Complexul Alexandra parte. n urma unei vacane petrecute which will occur thanks to walking in
ofer mai mult dect att. Pe lng n aceast veritabil oaz de sntate, the nature, relaxing and forgetting
tratamentele recomandate n urma vei pleca mai fericii, mai relaxai i, cu about day-to-day problems.
unei consultaii, pacienii se vor bucura siguran, mai sntoi. Alexandra Natural Therapy Centre
i de un regim alimentar ct se poate Hofigal is the only one in the coun-
de sntos, doar cu alimente bio, i de o try where you can enjoy the famous
prescripie de suplimente Hofigal. Prin It is a well-known fact that in this spirulina body wrap, which has many
combinarea celor trei factori, pacien- area the air has the highest content of benefits for the entire body. According
tul va avea parte att de o vindecare ozone and negative ions in the entire to the conditions that patients suffer
a organismului venit din interior country, a very beneficial property that from or to the goals they have in mind
(prin regimul sntos i suplimentele helps purify the body. It is precisely (for instance, losing weight) during their
de/by: ctlina ghelan

naturale), ct i din exterior (cu ajutorul thanks to these wonderful properties stay, the recommended treatments
tratamentelor precum reflexoterapia, that the centre was built here. and the diet provided are customised
kinetoterapia, electroterapia sau ma- In Romania there are several spas where for each and every case. After a holiday
sajul). S nu uitm nici de vindecarea patients enjoy various treatments spent in this true oasis of health, you
spiritual, care va avea loc n urma throughout their stay, but the Alexandra will leave happier, more relaxed and
plimbrilor prin natur, prin relaxare i Centre provides much more than that. definitely healthier.
prin desprinderea de grijile de zi cu zi. Besides recommended treatments fol-

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1 Complexul de terapie
natural "Alexandra" - Hofigal
este singurul din ar n care
putei beneficia de faimoasa
mpachetare cu spirulin.
"Alexandra" Natural
Therapy Center - Hofigal is the
only one in the country where
you can enjoy the famous
spirulina body wrap.

01

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Lac de Verde
Golf & Leisure Resort
Lac de Verde Golf & Leisure Resort este cu adevrat o oaz de
linite i relaxare, aa cum este descris de ctre proprietarii
acesteia.

Lac de Verde Golf & Leisure Resort
Lac de Verde Golf & Leisure Resort is truly an oasis of peace and relaxation, as it is described by its
owners.

Doar vizualizarea ctorva poze din aceast


minunat locaie v va determina s punei mna pe
telefon pentru a face o rezervare. Este un loc magic, Just viewing a few pictures of this wonderful
parc rupt dintr-o ilustraie de basm, iar pentru cei location will convince you to pick up the phone and
care vin din marile centre urbane i gri ale rii, make a booking. It is a magical place, taken straight
acest resort este cu att mai valoros cu ct le from a fairy tale illustration, and for those who
permite o apropiere de natur de care nu se come from the big, grey urban centres of the
vor putea bucura niciodat n oraele de country, this resort is the more valuable,
reedin. as it allows them to come much closer
foto/photo: fb.com/Lac-de-Verde-Golf-Leisure-Resort-807195075970375

Acest complex turistic este situat to nature than they could ever do in
ntr-un orel fermector, i Lac de Verde este their cities of residence.
This touristic complex is
un loc magic, parc
anume Breaza, n judeul
Prahova. Pe lng faptul situated in the charming
c se afl la poalele
munilor, lucru
rupt dintr-o ilustraie town of Breaza, in
Prahova County.
ce ofer peisaje de basm. Besides being
de poveste turitilor, located at the foot
Breaza mai este cunos-
of the mountains, which
cut i pentru proprietile Lac de Verde it is a magical place, offers fairy tale landscapes
deosebite ale aerului i pentru taken straight from a fairy tale to every tourist, Breaza is also 01

clima din aceast zon. n peri- illustration. famous for the special properties
oada interbelic, mai exact n 1928, of the air and for the weather in the Cei mai rsfai
sunt amatorii acestui
orelul ce fcea odat legtura dintre area. In the inter-war period, in 1928 to
sport, care se pot
ara Romneasc i Transilvania a fost be precise, the town that used to connect bucura de un teren
declarat staiune balneoclimateric. Wallachia and Transylvania was declared a spa de golf ce se ntinde
Lac de Verde a fost gndit ca un spaiu resort. pe 24 de hectare.
multifuncional, care s poat satisface cu uu- Lac de Verde was designed as a multifunctional space, The most pampered
rin nevoile vizitatorilor si. Cei care vin aici pentru which could easily satisfy the needs of its visitors. Those are definitely the golf
relaxare pot opta pentru o mas delicioas la restauran- who come here for relaxation can try a delicious meal at lovers, who will enjoy
tul resortului, un masaj relaxant sau o baie cu plante the resorts restaurant, a relaxing massage or a bath with an impressive golf
medicinale culese chiar din grdina complexului. Cei medicinal plants picked from the garden of the complex. course that covers 24
hectares.
care vin aici pentru conferine sau pentru negocierea Those who come here for conference or for business
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unor afaceri vor avea la dispoziie un lounge, o sal de negotiations will have at their disposal a lounge, a confer-
conferine i o zon pentru meetinguri restrnse. ns ence room or an area for smaller meetings. But the most
cei mai rsfai vor fi, cu siguran, amatorii de golf, pampered will definitely be golf lovers, who will enjoy an
care se vor putea bucura de un teren de golf impresi- impressive golf course that covers 24 hectares, and who
onant, ce se ntinde pe 24 de hectare, i care vor avea may contact any of the specialised instructors, if they
la dispoziie instructori specializai, n cazul n care wish to choose a beginners course.
doresc s opteze pentru un curs de iniiere.

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Admir peisaje de
poveste.

Admire the fairytale landscapes.

02

Ce ne-e'avepenljocyeudt!
What w

Ai la dispoziie instructori You may contact any of the


de golf specializai, n cazul specialised instructors if you
n care doreti s optezi pen- choose a beginner course.
tru un curs de iniiere.

solo

cu afaceri business

copii children

cupluri couples

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2 Biserica actual are o


adevrat valoare artistic.
o treime fiind construit din
piatr, fluit cu scndur
lcuit de brad, pe o fundaie
de beton armat.
The current church has a
real artistic value, one third

Brebu
of it being built of stone,
01 covered with lacquered fire
wood boards, on a reinforeced
concrete foundation.

C
02

omuna Brebu, format din aceast denumire datorit podului de pe casei este spectaculos, decorat cu stlpi de
satele Brebu Mnstiresc, Pietri- Cheia Brebului; satul Pietriceanu a luat susinere i arcade.
ceaua, Brebu Megieesc i Podul numele dealului pe care se afl situat. Localitatea Brebu a fost de-a lungul anilor
Cheii, este situat la aproximativ Comuna Brebu este recunoscut n locul de popas pentru numeroi artiti ro-
100 km de Bucureti, 40 km de Ploieti i 7 circuitul turistic datorit complexului mni, precum tefan Luchian sau Nicolae
km de Cmpina. architectural medieval Brebu, format din Grigorescu, care, atrai de pitorescul zonei
Poziionat n apropiere de Valea Doftanei, Zidul, Turnul Clopotni, Biserica i Casa i de frumuseea arhitecturii medievale, au
Brebu este atestat documentar ca exis- Domneasc - un monument istoric cu zbovit prin zon.
tnd cu mult nainte de secolul al XIV-lea nsemntate. Azi, Casa Domneasc servete drept
i funcionnd pe baza schimburilor Zidul, din piatr de ru i crmid, are muzeu. Organizat cu ajutorul i implicarea
comerciale pe care le realizau cu diverse o form poligonal neregulat, intrarea Muzeului de Istorie i Arheologie Prahova,
trguri, sate i orae din mprejurimi. fcndu-se pe sub Turnul Clopotni, nalt muzeul din Casa Domneasc din Brebu
Cercetrile realizate n vederea identi- de 30 de metri. adpostete o frumoas expoziie de isto-
ficrii istoricului numelui comunei fac Construcia bisericii cuprinse n acest rie i art medieval, format din tiprituri
referire cel mai adesea la existena unei complex architectural a nceput n anul laice i ecleziastice de mare importan,
legturi ntre nume i animalul care a trit 1650, n timpul lui Matei Basarab, i a fost precum prima biblie n limba romn cu
pn n urm cu 90 de ani n Brebu - casto- finalizat n timpul lui Constantin Brn- caractere chirilice sau primul ndreptar de
rul, cunoscut i sub numele de breb. O alt coveanu. Asemntoare Mnstirii Dealu, lege adresat mirenilor i clericilor.
ipotez leag numele comunei de o floare decoraiile exterioare sunt similare cu cele Un alt punct de atracie, ce transform
extrem de rspndit n zon - brebenelul. ale Turnului Clopotni. Brebu ntr-o destinaie ideal pentru o
Cele patru sate i-au luat denumirea astfel: Construit pe un plan dreptunghiular, excursie de weekend, este Lacul Brebu.
satul Brebu Mnstirii i satul Brebu avnd ziduri groase, opt ncperi de Lacul Brebu este situat lng Curtea
Megieesc au luat natere dup divizarea locuit, o teras cu loggie i un foior, Casa Domneasc i este locul ideal pentru o zi
satului ntr-o parte a mnstirii i o alta Domneasc este o adevrat dovad a m- de pescuit sau de relaxare dup vizitarea
vecin, megiea; satul Podul Cheii a luat iestriei arhitecturale romneti. Parterul complexului arhitectural medieval.

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The wall, made of river stone and bricks,


has an irregular polygonal shape, and the
entrance is under the Bell Tower, which is 30
metres tall.
The construction of the church included in
the architectural complex started in the year
1650, under the rule of Matei Basarab, and it
was completed under Constantin Brncov-
eanu. As with Dealu Monastery, the exterior
decorations are similar to those of the Bell
Tower.
Built on a rectangular plane, with thick
walls, eight living chambers, a terrace with
a loggia and a gazebo, the Princely House
is real proof of the Romanian architectural
mastery. The ground floor is spectacular,
decorated with support pillars and arches.
The locality of Brebu has been the lay-by
of many Romanian artists over the years,
such as tefan Luchian or Nicolae Grigor-
escu, who stayed a while, attracted by the
picturesque area and the beautiful medieval
architecture.
Today, the Princely House is a museum.
Organised with the support and involvement
of the Museum of History and Archaeology
Prahova, the museum in the Brebu Princely
House hosts a wonderful exhibition of me-
dieval art and history, consisting of laic and
ecclesiastic prints of great importance, such
Biserica din Pietriceaua, ce poart hramul changes that its merchants had with various as the first Bible written in Romanian with
Sfnta Treime, este un alt obiectiv ce nu surrounding boroughs, villages and towns. Cyrillic letters or the first law guidebook for
trebuie ratat n cltoria voastr n Brebu. The research carried out with a view to laypeople and the clergy.
Locul n care azi gsim biserica Sfnta Trei- identifying the history of the communes Another attraction, which makes Brebu the
me din Pietriceaua a fost ocupat nc din name most often mentions a connection perfect destination for a weekend trip, is
anul 1852 de un lca de cult, o biseric mai between its name and the animal that lived Brebu Lake.
mic, ce a rezistat pn n anul 1948, fiind in Brebu until 90 years ago the beaver, Brebu Lake is located next to the Princely
construit din lemn de esen moale i lut, also known as breb in Romanian. Another Court and it is the ideal spot for a day spent
n tradiia vechilor biserici romneti. hypothesis ties the name of the commune fishing or relaxing after visiting the medieval
n mod surprinztor, construcia noii bi- to a very common flower in the area the architectural complex.
serici, cunoscut azi sub numele de Sfnta periwinkle (brebenel in Romanian). The church in Pietriceaua, with the Holy Trin-
Treime, a nceput cu achiziia unor The four villages were thus named: the ity as patron, is another attraction that you
clopote noi, cel mai mare cntrind 225 villages of Brebu Mnstirii and Brebu should not miss on your trip to Brebu.
kg. Din acest punct au demarat discuiile Megieesc were created after the village The spot where we find the Sfnta Treime
serioase pe tema ridicrii noii biserici. was divided into two the monasterys side Church in Pietriceaua today has been
and another neighbouring one; the village occupied since 1852 by a place of worship,
of Podul Cheii was named thus due to the a smaller church, which stood until 1948,
The commune of Brebu, consisting of bridge on Cheia Brebului; and the village of being made of softwood and clay, following
the villages Brebu Manstiresc, Pietriceaua, Pietriceanu was named after the hill where the tradition of old Romanian churches.
Brebu Megieesc and Podu Cheii, is located it is located. Surprisingly enough, the construction of the
approximately 100 km from Bucharest, 40 The commune of Brebu is known in the tour- new church, known today as Sfnta Treime,
km from Ploieti and 7 km from Cmpina. istic circuit thanks to the Brebu medieval ar- began with the purchase of new bells, the
Situated close to Valea Doftanei, Brebu was chitectural complex, consisting of the Wall, largest of them weighing 225 kg. This was
attested long before the 14th century and it the Bell Tower, the Church and the Princely when serious talk on the topic of building
functioned due to the commercial ex- House an important historical monument. the new church started.

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2 Denumirea comunei i
are originea n limba slav, Bu-
cov nsemnnd fget, datorit
preponderenei pdurilor de
fag din zon.
The name of the commune
comes from Slavic language,
where Bucov means a beech
01
forest, due to the many such
forests in the area.

Bucov
S
ituat pe malul stng al Rului
Teleajen, n apropiere de Ploieti,
avnd o suprafa de 4.903 ha,
localitatea Bucov are cinci sate n
construite n jurul imaginii lui Constantin
Stere - Parcul Constantin Stere i Casa
Memorial Constantin Stere.
Om politic, jurist, savant i scriitor romn,
02

iar pe moia din jurul su a fost construit


un lac mai mare i dou lacuri mai mici n
aval, spre comuna Bucov.
Dup 1989, conacul este retrocedat
administrare: Bucov, Pleaa, Valea Orlei, lupttor politic i participant la micarea urmailor lui Constantin Stere, pentru a
Chiorani i Bighilini. revoluionar narodnicist, Constantin fi apoi transformat n Muzeul Memorial
Bucov i are prima atestare documentat Stere a atras atenia autoritilor ariste, Constantin Stere. Parcul a primit i el
n anul 1473, ns iese cu adevrat n evi- care l-au condamnat la nchisoare i sur- numele onorific Constantin Stere, tran-
den n urma unui eveniment petrecut n ghiun n Siberia. sformndu-se n cea mai cutat oaz de
octombrie 1600, cunoscut sub numele de Parcul Constantin Stere, cunoscut i verdea din zon. Plimbarea prin Parcul
Btlia de la Bucov, cnd oastea condus sub numele de Parcul Bucov, se afl la Constantin Stere, pe Aleea Scriitorilor,
de Mihai Viteazul este nvins de forele aproximativ 5 km de centrul oraului are ca principal focus cele 10 statui ale
polono-moldoveneti. Ploieti. Acesta are o istorie extrem de unor scriitori romni de seam, n captul
Traversat de trei ruri, Teleajen, Bucovel interesant deoarece n trecut, pe locul de nord al aleii prezidnd la loc de cinste
i Iazul Morilor, comuna Bucov este o actualului parc, se afla un conac ncon- chiar impuntoarea statuie a lui Constan-
aezare n plin dezvoltare, cu preocupri jurat de un parc ce se ntindea pe malul tin Stere.
legate de agricultur, creterea animalelor Rului Teleajen. Conacul, proprietate a Muzeul Memorial Constantin Stere,
i viticultur. Anetei Radovici, cea de-a doua soie a lui unde a locuit i creat patriotul militant
Cu toate acestea, exist i n comuna Bu- Constantin Stere, a trecut n proprietatea pentru realizarea Marii Uniri, a fost pre-
cov dou puncte de atracie turistic pen- statului la finalul celui de-al doilea rzboi luat n administrare n anul 2002 de ctre
tru iubitorii de natur, dar i de cultur, mondial, fiind transformat n restaurant, Muzeul Judeean de Istorie i Arheologie

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movement, Constantin Stere attracted the


attention of the czarist authorities, which
sentenced him to prison and exile in Siberia.
The Constantin Stere Park, also known
as Bucov Park, is located approximately 5
km from the centre of Ploieti. It has an
extremely interesting history because in
the past, on the spot of the current park,
there used to be a manor surrounded by
a park that spread over the bank of the
Teleajen River. The manor, owned by Aneta
Radovici, Constantin Steres second wife,
became the property of the state at the end
of the Second World War, being turned into
a restaurant, and on the domain around it
there have been built a larger lake and two
smaller ones, downstream, to the commune
of Bucov.
After 1989, the manor was transferred back
to the heirs of Constantin Stere, and it was
later transformed into the Constantin
Stere Memorial Museum. The park also
acquired the honorary name of Constantin
Stere, and it became the most sought after
oasis of nature in the area. A walk in the
Constantin Stere Park, on the Writers
Alley, focuses on the 10 statues of import-
ant Romanian writers, with the impressive
statue of Constantin Stere himself at the
northern end of the alley.
The Constantin Stere Memorial Museum,
Prahova, n scopul transformrii acestuia of 4,903 ha, the locality of Bucov adminis- where the patriot who fought for the Great
n cas memorial, menit s redea univer- ters five villages: Bucov, Pleaa, Valea Orlei, Union lived, was taken over in 2002 by the
sul spiritual i domestic al familiei Stere. Chiorani i Bighilini. Prahova County Museum of History and
Muzeul Memorial Constantin Stere Bucov was first attested in 1473, but it truly Archaeology to be administered, in order
reunete registre, scrieri de mn sau dac- stood out after an event that occurred in to be transformed into the memorial house
tilografiate, cri potale, icoane, tablouri, October 1600, known as the Battle of Bucov, meant to convey the spiritual and domestic
bibelouri, vase, accesorii vestimentare when the army led by Michael the Brave was universe of the Stere family.
i de mobilier, aranjate astfel nct s l defeated by the Polish-Moldavian forces. The Constantin Stere Memorial Museum
introduc pe vizitator n atmosfera casei, Crossed by three rivers, Teleajen, Bucovel includes handwritten and typed records,
pe vremea n care era locuit de Constantin and Iazul Morilor, the commune of Bucov is postcards, icons, paintings, china figurines,
Stere. a developing settlement, with occupations vases, clothing and furniture accessories,
La parterul muzeului se afl holul de related to agriculture, animal rearing and arranged in such a way as to introduce the
primire, salonul i sufrageria, la etaj se afl wine growing. visitor to the air of the home, in a time when
dou dormitoare, biroul de lucru i biblio- However, nature and culture lovers find it was inhabited by Constantin Stere.
teca, iar n mansard este gzduit echipa two tourist attractions in the commune of The ground floor of the museum has the
Fundaiei Constantin Stere, spaiu valori- Bucov, built around the image of Constantin lobby, the salon and the dining room, at the
ficat i pentru diverse activiti culturale. Stere the Constantin Stere Park and the first floor there are two bedrooms, the study
Constantin Stere Memorial House. and the library, and the attic hosts the team
A Romanian politician, legal professional, of the Constantin Stere Foundation, while
Located on the left bank of the scientist and writer, a political fighter and being also valorised for various cultural
Teleajen River, close to Ploieti, with an area a participant at the narodnik revolutionary activities.

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2 Buteni este una dintre


cele mai populare destinaii
montane din ar.
01 Buteni is one of the
most popular mountain
destinations of the country.

Buteni 02

M
ult vreme n-au fost hovei, n dreptul Buteniului, ctune cu
gospodrii pe locul aezrii de cteva familii, precum Drguei i Trestia,
astzi a micului ora praho- mrite n anii trecui cu bucuretenii fugii
vean Buteni, ci doar o potec din calea lui Osman Pasvantoglu, paa de
anevoioas i pustietatea nspimnttoare, Vidin care fcea dese expediii de jaf n ara
strbtut arareori de negustori i de tlhari Romneasc (1802), i cu cei care-i cutau
deopotriv. salvarea din calea turcilor aflai n urmrirea
Localitatea a nceput s se nfiripe dup ce, conductorului Eteriei, Alexandru Ipsilanti
n anul 1782, domnitorul Mihai Suu aduce (1821).
cteva zeci de familii de scutelnici (rani Localitatea Buteni ncepe s se dezvolte
scutii de birul domnesc n schimbul unor ns n 1846, odat cu porunca lui Bibescu
ndatoriri suplimentare) de la Mnstirea Vod de a se construi o osea ntre Cmpina
Sinaia, cu care ntemeiaz ctunul Izvorul. i Predeal, iar prima coal a nceput s
De aici, locuitorii s-au ntins i mai sus, pe funcioneze la un an dup apariia legii nv-
locurile de astzi ale localitilor Azuga, mntului rural obligatoriu, din 1865 pn
Predeal, Poiana apului i Buteni. n 1887, ntr-o cas particular. Locuitorilor
La 1835 ncep s apar pe harta Vii Pra- nu le mai trebuie mult pn s fie integrai,
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and the terrifying wasteland, rarely crossed by


merchants and thieves alike.
The locality started to grow in 1782, after the
ruler Mihai uu brought a few dozen families
of peasants exempt from princely taxes in
exchange for additional duties from the Sinaia
Monastery, with whom he established the
hamlet of Izvorul. The inhabitants then moved
higher, to the spots where we can see today
the localities of Azuga, Predeal, Poiana apului
and Buteni.
In 1835, the map of Prahova Valley, near
Buteni, began to feature hamlets with a
few families, such as Drguei and Trestia,
expanded later with the people of Bucharest
that had fled from Osman Pazvantolu, the
Vidin Pasha who often pillaged Wallachia
(1802), and with those looking to escape from
the Turks who were following the ruler of Filiki
Eteria, Alexandros Ypsilantis (1821).
However, the locality of Buteni started to
develop in 1846, when Bibescu Vod ordered
to build a road between Cmpina and Predeal,
and the first school started to function
one year after the law of compulsory rural
education was passed, from 1865 until 1887, in
a private house. It didnt take the locals long
to be integrated, with their small settlement
at the foto of the Bucegi Mountains, in the
intense, bustling life of young Romania. The
Ploieti-Predeal railway was inaugurated in
1879, and three years later, the paper mill
established by the brothers Karl and Samuel
Schiel, born in Rnov, gathered to the young
town of Buteni over a thousand workers. Un-
til the culturally effervescent inter-war period,
the company belonging to the Schiel brothers
had also included another sawmill in Azuga,
as well as a pulp mill, and their name is still
cu mica lor aezare de la poalele Bucegilor, Eroilor de pe Caraiman i monumentul very important in the history of Buteni.
n viaa intens i agitat a tinerei Romnii. Ultima grenad, din faa grii, nchinat Despite the suffering brought by World War
Calea ferat Ploieti-Predeal este inaugurat caporalului Muat, localitatea devine ora n I, which had left bloody marks in Prahova,
n 1879, iar trei ani mai trziu, fabrica de hr- anul 1946. whose memory is honoured by the monument
tie ntemeiat de fraii Karl i Samuel Schiel, Odat cu avntul luat de turism dup cele Heroes Cross on Caraiman Mountain and
rnoveni la origine, adun n tnrul ora dou rzboaie mondiale, Buteniul, punct de the monument The Last Grenade in front
Buteni peste o mie de muncitori. ntreprin- plecare pe numeroase trasee alpine, ora de of the railway station, dedicated to Corporal
derea frailor Schiel ajunsese s cuprind, unde se poate admira privelitea magnific Muat, the locality became a city in the year
pn n cultural efervescenta perioad in- a Bucegilor, dar i staiune de vacan ideal 1946.
terbelic, i o fabric de cherestea la Azuga, pentru familiile venite s se bucure de cteva Once tourism took off after the two World
precum i o fabric de celuloz, iar numele zile de relaxare, este astzi una dintre cele Wars, Buteni, a starting point for several
celor doi este i acum foarte important n mai populare destinaii montane din ar. alpine trails, a city where one can admire the
istoria Buteniului. magnificent view of the Bucegi Mountains, as
n ciuda suferinelor aduse de Primul Rzboi well as the perfect holiday resort for families
Mondial, care a lsat urme sngeroase pe For a long time, no households stood who want to enjoy a few days of relaxation, is
meleagurile prahovene, a cror memorie on the spot of the current settlement in the one of the most popular mountain destina-
este consemnat prin monumentul Crucea small town of Buteni, but just a difficult path tions in our country.

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1 Uurina cu
care putem ajunge n
apropierea Sfinxului i
a Babelor nu le terge
ctui de puin aerul
misterios. The
ease with which we
can reach the Sfinx
and Babele does not
erase their mysterious
air in the least.

01

Sfinxul i Babele
The Sphinx and Babele on Bucegi Plateau
Furite n piatr de iureul de peste ani din anumite unghiuri cu capul Sfinxului revist de alpinism i drumeie de munte,
al vntului i al apei, modelate de dacii egiptean sau, ca s rmnem pe meleagu- care n 1935 oficializeaz ntr-un articol
strvechi n altare nchinate zeilor sau, cine rile noastre, cu un cap de dac. Dei situat denumirea de Sfinxul din Bucegi.
tie?, strjeri tocmii de alte civilizaii s cel mai aproape de cer, Sfinxul din Bucegi Se deschid mai multe drumuri ctre biza-
pzeasc vreun punct de trecere n i din nu este singur n Romnia. Lui i se altur rele formaiuni stncoase, dar uurina cu
alte dimensiuni, formaiunile stncoase i alte formaiuni stncoase care poart de- care putem ajunge n apropierea lor nu le
Sfinxul i Babele de pe platoul Munilor numiri de sfinci, cum ar fi Sfinxul Bratocei terge ctui de puin aerul misterios. Cea
Bucegi ne aprind imaginaia i nasc o mul- din Munii Ciuca, Sfinxul de la Tople sau mai uoar i rapid cale este asigurat de
ime de teorii interesant de dezbtut seara, Sfinxul de la Piatra Ars. telecabina din Buteni, dar nici Transbuce-
la caban, nainte s ne doboare oboseala n apropierea enigmaticului Sfinx ateap- giul nu se las mai prejos, cei 17 km asfaltai
acumulat n traseele de peste zi. t Babele, ciuperci erodate din calcare i de drum montan asigurnd turitilor mo-
Natura ne-a pregtit ntr-un timp ndelun- gresii, adunate parc dintotdeauna la sfat torizai peisaje fermectoare. Mai dificil i
gat o expoziie surprinztoare n Munii de tain, nesigure dac s dezvluie sau nu nerecomandat pe timp de iarn este traseul
Bucegi, cu exponate imense, modelate prin oamenilor adevrata lor origine. Numite i preferat de cei care nu dau napoi n faa
eroziunea eolian n sute de mii de ani. Altarele ciclopice din Caraiman, Babele urcuului abrupt i anevoios, dar nu mai
Sfinxul este o stnc antropomorf aflat la sunt situate la altitudinea de 2.292 de metri, puin pitoresc, prin Valea Jepilor Mici.
altitudinea de 2.216 metri, nalt de 8 metri iar n imediata lor apropiere a fost constru-
i lat de 12 metri. it n anul 1937 Cabana Babele, prin efortu- Carved in stone by the rush of wind
Ori fiu din piatr al muntelui, cioplit de rile Asociaiei Drumeilor din Munii nali and water over the years, modelled by ancient
vnt i ghea, ori monument sacru venerat ai Romniei (ADMIR). Aceeai asociaie Dacians in altars dedicated to gods or, who
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defend a crossing point to and from other


dimensions, the rocky formations the
Sphinx and Babele on Bucegi Plateau stir
our imagination and give rise to a multi-
tude of interesting theories to debate in
the evening inside the cabin, before we are
subdued by the exhaustion of the trails
crossed during the day.
Nature has prepared for us a surprising
exhibition in Bucegi Mountains, with
huge exhibits, modelled by wind erosion
over hundreds of thousands of years.
The Sphinx is an anthropomorphic rock
situated at the elevation of 2,216 metres,
8 metres tall and 12 metres wide.
A stone son of the mountain, carved
by wind and ice, or a sacred monument
worshipped by our ancestors, the Sphinx
of Bucegi resembles from certain angles
the head of the Egyptian Sphinx or, to
remain in our land, a Dacians head. Al-
though it is closest to the sky, the Sphinx
of Bucegi is not alone in Romania. Other
rocky formations bearing the names of
sphinx join it, such as the Bratocei Sphinx
in Ciuca, the Tople Sphinx or the Piatra
Ars Sphinx.
Close to the enigmatic Sphinx wait
Babele, mushrooms eroded in limestone
and sandstone, seemingly gathered for
a secret council since forever, unsure
whether to reveal people their true origin
or not. Also known as the Cyclopean
altars of Caraiman, Babele are situated
at an elevation of 2,292 metres, and close
by the Babele Cabin was built in the year
1937, by the effort of the Hikers Associ-
ation of the High Mountains of Romania
(ADMIR). The same association founded
Buletinul Alpin in 1933, the first alpinism
and hiking magazine, which coined the
name of Sphinx of Bucegi in an article
in the year 1935.
Several roads open to the bizarre rocky
formations, but the ease with which
we can reach them does not erase their
mysterious air in the least. The easiest and
quickest way is by cable car, starting in
Buteni, but Transbucegi is another viable
option, the 17 km of asphalted mountain
road offering charming landscapes to
drivers. More difficult and not recom-
mended in winter is the trail favoured by
those who are not daunted by the steep,
difficult, yet picturesque climb in Jepii Mici
Valley.

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1 Castelul Can-
tacuzino ocup una
dintre primele poziii
ale listei de obiective
turistice pe care nu
poi s le ratezi.
Cantacuzino Castle
has become one of the
top attractions you
simply cannot miss.

01

Castelul Cantacuzino
The Cantacuzino Castle
Dac Sinaia se flete cu Palatul Pele, Grigore Cerchez, se pot admira privelitea vopsea verde. Totui, exist nc suficient
reedina de var a regilor Romniei, nici Crucii Caraiman i cerul crestat de vrfurile grandoare i farmec n camerele castelului
Buteniul nu se las mai prejos i, din anul Bucegilor. ca s simi atmosfera vremurilor de odini-
2010, face o mutare impresionant: dup Finalizat n anul 1911, Castelul Cantacuzino oar. Ua de la intrare, ornat cu vitralii,
retrocedarea ctre motenitori i achiziia este aprat din spate de o ntreag pdure de scrile de marmur, emineele ornamentate
cldirii de ctre investitori strini, Castelul brazi, iar n fa, grdina i ntregete aerul cu mozaicuri colorate, dar mai ales sala de
Cantacuzino ocup una dintre primele aristocratic cu aleile drepte, bine ngrijite, i primire unde se afl o friz cu picturi votive,
poziii ale listei de obiective turistice pe care fntnile arteziene, printre care surprinde reprezentnd o parte a familiei Cantacuzino,
nu ai absolut niciun motiv s le ratezi. privirea o grot misterioas, nconjurat de i unde se gsete, de asemenea, colecia
Castelul de la poalele Muntelui Zamora, legende. Pe domeniul palatului mai exist o blazoanelor boierilor nrudii cu cantacu-
din cartierul cu acelai nume al oraului vil administrativ, un pavilion de serviciu zinii, o colecie de altfel unic n Romnia,
Buteni, este unul dintre cele trei palate i o capel, construit pe locul unei biserici toate acestea pstreaz strlucirea de altda-
construite de Prinul George Grigore Can- vechi de la 1800. t a castelului.
tacuzino. Poate c nu este la fel de cunoscut Castelul s-a pstrat ntr-o stare bun poate Castelul Cantacuzino nu este deschis doar
precum cel din Bucureti, actualul Muzeu i pentru c a fost preluat cteva decenii de turitilor care vor s-l viziteze, aici sunt
George Enescu, sau ca ruinele Micului Ministerului de Interne, dar tot din acelai gzduite i diverse evenimente culturale,
Trianon din Floreti, dar Castelul Canta- motiv nu se mai gsete astzi n interior concerte (Festivalul Prahova Classic Nights),
cuzino din Buteni are muntele de partea mobilierul original, statuile sau oglinzile vernisaje, recepii, evenimente private.
lui. De pe terasa cldirii construite n stil aduse din strintate, iar o mare parte din
neoromnesc, dup planurile arhitectului picturile de pe perei sunt acoperite cu

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While Sinaia takes pride in Pele Castle,


the summer residence of Romanian mon-
archs, Buteni strikes back and makes an im-
pressive move in 2010: after the retrocession
to its heirs and the acquisition of the building
by foreign investors, Cantacuzino Castle has
become one of the top attractions you simply
cannot miss.
The castle at the foot of Zamora Mountain,
in the neighbourhood with the same name of
the city of Buteni, is one of the three palaces
built by Prince George Grigore Cantacuzino.
Perhaps it is not as famous as the one in
Bucharest, the current George Enescu Mu-
seum, or as the ruins of the Little Trianon in
Floreti, but the Cantacuzino Castle in Buteni
has the mountain on its side. From the terrace
of the building constructed in the Neo-Ro-
manian style, based on the plans of architect
Grigore Cerchez, one can admire the view of
the Caraiman Cross and the sky pierced by the
peaks of Bucegi Mountains.
Finished in the year 1911, Cantacuzino Castle
is defended from behind by an entire fir tree
forest, and in the front, the garden completes
its aristocratic air with its straight, manicured
alleys and the fountains among which one
can see a mysterious grotto, surrounded by
legends. On the domain of the palace there
are also an administrative villa, a service pavil-
ion and a chapel, built on the spot of a church
dating back to 1800.
The castle has been well preserved perhaps
because for a few decades it was taken by
the Ministry of the Interior, but for the same
reason we can no longer find the original
furniture, statues or the mirrors brought from
abroad, and a majority of paintings on the
walls are covered with green paint. However,
there is still enough charm and grandeur in
the chambers of this castle, making one feel
the air of times gone by. The front door, decor-
ated with stained glass, the marble staircases,
the fireplaces ornamented with colourful mo-
saics, but above all, the reception hall with its
frieze with votive paintings, depicting some of
the Cantacuzinos, and where we can also see
the collection of coat of arms belonging to the
boyars that were related to the Cantacuzino
family, a unique collection in Romania, all of
these preserve the old glamour of the castle.
Cantacuzino Castle is not open just to the
tourists who want to visit, but it also hosts
various cultural events, concerts (Prahova
Classic Nights Festival), exhibitions, recep-
tions and private events.

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1 Mnstirea
Caraiman este
situat ntr-o oaz de
linite i lumin.
The Orthodox
monastery of
Caraiman is locates in
an oasis of quiet and
light.

01

Mnstirea Caraiman
The Orthodox monastery of Caraiman
Cnd te ndrepi spre telecabina din s i apar n vise Maica Domnului, care l-a misiunea. Printele Gherontie Puiu i-a
Buteni, dac faci la stnga pe o crare pie- ndrumat spre calea mnstirii, iar tnrul dedicat urmtorii ani construirii Mnstirii
truit pe alocuri i nsemnat cu o icoan, Gheorghe Puiu i-a gsit sla n Mnsti- Caraiman, aceasta fiind foarte cutat de
vei ajunge ntr-o oaz de linite i lumin, rea Neamului, unde a rmas pn n anul cei care vor s-i gseasc linitea ntr-o
binecuvntat de Crucea Eroilor Neamului, 1959. Atunci, ca urmare a Decretului 410, poian nconjurat de brzi.
care vegheaz pe Vrful Caraiman. Aici a Securitatea, mpreun cu reprezentanii Credincioii care doresc s participe la
ridicat printele Gherontie Puiu o mnsti- Departamentului Cultelor, a organizat o sfintele slujbe i s petreac mai mult timp
re, n urma unui vis n care Maica Domnului campanie de verificare a tuturor mns- la Mnstirea Caraiman pot dispune de 100
i-a dat misie sfnt s deschid o poart tirilor, urmnd ca aceia care ndeplineau de locuri de cazare, mprite n trei aripi de
spre cer lng un brad cu ase ramuri. criteriile de excludere s fie izgonii. Fratele cldire. De asemenea, n cadrul lcaului
Mnstirea ortodox Caraiman, cu hramul Gherontie Puiu a fugit, dar a fost prins funcioneaz Centrul Social-Pastoral Sfnta
nlarea Sfintei Cruci, a fost nfiinat n ulterior i nchis n lagrul din Periprava, Cruce i tot aici se pot organiza conferine,
anul 1998, la iniiativa printelui Gheron- fiind condamnat la 15 ani de munc silnic. traininguri i diverse evenimente cultural-
tie Puiu, iar construcia s-a finalizat, cu A reuit s evadeze i, ndrumat de aceeai educative.
sprijinul credincioilor, n septembrie 2014. apariie a Maicii Domnului, a urcat pe
Istoria acestui loca sfnt este strns legat platoul Munilor Bucegi, unde a petrecut
de povestea ctitorului principal, preotul 10 ani n post i rugciune, abia dup 1989 When you are heading towards the
Gherontie Puiu. Dup cum povestea acesta, reuind s revin la Mnstirea Neam. n cable car in Buteni, if you turn left on a
a fost crezut mort la natere, n 1933, de c- 1995 a suferit un accident vascular cerebral cobblestone alley, marked with an icon, you
tre medici, dar a fost salvat de o femeie din i o nou apariie a figurii sfinte i-a dat will reach an oasis of quiet and light, blessed
localitatea Todireti. La civa ani a nceput putere s triasc pentru a-i ndeplini by the Heroes Cross watching on Caraiman

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Peak. Father Gherontie Puiu built a monas-


tery here, after a dream when Virgin Mary
gave him a holy mission to open a gate to
the sky by a fir tree with six branches.
The Orthodox monastery of Caraiman,
patroned by Universal Exaltation of the
Precious and Life-creating Cross, was
built in the year 1998, at the initiative of
father Gherontie Puiu, and the construc-
tion was completed with the support of
the parishioners in September 2014. The
history of this holy place is closely related
to the story of its main builder, priest
Gherontie Puiu. According to him, doc-
tors believed him dead when he was born
in 1933, but he was saved by a woman in
the locality of Todireti. When he was just
a few years old, Virgin Mary started to
come to him in his dreams, guiding him
to the monastic way, and young Gheron-
tie Puiu found shelter in Neam Monas-
tery, where he stayed until the year 1959.
Then, as a consequence of Decree 410,
the Securitate, along with represent-
atives of the Department of Religious
Denominations, organised a campaign
to check every monastery, chasing away
everyone who fulfilled the exclusion
criteria. Brother Gherontie Puiu ran away,
but he was later caught and imprisoned
in the Periprava camp, sentenced to 15
years of hard labour. He managed to
escape and, guided by the same appari-
tion of Virgin Mary, he went to the Bucegi
Plateau, where he spent 10 years keeping
Lent and praying, returning to Neam
Monastery only after 1989. In 1995 he
suffered a stroke and a new apparition
of the holy figure gave him strength to
live to fulfil his mission. Father Gherontie
Puiu dedicated the following years to the
construction of Caraiman Monastery,
which is a favourite destination for those
who want to find their peace in a clearing
surrounded by fir trees.
Those who wish to attend the holy ser-
vices and to spend more time at Caraiman
Monastery can choose from the 100
accommodation places, available in three
wings of the building. The place of wor-
ship also host the Holy Cross Social and
Pastoral Centre and it is also a venue for
conferences, trainings and various cultural
and educational events.

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1 La baza prtiei
distracia se menine
tot timpul anului, n
Fun Park Kalinderu.
At the foot of the
slope you can have
fun all year round,
during the day and
at night, in Fun Park
Kalinderu.

01

Prtiile de schi din Buteni


Buteni ski slopes
n Valea Prahovei s-a dezvoltat recent citate de transport de 1.200 de persoane pe A modern recreation area has re-
o modern zon de agrement, amplasat la or. A doua etap de dezvoltare s-a realizat cently developed in Prahova Valley, located
poalele Muntelui Caraiman, n oraul Bu prin Programul naional de dezvoltare a at the foot of Caraiman Mountain, in
teni. Este vorba despre domeniul schiabil infrastructurii pentru sporturile de iarn, the city of Buteni. It is the Kalinderu ski
Kalinderu, situat pe versantul dintre pun iar n 2011 era finalizat i prtia de schi resort, situated on the slope between
ctul de intrare n Buteni al Prului Valea Kalinderu II, cu o lungime de 1.200 m i o the point where Valea Alb Spring enters
Alb i aria protejat Abruptul Prahovean lime de 60 m, nc o instalaie de zpad Buteni and the protected area Abruptul
Bucegi, sub Crucea Eroilor Neamului de artificial, cu cinci tunuri, o prtie de Prahovean Bucegi, under the Heroes Cross
pe Caraiman. Domeniul schiabil Kalin sanie, lung de 250 m, precum i instalaia on Caraiman Mountain. The Kalinderu ski
deru cuprinde prtiile Kalinderu I i II, o de nocturn pentru prtia Kalinderu I. resort includes the slopes Kalinderu I and
structur de escalad pe ghea i Fun Park La baza prtiei distracia se menine tot II, an ice-climbing structure and Fun Park
Kalinderu. Proiectul, finanat cu fonduri timpul anului, ziua i noaptea, n Fun Park Kalinderu. The project, financed with PHARE
europene PHARE, a demarat n anul 2003 Kalinderu, alternativa perfect la schi pen European funds, started in 2003 and was
i s-a desfurat n dou etape. tru toate vrstele. Este un parc de distracii developed during two stages.
Astfel, pn n anul 2007 s-au pus la punct dotat cu panouri de crare, trambulin, Thus, until 2007 the Kalinderu I ski slope
prtia de schi Kalinderu I, cu o lungime de carusel pentru copii nceptori, snowtu was arranged, with a length of 1,500 m and
1.500 m i o lime medie de 40 m, instala bing, band pentru urcat i, bineneles, an average width of 40 m, along with the
ia de zpad artificial cu 10 tunuri i te tobogan. artificial snow installation with 10 cannons
lescaunul debraiabil Kalinderu, cu o capa and the Kalinderu freewheeling ski lift, with

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a transport capacity of 1,200 people per


hour. The second stage of development
was completed under the National de-
velopment programme for winter sports
infrastructure, and in 2011 the Kalinderu
II ski slope was finished, with a length
of 1,200 m and a width of 60 m, along
with another artificial snow installation
with five cannons, a sledding slope 250 m
long, as well as the nightlight installation
for the Kalinderu I ski slope.
At the foot of the slope you can have
fun all year round, during the day and
at night, in Fun Park Kalinderu, the
perfect alternative to skiing for people
of all ages. It is a theme park fitted with
climbing walls, a trampoline, a carousel
for beginners, snowtubing, a climbing
treadmill and, naturally, a slide.

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1 Situat la alti-
tudinea de 1.100 de metri,
cu o nlime de 15 m i
cu un uria debit de ap
datorat Rului Urltoarea,
afluent al Prahovei,
Cascada Urltoarea este
o destinaie facil, dar nu
mai puin spectaculoas.
Situated at the altitude of
1,100 metres, with a height
of 15 m and a huge water
debit due to Urltoarea
River, a tributary of Prahova
River, the Urltoarea
Waterfall is an effortless
destination, but no less
spectacular for it.

01

Cascada Urltoarea
The Urltoarea Waterfall
Ca n mai toate legendele care trans- denumit Drumul regal, pleac din Poiana became a silver gush of water falling forever
form nefericirea oamenilor n frumuseea apului i a fost construit de Regele Carol between the shepherds bodies turned to
naturii, i Cascada Urltoarea din Buteni I pentru a lega Castelul Pele de Cascada stone with fear.
ascunde o poveste tragic din vremuri de Urltoarea. Regina Maria folosea acest This is the legend written on an informa-
altdat, cnd lumea nc mai ddea voie drum n plimbrile ei clare, iar uneori tion board by the Urltoarea Waterfall in
minunilor s existe. se odihnea pe o bncu din piatr aflat Buteni, a beautiful place that should be
Se spune c nvala apelor printre stnci s-a aproape de alte dou cascade mai mici, visited by more than just romantics. The
pornit din pricina iubirii a doi frai ciobani Urltoarea Mic i Urltoarea Mare. waterfall is easily accessible, located at the
pentru o frumoas pstori ce-i ptea crossroads between two trails. The first one
oile prin coclaurile Bucegilor. ntr-o zi, cei starts near the cable car in Buteni and it
doi i-au ntins braele spre pstori, fr As with most legends that turn can be covered by foot, at a slow pace, in
s tie unul de cellalt, iar fata s-a speriat peoples misfortune into the beauty of about an hour, and the other one, called the
att de tare nct s-a aruncat n prpastie. nature, the Urltoarea Waterfall in Buteni Royal Road, starts in Poiana apului and
Spaima ei s-a transformat n ipt dez- conceals a tragic story from days long gone, it was built by King Carol I to connect Pele
ndjduit, iar ea a devenit uvoi argintiu when people still allowed miracles to exist. Castle to the Urltoarea Waterfall. Queen
de ap ce cade la infinit printre trupurile It is said that the rush of waters between Mary used this road when she went horse
mpietrite de groaz ale ciobanilor. the rocks started because of the love of two riding, and she sometimes rested on a stone
Aceasta este legenda scris pe un panou shepherd brothers for a beautiful shep- bench located close to two other smaller
informativ aflat lng Cascada Urltoarea herdess who took her sheep grazing in the waterfalls, Urltoarea Mic and Urltoarea
din Buteni, un loc frumos de vizitat nu boondocks of Bucegi Mountains. One day, Mare.
doar de ctre cei romantici. Cascada este the two young men reached out their arms
uor accesibil, aflndu-se la intersecia to the shepherdess, not knowing one about
a dou trasee. Primul pornete de lng the other, and the girl was so frightened
telecabina din Buteni i se face n pas de that she jumped into the precipice. Her
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1 Orice cale vei


urma ctre Crucea
Caraiman, odat
ajuni acolo vei avea
Buteniul i Valea
Prahovei la picioare.
Whichever trail
you may follow to get
to Caraiman Cross,
once you are up there
you will have Buteni
and Prahova Valley at
your feet.

01

Crucea de pe Caraiman
The Caraiman Cross
Ne-au lsat Regina Maria i Regele Dimensiunile Crucii de pe Caraiman sunt 1928, with metal sleepers brought on chari-
Ferdinand I motenire, sus, pe Vrful impresionante: 28 de metri are crucea n ots pulled by oxen from Sinaia railway sta-
Caraiman, o cruce care mbrieaz nlime, 39,3 metri cu tot cu soclu, iar tion or on the funicular of the Buteni Paper
Valea Prahovei cu mini din oel, ca s braele msoar cte 7 metri fiecare. Este Mill owned by the brothers Schiel. Locals,
nu-i uitm pe cei czui n Primul Rzboi amplasat pe al doilea vrf al Caraima- workers at the Bridge Department and the
Mondial. i au numit-o Crucea Eroilor nului, pentru o vizibilitate ct mai mare, mountain hunters battalion in Sinaia also
Neamului, iar de la poalele muntelui, la altitudinea de peste 2.291 de metri, i helped, and Queen Mary, whose dream is
din Buteni, romnii o privesc cu drag i exist destul de multe trasee care v aduc said to have urged her to build the cross on
povestesc celor netiutori c aceea este n preajma tulburtorului monument, cel the blood-sprayed Bucegi Mountains, closely
Crucea Caraiman, cea mai nalt cruce din mai uor fiind cel cu telecabina, care face supervised the works. The project of the
lume aezat pe un vrf de munte. legtura Buteni-Babele, iar cel mai greu construction was designed by the Romanian
Monumentul a fost construit ntre anii este traseul prin Valea Jepilor Mici. architects Georges Cristinel and Constantin
1926 i 1928, din traverse metalice aduse n Procopiu, and in 1930 a concrete pedestal
care trase de boi din gara Sinaia sau cu fu- was added.
nicularul fabricii de hrtie a frailor Schiel Queen Mary and King Ferdinand I have The size of the Caraiman Cross is impress-
din Buteni. Au ajutat localnicii, muncito- bequeathed to us, up on Caraiman Peak, ive: the cross is 28 metres tall, 39.3 metres
rii de la Direcia de Poduri i batalionul de a cross that embraces Prahova Valley with tall including the pedestal, and the arms
vntori de munte din Sinaia, iar Regina steel arms, so that we may not forget those are each 7 metres long. It is located on the
Maria, al crei vis se spune c a ndem- who died in World War I. They named it second peak of Caraiman, for the best vis-
nat-o s nale crucea pe Bucegii stropii Heroes Cross, and from the foot of the ibility, at an elevation of over 2,291 metres,
cu snge n rzboi, a urmrit lucrrile mountain, in Buteni, Romanians gaze upon and there are quite a few trails that take
ndeaproape. Proiectul construciei a fost it dearly and they tell those who do not you close to the troubling monument, the
realizat de arhitecii romni Georges Cris- know its story that it is the Caraiman Cross, easiest one being by cable car, going from
tinel i Constantin Procopiu, iar n 1930 i-a the tallest summit cross in the world. Buteni to Babele, and the most difficult one
fost adugat un soclu din beton. The memorial was built between 1926 and being the Jepii Mici Valley trail.

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1 Casa de la Buteni
a fost donat de ctre
motenitori statului, dup
moartea scriitorului, n
1961, cu condiia ca aceasta
s fie transformat n cas
memorial.
The house in Buteni
was donated by his heirs
to the state, after the
writer died in 1961, on
condition that it would
be transformed into a
memorial house.

01

Muzeul Cezar Petrescu


Cezar Petrescu Museum
Scriitorul i gazetarul Cezar Petrescu sculptorul Oscar Han. ranged it to his taste and prepared it for his
a ales la 45 de ani s se retrag n muni, La al doilea etaj se petrecea ns miracolul long periods of isolation and introspection,
pentru a-i salva mare parte din vasta sa creaiei, iar muzeul de astzi red fidel necessary to the creation of his numerous
oper literar de la pericolul nescrierii, atmosfera de care i plcea romancierului novels, making sure he always had supplies
ameninare greu de evitat ntr-o capital s se nconjoare. Scrumiere i ibrice de of firewood, coffee and tobacco.
zbuciumat, n care linitea e uneori de cafea la tot pasul, unelte de scris i peste The interior of the house still preserves the
negsit. 10.000 de cri, fotoliul n care citea sau style of a writer who loved books and folk
Romancierul a cumprat n anul 1937 o medita, toate sunt pregtite s nsoeasc art, which seems to beckon every step of
cas n Buteni, o cldire cu trei etaje, vizitatorul n lumea prolificului nuvelist, the way, revealing its rustic furniture, the
construit n stil brncovenesc, cu prispe romancier, publicist i traductor care a old blankets, the Oltenia-style carpets, the
mpodobite cu balustrade i coloane din fost Cezar Petrescu. paintings gifted by his artist friends, such as
lemn sculptat. A amenajat-o pe gustul lui Iser, Jiquidi or Demian, or the busts of Horea,
i a pregtit-o pentru ndelungile perioa- Cloca i Crian, received from the sculptor
de de izolare i regsire necesare creaiei The writer and journalist Cezar Pet- Oscar Han.
numeroaselor sale romane, asigurndu-i rescu chose to retire to the mountains at the Yet the miracle of creation occurred at the
provizii de lemne de foc, cafea i tutun. age of 45, to save most of his vast literary second floor, and the museum of today con-
Interiorul locuinei pstreaz i acum sti- body of work from the danger of failure to veys the exact atmosphere that the novelist
lul unui scriitor ndrgostit de carte i de be written, a threat that was difficult to loved to be surrounded by. Ashtrays and
arta popular, care parc te ntmpin cu avoid in a troubled capital, where quiet was coffee pots all over the place, writing instru-
drag la fiecare pas, artndu-i mobilierul often nowhere to be found. ments and over 10,000 books, the armchair
rustic, scoarele vechi, covoarele olteneti, The novelist bought a house in Buteni in where he read or meditated, all of these are
tablourile druite de prietenii artiti, pre- the year 1937, a three-storey building, in the ready to accompany the visitor to the world
cum Iser, Jiquidi ori Demian, sau busturile Brancovan style, with stoops decorated with of the prolific short story writer, novelist,
lui Horea, Cloca i Crian, primite de la handrails and carved wood columns. He ar- publicist and translator Cezar Petrescu.

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1 Escapade
Adventure Park
Zamora este un parc
de distracii modern,
aflat chiar n inima
pdurii de brazi.
Escapade Adven-
ture Park Zamora is a
modern theme park,
located in the heart
of the fir tree forest.

01

Adventure Park Zamora


Adventure Park Zamora
Dac v petrecei cteva zile de necesare pentru o distracie de zile mari. of Cantacuzino Castle, and it provides count-
vacan n Buteni sau prin mprejurimi, Iar cei mai aventuroi pot conduce un Jeep less activities for a rush of adrenaline.
v-ai ncheiat lista cu obiective turistice Wrangler pe trasee off-road de trei pn la To warm up, you can try the military skills
de vizitat sau copiii sunt prea mici pentru opt ore, dar exist pentru ei i programe de trail, with 12 different tasks, accessible for
traseele montane mai solicitante, avei dou zile, cu campare n pdure, echipa- children over the age of 7. To train the bored
oricnd posibilitatea de a petrece cteva ore mentul fiind pus la dispoziie de parcul de warrior sleeping inside each of us, Adventure
zburnd printre copaci, n familie, n gaca aventuri. Park Zamora provides the full equipment for
de prieteni sau cu colegii de teambuilding. Celor nehotri, care nu reuesc s se pun paintball or archery. With the surrounding fir
Escapade Adventure Park Zamora este de acord cu ei nii n ceea ce privete trees 30 metres tall, zip-lines and climbing,
un parc de distracii modern, aflat chiar sporturile care le fac cu ochiul, Adventure made safe with Petzl equipment, become
n inima pdurii de brazi de pe domeniul Park Zamora le ofer pachete de dou sau more than just a pleasure, they become ne-
Castelului Cantacuzino, i care ofer trei ore, cu diferite variante de activiti. Nu cessary for the fun of a lifetime. And the most
nenumrate activiti n care te trezeti trebuie dect s spunei da aventurii. adventurous of you can drive a Jeep Wrangler
bombardat cu adrenalin. on off-road tracks of three up to eight hours,
Pentru nclzire, putei ncerca traseul If you spend a few days of your holiday but there are two-day programmes as well,
militar de aptitudini, cu 12 probe diferite, in Buteni or nearby, you have checked all with camping in the forest, the equipment
accesibil i copiilor peste 7 ani. Pentru an- the tourist attractions on your list or your being provided by the adventure park.
trenarea rzboinicului care doarme plictisit children are too young for more demanding For those who have not decided on anything,
n fiecare din noi, Adventure Park Zamora mountain trails, you always have the chance who do not seem to agree with themselves
pune la dispoziie echipamentul complet to spend a few hours flying between trees, as regards the sports that sound attractive
pentru paintball sau pentru tir cu arcul. Cu with your family, your group of friends or your to them, Adventure Park Zamora provided
brazii nali de 30 de metri din jur, tirolie- teambuilding team. Escapade Adventure Park packages of two or three hours, with various
nele i crrile, asigurate de echipamente Zamora is a modern theme park, located in options for activities. All you need is to say
Petzl, devin mai mult dect o plcere, devin the heart of the fir tree forest on the domain yes to adventure.

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2 Castelul Iulia Hasdeu


a fost renovat, iar astzi este
unul dintre cele mai bine
ntreinute muzee din ar
The Iulia Hasdeu Castle
01 has been renovated, and today
it is one of the best preserved
museums in our country.

Cmpina 02

G
reu se ndur soarele s iar datorit pcurii, n 1822, ajunge prima
plece din Cmpina, aezare ve- dintre vmile rii Romneti. Chiar dac
che, strjuit de apele Cmpini- ulterior trgul avea s fie dat oarecum uit-
ei, Doftanei i Prahovei, tocmai rii, din cauza mutrii vmii la Breaza, apoi
la rscrucea drumurilor din Braov i la Predeal, exploatarea modern a ieiului,
Bucureti ctre Munii Carpai. Se ndur ncepnd cu 1880, va transforma Cmpina
att de greu nct se tie, din toat ara, ntr-un ora prosper. Pe lng petrol, loca-
Cmpina este localitatea care se bucur de litatea va fructifica i beneficiile izvoarelor
cele mai multe zile nsorite din an. minerale descoperite pe platoul Gahia.
Rzbate mult istorie din actualul munici- Stabilimentul balnear, din care nu lipsea
piu prahovean, atestat documentar n anul cazinoul cu restaurant, va atrage nume-
1503. Satul fcea parte, ca punct vamal, roase personaliti ale vremii, precum Ion
din drumul comercial folosit de negustorii Heliade-Rdulescu, Nicolae Grigorescu, C.I.
braoveni nc din secolul al XV-lea. Tot Istrati, care a i surprins, de altfel, proaspta
prin Cmpina se fcea i transhumana popularitate a Cmpinei, scriind despre
ciobanilor cu turmele de oi, de mare impor- aceasta c a devenit un cartier de var al
tan pentru sporirea veniturilor aezrii, Capitalei.
03

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Fundaia are forma unei cruci, cifrele 3 i


7 au o semnificaie special n arhitectura
templului, iar simbolurile i inscripiile n
latin i sporesc aerul misterios. Interiorul
se dezvluie n spatele a trei ui, dintre
care cea principal, din piatr, se rotete
n jurul unui ax i ntre dou lumi, cum
nota dramaturgul I.L. Caragiale. n centrul
celei mai mari ncperi troneaz statuia
Mntuitorului, iar un perete al camerei de
spiritism nc poart pecetea edinelor
oculte - o gaur prin care Iulia i gsea
drum n lumea noastr.
La intrare, vizitatorii primesc un ghid audio,
pentru a uura nelegerea ciudatei istorii
a edificiului. ns nelegerea s-ar putea
dovedi totui anevoioas n lipsa deschide-
rii minii i a sufletului ctre strdania unui
printe, una dintre cele mai luminate mini
ale rii, de a fi aproape de fiica mult iubit.


The sun finds it hard to leave Cmpina,
an old settlement, guarded by the waters of
Cmpinia, Doftana and Prahova, at the very
crossroads between Braov and Bucharest to
the Carpathian Mountains. It finds it so hard
that it is a known fact that, in our entire
country, Cmpina is the locality with the
largest number of sunny days in the year.
A lot of history exudes from the current
n 1893, academicianul C.I. Istrati i invit Conservatorului de Muzic din Bucureti. municipality, attested historically in the
prietenul, marele scriitor i filolog Bog- La 16 ani, Iulia Hasdeu a devenit prima year 1503. The village, as a crossing point,
dan Petriceicu Hasdeu, la reedina sa din romnc student a celebrei universiti was part of the trade road used by the
Cmpina. Aflat n suferin dup pierderea franceze Sorbona. n 1888, n ciuda trata- merchants in Braov in the 14th century.
unicei fiice, Iulia, i fermecat de pitorescul mentelor primite n strintate, viaa Iuliei The transhumance of shepherds with their
mprejurimilor, B.P. Hasdeu cumpr un este dobort de tuberculoz. Neconsolat, flocks also went through Cmpina, a very
teren n localitate i construiete acolo un crturarul Hasdeu crede n extraordinarul important event to increase the revenues of
castel-templu, nchinat memoriei Iuliei. att de caracteristic fiicei sale i, convins c the locality, and thanks to fuel oil, in 1822
Nousprezece ani de via a avut Iulia Iuliei nu i este imposibil s comunice cu el it became the first of the crossing points of
Hasdeu i attea mpliniri intelectuale cte din lumea umbrelor, ridic la Cmpina un Wallachia. Even though the borough would
numai o minte extraordinar poate nate castel n care se vor desfura nenumrate be forgotten later, when the crossing point
ntr-un att de scurt timp. La 6 ani scria un edine de spiritism. moved to Breaza, then to Predeal, modern
studiu despre viaa i faptele domnitorului Construit de arhitectul Toma Angeles- crude oil exploitation, from 1880 onwards,
Mihai Viteazul, la 8 ani vorbea fluent n cu, dup planurile desenate de crturar would turn Cmpina into a prosperous city.
englez, francez i german, iar la vrsta i comunicate chiar de Iulia, aa cum Besides oil, the locality would also take
de 11 ani era absolvent a Colegiului Naio- consemneaz Hasdeu ntr-un manuscris advantage of the benefits of the mineral
nal Sf. Sava, studiind n paralel i cursurile spiritist, castelul este un monument bizar. springs discovered on Gahia Plateau.

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The spa resort, which had the ever-present believed in the extraordinary spirit of his
casino with a restaurant, attracted many daughter and, convinced that Iulia did not
important figures of the time, such as Ion find it impossible to communicate with him
Heliade-Rdulescu, Nicolae Grigorescu, C.I. from the world of shadows, he built a castle
Istrati, who wrote about the fresh popularity in Cmpina where many spiritism sessions
of Cmpina, describing it as the summer- took place.
time neighbourhood of the Capital. Built by the architect Toma Angelescu,
In 1893, the academician C.I. Istrati invited according to the plans drawn by the scholar
his friend, the great writer and philologist and communicated by Iulia herself, as
Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, to his residence Hasdeu wrote in a spiritist manuscript, the
in Cmpina. Mourning the loss of his only castle is a bizarre monument. The founda-
daughter, Iulia, and charmed by the pictur- tion has the shape of a cross, the numbers 3
06
esqueness of the surroundings, B.P. Hasdeu and 7 have a special significance in the archi-
bought a parcel of land in the locality and tecture of the temple, and the Latin symbols
built a temple castle there, honouring the and inscriptions only enhance its myster-
memory of Iulia. ious air. The interior is revealed behind
Nineteen years is what Iulia Hasdeu lived
and she had so many intellectual achieve-
three doors, the main one, made of stone,
rotating around an axle and between two
Cifrele 3 i 7 au
ments that only an extraordinary mind
could create in such a short amount of time.
worlds, as the playwright I.L. Caragiale
wrote. In the centre of the largest room
semnificaie special
At the age of 6 she wrote a study on the life
and actions of the ruler Michael the Brave,
there is the statue of our Saviour, and a wall
of the spiritism room still bears the stamp
n arhitectura
at 8 she spoke English, French and German of the occult sessions a hole through templului.
fluently, and at the age of 11 she graduated which Iulia found her way into our world.
from the National College St. Sava, studying At the entrances, visitors receive an audio
at the Music Conservatory of Bucharest guide, to enable comprehension of the The numbers 3 and 7 have
at the same time. At 16 years old, Iulia bizarre history of the edifice. But compre-
Hasdeu became the first Romanian female hension might prove difficult in the absence
a special significance in the
student of the famous French university of of the opening of the mind and soul to the architecture of the temple.
Sorbonne. In 1888, despite the treatments struggle of a parent, one of the brightest
received abroad, Iulia was defeated by tuber- minds of our country, to be close to his
culosis. Unconsoled, the scholar Hasdeu much beloved daughter.

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1 Cea mai
important ncpere
a muzeului este, fr
ndoial, atelierul unde
sunt expuse picturile lui
Grigorescu.
The most important
room of the museum is
definitely the workshop
where you can see
Grigorescus paintings.

01

Casa Nicolae Grigorescu


Nicolae Grigorescu's House
Iute ca gndul se-ndrepta de fiecare fiului artistului i ale biatului de evalet. objects from Istanbul, books received from
dat pictorul Nicolae Grigorescu spre n 1957, casa a devenit muzeu memorial, their authors, decorative carpets, a French
casa-atelier din Cmpina, ntors din cine iar amenajarea interiorului s-a fcut dup tapestry from the 18th century, fresh
tie ce drum cu treburi prin Capital. Pe fotografii, diapozitive, descrieri fcute de flowers, with his wife, Maria Danciu, and
Bulevardul Carol I, aproape de Castelul prieteni i chiar tablouri, ncercndu-se their son Gheorghe, until his death in 1907.
Iulia Hasdeu, l atepta casa construit recrearea atmosferei din timpul vieii The house burned in a fire during the First
dup planurile lui, cu teras din lemn i pictorului. World War, the workshop being the most
amenajat modest n mobilier, dar bogat Urcnd pe scara de lemn ajungi la etaj, regrettable loss.
n forme i culori. unde se afl un centru de informare i Nicolae Grigorescus house was rebuilt on
A terminat construcia casei n 1904 i a documentare, iar la parter exist i o sal its old foundations, though, in 1951-1952,
trit acolo, printre tablouri, obiecte orien- destinat expoziiilor temporare. according to the plans of architect Pop-
tale colecionate din Istanbul, cri primite iteanu from Cmpina and to the memories
cu dedicaie din partea autorilor, covoare As fast as lightning, the painter Nic- of the artists son and his attendant. In 1957,
decorative, o tapiserie francez din secolul olae Grigorescu always headed to his the house became a memorial museum, and
al XVIII-lea, flori proaspete, alturi de workshop-house in Cmpina, on his way the interior was arranged based on photos,
soie, Maria Danciu, i fiul Gheorghe, pn back from the Capital where he had run slides, descriptions made by friends and even
cnd s-a stins din via, n 1907. Casa a ars some errands. On Carol I Boulevard, close to paintings, and the atmosphere during the
ntr-un incendiu n Primul Rzboi Mondial, Iulia Hasdeu Castle, his home was waiting, painters life was attempted to be recreated.
atelierul fiind cea mai regretabil pierdere. built according to his plans, with a wooden Going up the wooden staircase you can reach
Casa lui Nicolae Grigorescu a fost ns terrace, modest as regards the furniture, but the first floor, with an information and doc-
reconstruit pe vechea temelie n anii rich in shapes and colours. umentation centre, and at the ground floor
1951-1952, dup planurile arhitectului He finished building the house in 1904 and there is another room intended for tempor-
cmpinean Popiteanu i dup mrturiile lived there, among paintings, Oriental ary exhibitions.

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1 Casa cu Grifoni
a devenit prima cldi-
re iluminat electric
din Cmpina, printr-o
instalaie proprie.
The Griffin
House became the
first electrically-lit
building in Cmpina,
with its own
installation.

01

Casa cu Grifoni
The Griffin House
n anul 1902, ntr-o vreme cnd un mod neobinuit. Petrolistul Gheorghe punndu-se astfel nfiinarea, cu sprijinul
sfert din producia de petrol a rii venea tefnescu s-a retras din afaceri i a donat Guvernului, a unei instituii care s aib n
din Cmpina, prosperul om de afaceri casa colii de maitri sondori i rafinori, vedere pregtirea tuturor categoriilor de
Gheorghe tefnescu a construit n oraul al crei vechi sediu fusese distrus n urma personal din companiile petroliere.
natal o cldire impresionant, cunoscut conflagraiei. coala de Maitri Sondori i Rafinori din
sub numele de Casa cu Grifoni. Cei doi nfiinat n anul 1904, la propunerea Cmpina a funcionat n Casa cu Grifoni
montri mitologici cu corp de leu, cap de directorului Industriei Comerului i Mi- pn la desfiinare, n 1950. Cldirea a fost
vultur i urechi de cal urmresc de-atunci, nelor, Constantin Alimniteanu, coala declarat monument istoric i nc se ps-
de pe acoperi, parada istoriei de 113 ani a de maitri sondori cmpinean a fost treaz n stare bun. Din 2004 a devenit
vilei. prima de acest fel din lume. Dezvoltarea sediul Primriei Cmpina, iar exteriorul
Casa care gzduiete acum sediul Prim- tehnicilor de exploatare petrolier, intro- splendid i cei doi grifoni v ateapt s-i
riei Municipiului Cmpina a fost ridicat ducerea mainilor moderne n procesul admirai la urmtoarea vizit n munici-
pentru familia petrolistului tefnescu. Cu de forare i extragere a ieiului necesita piu.
o arhitectur n stil Beaux-Arts, cldirea oameni pregtii, specializai, care s
are un aspect elaborat i masiv, cu dou poat face fa solicitrilor i problemelor In the year 1902, when a quarter of the
cupole acoperite de igle zincate, fiecare aprute. Companiile petroliere dispuneau oil production of the country came from
purtnd n vrf cte o roz a vnturilor. O de angajai instruii n strintate, dar erau Cmpina, the prosperous businessman
asemenea construcie trebuia s fie vzut prea puini pentru necesitile Cmpinei i Gheorghe tefnescu erected an impressive
foarte bine, iar averea acumulat de pro- ale ntregii ri, de altfel, la acea vreme. So- building in his home town, known as the
prietar din afacerile cu iei a nlesnit acest cietatea petrolier Steaua Romn pusese Griffin House. The two mythological mon-
lucru. Dup Primul Rzboi Mondial ns, bazele, n 1898, unei coli de sondori, dar sters with a lions body, an eagles head and
vila i-a schimbat proprietarul ntr-un dup doi ani proiectul privat a euat, im- a horses ears have supervised ever since,

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from the roof, the parade of the villas


history of 113 years.
The house that is currently the seat of
the Mayors Office of the Municipality
of Cmpina was built for the family of
the oil magnate tefnescu. With its
Beaux-Arts architecture, the building has
an elaborate, massive aspect, with two
domes covered with zinc shingles, each
of them with a wind rose on the top.
Such a construction had to be seen easily,
and the wealth collected by the owner
from his crude oil business made it easy.
However, after the First World War, the
villa changed owners in an unexpected
way. The oil magnate Gheorghe tefn-
escu retired from business and donated
the house to the Drillers and Refiners
School, whose old office had been des-
troyed in a fire.
Founded in the year 1904, at the proposal
of the director of the Trade and Mine
Industry, Constantin Alimniteanu, the
Drillers School in Cmpina was the first
of its kind in the world. The development
of oil exploitation techniques, introdu-
cing modern machinery in the crude oil
drilling and extraction process required
trained, specialised men who could deal
with the requirements and problems
that might occur. The oil companies had
employees trained abroad, but they were
too few for the necessities of Cmpina
and the entire country, actually, at the
time. The oil company Steaua Romn
had lain the foundations of a drillers
school, in 1898, but two years later the
private project failed, and it became
necessary to establish, with the support
of the Government, an institution that
aimed to train all categories of staff in oil
companies.
The Drillers and Refiners School in
Cmpina functioned in the Griffin
House until it was dismantled in 1950.
The building was declared a historical
monument and it is still preserved well.
In 2004 it became the seat of the Mayors
Office of Cmpina, and the splendid
exterior with its two griffins wait for you
to admire them at your next visit in the
municipality.

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2 La Comarnic este loc


prielnic de oprit i stat o
vreme, se tie de la mocanii
din timpuri strvechi, iar
Muzeul Cinegetic Posada
este numai bun de vizitat
cnd facei popas.
Comarnic is the perfect
spot to rest for a while, as
we know from shepherds
01 of ancient times, and the
Posada Woodcraft Museum
is the ideal choice for a visit.

Comarnic 02

M
ocanii transilvneni au familiile Cantacuzino i Filipescu, iar n Naionale a Pdurilor - ROMSILVA,
aezat Comarnicul pe malul secolul al XIX-lea a trecut n proprietatea deschizndu-i apoi porile ca Muzeul
Prahovei cu mult vreme domnitorului Gheorghe Bibescu. Cinegetic al Carpailor Posada, unicul
n urm, acolo unde scap La ieirea din Comarnic, n anii dinain- de acest fel din ar. Camerele muzeului
apele din ncletarea munilor. n drumul tea Revoluiei de la 1848, din porunca adpostesc o valoroas colecie de trofee,
lor spre Dunre, ciobanii poposeau cu domnitorului Bibescu, a fost ridicat Romnia ocupnd unul dintre primele
turmele n depresiunea adpostit de castelul de la Posada, conceput iniial locuri ca numr de recorduri mondiale
muni i dealuri, nconjurat de codri ca un conac din piatr de ru, n tradiia cinegetice: la capra neagr, obinut n
de stejar, de brad i de fag, iar pn prin construciilor romneti din regiunile 1937, la cerb - n 1981, la blana de lup - n
secolul al XVIII-lea tot aici i tundeau montane. Nepotul domnitorului, George 1985. Cel mai recent trofeu este la cerbul
oile. Cum altfel s se fi chemat aezarea Valentin Bibescu, a extins conacul 50 de comun, vnat n 2003, iar cel mai mare
dect Comarnic, adic aa cum numeau ani mai trziu, ntr-un adevrat castel, trofeu de blan de urs brun provine de la
ciobanii ncperea de la stn unde care astzi adpostete Muzeul Cinegetic un exemplar vnat de Nicolae Ceauescu
pstrau caul. al Carpailor. n 1984. La Muzeul Cinegetic mai putei
Ca sat, Comarnicul a fost trecut n scripte A fost deschis mai nti ca secie a admira i exemplare ale unor specii
nc din secolul al XV-lea, cnd se afla n Muzeului Naional Pele, n 1996. Opt disprute din mediul natural, bourul i
stpnirea boierilor Mrgineni. Au ur- ani mai trziu a fost preluat, renovat i zimbrul, precum i exponate de bufnie,
mat s-l crmuiasc n secolul al XVII-lea redecorat cu sprijinul financiar al Regiei corbi i alte psri rpitoare.

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following the tradition of Romanian con-


structions in mountainous regions. The rulers
grandson, George Valentin Bibescu, expanded
the manor 50 years later, turning it into a
real castle, which now hosts the Woodcraft
Carpathian Museum.
It was first opened as a section of Pele
National Museum, in 1996. Eight years later
it was taken over, renovated and redecorated
with the financial support of the ROMSILVA
National Forests Administration, opening
its gates later on as the Posada Woodcraft
Carpathian Museum, the only one of its kind
in the country. The museums chambers lodge
a valuable collection of trophies; Romania
ranks in the top countries by its number of
hunting world trophies: chamois, obtained
Alturi de cele peste 2.000 de trofee de sheltered by mountains and hills, surrounded in 1937, stag in 1981, wolf skin in 1985. The
vntoare care acoper toat fauna cine- by oak, fir and beech tree forests, and until the most recent trophy is the stag, hunted in
getic a Romniei exist i dou camere cu 18th century this was also where they sheared 2003, and the largest brown bear fur trophy
destinaie special: o camer este dedicat their sheep. What else could have been the comes from an animal hunted by Nicolae
armelor de vntoare, n care se gsesc name of the settlement but Comarnic, which Ceauescu in 1984. At the Woodcraft Museum
pistoale cu cremene, pistoale de vntoare is what the shepherds called the room where you can also admire other specimens of anim-
moderne, ba chiar i iatagane, pumnale sau they kept the fresh cheese at the shepherds als which have disappeared from their natural
buzdugane. n cealalt camer se gsete huts? environment, aurochs and European bisons,
o colecie de unelte de vntoare care i-au As a village, Comarnic was recorded since the as well as owls, ravens and other birds of prey.
aparinut scriitorului Mihail Sadoveanu, un 15th century, when it was ruled by the Mrgin- Besides the over 2,000 hunting trophies that
pasionat de vntoare i pescuit. eni boyars. The next in line were the Can- cover the entire game fauna of Romania,
tacuzino and the Filipescu families in the 17th there are two special destination rooms: one
century, and in the 19th century it became the room is dedicated to hunting weapons, with
The Mocani of Transylvania placed property of ruler Gheorghe Bibescu. flintlock pistol, modern hunting pistols, even
Comarnic on the banks of Prahova River long At the exit from Comarnic, in the years before yatagans, daggers or maces. In the other
ago, where waters escape the clash of moun- the Revolution of 1848, at the order of ruler rooms there is a collection of hunting tools
tains. On their way to the Danube, shepherds Bibescu, the Posada Castle was built, initially that belonged to the writer Mihail Sadoveanu,
stopped with their flocks in the depression designed as a manor made of river rock, a lover of hunting and fishing.

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2 Comuna Filipetii de
Pdure depete cu puin,
ca populaie, zece mii de
locuitori. The commune

Filipetii
of Filipetii de Pdure has a
01
population of a little over ten
thousand inhabitants.

de Pdure 02

C
omuna Filipetii de Pdure din rul Titi Filipescu, cu lucrtori din toat ara,
vestul judeului Prahova cuprinde i n special cu romni din Ardeal n cutare
astzi satele Filipetii de Pdure, de adpost din calea asupririi habsburgice,
Dieti, Minieri i Silitea Dealului, a nceput dezvoltarea zonei ca aezare. Mai
iar existena unor monumente, precum nti s-a construit un han n pdure, unde
Biserica Sf. Trei Ierarhi sau Conacul lui Ma- duminica li se aduceau lucrtorilor merin-
tei i Toma Cantacuzino, a inclus aezarea dele pentru o sptmn i unde chiar se
n Drumul Voievozilor, traseul turistic de ineau mici petreceri. Refugiaii din Ardeal
cunoatere a istoriei acestor inuturi. i-au ntemeiat aici locuine, iar aezarea a
ns pn la nceputul secolului al XVI-lea, nceput s se numeasc mai nti Filipetii
acolo unde se afl n prezent vatra locali- Ungureni, pentru ca apoi s treac la denu-
tii Filipetii de Pdure se ntindeau codri mirea sub care o regsim n prezent, Filipe-
ntunecoi de gorun. Aceste pduri uriae se tii de Pdure. Nu este ns singura aezare
gseau n stpnirea unei importante fami- filipeasc din zon i nici cea mai veche. n
lii boiereti, cea a Filipetilor, cunoscui n sud i est se mrginete cu Filipetii de Trg,
ara Romneasc nc din secolul al XV-lea. moie alturi de care a fost vndut n anul
n urma exploatrii forestiere de ctre boie- 1632 de ctre Dumitracu Filipescu marelui
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Morrescu Costel
primar filipetii de pdure
Mayor of Filipetii de Pdure

V invit n comuna
Filipetii de Pdure, o
comun nzestrat cu
tradiii, care dateaz din
cele mai strvechi tim-
puri. Noile generaii ajut
la pstrarea obiceiurilor
zonei, prin activitile
desfurate la diverse
festivaluri organizate la
nivel de comun.

postelnic Constantin Cantacuzino. Astfel, Constantin Cantacuzino, Matei i Toma, nu


s-au aezat n aceast regiune a Prahovei au mai rmas dect nite ruine. Putei totui When you reach the vil-
temeliile viitoarelor palate sau conace s admirai frumuseea picturilor Bisericii lage of Filipetii de Pdure
cantacuzine, precum i ale unor biserici de o Sf. Trei Ierarhi sau monumentele din Dieti you will be amazed to find
nermurit frumusee. i Filipetii de Pdure nchinate celor czui an inspiring village, which
Filipetii de Trg s-au bucurat o vreme de o n Rzboiul de Independen al Romniei i has strongly and proudly
activitate comercial intens datorit pozii- n Primul Rzboi Mondial. kept its traditions, which
onrii la ncruciarea cilor de comunicaii date back to immemorial
dintre cele trei provincii romneti. Pe aici ages ancient times.
coborau mrfurile din Ardeal, pe aici era The commune of Filipetii de Pdure in These traditions are kept
calea diligenelor i drumul domnitorilor. the west of Prahova County includes today alive due to the younger
ns dup 1830 urmeaz decderea, pentru the villages of Filipetii de Pdure, Dieti, generations. How do
c Ploietiul, aflat la aproximativ 20 de kilo- Minieri and Silitea Dealului, and the exist- they do this? By actively
metri, se dezvolt rapid ca principal punct ence of monuments such as the Sf. Trei Ierarhi participating at numerous
economic al regiunii. Church or Matei and Toma Cantacuzinos festivals that take place in
nc v mai putei odihni la umbra goruni- Manor made the settlement part of the the village of Filipetii de
lor, dar din conacul urmailor postelnicului Voivodes Road, the touristic trail whose goal Pdure.

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is to teach about the history of this land. seneschal Constantin Cantacuzino. Thus, the
But until the beginning of the 16th century, foundations of the future palaces or manors
there used to be dark sessile oak forest where of the Cantacuzinos were laid in this region
the locality of Filipetii de Pdure stands now. of Prahova, as well as those of truly beautiful
These huge forests were owned by an import- churches.
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ant boyar family, Filipescu, renowned in the Filipetii de Trg enjoyed an intense trade
Romanian Country since the 15th century. activity for a while, thanks to their position at
Following the logging by boyar Titi Filipescu,
with workers from all over the country,
the crossroads of communication pathways
between the three Romanian provinces. This
Putei admira
especially Romanians from Ardeal, look-
ing for shelter from the oppression of the
is where goods would go down to Ardeal,
this was the way of carriages and the road
frumuseea picturilor
Habsburgs, the area started to develop as
a settlement. First, an inn was built in the
of the rulers. But after 1830 they started to
decay, because Ploieti, which was located
bisericii Sf. Trei Ierarhi
forest, where workers received food for a approximately 20 kilometres away, developed sau monumentele din
week on Sundays and where small parties quickly as the main economic hub of the
were sometimes held. Refugees from Ardeal region. Dieti i Filipetii de
settled down here and built houses, and You can still rest in the shade of sessile oaks,
the settlement was first called Filipetii but all that is left of the manor of the sen- Pdure
Ungureni, to acquire later the new name eschal Constantin Cantacuzinos heirs, Matei
that still stands, Filipetii de Pdure. It is not and Toma, is ruins. You can still admire the
the only settlement of the Filipescus in the beauty of the paintings in the Sf. Trei Ierarhi You can admire the beauty of the
region, though, nor the oldest. To the south Church or the monuments in Dieti and paintings in the Sf. Trei Ierarhi
and east it is adjacent to Filipetii de Trg, Filipetii de Pdure, in the memory of those
a domain with which it was sold in the year fallen in the Romanian War of Independence
Church or the monuments in
1632 by Dumitracu Filipescu to the future and the First World War. Dieti and Filipetii de Pdure.

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1 biseric din
Filipetii de Pdure
este att frumoas
nct ai putea spune,
cu mna pe inim,
c se aseamn cu
vestitul Vorone
The Church of
Filipetii de Pdure
is so beautiful that
you could swear it
looks like the famous
Vorone.

01

Biserica Sf. Trei Ierarhi


Sf. Trei Ierarhi Church
Biserica Sf. Trei Ierarhi este un monu- ai familiei Cantacuzino, iar catapeteasma Prvu Mutu, have not been affected.
ment de art veche bisericeasc, recu- bisericii, aceeai de la facere, sculptat n The church was erected by Lady Blaa
noscut de UNESCO drept Voroneul din stil baroc i renascentist, este mpodobit Cantacuzino, the wife of great Aga Matei
Muntenia. Iar ca s fim cinstii, se prea cu icoane lucrate de acelai meter, unul Cantacuzino, with her son, sword bearer
poate s fie la mijloc vreun fel de minune, dintre cei mai importani pictori biserice- Toma Cantacuzino. In 1692, as it is written
pentru c biserica i-a pstrat aproape ti din ara Romneasc. in Slavonic letters over the door inside the
intacte, din anul 1688, att structura Dinuirea peste veacuri a bisericii nchi- church, Prvu Mutu vel leat 7200 (1692),
de rezisten, ct i pictura. E drept c, nate Sfinilor Trei Ierarhi, precum i fru- the master painter finished the painting
de-a lungul timpului, a fost restaurat n museea picturii meterului Prvu Mutu works that would preserve best over the
mai multe rnduri, dar nici arhitectura au consemnat lcaul de cult n seria centuries. In the narthex, on both sides
bizantin, cu elemente romneti, i nici monumentelor prahovene i a locurilor de of the door, a votive painting depicts 55
frescele create de zugravul preferat al popas pentru trup i suflet. members of the Cantacuzino family, and
Cantacuzinilor, Prvu Mutu, nu au fost the iconostasis of the church, the same one
afectate. since the beginning, sculpted in the Baroque
Biserica a fost nlat de ctre doamna Sf. Trei Ierarhi Church is a monument and Renaissance style, is embellished with
Blaa Cantacuzino, soia marelui aga Ma- of old church art, recognised by UNESCO as icons painted by the same master, one of
tei Cantacuzino, mpreun cu fiul ei, sp- the Vorone of Muntenia. And to be fair, it the most important church painters in the
tarul Toma Cantacuzino. n anul 1692, aa there may be some sort of miracle involved, Romanian Country.
cum st scris cu litere slavone deasupra because the church has preserved almost The endurance of the church dedicated to
uii din interiorul bisericii, Prvu Mutu intact, since 1688, both the supporting the Three Holy Hierarchs, as well as the
vel leat 7200 (1692), meterul zugrav a structure and the painting. On the other beauty of the painting created by master
sfrit lucrarea de pictur care avea s se hand, it has been restored several times, Prvu Mutu have put the place of worship
pstreze cel mai bine peste veacuri. n pro- but the Byzantine architecture with Ro- on the list of Prahovas monuments and lay-
naos, de-o parte i de alta a uii de intrare, manian elements or the frescoes created by bys for the body and soul.
un tablou votiv nfieaz 55 de membri the Cantacuzino familys favourite painter,

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2 Comuna s-a dezvoltat


foarte mult n ultimele
decenii, n special datorit ba-
rajului i hidrocentralei Mne-
ciu, dar i datorit atraciilor
turistice din zon.
The commune has
developed a lot over the past
decades, particularly because
of the dam and the hydroelec-
01 tric plant Mneciu, as well as
due to the tourist attractions
in the area.

Mneciu 02

C
omuna Mneciu din judeul XV-XVI, aceasta fiind cea mai veche dintre
Prahova se afl la poalele Muni- cele dou. De-a lungul timpului, comuna
lor Ciuca, iar peisajele deosebite Mneciu a avut un rol important att din
v vor fermeca din prima clip punct de vedere comercial, ct i militar.
n care ajungei pe aceste meleaguri. Acest lucru se datoreaz locaiei sale stra-
Mergnd la pas prin satele pitoreti din tegice, fiind aezat pe una dintre rutele
aceast comun, vei simi cum aerul curat care fceau legtura ntre Transilvania i
v revigoreaz toate simurile. Aici se ara Romneasc, rut intens folosit de
afl locaia ideal pentru petrecerea unei ctre negustori.
vacane relaxante, n special pentru cei Zona n care este aezat comuna Mneciu
care locuiesc n marile orae ale rii. a fost locuit din cele mai vechi timpuri,
Este important de menionat faptul c arheologii care au studiat antefactele
pn n anul 1968 teritoriul actual al descoperite aici au stabilit c acestea au
comunei era mprit ntre dou comune: o vechime de cel puin 4.000 de ani. Dei
Mneciu Ungureni i Mneciu Pmnteni. nu exist documente care s ateste aceste
Mneciu Pmnteni este cea despre care dovezi, multitudinea de unelte i vase care
se vorbete n documentele din secolele au fost gsite aici ofer destule dovezi
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cities.
It is important to mention that until 1968,
the current territory of the commune was
divided into two: Mneciu Ungureni and
Mneciu Pmnteni. Mneciu Pmnteni is
the one that is mentioned in the documents
from the 15th-16th centuries, as it is the
older of the two communes. Over time, the
commune of Mneciu has had an important
role, both from a commercial and a military
standpoint. This is due to its strategic
location, being situated on one of the routes
that connected Transylvania and Wallachia,
used very much by merchants.
The area where the commune of Mneciu is
located has been inhabited from the most
ancient times, and the archaeologists who
studied the artefacts discovered here have
established they are at least 4,000 years
old. Although there are no documents
that attest this evidence, the multitude of
tools and vessels that have been found here
provide enough evidence to scientists. We
usually associate ancient civilisations with
areas such as Egypt, Persia or Greece, but on
the territory of our country there have also
been small human settlements in the same
oamenilor de tiin. De obicei, asociem dovedete o continuitate a comunitii period, even though they are not as famous.
civilizaiile antice cu zone precum Egipt, formate n aceast zon. The commune of Mneciu is first mentioned
Persia sau Grecia, ns i pe teritoriul rii Cheia este cel mai nou sat care intr n in historical documents in the year 1429, in
noastre au existat mici aezri umane n componena strvechii comune, acesta a charter issued in Arge, which described
aceeai perioad, chiar dac acestea nu fiind nfiinat de ctre romnii venii din the way the territories of the commune had
sunt att de faimoase. Transilvania n anul 1894. been divided. In the year 1556, the commune
Comuna Mneciu este pomenit pentru of Mneciu was mentioned again in another
prima oar n documentele istorice n anul document issued by the ruler of the country
1429, n cadrul unui hrisov emis la Arge, The commune of Mneciu in Prahova at the time, Ptracu Vod. The villages
n care s-a consemnat modul de mprire County is located at the foot of the Ciuca that make up the commune have also been
al teritoriilor comunei. n anul 1556, comu- Mountains, and the lovely landscapes will mentioned in several documents over the
na Mneciu este din nou pomenit ntr-un delight you from the first moment you step centuries, which proves a continuity of the
document emis de ctre domnitorul rii into these lands. Walking through the pic- community formed in this area.
din acea vreme, Ptracu Vod. Satele turesque villages of this commune, you will Cheia is the latest village that became part
care intr n componena comunei au fost feel the fresh air revitalising all your senses. of the ancient commune, as it was estab-
i ele menionate n cadrul mai multor Here is the perfect location for a relaxing lished by the Romanians who had come
documente de-a lungul secolelor, ceea ce holiday, especially for those who live in big from Transylvania in the year 1894.

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1 Cteva zile
petrecute n acest mic
col de rai v vor ajuta
s v refacei puterile
i s v ntoarcei
acas cu energie i
poft de via.
A few days spent
in this heavenly resort
will help you recharge
your batteries and
return home filled
with energy and lust
for life.

01

Staiunea Cheia
Cheia Resort
Staiunea Cheia este una dintre cele curat i mncarea sntoas i proaspt Bineneles, exist i trasee mai solicitante,
mai frumoase zone pentru agrement ofer condiiile perfecte pentru o cur de pentru cei experimentai, cum ar fi cel spre
din Romnia, care se afl chiar la poalele refacere a puterilor recomandat oricui. Pasul Bratocea, aflat la 1.263 m altitudine
Munilor Ciuca. Aparinnd de comuna Dac vei plnui o evadare din cotidian pe (9 km) sau cel spre Pasul Boncua, la 1.078
Mneciu, judeul Prahova, staiunea Cheia aceste meleaguri, vei avea la dispoziie m altitudine (20 km). Pentru cei mai aven-
ofer turitilor nenumrate posibiliti numeroase oferte de cazare n cabane pito- turoi, aici se pot practica diverse sporturi
de petrecere a timpului liber. Aerul curat reti, foarte ofertante din punct de vedere de iarn sau, de ce nu?, alpinism. Staiu-
i clima blnd fac din acest loc alegerea al panoramelor. Cel mai plcut mod de a nea Cheia are cte ceva pentru fiecare, de
perfect pentru cteva zile de relaxare v petrece timpul la Cheia l reprezint, la momente de relaxare pn la doze mari
mpreun cu prietenii sau familia. cu siguran, drumeiile montane. Avei de adrenalin, tocmai de aceea o recoman-
Staiunea Cheia a luat fiin n jurul M- la alegere mai multe trasee, de dificultate dm cu mare drag oricrei persoane care
nstirii Cheia, dup ce terenurile acesteia variat, pe care le vei putea parcurge dorete s-i petreac vacana aproape de
au fost secularizate. Datorit altitudinii agale, admirnd natura. Cel mai impresi- munte.
sale (871 de metri) i a condiiilor luxurian- onant este, desigur, drumul ctre Masivul
te oferite de natur, Cheia este acum sta- Ciuca, staiunea Cheia fiind unul dintre
iune climateric de odihn i tratament. punctele principale din care se pornete pe Cheia Resort is one of the most beauti-
Pentru cei care sufer de anemie, astenie, acest traseu pitoresc. ful recreational areas in Romania, located at
hipertiroidism, suprasolicitare fizic i in- Alte opiuni interesante sunt: traseul the foot of the Ciuca Mountains. Belonging
telectual, un sejur la Cheia este exact ceea ctre izvoarele Telejeanului (1-2 ore) sau to the commune of Mneciu, Prahova County,
ce au nevoie. Plimbrile prin natur, aerul traseul ctre Cabana Muntele Rou (2 ore). Cheia Resort has countless possibilities for

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the tourists leisure time. The clean air


and the mild climate make this place the
perfect choice for a few days of relaxation
with your friends or family.
Cheia Resort was formed around Cheia
Monastery, after its lands were secular-
ised. Thanks to its altitude (871 metres)
and the luxurious conditions provided by
the nature, Cheia is now a spa resort for
relaxation and treatment. For those who
suffer from anaemia, asthenia, hyper-
thyroidism, physical and intellectual ex-
haustion, a stay in Cheia is just the thing
they need. Walks in nature, clean air and
healthy, fresh food provide the perfect
conditions for a battery recharging jour-
ney, recommended to anyone.
If you plan an escape from daily life
to this land, you will have countless
accommodation offers in picturesque
cabins, with very promising views. The
most pleasant way of spending your time
in Cheia is definitely mountain hiking.
You have several trails to choose from, of
various degrees of difficulty, which you
can cover at leisure, admiring nature.
The most impressive one is definitely the
road to Ciuca Massif, Cheia Resort being
one of the main starting points of this
picturesque trail.
Other interesting options are: the trail to
the sources of Teleajen River (1-2 hours) or
the trail to Muntele Rou Cabin (2 hours).
Certainly, there are more demanding
trails, as well, for more experienced
travellers, such as the one to Bratocea
Pass, at an altitude of 1,263 m (9 km
long) or the one to Boncua Pass, at an
altitude of 1,078 m (20 km long). For the
most adventurous tourists, various winter
sports can be practised here, along with
alpinism. Cheia Resort has something
for everyone, from relaxing moments to
high doses of adrenaline, which is why
we warmly recommend it to anyone who
wants to spend their holiday close to the
mountains.

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1 Cunosctorii
recomand vizitarea Mun-
telui Rou n iunie, pentru
c n aceast lun nfloresc
bujorii de munte, care
acoper versanii, oferind
un spectacol de neuitat
pentru turiti.
Connoisseurs re-
commend visiting Rou
Mountain in June, because
that is when the rhodo-
dendron is in bloom,
covering the slopes, giving
an unforgettable show for
the tourists.

01

Muntele Rou
Rou Mountain
Dac ai decis s petrecei cteva zile muli turiti, care petrec cteva ore sau c- pentru cazarea n propriul cort. Indiferent
la munte alturi de familie sau de prieteni, teva zile aici, care v vor ajuta cu siguran de alegere, cred c vei fi de acord c nimic
dar nc nu tii ce zon s alegei, v re- s ajungei n locaia potrivit. nu se compar cu o diminea rcoroas
comand cu mare drag Muntele Rou. Zona Odat ce ai ajuns la caban, vei vedea petrecut la munte, cu un ceai cald sau o
este faimoas pentru cei care locuiesc n c efortul a meritat cu adevrat; vei avea cafea aburind n mn. Acest mic paradis
oraele din mprejurimi, ns celor din parte de o privelite superb, de care v se afl la doar 140 km de Bucureti, ceea
judeele mai ndeprtate s-ar putea s nu le vei ndrgosti din prima clip. Dup ce ce l face cu adevrat destinaia perfect
sune cunoscut acest nume. Muntele Rou vei admira pe ndelete miracolele naturii, pentru un weekend prelungit la munte,
se afl n drum spre Vrful Ciuca i este avei de luat o decizie: dac nnoptai la din toate punctele de vedere.
cel puin la fel de impresionant ca acesta. Muntele Rou sau v aventurai mai de-
Traseul pn la Cabana Muntele Rou parte spre Vrful Ciuca, la o altitudine de
(1.280 m) are o dificultate medie, putnd 1.954 m, pe un traseu de dificultate medie. If you have decided to spend a few
fi parcurs de oricine n cteva ore. Pornind Oricare va fi alegerea, un lucru este cert: days in the mountains with your family or
de la poalele munilor, din satul Cheia, vei avea parte de peisaje splendide, de aer friends, but you do not know yet what area
avem de urcat aproximativ 4 km pn la curat de munte i de experiene culinare to choose, I wholeheartedly recommend you
Cabana Muntele Rou. Desigur, aici se inedite, cum ar fi specialitile din vnat Rou Mountain. The area is famous to those
poate ajunge i cu maina personal, ns servite de caban. who live in the surrounding towns, but
sfatul meu este s profitai de aerul curat Pe lng cazarea n interiorul cabanei, those in more distant counties might not
i s parcurgei traseul la pas, chiar dac putei opta i pentru una dintre cele 10 find this name too familiar. Rou Mountain
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is at least as impressive as this one.


The trail to Rou Mountain Cabin
(1,280 m) is of average difficulty,
and it can be covered by anyone in
just a few hours. Starting from the
foot of the mountains, in the village
of Cheia, we have to climb approx-
imately 4 km to the Rou Mountain
Cabin. Certainly, you can reach it
by car, as well, but my advice is to
take advantage of the clean air and
cover the trail by foot, even though
you are not experienced. The area
attracts quite a lot of tourists, who
spend a few hours or days here, and
they will definitely help you reach
the location you are looking for.
Once you have reached the cabin,
you will see the effort had been
truly worth it; you will see a de-
lightful view, which you will fall for
from the very first moment. Once
you have admired the miracles of
nature, you have to make a de-
cision: whether you spend the night
at the cabin or you go further, to
Ciuca Peak, at an altitude of 1,954
m, on an average trail. No matter
the choice, one thing is certain: you
will see amazing landscapes, you
will have clean mountain air and
novel food experiences, such as the
game dishes served at the cabin.
Besides the accommodation inside
the cabin, you can choose one
of the 10 little camping houses
around it, or you can sleep in your
own tent. No matter the choice, I
think you will agree that nothing
compares to a cool morning spent
in the mountains, a cup of hot
tea or coffee in hand. This little
paradise is located just 140 km from
Bucharest, which truly makes it the
perfect destination for an extended
weekend in the mountains, from all
points of view.

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1 Mnstirea
este pzit de brazi
nali, care ne invit
la umbra lor deas i
rcoroas n cele mai
fierbini zile.
The monastery
is guarded by tall fir
trees, inviting us to
their thick cool shade
on the hottest days.

01

Mnstirea Cheia
Cheia Monastery
Mnstirea Cheia se afl ntr-o zon din lemn, care poart hramul Adormirii exclusiv prin munca i fondurile proprii ale
linitit i superb, n Valea Telejeanului Maicii Domnului. De data aceasta, micul clugrilor. Spre deosebire de alte mns-
de la poalele Munilor Ciuca. Accesul la schit rezist o perioad mai ndelungat, tiri, att din ara noastr, ct i din alte ri,
mnstire se face din staiunea Cheia, parte ns i acesta este distrus de un incendiu, n Mnstirea Cheia nu a obinut fonduri de
component a comunei Mneciu, judeul anul 1832. la boieri sau ali oameni nstrii ai vremii.
Prahova. Aleea pe care se face accesul n Cldirea actual mpreun cu impun- Clugrii de la Cheia au, fr ndoial, o
cldirea principal are un aer grandios, care toarea clopotni au fost ridicate n anul mulime de poveti fascinante din istoria
i inspir pace i linite. Gardul ce ncon- 1835, de data aceasta optndu-se pentru acestei mnstiri deosebite. Fie c vei po-
joar aceast oaz de linite este din piatr materiale de construcii mai rezistente - posi aici pentru cteva ore, fie pentru cteva
i ne duce cu gndul la zidurile medievale crmida. Chiar i aa, clopotnia a luat foc zile, vei pleca plini de admiraie pentru c-
folosite la aprarea cetilor. n anul 1957 i a ars din temelii, fiind ref- lugrii care au depus eforturi extraordinare
Povestea acestei mnstiri este cu adevrat cut ulterior n anul 1965. Aceasta poart pentru a menine n via lcaul de cult.
fascinant: se spune c prima oar a fost hramul Sfntei Treimi i cel al Adormirii
ridicat aici un mic schit din lemn, de ctre Maicii Domnului. Cele trei corpuri de chilii
nite ciobani venii din Scele, judeul au fost ridicate n anul 1844, iar aici se pot Cheia Monastery is located in a quiet,
Braov, n anul 1770. apte ani mai trziu, caza i pelerinii care vin s viziteze aceast wonderful area, in Teleajen Valley, at the foot
n 1777, aceast mic aezare a fost distrus fascinant mnstire. of the Ciuca Mountains. The monastery can
de turci. Prim mnstire purta hramul Este foarte interesant de menionat faptul be reached from Cheia resort, an integral
Sfntului Nicolae. n 1790 se construiete c fiecare dintre cele trei mnstiri care au part of the commune of Mneciu, Prahova
o alt mnstire pe locul celei distruse, tot fost ridicate n acest loc au fost construite County. The alley that reaches to the main

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building has a grandiose air, which inspires


peace and quiet. The fence that surrounds
this oasis of quiet is made of stone and it
reminds us of the medieval walls used for
the defence of buildings.
The story of this monastery is truly
fascinating: it is said that a small
wooden skete was built here by a few
shepherds who had come from Scele,
Braov County, in the year 1770. Seven
years later, in 1777, this small settlement
was destroyed by the Turks. The first
monastery was under the patronage of
St. Nicholas. In 1790, another wooden
monastery was built on the spot of the
one that had been destroyed, this time
under the patronage of the Assumption
of the Virgin Mary into Heaven. The small
skete endured longer this time, but it was
burned down in a fire in the year 1832.
The current monastery, along with
its impressive bell tower, was built in
1835, using more long-lasting building
materials bricks. Even so, the bell tower
caught fire in 1957 and burned to the
ground, being built later, in 1965. This one
is under the patronage of the Holy Trinity
and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
into Heaven. The three cell buildings
were erected in the year 1844, and they
can accommodate pilgrims who come to
visit this fascinating monastery.
It is very interesting to mention the fact
that each of the three monasteries that
have been raised here were built exclus-
ively with the monks labour and own
funds. As opposed to other monasteries,
both in Romania and in other countries,
Cheia Monastery did not receive funding
from boyars or other wealthy people of
its time. The monks at Cheia definitely
have loads of fascinating stories about
the history of this wonderful monastery.
Whether you stop here for a few hours
or for a few days, you will leave the place
filled with admiration for the monks who
have made extraordinary efforts to keep
the place of worship alive.

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1 Orice cltor
ostenit este bine-
venit s-i petreac
noaptea aici, de unde
va pleca mai linitit
i mai apropiat de
Dumnezeu.
Any exhausted
traveller is welcome
to spend the night
here, and they will
leave this place closer
to God and with bet-
ter peace of mind.

01

Mnstirea Suzana
Suzana Monastery
Dac ai descoperit vreodat o poieni ani de la nfiinarea sa, mica bisericu din au renunat la lcaul de cult i, cu ajutorul
n mijlocul pdurii, atunci tii cu siguran lemn devine impracticabil i este nceput autoritilor din acea vreme, au nceput
ct de fermector poate fi un astfel de loc. construcia unei noi cldiri, de data aceasta construcia unei alte biserici, care a fost fi-
Mnstirea Suzana este i ea aezat ntr-o din piatr, pentru a fi mai rezistent. O nalizat n 1882. Cea de-a treia biseric este
poieni, n mijlocul unei pduri de fagi, ntmplare din istoria mnstirii ce merit cea pe care o putem vizita i astzi, unde
care i ofer protecie i un aer pur. Aceasta menionat este dorina rmas nendepli- suntem ntmpinai cu drag de micuele
se afl la civa kilometri de comuna nit a celor care veniser s sfineasc noua care locuiesc aici. Aceast mnstire este
Mneciu, judeul Prahova, la jumtatea construcie. Acetia au decis schimbarea cu adevrat special, fiind aezat lng o
drumului dintre Bucureti i Braov. Spre hramului cu ocazia inaugurrii noii bise- cruce de ape, adic n locul unde praiele
deosebire de unele mnstiri din alte coluri rici, ns n ziua sfinirii ploile abundente Stancea i Epuraul se vars ntr-o parte i
ale rii, drumul pn la Suzana este foarte au fcut ca apele Telejeanului s ias din n alta a Rului Telejean, formnd o cruce.
accesibil tuturor. Poate tocmai de aceea este matc i s inunde toat zona. Cei prezeni Pacea i linitea pe care le simim din
una dintre cele mai apreciate mnstiri din abia au reuit s se salveze din calea apelor momentul n care trecem pragul acestei
aceast zon a rii. furioase i au considerat c acesta a fost mnstiri ne vor rmne n suflet mult
Povestea Mnstirii Suzana ncepe n urm un semn c nu ar trebui s schimbe sfntul vreme dup ce vom reveni acas.
cu trei secole, cnd o credincioas venit protector al mnstirii.
din Scele a nfiinat mnstirea. Aceasta Din pcate, nici cea de-a doua construcie
era o mic bisericu din lemn, ce purta nu rezist foarte mult, fiind distrus dup If you have ever discovered a glade in
hramul Sfntului Ierarh Nicolae, iar nume- doar 30 de ani, n urma cutremurului din the middle of the forest, then you must
le micuei era Suzana Aricu. La o sut de 1838. Dar nici de data aceasta micuele nu know how charming such a place can be.

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Suzana Monastery is located in such a


glade, in the middle of a beech tree forest,
which provided protection and pure air.
It is situated a few kilometres from the
commune of Mneciu, Prahova County,
halfway between Bucharest and Braov.
As opposed to some monasteries in other
parts of the country, the road to Suzana
is very accessible to anyone. Perhaps that
is why it is one of the most appreciated
monasteries in this region of the country.
The story of Suzana Monastery begins
three centuries ago, when a faithful wo-
man from Scele established the monas-
tery. It was a little wooden church, under
the patronage of St. Hierarch Nicholas,
and the nuns name was Suzana Aricu.
A hundred years from its establish-
ment, the small wooden church became
impractical, and the construction of a
new building started, this time made of
stone, to be longer-lasting. An event in
the history of the monastery that needs
to be mentioned is the unfulfilled desire
of those who had come to consecrate the
new building. They decided to change the
patron saint when the new church was
inaugurated, but on the consecration
day the heavy rain made the waters of
the Teleajen River flood the entire area.
Those in attendance barely escaped the
raging waters and they considered it was
a sign that they should not change the
patron saint of the monastery.
Unfortunately, the second building did not
last long either, being destroyed only 30
years later, after the earthquake in 1838.
But the nuns did not give up the place of
worship this time either, and, helped by
the authorities of that time, started the
construction of another church, which
was completed in 1882. The third church
is the one we can visit to this day, where
we are welcomed warmly by the nuns who
live here. This monastery is truly special,
being located near a cross of waters,
in the spot where the springs Stancea
and Epuraul flow into both sides of the
Teleajen River, forming a cross. The peace
and quiet that we experience from the
moment we step into this monastery will
remain in our hearts for a long time after
we have returned home.

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1 Pdurile su-
perbe din jur creeaz
o atmosfer de
poveste.
The gorgeous
forests around the
lake create a fairy
tale setting.

01

Barajul Mneciu
Mneciu Dam
Barajul Mneciu l putei gsi la fr cuvinte pentru cteva momente. the road is no longer covered with asphalt,
poalele Munilor Ciuca, n amonte de Pdurile superbe din jur creeaz o atmos- just gravel. Once you get there, you will un-
comuna Mneciu, i este un loc plin de fer de poveste, iar faptul c acest lac este derstand it is worth the journey. The reservoir
farmec. Barajul este construit din pmnt delimitat de muni din toate prile i can be crossed by car, over the bridge that
i are o nlime de 75 de metri, fiind aezat creeaz o senzaie greu de explicat. Dac nu leads to a parking lot on the other side.
pe cursul Rului Teleajean, care domin v mai putei dezlipi de aceast privelite, As anyone who visited this wonderful loca-
ntreaga zon. Aici se poate ajunge cu mai- putei alege un loc din apropiere, unde tion will tell you, the real attraction here is
na din satele comunei Mneciu, ns de la s rmnei cu cortul peste noapte. n not the dam itself, as it is built of earth and
un punct drumul nu mai este asfaltat, ci jurul lacului s-a creat o zon de agrement, not concrete. The real touristic potential is
doar pietruit. Odat ce ajungei acolo, vei mii de turiti vizitnd aceste locuri an de the reservoir, whose clear waters reflect the
nelege c drumul merit strbtut. Lacul an, pentru a admira frumuseile naturii massive mountains that surround it. Such a
de acumulare poate fi traversat cu maina, oglindite n miestria acestui lac construit view is really impressive and you will defin-
pe drumul care duce la o parcare pe partea de oameni. itely be left speechless for a few moments.
cealalt. The gorgeous forests around the lake create a
Aa cum v va spune oricine care a ajuns n fairy tale setting, and the fact that this lake is
aceast locaie superb, adevrata atracie You can find Mneciu Dam at the foot surrounded by mountains gives you a feeling
de aici nu o reprezint barajul n sine, of the Ciuca Mountains, upstream of the that is difficult to explain. If you cannot take
acesta fiind construit din pmnt, nu din commune of Mneciu, and it is a truly charm- your eyes off this view, you can choose a
ciment. Adevratul potenial turistic este ing place. The dam is made of earth and it spot nearby where you can camp overnight.
dat de lacul de acumulare, n ale crui ape is 75 metres tall, built on the course of the Around the lake there is a recreational area,
limpezi se reflect munii masivi ce-l ncon- Telejean River, which dominates the entire visited by thousands of tourists year after
joar. O astfel de privelite este cu adevrat area. You can reach it by car from the villages year, to admire the beauty of nature reflected
impresionant i cu siguran vei rmne in Mneciu, but from a certain point onwards in the lake masterfully built by humans.

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1 Costul unui bilet


este de 2-3 lei, iar o
vizit la acest muzeu
este fascinant att
pentru copii, ct i pen-
tru aduli. A ticket
costs 2-3 lei, and a
visit to this museum is
fascinating for children
and adults alike.

01

Muzeul Flori de Min


The Mineral Museum
Puine sunt satele care au i alte impuritate poate duce la colorarea diferit are part of the Michael the Brave collection
atracii turistice n afar de cteva pensiuni a unei piese. Este i cazul cuarului, care n and they have been procured from Baia Mare.
i, bineneles, farmecul aparte pe care momentul n care nu are impuriti este Besides specimens from Maramure, the mu-
acestea i-l ofer. Iar satul Cheia, din comuna incolor, asemenea unui diamant, dar dac seum also has pieces from other parts of the
Mneciu, este unul dintre acele sate avnd acesta prezint urme de fier sau aluminiu world, including South America.
un muzeu cu totul i cu totul special, Muzeul capt o culoare violet intens, devenind The exhibits in this museum take you to
Flori de Min. Acesta a fost nfiinat relativ practic ametist. another world, due to their variety of shapes
recent, n anul 2002, i adpostete piese La ieire putei achiziiona un suvenir cu o and colours. The mineral clusters make
valoroase din colecia Muzeului Naional de piatr semipreioas, care s v aduc mereu you contemplate the way that nature has
tiinele Naturii Prahova. Florile de min din aminte de excursia fcut n aceast zon managed to create such unusual and yet such
ambele muzee fac parte din colecia Mihai superb a rii. beautiful shapes. Some pieces are almost two
Viteazul i au fost achiziionate din Baia metres tall, and when you read about their
Mare. Pe lng cele din Maramue, n acest formation, you will be fascinated about the
muzeu se regsesc i piese din alte coluri ale There are few villages that have other way a small impurity can lead to the different
lumii, inclusiv din America de Sud. tourist attractions besides a few boarding colours of a piece. This is the case of quartz,
Exponatele de aici te transpun n alt lume, houses and their particular kind of charm. The which is colourless if it has no impurities, like
prin varietatea de culori i forme pe care o village of Cheia, in the commune of Mneciu, a diamond, and if there are traces of iron or
prezint. Florile de min te fac s reflectezi is one of those villages, with a truly special aluminium inside, it acquires a deep shade of
la modul n are a reuit natura s creeze attraction, the Mineral Museum. It was estab- purple, basically becoming an amethyst.
astfel de forme att de neobinuite i totui lished rather recently, in the year 2002, and On your way out you can buy a souvenir with
att de frumoase. Unele piese au o nli- it hosts valuable pieces from the collection a semi-precious stone, which can always
me de aproape doi metri i citind despre of the Prahova National Museum of Natural remind you of the trip to this superb area of
formarea lor vei deveni fascinat cum o mic Science. The mineral clusters in both museums the country.

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2 Eclectismul arhitectural
de care se bucur oraul n
prezent datoreaz foarte mult
unor nume ca Dimitrie Ghica,
Alexandru Lahovari, Take
Ionescu, V.A. Urechia i Prinul
tirbei. The architectural
eclecticism that the town
currently displays is due to
names such as Dimitrie Ghica,
01
Alexandru Lahovari, Take Ion-
escu, V.A. Urechia and Prince
tirbei.

Sinaia 02

S
taiune preferat a Regelui capital a Romniei, un veritabil Versailles
Carol i a Reginei Elisabeta, numele al spaiului balcanic.
de Sinaia va rmne ntotdeauna Pentru orice apropiat al Casei Regale, o vil
asociat cu Casa Regal a Romniei. n Sinaia era un imperativ.
Cei doi monarhi i vor construi aici o Demnitarii strini erau gzduii n hoteluri
oaz de elegan i confort dup modelul de lux: Caraiman, Regal, Palace, Ungarth,
celebrelor retreat-uri victoriene. Relativ unde se ineau sptmnal baluri fastuoa-
apropiat geografic de Bucureti, ns se i serate. Orchestre simfonice, cntrei
nconjurat de un peisaj idilic de munte, i scriitori populari nu lipseau niciodat
cocheta staiune obinuia s atrag cea din peisajul staiunii montane.
mai mare parte a elitei romnesti de la n- Oarecum surprinztor, istoria oraului i
ceputul secolului trecut. Din 10 mai, cnd are originile n ascetismul religios. Pentru
familia regal se retrgea n cadrul privat a comemora pelerinajul su n ara Sfnt,
al Castelului Pele, i pn n noiembrie, care l-a purtat pe culmile Muntelui Sinai,
dat la care ncepeau sesiunile parlamen- marele sptar Mihai Cantacuzino ctitorete
tare, Sinaia devenea, prin numrul de Mnstirea Sinaia, la poalele Muntelui Fur-
personaliti concentrate aici, o a dou nica. ntre 1690 i 1695, cnd mnstirea
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to attract most of the Romanian elite at


the beginning of last century. From 10 May,
when the Royal Family retired to the private
atmosphere of Pele Castle, to November,
when the parliamentary sessions resumed,
Sinaia became, through the number of im-
portant figures concentrated in the town, a
second capital of Romania, a true Versailles
of the Balkan space.
For anyone close to the Royal House, a villa
in Sinaia was a must. Foreign dignitaries
were accommodated in luxury hotels:
Caraiman, Regal, Palace, Ungarth, which
hosted weekly balls and soirees. Symphonic
orchestras, singers and popular writers were
always part of the landscape of the moun-
tain resort.
Slightly surprising, the history of the town
originates from religious asceticism. In order
to commemorate his pilgrimage to the
Holy Land, which carried him to the top of
Mount Sinai, the high sword bearer Mihai
Cantacuzino built Sinaia Monastery, at the
foot of Furnica Mountain. Between 1690 and
1695, when the monastery was being built,
Prahova Valley was mostly virgin land, rich in
woods and sparsely populated. Human set-
tlements developed around the monastery,
which remained the centre of interest of the
area until the end of the 19th century.
este construit, Valea Prahovei era n cea n 1880, an n care vor ncepe lucrrile On 5 August, 1866, Prince Carol I was
mai mare parte un teritoriu virgin, bogat de construcie la Complexul Pele. Prin charmed by the natural beauty of Bucegi
mpdurit i slab populat. Aezrile ome- influena exercitat de cuplul regal, Sinaia Mountains during a visit to Sinaia Monastery
neti se dezvolt n jurul mnstirii, care ntmpin urmtorul secol ca ora n toat and he decided to become actively involved
va rmne centrul de interes al zonei pn regula, rmas aproape neschimbat pn in administering the region.
spre sfritul secolului al XIX-lea. astzi. The name of Sinaia was mentioned for
La 5 august 1866, Principele Carol I, n the first time on 1 December, 1874, when it
timpul unei vizite la Mnstirea Sinaia, became the seat of the former commune of
este fermecat de frumuseea natural a The favourite resort of King Carol Podul Neagului. The locality developed ver-
Munilor Bucegi i decide s se implice and Queen Elisabeth, the name of Sinaia will tiginously, at a pace specific to Romania at
activ n administrarea regiunii. remain forever associated with the Royal the time. It was declared an urban commune
Numele de Sinaia este meionat pentru House of Romania. The two monarchs will in 1880, the year when construction works
prima dat la 1 decembrie 1874, cnd build here an oasis of elegance and comfort, for the Pele Castle began. Through the
aceasta devine reedina fostei comune modelled on famous Victorian retreats. Rel- influence exerted by the royal couple, Sinaia
Podul Neagului. Localitatea crete ntr-un atively close to Bucharest, from a geograph- welcomed the next century as a full-fledged
ritm vertiginos, specific Romniei din acea ical standpoint, yet surrounded by an idyllic city, remaining almost unchanged to this
perioad. Este declarat comun urban mountain landscape, the posh resort used day.

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1 Att faada,
ct i interiorul
prezint un amestec
de stiluri neorenas-
centiste, dintre
care se remarc
elementele germane
i italiene. Both
the faade and the
interior have a blend
of Neo-Renaissance
styles, with German
and Italian elements
standing out.

01

Ansamblul Castelului Pele


Pele Castle Ensemble
Dintre oraele-staiune de pe Valea prin dimensiuni, ct i prin frumusee, se arhitecii Karel Liman i Andre Lecomte,
Prahovei puine se bucur de prestigiul i evideniaz n faa celorlalte. n spiritul curentului istorist de la sfritul
ncrctura istoric pe care le are Sinaia, re- Castelul Pele a fost destinat, nc de la secolului. Este adugat un nou etaj n stilul
edina de var a primului rege al Romniei. punerea pietrei de temelie, n anul 1879, ca art nouveau, sunt alipite noi seciuni i este
Fr ndoial, perioada de glorie a oraului reedin regal i cmin al Casei Regale a nlat turnul principal.
a nceput odat cu construirea Castelului Romniei. Nu se cunoate cu certitudine Parcul terasat ce mprejmuiete Castelul
Pele i a continuat de-a lungul domniei motivul alegerii terenului, nefavorabil Pele, ca un veritabil cordon de marmur i
lui Carol I, extinzndu-se n agitaii ani construciilor de acest tip. Cel mai probabil, verdea, reuete s impresioneze plcut,
interbelici. frumuseea natural a locului i relieful n ciuda dimensiunilor reduse, aglomeraia
Numeroasele edificii de la sfritul secolu- montan, ambele criterii importante pentru sculpturilor i a elementelor neoclasice de
lui al XIX-lea i nceputul secolului al principii germani, ar fi reprezentat factori decor punnd n valoare bogia ornamen-
XX-lea nc mai rein din atmosfera de decisivi. Conform unei anecdote, s-a luat, tal a edificiului.
altdat a oraului i amintesc oricrui de asemenea, n consideraie apropierea de Frumuseea palatului este ludat de
vizitator de farmecul aristocratic al vremu- Transilvania, prefigurnd viitoarea unire. numeroii lui vizitatori ilutri: mpratul
rilor trecute. Cele mai multe le gsim ca n forma sa iniial, aa cum a lsat-o arhi- Franz Joseph, Edward al VII-lea al Marii
parte a ansamblului arhitectural din jurul tectul Johannes Shulz la 1883, Castelul Pele Britanii, Gustav al V-lea al Suediei, Vittorio
Castelului Pele. arta mai degrab ca o mare vil dect ca o Emmanuele al Italiei, ca s numim doar
Complexul de la marginea Sinaiei ofer un reedin regal. Va avea, prin urmare, par- civa. Demn de remarcat, pe timpul lui Ca-
veritabil buchet de stiluri arhitectonice de te de mbuntiri substaniale ncepnd rol I primirile oficiale se fceau la Castelul
sfrit de secol, ns o singur cldire, att cu anul 1890, coordonate, n principal, de Pele.

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Ferdinand a preferat ns intimitatea


Peliorului. Construit ntre 1899 i 1902,
dup planurile lui Karl Liman, edificiul
contrasteaz aglomeraia ornamental
a neorenaterii germane cu un interior
funcional, amenajat de Bernhardt
Ludwig, la indicaiile Reginei Maria, ca
spaiu de locuit.
Dintre cldirile Complexului Pele,
Vila Foior este ultima ce va servi ca
reedin regal, n anii din urm ai
monarhiei romne gsindu-i aici cmin
Regele Mihai. Mai puin impresionant
pe plan estetic dect Peleul i Peliorul,
cldirea prezint influene de arhitectu-
r italian. Interiorul acesteia este nchis
publicului.
Ansamblul istoric nu ar fi complet fr
elemente de via civil. Construit
la sfritul secolului al XIX-lea, sub
oblduirea lui Anghel Saligny, hidro-
centrala Sinaia O, prima de acest fel din
Europa, gzduiete n prezent un muzeu
al tehnicii.
Dependinele Castelului Pele au fost
renovate i restaurate pe parcursul se-
colului al XX-lea n spiritul arhitecturii
germane. n prezent, ele ofer spaiu de
cazare pentru turitii dornici s petreac
cteva zile n atmosfera unui orel din
Alpi.
Cele trei vile ce au servit ca reedine
pentru vechiul corp de gard pot fi v-
zute ca soluii de buget pentru cei mai
puin pretenioi.
Hotelul Economat obinuia s gzduias-
c personalul de ntreinere al castelului,
iar n prezent ofer turitilor servicii de
trei stele. n aceeai categorie se afl i
Vila ipot.
La o distan ceva mai mare de castel
poate fi gsit Casa Veche. Monument
arhitectonic de la sfritul secolului
al XIX-lea, funcioneaz n prezent ca
pensiune i ofer, de asemenea, preuri
accesibile.
Dac dorii condiii de lux, putei nchi-
ria unul dintre cele patru apartamente
de la Vila Cavalerilor. Situat pe aleea ce
face legtura ntre ora i Castelul Pele,
cldirea obinuia s gzduiasc oaspeii
familiei regale.

Among the resort cities on Prahova


Valley, few have the prestige and historical

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Vila Foior
este ultima ce va
servi ca reedin
regal, n anii din
urm ai monarhiei
romne gsindu-
i aici cmin
Regele Mihai.
Foior Villa
is the last one to
serve as a royal
residence, with
King Michael find-
ing his home here
in the last years
of the Romanian
monarchy.

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Carol I the official receptions took place


Complexul de la at Pele Castle.
However, Ferdinand preferred the intim-
marginea Sinaiei ofer un acy of Pelior Castle. Built between 1899
veritabil buchet de stiluri and 1902, based on plans by Karl Liman,
the edifice contrasts the ornamental ag-
arhitectonice de sfrit de glomeration of German Neo-Renaissance
secol. with a functional interior, arranged by
Bernhardt Ludwig, following indications
by Queen Mary, as a living quarter.
The complex located at the edge of Among the buildings of the Pele
Sinaia has a true bouquet of fin de sicle Ensemble, Foior Villa is the last one
architectural styles. to serve as a royal residence, with King
Michael finding his home here in the last
years of the Romanian monarchy. Less
aesthetically impressive than the Pele
and the Pelior, the building is influenced
by Italian architecture. Its interior is
closed to the public.
The historical ensemble would not be
complete without elements of civil life.
Built at the end of the 19th century, un-
der the guidance of Anghel Saligny, the
background of Sinaia, the summer resid- relief, both of them important criteria hydroelectric station Sinaia O, the first
ence of the first king of Romania. for German princes, have been decisive one of its kind in Europe, currently hosts
Undoubtedly, the heyday of the city factors. According to a story, the close- a museum of technology.
began with the construction of Pele ness to Transylvania was also considered, The annexes of Pele Castle have been
Castle and it continued throughout the foreshadowing the future union. renovated and restored throughout the
rule of Carol I, expanding to the troubled In its initial form, the way the architect 20th century in the spirit of German
interwar period. Johannes Shulz left it in 1883, Pele Castle architecture. Currently, they provide
The numerous buildings erected at the looked more like a large villa than a royal accommodation for tourists willing to
end of the 19th century and the beginning residence. Therefore, it was substan- spend a few days in the atmosphere of an
of the 20th still preserve some of the old tially improved from 1890 onwards, alpine town.
atmosphere of the city and they remind coordinated mostly by the architects The three villas that used to serve as
every visitor of the aristocratic charm of Karel Liman and Andre Lecomte, in the residences for the old guard corps can be
days gone by. We can see most of them spirit of the historicist movement at the seen as budget solutions for those who
as a part of the architectural ensemble end of the century. A new Art Nouveau are not very demanding.
around Pele Castle. floor is added, along with new sections, The Economat Hotel used to accommod-
The complex located at the edge of and the main tower is built. The terraced ate the castles maintenance staff, and it
Sinaia has a true bouquet of fin de sicle park surrounding Pele Castle, like a true currently provides 3-star services to tour-
architectural styles, but a single building belt of marble and greenery, manages to ists. ipot Villa is in the same category.
stands out among the others, thanks to make a pleasant impression, despite its A little further from the castle stands
its size and beauty alike. small size, the crowded sculptures and Casa Veche. An architectural monument
Pele Castle was intended, from the the neoclassical decorations, highlighting from the end of the 19th century, it is
moment the cornerstone was laid in 1879, the ornamental richness of the edifice. currently a boarding house and it has
to become a royal residence and home The beauty of the palace is praised by its affordable prices.
of the Romanian Royal Family. We do countless illustrious visitors: Emperor If you want luxury conditions, you can rent
not know the exact reason why the land Franz Joseph, Edward the VII of Great one of the four apartments in Vila Cavaler-
was chosen, not appropriate for such Britain, Gustav the V of Sweden, Vittorio ilor. Located on the alley that connects
constructions. Most likely, the natural Emmanuele of Italy, to name just a few. Pele Castle to the city, the building used
beauty of the spot and the mountainous We should mention that in the time of to host the guests of the royal family.

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1 n incinta
mnstirii mai poate
fi gsit i sarcofagul
lui Take Ionescu,
alturi de un bust
al soiei sale, Adina,
creaie a sculptorului
italian Roscitano.
Inside the monas-
tery we can also see
the sarcophagus of
Take Ionescu, along
with a bust of his wife
Adina, created by
the Italian sculptor
Roscitano.

01

Mnstirea Sinaia
Sinaia Monastery
Conform legendei, nc din secolul al it n patru seciuni, de la est la vest. n pstrnd azi un aer de autenticitate.
XV-lea sihatrii se adposteau printre pridvor sunt pictate scene din viaa Sfintei Biserica Mare, nchinat Sfintei Treimi, a
stncile i pdurile dese de brad ale Ecaterina (sfnt protectoare a mnstirii fost construit ntre 1842 i 1846, ntr-un
Munilor Bucegi. Era vorba despre clugri de la Muntele Sinai). Portalul de la intrare stil neobizantin, cu anumite influene
cretin-ortodoci ce luaser calea pribegiei l nfieaz pe Moise cu tablele legii, pe occidentale. Biserica adpostete un epitaf
dup cderea Constantinopolului. Acetia fratele acestuia, Aaron, i stema Cantacu- foarte preios, realizat de Ana Roth ntre
construiesc nc din 1453 o capel dedicat zinilor. 1897 i 1900, i dou jiluri rezervate fami-
Sfintei Ana i mai trziu o biseric cu Pictura din interior este, n mare parte, cea liei regale, care participa cu regularitate la
hramul Sfntului Nicolae. original, oper a lui Prvu Mutu Zugra- slujbele inute aici pe timp de var.
n apropierea celor dou schituri izolate vul, i are ca tem general mila cretin Prin patronaj regal, este organizat la
marele sptar Mihai Cantacuzino va ridica, i pioenia. Paraclisul din curtea veche a Mnstirea Sinaia primul muzeu de art
la 1695, o mnstire. Locaia face trimitere mnstirii provine din aceeai perioad religioas de pe teritoriul rii noastre,
la pustietatea Palestinei i numele ales i aspectul lui sever ne duce cu gndul la care numra printre exponate o biblie a
pentru edificiu este un omagiu la adresa chiliile pustnicilor. Cantacuzinilor, tiprit la Bucureti n
Muntelui Sinai, de care marele sptar Numrul clugrilor gzduii aici a fost 1688.
fusese profund impresionat n pelerinajul iniial fixat la 12, ns acesta a crescut pe
su prin ara Sfnt. msur ce mnstirea capt o importan
Biserica de la 1695, ce poart hramul mai mare. Anexele adugate ulterior au According to the legend, from the 15th
Fecioarei Maria, este realizat n stil respectat stilul brncovenesc impus de century hermits used to take shelter among
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in Bucegi Mountains. They were Ortho-


dox monks that have fled from Con-
stantinople. In 1453 they built a chapel
dedicated to Saint Ana and later on a
church with Saint Nicholas as patron.
Close to the two isolated sketes, the
great sword bearer Mihai Cantacuzino
built a monastery in 1695. The location
references the desert of Palestine and the
name chosen for the edifice is an homage
to Mount Sinai, which impressed the
sword bearer during his pilgrimage in the
Holy Land.
The church built in 1695, whose patron
saint is Virgin Mary, is created in the
Brancovan style, with a single body di-
vided in four sections, from east to west.
In the porch there are painted scenes
of St. Catherines life (the patron saint
of the monastery in Mount Sinai). The
entrance porch depicts Moses with the
Tablets of Law, his brother, Aaron, and
the crest of the Cantacuzino family.
The painting inside is mostly the original
one, made by Prvu Mutu Zugravul, and
its main theme is Christian pity and piety.
The chapel in the old yard of the monas-
tery dates back to the same period and
its severe aspect reminds us of hermits
cells.
The number of the monks hosted here
was initially set to 12, but it increased as
the monastery became more important.
The subsequent annexes observed the
Brancovan style imposed by the building
of the church, the entire old ensemble
preserving an air of authenticity to this
day.
The Big Church, dedicated to the Holy
Trinity, was built between 1842 and 1846,
in a Neo-Byzantine style, with certain
Western influences. The Church is home
to a very precious epitaph, made by
Ana Roth between 1897 and 1900, and
two thrones for the Royal Family, which
attended regularly the service held here
in summer.
By royal patronage, at the Sinaia Mon-
astery there was organised the first
museum of religious art in our coun-
try, which also exhibited a Bible of the
Cantacuzino family, printed in Bucharest
in 1688.

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1 La intrare ne
ntmpin un bust de
marmur al com-
pozitorului, creaie a
sculptorului moldovean
Ion Irimescu.
At the entrance
we are welcomed by
a marble bust of the
composer, created by
the Moldavian sculptor
Ion Irimescu.

01

Casa Memorial George Enescu


George Enescu Memorial House
Vila Lumini din Sinaia impresioneaz Unite. nc din 1898, cnd Regina Elisabeta constituie un amestec bine echilibrat de
printr-o combinaie de conservatorism i i ofer o camer n Castelul Pele, marele stiluri: romnesc, oriental i Biedermaier.
excentricitate. Deschiderile mici, n perei compozitor obinuia s se retrag la Sinaia De-a lungul carierei sale, Enescu a acu-
albi i aparent masivi, galeria de la etaj i vreme de o lun, n fiecare an, pentru a se mulat un numr substanial de obiecte
arcele scunde sunt n mod evident trimiteri dedica creaiei artistice. valororase, ce ofer un bogat fond decorativ
la stilul tradiional romnesc. Dar ochii n 1947, dup ce Enescu prsete definitiv vilei din Sinaia. Cu toate acestea, primele
i se pierd n mulimea de volume i n Romnia, vila este donat statului romn. dou niveluri sunt amenajate ca o locuin
liniile aparent haotice descrise de acoperi. Aceasta va deveni cas memorial n 1995. autentic, spaiul mansardei fiind dedicat
Contemplarea ei este un proces continuu, n salon se afl pianul la care George Enescu documentelor cu caracter istoric.
casa dezvluindu-se privitorului prin noi i compunea i susinea concerte pentru un Casa poate fi vizitat de mari pn dumi-
noi forme, parc pentru a-l descumpni pe public restrns, o valoroas pies realizat nic, pe strada Yehudi Menuhin nr. 2 din
cel ce dorete s o surprind ntr-o singur de atelierele Ibach din Lausanne. O scar n Sinaia.
imagine. spiral urc din salon spre vrful turnului
Nu mi se pare deloc surprinztor c Vila Belvedere i spre mansard. La parter mai
Lumini a fost proiectat dup planurile gsim i camera personal a artistului. Inte- The Lumini Villa in Sinaia impresses
unui compozitor, anume ale lui George riorul acesteia, decorat exclusiv cu obiecte with its blend of conservativism and eccent-
Enescu, ajutat pe alocuri de ctre arhitectul tradiionale romneti, impresioneaz prin ricity. The small niches in white, seemingly
Radu Dudescu. frugalitate. massive walls, the gallery upstairs and the
Construcia ei a durat trei ani (1923-1926) i Prin opoziie, camera Mariei Cantacuzi- low arches are obvious reference to the Ro-
a fost susinut prin ctigurile obinute de no-Enescu este decorat n stilul eclectic manian traditional style. But your gaze gets
Enescu n urma turneului su din Statele specific perioadei, iar mobilierul de la etaj confused in the large number of volumes and

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the apparently chaotic lines described by


the roof. Its contemplation is a continuous
process, with the house being revealed
to the beholder through all sorts of new
shapers, as if to disconcert the one who
tries to capture it in a single image.
I do not find it surprising at all that the
Lumini Villa was designed based on the
plans of a composer, namely George
Enescu, assisted here and there by the
architect Radu Dudescu.
Its construction lasted for three years
(1923-1926) and it was supported by the
income Enescu had received for his United
States tour. Since 1898, when Queen
Elisabeth offered him a chamber in Pele
Castle, the great composer used to go to
Sinaia for a month, every year, to dedicate
his time to his artistic creation.
In 1947, after Enescu left Romania for
good, the villa was donated to the state. It
became a memorial house in 1995.
In the living room there is the piano that
George Enescu used to compose and
give concerts to for a small audience,
a valuable piece manufactured at the
Ibach Company in Lausanne. A spiralled
staircase goes from the living room to
the top of the Belvedere tower and the
attic. At the ground floor we can also see
the artists personal room. Its interior,
decorated exclusively with Romanian
traditional objects, impresses with its
frugality.
By contrast, the room belonging to Maria
Cantacuzino-Enescu is decorated in the
eclectic style specific to the period, and
the furniture upstairs is a well-balanced
mix of styles: Romanian, Oriental and
Biedermaier.
During his career, Enescu collected a sub-
stantial amount of valuable objects, which
provide a rich decorative background to
the villa in Sinaia. However, the first two
floors are arranged as an authentic home,
the attic being dedicated to historical
documents.
The house can be visited from Tuesday
to Sunday, at 2 Yehudi MenuhinStreet in
Sinaia.

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1 n prezent,
cldirea cazinoului
gzduiete o expoziie
permanent de peste
500 de opere de art.
Currently, the
building of the casino
hosts a permanent
exhibition of over 500
works of art.

01

Cazinoul din Sinaia


Sinaia Casino
Este greu de supraestimat popularita sub supravegherea lui Alexandru Davila. Protocolului de Stat.
tea pe care cazinoul din Sinaia o avea n Principalul finanator al proiectului a fost n prezent, cldirea cazinoului gzduiete
perioada interbelic, cnd eleganta cldire baronul de Maray, acionar la mai multe o expoziie permanent de peste 500 de
din Parcul Ghica reprezenta una dintre cazinouri din Europa. opere de art aparinnd unor artiti con-
intele favorite de weekend ale protipen- n anii 30, cazinoul se gsete n admi- temporani, dar i expoziii temporare. Orele
dadei bucuretene. Chiar i n zilele mai nistraia Eforiei Spitalelor i o parte din de vizit sunt ntre 10.00 i 17.00 i includ
linitite, la mesele de rulet, baccarat i ctigurile ncasate aici erau direcionate un tur al cldirii.
table se adunau mai bine de 800 de juctori. spre ntreinerea instituiilor sanitare din Slile cazinoului ofer un cadru optim
Se organizau turnee de table, ah i jocuri Romnia, n special a Spitalului Colea din pentru organizarea de conferine, ntruniri
de cri, se pierdeau sume impresionante i Bucureti. corporatiste, petreceri tematice i o serie
de multe ori mptimiii se vedeau nevoii Cldirea va nceta s mai funcioneze ca ntreag de evenimente culturale. Lista de
s-i amaneteze bijuteriile sau ceasurile de un cazinou de la sfritul celui de-al doilea evenimente gzduite de cazinoul din Sinaia
aur. Sala Oglinzilor avea 13 mese de rulet rzboi mondial, cnd aceasta este deferit este destul de bogat i este actualizat sp-
- numr cu o valoare simbolic evident -, Crucii Roii de ctre statul romn. Dup c- tmnal. Pentru un program exact, putei
n timp ce n Sala Oval se juca chemin de teva modificri structurale ale interiorului consulta site-ul oficial al cazinoului.
fer. Partidele cu o miz nalt erau inute (fcute ns n spiritul planului iniial), edi-
ntr-un salon privat. ficiul joac pe rnd rolul de Cas de Cultur
Cldirea cazinoului, un amestec stilistic de a Sindicatelor i de cas de protocol, fiind It is difficult to overestimate the pop
neoclasicism i art nouveau, a fost con- trecut de la Ministerul Culturii la Ministerul ularity that the Sinaia Casino had in the
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in Ghica Park was one of the favourite


weekend destinations for the Bucharest
elite. Even on quieter days, there were
still more than 800 players round roul-
ette, baccarat and backgammon tables.
Backgammon, chess and card games tours
were organised, impressive amounts of
money were lost and fans often had to
pawn their jewellery or their gold watches.
The Mirrors Hall had 13 roulette tables a
number with an obvious symbolic value
while the Oval Hall was where chemin
de fer was played. High-stake games were
held in a private salon.
The building of the casino, a stylistic
blend of Neoclassicism and Art Nouveau,
was built in the years 1912-1913, based
on the plans and under the guidance of
Alexandru Davila. The main funder of the
project was the Baron of Maray, a share-
holder of several casinos in Europe.
In the 30s, the casino was managed by
the Board of Hospitals and some of the
revenue was directed to the maintenance
of Romanian health institutions, in par-
ticular Colea Hospital in Bucharest.
The building ceased functioning as a
casino at the end of the Second World
War, when it was granted to the Red
Cross by the Romanian state. After a few
structural changes of the interior (made
in the spirit of the initial plan, though),
the edifice was, in turn, Union Trade Cul-
tural Centre and protocol house, being
managed by the Ministry of Culture, then
the Ministry of Tourism and later on by
the Administration of State Protocol.
Currently, the building of the casino
hosts a permanent exhibition of over 500
works of art belonging to contemporary
artists, as well as temporary exhibitions.
The visiting hours are between 10.00
and 17.00 and they include a tour of the
building.
The halls of the casino are the perfect
background for conferences, corporate
meetings, theme parties and a whole
series of cultural events. The lists of events
hosted by the Sinaia Casino is very long
and it is updated weekly. For an accurate
programme, you can visit the official web-
site of the casino.

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1 Din centrul unei


idilice puni verzi,
putei admira Valea
Prahovei n toat
grandoarea ei, ca un
veritabil ocean de
dealuri mpdurite ce
se pierd n zare.
From the middle
of an idyllic green
meadow, you can ad-
mire Prahova Valley in
all its grandeur, like a
true ocean of wooded
hills disappearing to
the horizon.

01

Poiana Stna Regal i Stncile Franz Joseph


Stna Regal Glade and the Franz Joseph Rocks
Nu putei poposi n Sinaia fr s v pn la Poiana Stnii Regale. Crucea Eroilor se nal de pe vrful stncos
apucai de drumeii. Crestele maiestoase Ca un beneficiu suplimentar, traseul ce face al Muntelui Caraiman.
parc v ndeamn s le atingei, n timp legtura ntre Castelul Pele i Stna Regal Este foarte posibil s fi dibui deja cel mai
ce pdurile de munte ntunecate promit s are o bogat ncrctur istoric. nsoit de bun punct de observaie de cnd erai
ascund comori inedite, animale i plante o balustrad i pavat nc de la nceputul n ora. Este vorba despre stncile Franz
cum nu va mai fost dat s vedei, i peisaje secolului trecut, Poteca Regal (aa cum Joseph, nite gigani verticali din piatr ce
de o neasemuit frumusee. Chiar i cei este cunoscut traseul) era strbtut cu re- rsar dintre versanii mpdurii de la nord
trecui de vrsta copilriei vor simi un fior gularitate de cuplul regal n timpul ederii de Sinaia. Pe vrful stncilor, n apropierea
de explorator cnd se vor vedea nconjurai la Sinaia. cabanei din Poiana Stnei Regale, a fost
de Munii Bucegi. Vei gsi Poteca Regal pornind nspre Vul- amenajat nc din 1897 un loc de belvedere.
ns explorarea propriu-zis este treab pe- prie, de pe drumul dintre Pele i Pelior.
riculoas i obositoare, de aceea turistului Ajuni la Cota 1000, trecei de cascadele ar-
i este cel mai indicat s-i stabileasc itine- tificiale i cutai banda albastr, ce indic You cannot stop over in Sinaia without
rariul pe locaii deja cunoscute i unanim poteca spre Stna Regal. going hiking. The majestic crests seem to urge
apreciate pentru frumuseea lor, ce poate Traseul ofer o privelite deosebit spre you to touch them, while the shaded moun-
fi considerat o rsplat cel puin la fel de partea de sud a Vii Prahovei i a Muntelui tain forests promise to conceal novel treas-
mare ca plcerea unei cltorii prin natur. Furnica, ns nimic comparabil cu pano- ures, animals and plants you have never seen
Unul dintre cele mai scenice i mai popu rama impresionant ce vi se va deschide before, and incredibly beautiful landscapes.
lare trasee din zona Staiunii Sinaia strbate odat ajuni la Poiana Stnii Regale. Oraul Even those who are no longer children will
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by the Bucegi Mountains.


But the exploration per se is dangerous
and exhausting, so tourists should set
their itinerary on locations they already
know and which are unanimously ap-
preciated for their beauty, which can be
considered a reward at least as great as
the joy of a hike in nature.
One of the most scenic and popular
trails in the area of Sinaia crosses the
west slope from Valea Peleului to Stna
Regal Glade.
As an additional advantage, the trail that
connects Pele Castle and Stna Regal
has a rich historical element. Fitted with
a handrail and paved since the begin-
ning of last century, the Royal Path (as
the trail is known) used to be crossed
regularly by the royal couple during their
stays in Sinaia.
You will find the Royal Part if you go
towards the Vulprie from the path
between Pele and Pelior. Once you have
reached the 1,000 m Mark, leave behind
the artificial waterfalls and look for the
blue band, which shows the path to
Stna Regal.
The trail offers a special view to the
southern part of Prahova Valley and
Furnica Mountain, yet it cannot be com-
pared with the impressive vista you will
see once you reach Stna Regal Glade.
The city of Sinaia unveils at the bottom,
while the Heroes Cross stands tall on the
rocky peak of Caraiman Mountain.
You may have already noticed the best ob-
servation point since you were in the city.
We are speaking of the Franz Joseph rocks,
vertical stone giants that spring from
between the wooded slopes to the north
of Sinaia. On top of the rocks, close to the
cabin in Stna Regal Glade, a belvedere
spot was created in 1897.

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1 Sinaia este
singura staiune din
Romnia cu prtii de
altitudine, unde zpada
se pstreaz n strat
suficient de gros din
decembrie pn n mai.
Sinaia it is the only
resort in Romania with
altitude slopes, where
the snow is preserved
in a thick layer from
December to May.

01

Prtii de schi
Ski slopes
Este aproape imposibil s nu i pui de nivel ntre 180 i 585 de metri, sunt foarte format dintr-un lac de acumulare i 25
schiurile n picioare iarna n staiunea dificile. Dei majoritatea prtiilor sunt de- de tunuri de zpad, destinate nzpezi-
Sinaia. Pe lng faptul c domeniul schiabil servite de telecabine, teleschiuri, telescaune rii prtiilor de altitudine din golul alpin
nsumeaz aproximativ 20 de kilometri i i telegondol, unele nu dispun de transport Furnica. Alt proiect vizeaz aceeai zon
c toate cele 16 prtii omologate au grade pe cablu, de aceea sunt recomandate doar a golului alpin Furnica, dar i propune s
diferite de dificultate, ispitind orice fel de celor mai experimentai schiori i practi- uneasc domeniul schiabil de la Cota 2000
schior, fie el amator sau profesionist, Sinaia cani ai sporturilor de iarn. (Valea Dorului-Valea Soarelui) cu zona Cota
mai are un as n mnec. Este singura n Valea Soarelui a fost inaugurat n 2011 1400, prin construirea unei telegondole cu
staiune din Romnia cu prtii de altitudine, instalaia pe cablu aflat la cea mai mare o capacitate de 1.500 de persoane pe or n
unde zpada se pstreaz n strat suficient altitudine din ar (2.000 m), i anume sezonul de iarn.
de gros din decembrie pn n mai, ceea telescaunul din Valea Soarelui. Se estimeaz c noua telegondol va fi
ce nseamn mai mult distracie pentru Din 2013, Prtia Nou, care face legtura inaugurat la nceputul anului 2016, dar
schiori. ntre Cota 1400 i oraul Sinaia i care este pn atunci schiorii i iubitorii muntelui se
Prtiile sunt de toate felurile, cteva uoare, deservit de telegondol, beneficiaz de pot bucura de un fenomen unic, caracte-
ca Prtiile Gondola, Valea Soarelui 2, Lptici instalaii de zpad artificial, iar autoriti- ristic domeniului schiabil din Sinaia, cnd
1 i Prtia pentru nceptori, sau unele mai le locale au n plan mai multe mbuntiri plafonul de nori se situeaz ntre Cota 1400
grele, precum Valea Dorului, Drumul de menite s sporeasc numrul turitilor i Cota 2000, i anume marea de nori,
Var, Lptici 2 sau Valea cu Brazi. Prtiile atrai de farmecul perlei Carpailor. Unul acea senzaie c te dai pe zpad deasupra
Vnturi, Furnica, Spitz, Valea Mioriei, Pa- dintre proiecte vizeaz realizarea unei norilor. De aici s-a nscut i brandul de
pagal, Tarle, Zade i Carp, care au diferene instalaii de zpad artificial automatizat, iarn al staiunii, Ski on Sky.

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You almost cannot avoid putting on


your skis in Sinaia during winter. Besides the
fact that the ski resort has an area of almost
20 kilometres and that all 16 certified slopes
have different difficult ratings, tempting any
kind of skier, amateur or professional, Sinaia
has one more ace up its sleeve. It is the only
resort in Romania with altitude slopes, where
the snow is preserved in a thick layer from
December to May, which means more fun for
skiers.
The slopes are of all kinds, a few easy ones,
such as Goldona, Valea Soarelui 2, Lptici 1 and
the Beginnerss Slope, or difficult ones, such
as Valea Dorului, Drumul de Var, Lptici 2 or
Valea cu Brazi. The slopes Vnturi, Furnica,
Spitz, Valea Mioriei, Papagal, Tarle, Zade and
Carp, with level differences between 180 and
585 metres, are very difficult. Although most
slopes are fitted with cable cars, ski lifts and
gondola lifts, some of them do not have cable
transportation, which is why they are recom-
mended only to the most experienced skiers
and winter sports lovers.
In Valea Soarelui was inaugurated in 2011 the
cable installation at the highest elevation in
the country (2,000 m), namely the ski lift.
As of 2013, Prtia Nou, which connects the
1400 m Mark and the town of Sinaia and
which is served by gondola lift, has artificial
snow installations, and the local authorities
are considering several more improvements
meant to increase the number of tourists at-
tracted by the charm of the Carpathian pearl.
One of the projects aims to build an auto-
mated artificial snow installation, consisting
of a reservoir and 25 snow cannons, meant to
cover with snow the altitude slopes in the Fur-
nica Alpine plain. Another project is intended
for the same area of the Furnica Alpine plain,
but it aims to connect the ski resort at the
2000 m Mark (Valea Dorului-Valea Soarelui)
with the area of the 1400 m Mark, by building
a gondola lift with a capacity of 1,500 people
per hour in winter.
It is estimated that the new gondola lift shall
be inaugurated at the beginning of 2016, but
until then skiers and mountain lovers can
enjoy a unique phenomenon, characteristic
of the Sinaia ski resort, when the cloud ceiling
is between the 1400 m Mark and the 2000 m
Mark, also called the sea of clouds, when
you feel you are skiing above the clouds. This
is the inspiration for the resorts winter brand,
Ski on Sky.

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1 la cota 2000 poi


s admiri panorama
extraordinar asupra
vi Prahova i a Buce-
gilor. At 2000 m
Mark you can admire
the extraordinary
view of the Prahova
Valley and the Bucegi
Mountains.

01

Cota 2000
2000 m Mark
Se tie, toate traseele memorabile din (2.505 m) sau, dac vrei ceva mai scurt, dar foot, because the trail is quite easy and pleas-
Munii Bucegi trec pe la Cota 1400, dar abia nu mai puin frumos, te poi ndrepta spre ant, especially for those who love hiking. Once
cnd urci pn la Cota 2000 pe Muntele zona Padina (1.509 m) - Mnstirea Petera you reach the altitude of 1400 m, you will
Furnica i inspiri adnc, n timp ce admiri Ialomiei i Petera Ialomiei. Foarte uor find more options for the rest of the journey,
privelitea platoului Bucegilor, abia atunci se ajunge de la Cota 2000 la Cabana Piatra either by foot or by cable car or gondola lift.
simi cum te bate cerul pe umr i crestele Ars, pe Vrful Furnica (2.103 m), dar i la The choice depends on what you want to do
din jur i fac semne ademenitoare. Bolboci (1.460 m), lacul supranumit Marea once you reach the 2000 m Mark, which trails
De ajuns la Cota 1400 ajungi fr greutate, cu din Bucegi. you want to go to, because you will find many
aproape orice mijloc de transport vrei, fie c Cota 2000 este punctul principal de atracie options on top.
este main, telecabin, telegondol, dar cel montan pe timpul iernii, cnd prtia de Naturally, the first option is admiring the
mai bine pe jos, pentru c traseul este destul schi atrage numeroi turiti pasionai de extraordinary view of the Prahova Valley
de uor i plcut, mai ales pentru iubitorii sporturi pe zpad. and the Bucegi Mountains, but curiosity and
de plimbri n aer curat. Odat atins pragul enthusiasm can quickly make you go on a trail
celor 1400 de metri nlime, ai din nou de that takes about five hours, to Babele Cabin
ales modul n care vei continua drumul, ori It is a known fact that all memorable (2,206 m) and Omu Peak (2,505 m) or if you
pe jos, ori cu telecabina sau telegondola. Ale- trails in Bucegi Mountains pass by the 1400 m want something shorter, but no less beautiful,
gerea depinde i de ce vrei s faci cnd atingi Mark, but it is only when you climb up to the you can head to the area of Padina (1,509 m)
Cota 2000, ce trasee vrei s iei la picior, 2000 m Mark on Furnica Mountain and you Petera Ialomiei Monastery and Ialomiei
pentru c de acolo ai multe variante. take a deep breath as you admire the view of Cave. You can also reach Piatra Ars Cabin very
Bineneles, prima variant este s admiri the Bucegi Plateau that you truly feel the sky easily from the 2000 m Mark, on Furnica Peak
panorama extraordinar asupra Vii tapping your shoulder and the surrounding (2,103 m), as well as Bolboci (1,460 m), the lake
Prahovei i a Bucegilor, dar curiozitatea i crests beckoning you. dubbed The Sea of Bucegi.
entuziasmul te pot mpinge repede s o por- You can reach the 1400 m Mark easily, with The 2000 m Mark is the main point of attrac-
neti ntr-un traseu de aproximativ cinci ore almost any means of transport, whether it is tion in the winter, when the ski slope attracts
spre Cabana Babele (2.206 m) i Vrful Omu by car, by cable car, by gondola lift, or rather by countless tourists who love winter sports.

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1 Din punct de
vedere stilistic,
edificiul pe care l
vedem azi se plaseaz
ntre art nouveau i
neoromnesc, curente
specifice perioadei.
From a stylistic
viewpoint, the edifice
we see today can be
described as a combin-
ation of Art Nouveau
and Neo-Romanian
style, both movements
specific to the period.

01

Fosta Gar Regal Sinaia


The Former Sinaia Royal Railway Station
Finalizat la 1 decembrie 1879, calea de epoc, fiind nlocuit la 1911 de cldirea Carol and his retinue were received during
ferat dintre Bucureti i Predeal a repre- actual. Din punct de vedere stilistic, edifi- his many visits. In 1886, the pavilion was
zentat pentru mult vreme singura legtur ciul pe care l vedem azi se plaseaz ntre art expanded and connected to the building of
feroviar dintre rile Romne i Imperiul nouveau i neoromnesc, curente specifice the passengers station, thus becoming the
Habsburgic. perioadei, i pstreaz ntr-o anumit first Royal Railway Station of Romania.
Prima gar din Sinaia reflect importana msur distribuia vechii cldiri de gar, la Except for the railway station in Bucharest,
noului drum de fier: cltorii sunt ntm- care s-au mai adugat dou corpuri egale pe no other railway building on the territory of
pinai de o cldire de dimensiuni respecta- lateral, mrindu-i astfel dimensiunile. Romania has received as many national and
bile, cu un corp central distribuit pe dou Pavilionul Regal de la 1879 a rmas n pi international figures as the one in Sinaia.
niveluri i prelungiri laterale. La dreapta cioare, gzduind astzi o colecie de mache- Unfortunately, the first building of the
corpului principal se afl pavilionul desti- te i documente cu specific feroviar. passengers station only survives in period
nat primirii Regelui Carol i a suitei sale cu photographs, being replaced by the current
ocazia deselor vizite efectuate aici. n 1886, building in 1911. From a stylistic viewpoint,
pavilionul este extins i legat de cldirea Completed on 1 December, 1879, the rail- the edifice we see today can be described as
grii de cltori, devenind astfel prima Gar way between Bucharest and Predeal was the a combination of Art Nouveau and Neo-Ro-
Regal a Romniei. only rail connection between Romania and manian style, both movements specific to
Cu excepia grii din Bucureti, este posibil the Habsburg Empire for a long time. the period, and it preserves to some extent
ca nicio alt cldire feroviar de pe teritori- The first railway station in Sinaia reflects the the distribution of the former building,
ul Romniei s nu fi primit la fel de multe importance of the new railway: travellers which was expanded with two equal side
personaliti naionale i internaionale are welcomed by an impressive building, wings, thus increasing its size.
precum cea din Sinaia. with a central two-storey construction The Royal Pavilion of 1879 is still standing,
Din pcate, prima cldire a grii de cltori with side annexes. To the right of the main and today it hosts a collection of railway
nu mai supravieuiete dect n fotografiile construction there is the pavilion where King models and documents.

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1 Hotelul Carai-
man, un edificiu
construit n stil clasic
romnesc, dup pla-
nurile arhitectului Jean
Pompilian.
Caraiman Hotel,
an edifice built in the
classical Romanian
style, based on plans
designed by the archi-
tect Jean Pompilian.

01

Hotel Caraiman
Caraiman Hotel
n 1879, bucuretenii aveau s ia mai apropiat telecabin nainte s apuce Therefore, in 1881, the Board of Civil Hos-
drumul munilor, dar nu fugeau de vreo s-i imagineze peisajul de la Cota 1400. pitals ordered the construction of the third
molim sau alt npast, ci de aerul Din pcate, gara este i ea foarte aproape, hotel in Sinaia, Caraiman Hotel.
mbcsit al oraului, i nu la pas, ci cu dar facilitile oferite de hotel, precum Caraiman Hotel became one of the first
trenul, pe nou nfiinata linie Bucure- i privelitea spre Parcul Ghica au toate electrically lighted buildings in Sinaia,
ti-Predeal. Muli se opreau la Sinaia, ansele s conving cltorul s lase zorul along with Bulevard, Dimitrie Ghica Park
frumoasa staiune preferat de aristocra- plecrii deoparte i s se bucure de atmos- and a few villas.
ia vremii, unde-i puteau face cura de fera romneasc a aezrii considerate Located across Dimitrie Ghica Park, the
aer curat i ap de izvor, dar n scurt timp monument istoric de arhitectur. hotel has the perfect location for any wish
turitii s-au nmulit peste msura caselor of tourists accommodated in its rooms,
de gzduire. who can reach the centre of the resort in
Astfel c, n 1881, Eforia Spitalelor Civile a In 1879, the people of Bucharest less than 10 minutes or the nearest cable
dispus ridicarea celui de-al treilea hotel al headed to the mountains, but they were car before they even begin to imagine the
Sinaiei, Hotel Caraiman. not running away from some contagious landscape at the 1400 m Mark.
Hotelul Caraiman avea s fie printre pri- disease or other calamity, but the dirty air Unfortunately, the railway station is also
mele cldiri iluminate electric din Sinaia, of the city, and not by foot, but by train, very close, but the facilities provided by the
alturi de Bulevard, Parcul Dimitrie Ghica on the newly built railway Bucharest-Pre- hotel, as well as the view over Ghica Park
i cteva vile. deal. Many stopped in Sinaia, the beautiful have every chance to convince travellers to
Aflat vizavi de Parcul Dimitrie Ghica, ho- resort that the aristocrats of the time loved leave the rush of their departure aside and
telul beneficiaz de amplasarea perfect so much, where they could get their fill to enjoy the Romanian atmosphere of the
pentru orice dorin a turistului cazat of clean air and spring water, but tourists settlement considered a historical architec-
n camerele sale, care poate ajunge n cen- shortly became too numerous for the tural monument.
trul staiunii n nici 10 minute sau la cea boarding houses that were available.

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1 Hotelul Palace
este proiectat de una
dintre personalitile
marcante ale colii
romneti de arhi-
tectur, cruia i se
datoreaz existena mai
multor cldiri publice
monumentale - arhi-
tectul Petre Antonescu.
Palace Hotel was
designed by one of the
important figures of
the Romanian school of
architecture, to whom
we owe the existence
of several monumental
public buildings the ar-
chitect Petre Antonescu.

01

Hotel Palace
Palace Hotel
Sinaia este att de frumoas i plin i aproape de Mnstirea Sinaia. La inau- elegant, worthy of a splendid holiday town,
de via. S-a construit un nou hotel uria, gurare, n 1912, n pliantul de prezentare visited by the aristocracy of the time.
nota Regele Carol n corespondena sa, n scria: Telefon n toate camerele, Pension - A style benchmark in the interwar period,
iulie 1912. Uriaul hotel nu era altul dect Restaurant - Bar - Dancing, Sinaia - staiune Palace Hotel hosted an important ball in 1935,
Hotelul Palace din Parcul Dimitrie Ghica, climateric european, situat pe ruta dedicated to the Elegance and Comfort Com-
ridicat pe locul unde fuseser nainte trenurilor Orient Expres i Alberg Express. petition, where the most appreciated cars of
Hotelul Sinaia i Cofetria Riegler, distruse Hotelul Palace din Sinaia v ateapt acum the time competed in front of the building, as
de incendiul devastator din 1911. Nici mcar cu 150 de camere spaioase i luminoase, regarded beauty and luxury, driven by female
nou luni ntregi nu i-au trebuit hotelului cu mobilier tradiional, cu Wi-Fi i un car lovers with matching outfits.
ca s se nasc n mijlocul Sinaiei, maiestuos restaurant n care se servesc specialiti A monument of national interest, Palace
i elegant, demn de o localitate splendid romneti. Hotel is located in the heart of the resort,
de vilegiatur, frecventat de aristocraia at a three-minute walk from the railway
vremii. station, near Sinaia Casino and close to Sinaia
Etalon al stilului n perioada interbelic, Sinaia is so beautiful and full of life. Monastery. At its inauguration, in 1912, the
Hotelul Palace a fost n 1935 gazda unui A new huge hotel was built there, wrote presentation leaflet said: Telephones in
mare bal dedicat Concursului de Elegan i King Carol in his correspondence, in July every room, Boarding House Restaurant
Confort, n cadrul cruia, n faa edificiului, 1912. The huge hotel was none other than Bar Dancing, Sinaia European spa, located
se ntreceau n frumusee i lux cele mai Palace Hotel in Dimitrie Ghica Park, built on the route of the Orient Express and Alberg
apreciate maini ale vremii, conduse de on the spot where Sinaia Hotel and Riegler Express trains.
automobiliste cu toalete asortate. Confectionerys used to stand, before they Palace Hotel in Sinaia is waiting for you with
Monument de interes naional, Hotelul Pa- were destroyed by the devastating fire of 1911. 150 large, bright rooms, with traditional
lace se afl n inima staiunii, la trei minute The hotel needed less than nine months to furniture, Wi-Fi and a restaurant that serves
de mers pe jos de gar, lng Casino Sinaia be born in the middle of Sinaia, majestic and Romanian dishes.

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1 Hotelul
Furnica, a adpostit
n trecut Batalionul
de Gard Regal.
Furnica Hotel,
used to host the
Royal Guard
Battalion.

01

Hotel Furnica
Furnica Hotel
n apropierea fostei reedine de var plexului Furnica (din care fac parte hote- tels that many tourists appreciate.
a regilor Romniei, splendidul Castel lul, curtea interioar i dou restaurante) Although from an architectural point of
Pele din Sinaia, a crui construcie a prin procedura de executare silit din view it has the same Bavarian style as the
fost finalizat n 1914, au mai fost ridicate anul 2010, dup un proces n care Regia Economat Hotel, Furnica is slightly smal-
cteva cldiri care serveau domeniului Patrimoniului Protocolului de Stat a ler-sized. The construction works were su-
regal: Corpul de Gard, Economatul, Casa solicitat compensarea unor cheltuieli ale pervised by Karel Liman, a Czech architect
de Vntoare Foior, Grajdurile i Vila statului de ctre rege. who served the Royal House of Romania for
ipot. Astzi le putem admira n plimb- 35 years.
rile din jurul Castelului Pele sau chiar King Michael became once again the
ne putem caza n ele, ntruct au devenit Close to the former summer residence owner of the Furnica Complex (including
hoteluri foarte apreciate de turiti. of Romanian kings, the splendid Pele the hotel, the inner courtyard and two
Dei arhitectural prezint acelai stil ba- Castle in Sinaia, whose construction was restaurants) through the forced execution
varez precum Hotelul Economat, Furnica completed in 1914, several more buildings procedure in 2010, after a trial in which
este un hotel mai modest ca dimensiuni. serving the royal domain were built: the the Department for Administration of the
Lucrrile de construcie au fost suprave- Guard Corps, the Economat, the Foior State Heritage and Protocol required the
gheate de Karel Liman, un arhitect ceh Hunting House, the Stables and ipot Villa. king to compensate some expenses of the
care, timp de 35 de ani, i-a pus serviciile Today we can admire them during a walk state.
n slujba Casei Regale a Romniei. around Pele Castle, or we can even spend
Regele Mihai a reintrat n posesia Com- the night inside, as they have become ho-

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1 Muzeul Rezer-
vaiei Bucegi mbie la
vizit i prin preul mai
mult dect convenabil
al biletelor de intrare,
cel pentru aduli fiind
3 lei, iar cel pentru
copii - 2 lei. Bucegi
Reserve Museum
is worth a visit also
thanks to its more than
affordable ticket prices,
adults having to pay 3
lei, and children 2 lei.

01

Muzeul Rezervaiei Bucegi


The Bucegi Reserve Museum
n Parcul Dimitrie Ghica din Sinaia, mreia splendidelor peisaje alpine. hibition of flora and fauna from Bucegi Massif,
ntr-o cldire alb i cuminte, nu prea Zecile de expoziii temporare gzduite de as well as various temporary exhibitions.
mare, este amenajat, din anul 1976, Muzeul Muzeul Rezervaiei Bucegi de-a lungul The permanent exhibition, arranged in the
Rezervaiei Bucegi, o seciune a Muzeului ultimilor ani au acoperit o palet larg de basement of the building, includes rare,
Judeean de tiine ale Naturii din Prahova, subiecte, precum penajul psrilor, psrile protected species, either endangered or which
nfiinat prin grija profesoarei Margareta acvatice din Europa, prdtorii netiui ai have already disappeared from nature, and
Moneaga. A fost renovat i repus n cir- Europei, figurile de cear din colecia Mu- even certain endemic species, characteristic
cuitul turistic n 1993, iar de atunci muzeul zeului Sankt Petersburg, goblenuri, trofee to a single area, namely that of Bucegi. We
adpostete att o expoziie permanent cinegetice sau cochilii. can see plants, birds and animals, as well as
de flor i faun din Masivul Bucegi, ct i photographic reproductions that depict the
diverse expoziii temporare. majesty of our splendid alpine landscapes.
Expoziia permanent, amenajat la subso- In Dimitrie Ghica Park in Sinaia, in a The dozens of temporary exhibitions hosted
lul cldirii, cuprinde specii rare i ocrotite, white, innocent building, not too large, the by the Bucegi Reserve Museum over the past
pe cale de dispariie sau deja disprute din Bucegi Reserve Museum has been arranged years have covered a wide range of topics,
natur i chiar anumite endemisme, adic since the year 1976, a section of the Natural such as birds plumage, waterfowl in Europe,
specii caracteristice doar unei anumite Science Museum of Prahova County, founded unknown predators of Europe, wax figures
zone, n spe cea a Bucegilor. Sunt expuse by Professor Margareta Moneaga. It was ren- from the collection of the Saint Petersburg
att exemplare de plante, psri i animale, ovated and restored to the touristic circuit in Museum, cross stitches, hunting trophies or
ct i reproduceri fotografice care surprind 1993, and the museum hosts a permanent ex- shells.

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2 Slnic este o
staiune turistic de
interes naional.
01 Slnic is a tourist
resort of national
interest.

Slnic 02

U
na dintre particularitile moia Slnic. Din zapisul nsoitor spicuim
rii noastre, dac nu unic, c acesta a achiziionat ... jumtate din
cel puin destul de rar, este preste tot hotarul cu tot locul cu sare, unde
prezena resurselor subterane de este a se face ocn.... Trei ani mai trziu,
sare. Exploatate cel puin din Evul Mediu, sptarul va nfiin explatarea de la Valea
economia i cultura mai multor localiti Verde, urmat de exploatrile de la Baia
de la poalele Carpailor s-au format n Baciului, n 1689-1691. n 1713, moia lui
jurul mineritului de sare. Unele dintre Cantacuzino din Prahova trece n posesia
acestea au fost chiar botezate n virtutea Mnstirii Colea din Bucureti printr-un
principalei activiti economice, Slnic act de donaie.
traducndu-se din slavon prin sare. n secolul al XVII-lea, mineritul se fcea
Istoria localitii prahovene cu acest nume dup sistemul clopot (forma pe care
ncepe spre sfritul secolului al XVII-lea, ajungea s o capete volumul excavat),
cum altfel dect printr-o ntreprindere de lucru dedus de istorici dup plniile de
exploatare a preioasei resurse naturale. scufundare gsite n apropiere de Baia Ba-
La 20 aprilie 1685, sptarul Constantin ciului, Baia Verde i Dorobneti. Pentru
Cantacuzino cumpr pentru acest scop secolul al XIX-lea, documentele relev c
03

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The history of the Prahova locality with this


name begins at the end of the 17th century,
how else but with an exploitation company
of the precious natural resource. On 20
April, 1685, the sword bearer Constantin
Cantacuzino bought the Slnic domain for
this end. From the accompanying docu-
ment, we mention that he bought half
of the entire domain with all the salt place,
where a salt mine is to be built Three
years later, the sword bearer established the
exploitation in Valea Verde, followed by the
exploitations in Baia Baciului, in 1689-1691.
In 1713, Cantacuzinos domain in Prahova
became the property of Colea Monastery in
Bucharest through a deed of gift.
In the 17th century, mining was done by the
bell system (the shape that the excavated
volume would take), which was deduced
by historians by the collapsed funnels
found close to Baia Baciului, Baia Verde
and Dorobneti. For the 19th century,
documents show that salt exploitation took
place in Baia Verde and Baia Baciului (salt
mines that were open between 1800 and
1854), as well as in Ocna din Vale (1819-1865)
and Ocna din Deal (1838-1865).
exploatarea srii avea loc la Baia Verde i salin poart numele de Unirea i rmne A first technical leap is recorded in 1865,
Baia Baciului (ocne ce fincioneaz ntre activ pn n 1970, cnd este nlocuit de when the mine Sistematica went from
1800 i 1854), dar i la Ocna din Vale (1819- Victoria. bell mining to multiple chamber, systematic
1865) i Ocna din Deal (1838-1865). Din 1992, procesul de exploatare se mut la mining.
Un prim salt tehnic este nregistrat la 1865, suprafa, pe cmpul Cantacuzino. From the beginning of the 20th century, the
cnd la mina Sistematica se trece de la salt mines in the area have been modern-
exploatarea de tip clopot la cea cu mai ised. In 1912, electrical lighting was intro-
multe camere, sau sistematic. One of the particularities of our duced in Mihai Salt Mine, and since 1931 rock
De la nceputul secolului al XX-lea, salinele country, perhaps not one-of-a-kind, but cutters for salt and explosives for de-rocking
din zon beneficiaz de modernizri. n definitely rather rare, is the presence of started to be used. In 1943, Mihai and Carol
1912, este introdus iluminatul electric n underground salt resources. Exploited at salt mines closed down, the exploitation
Mina Mihai, iar din 1931 ncep s se folose- least from the Middle Ages, the economy process being continued at larger depth,
asc haveze pentru tierea srii i explozi- and culture of several localities at the foot under the two old mines. The new salt mine
bili pentru derocare. n 1943, minele Mihai of the Carpathians have formed around salt was called Unirea and remained active until
i Carol i ncheie activitatea, procesul de mining. Some of them were even named for 1970, when it was replaced by Victoria.
exploatare fiind continuat la o adncime their main economic activity, Slnic being Since 1992, the exploitation process moved
mai mare, sub cele dou mine vechi. Noua the Slavonic word for salt. to the surface, on the Cantacuzino field.

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1 Istoria poporului
romn este omagiat
prin busturi i bas-
oreliefuri ale figurilor
istorice, sculptate
evident n sare.
The history of the
Romanian people is
celebrated with busts
and bas-reliefs of his-
torical figures, carved
in salt, obviously.

01

Salina Unirea
Unirea Salt Mine
Situat ntr-o zon pitoreasc, cu tesc de geneza naiei noastre, imaginile Mihai (amplasat la 40 de metri deasupra
dealuri acoperite de pduri de foioase, lor fiind imortalizate n sala denumit Unirii) servesc ca locaie pentru mai multe
Salina Unirea merit cel mai mult vizitat inspirat a originilor. Primul unificator ntreceri i eveniemente sportive. Datorit
toamna, cnd copacii ofer o palet cro- al romnilor, Mihai Viteazul, este imorta- faptului c circulaia aerului n salin
matic variat, n tonuri de galben, oranj i lizat printr-un mare basorelief, n timp ce bate nspre zero, n Mihai se organizeaz
maro. Contrastul dintre mozaicul de culori imaginea lui Mihai Eminescu ne amintete concursuri naionale i internaionale de
pmntii al mprejurimilor i albul tern de latura noastr romantic. aeromodelism.
din interiorul salinei nu poate fi mai mare Pentru cei mai activi dintre noi, baza turis- Obiective din i dinprejurul salinelor ar
i ntrete impresia de loc nepmntean tic mai cuprinde i terenuri de minifotbal, mai fi de enumerat, ns numrul mare ne
pentru care minele de sare ne sunt att de handbal, volei i tenis, precum i locuri face s ne oprim aici. n caz c dorii s le
atrgtoare. de joac pentru copii, jocuri mecanice i descoperii singuri, Unirea este accesibil
Deschis la 1943, Mina Unirea funcione- nelipsitele mese de ping-pong, pe care, de pe DN1, la 100 km nord de Bucureti.
az ca exploatare de sare pn n 1970, dei nu ne amintim s le fi vzut, suntem
cnd este deschis publicului ca obiectiv convini c sunt acolo.
turistic. n tot acest timp s-au excavat 2,9 Dac dorii s simii mirosul benzinei la Located in a picturesque area, with
milioane de metri cubi, ce au dus la crea- adncime, ntr-un cadru sigur i plcut, hills covered with deciduous tree forests,
rea a 14 camere gigantice, cu o suprafa exist pentru voi a pist de carting deschi- Unirea Salt Mine should be visited in au-
de 80.000 de metri ptrai. s persoanelor de toate vrstele. Aceia care tumn, when the trees exhibit their varied
ns Mina Unirea ofer mult mai mult de- nu sunt tocmai entuziasmai de petrol i chromatic palette, in shades of yellow,
ct un sentiment de grandoare i apreciere vaporii si neccioi se pot relaxa ntr-un orange and brown. The contrast between
pentru iscusina i hrnicia omului. loc special amenajat pentru persoanele cu the mosaic of earth tones of the surround-
Burebista, unificatorul triburilor geto-da- probleme respiratorii. ings and the plain white inside the salt mine
ce, fondatorii Traian i Decebal ne amin- De-a lungul anului, minele Unirea i cannot be higher, and it enhances the im-

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pression of an unearthly place, for which


we find salt mines so attractive.
Opened in 1943, Unirea Salt Mine worked
as a salt exploitation until the year 1970,
when it was opened to the public as a
tourist attraction. During all this time,
2.9 million cube metres have been excav-
ated, which helped create 14 gigantic
chambers, with an area of 80,000
square metres.
Unirea Salt Mine offers much more than
a feeling of grandeur and appreciation
for the craft and industriousness of man.
Burebista, the unifier of the Geto-Dacian
tribes, the founding fathers Trajan and
Decebalus remind us of the genesis of
our nation, their images being immortal-
ised in the hall with an inspired name, of
origins. The first unifier of the Romani-
ans, Michael the Brave, is immortalised
with a large bas-relief, while the image
of Mihai Eminescu reminds us of our
romantic side.
For the most active of us, the touristic
complex also includes mini football,
handball, volleyball and tennis courts,
as well as playground for children, slot
machines and ping pong tables, which,
although we do not remember seeing, we
are convinced are there.
If you wish to smell the scent of petrol
underground, in a safe and pleasant
place, there is a kart track for people of
all ages. Those who are not necessarily
enthusiastic about oil and its choking
vapours can relax in a specially arranged
spot for people with respiratory condi-
tions.
Over the years, the salt mines Unirea and
Mihai (located 40 metres above Unirea)
have served as location for several sports
competitions and events. Thanks to the
fact that the air circulation in the salt
mine is almost zero, national and inter-
national aeromodelling competitions are
organised in Mihai salt mine.
We could list more attraction inside and
outside the salt mines, but their large
number makes us stop here. If you wish
to discover them on your own, Unirea is
accessible from National Road 1, 100 km
to the north of Bucharest.

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1 Din punct de
vedere curativ, cea
mai apreciat dintre
staiunile de la Slnic
este Baia Baciului.
From the curative
perspective, the most
appreciated resort in
Slnic is Baia Baciului.

01

Bile de la Slnic
Slnic Baths
Cum era de ateptat, bogata ncr- Complexul Baia Roie ofer o multitudi- conditions.
ctur geologic a solului din jurul ne de faciliti, printre care menionm: Certainly, you should not skip the baths and
localitii Slnic Prahova a dus la formarea piscin (pe lng trandul cu ap srat, lakes even if you are in good shape. Besides
unor lacuri cu ape minerale numai bune evident), jacuzzi, tenis de mas i biliard, the relaxation provided by a few days spent
pentru fortifierea organismului. loc de joac i Castelul cu poveti pentru on the lakeshore, the chlorine, calcium and
Bile n apa de la Slnic sunt recomandate copii, teren de minigolf i nchiriere de sulphur compounds will charge you will
persoanelor care sufer de boli reumatis- ATV-uri i biciclete. energy and help invigorate your immune
male degenerative i diartritice; pentru cei Dac numele de Baia Roie v evoc system.
care au suferit traumatisme fizice, care au imagini sinistre sau sisteme politice Baia Baciului waters are cool and very clean,
probleme ale sistemului nervos periferic repugnante, considerm c - nu doar its salinity rivals that of the Dead Sea, so
(encefalopatii distale, dar i Wernike-Ko- etimologic - vei fi pe deplin mulumii you do not need to know how to swim if you
sakoff), probleme respiratorii, probleme de Baia Verde, complex ce se bucur de want to splash around at your hearts desire.
ginecologice i vasculare. faciliti similare. Despite its popularity, you will not have any
Desigur, nu ar trebui s lsai o condiie problem finding vacant spots on one of the
fizic bun s v opreasc din a vizita bile loungers.
amenajate i lacurile de aici. Pe lng rela- As expected, the rich geological con- Baia Roie Complex provides a multitude of
xarea oferit de zile petrecute pe marginea tent of the soil around the locality of Slnic facilities, among which: a pool (besides the
apei, compuii de clor, calciu i sulf v Prahova has helped form mineral lakes, saltwater one, of course), jacuzzi, table ten-
vor ncrca de energie i vor contribui la perfect to invigorate the body. nis and billiards, a playground and the Fairy
fortifierea sistemului imunitar. Bathing in the water in Slnic is recommen- tale castle for children, a mini golf course
Apele de la Baia Baciului sunt rcoroase ded for those who suffer from degenerative and ATV and bike rentals.
i foarte curate, salinitatea rivalizeaz cu rheumatic and arthritic diseases; for those If the name Baia Roie (Red Bath) makes
cea a Mrii Moarte, deci nu este necesar s who have suffered physical injury, who you think of sinister images or repugnant
tii s notai pentru a v blci n voie. n have conditions of the peripheral nervous political systems, we consider that not just
ciuda popularitii mari, nu vei avea nicio system (distal encephalopathy, as well as etymologically speaking you will be fully
problem s gsii un loc liber pe unul the Wernike-Kosakoff syndrome), respirat- pleased with Baia Verde (Green Bath), a
dintre ezlonguri. ory conditions, gynaecological and vascular complex that provides similar facilities.

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1 Aici se afl diverse


cristale interesante de-
scoperite la Slnic n tot
acest timp i plane geo-
logice ale zonei, alturi
de informaii despre flora
i fauna subcarpatic.
Here you can find
various interesting crys-
tals discovered in Slnic
during all this time,
and geological maps
of the area, together
with information on the
Subcarpathian flora and
fauna.

01

Muzeul Srii
Slnic Salt Museum
Suntei entuziati ai srii? Normal c de un calendar cretin-ortodox romn din series of machinery and tools, some of
suntei, sarea v este necesar ca... sarea aceeai perioad. them dating back to the 17th century, when
n bucate. Unde altundeva s fie amenajat un ase- Constantin Cantacuzino established the first
Amatorii de sare vor fi fericii s afle c menea muzeu dac nu n vechea cldire a salt mine in the region.
n localitatea Slnic Prahova, n apro- cmriei? Construcia n stil tradiional As for attractions, we mention a diorama of
pierea Salinei Unirea, este amenajat un prahovean a fost renovat n anii a worker surrounded by the objects he used
ntreg muzeu dedicat industriei din jurul 2002-2003, respectnd tehnicile de con- in his mining activity: a Davy lamp, a maul,
preiosului mineral. Din 13 mai 2003 sunt strucie tradiionale, cu pmnt bttorit a punch and a mining truck on rails. On the
expuse acolo reconstituiri i documente ntre armturi de nuiele mpletite. first floor you can also admire a reconstruc-
relevante pentru istoria exploatrii srii la Oraul Slnic se afl la 100 de kilometri ted administration office from the begin-
Slnic Prahova, dar i o serie ntreag de nord de Bucureti, pe DN1. ning of the 20th century, together with an
utilaje i unelte, unele dintre ele datnd Orthodox Christian calendar from the same
nc din secolul al XVII-lea, cnd Constan- period.
tin Cantacuzino a nfiinat prima ocn n Are you salt enthusiasts? Of course Where else could such a museum be
zon. you are, you need salt like salt in food. arranged if not in the old administrative
Ca puncte de atracie menionm o diora- Those who like salt will be pleased to learn building? The traditional Prahova construc-
m cu un muncitor nconjurat de obiectele that in Slnic Prahova, close to Unirea Salt tion was renovated in 2002-2003, complying
aferente profesiei de miner: o lamp de Mine, there is an entire museum dedicated with traditional building techniques, with
min, un baros, un pi i un crucior de to the industry that surrounds the precious pressed earth between fixtures of plaited
min pe ine. De asemenea, la etaj putei mineral. Since 13 May, 2003, the collection wicker.
gsi reconstituit un birou de cmrie has included reenactments and relevant The city of Slnic is located 100 kilometres to
(termen anticat pentru administraie) de documents for the history of salt exploit- the north of Bucharest, on National Road 1.
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2 Vreme de sute de ani,


de aici au plecat telegue
ncrcate cu sare nspre
Trgovite sau Bucureti.
For hundreds of years,
small carts called telegue
left from this place
01 charged with the precious
resource, heading to
Trgovite and Bucharest.

Telega 02

D
e-a lungul istoriei, numele torul....
comunei Telega a fost strns Cert este c prima atestare documentar
legat de exploatarea de sare. o avem abia la 1562, n timpul domniei lui
Vreme de sute de ani, de aici Petru cel Tnr.
au plecat telegue (care destinate trans Un amnunt inedit din lunga istorie a
portului de sare) ncrcate cu preioasa comunei este c la 1812 servete ca furnizor
resurs nspre Trgovite sau Bucureti, de sare pentru trupele franceze ale lui
spre a fi vndut mai departe, aducnd o Napoleon, n timpul campaniei acestuia
contribuie substanial la economia rii din Rusia.
Romneti, sau pentru a fi oferit drept Cea mai cunoscut dintre minele din
tribut Porii de la Istanbul. localitate - Doftana - se deschide la 1865.
Conform unor surse, sarea extras de la Pentru prima dat pe teritoriul romnesc,
Telega ar fi intrat n circuitul economic sistemul de extracie tip clopot este n
al rii Romneti tocmai de la naterea locuit cu puuri i galerii. Salina are dou
entitii politice de la sud de Carpai, satul galerii n forma literei T, Carol - de 126 de
[fiind] cunoscut nc din anul 1354 ca metri - i Elisabeta - de 96 de metri.
monopol de sare al lui Basarab I ntemeie n 1872, ocnele din Telega sunt prsite,
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transportation) left from this place charged


with the precious resource, heading to
Trgovite and Bucharest, to sell it further,
bringing a substantial contribution to the
economy of Wallachia, or to give it as tribute
to the Porte of Istanbul.
According to some sources, the salt ex-
tracted in Telega would have entered the
economic circuit of Wallachia from the very
birth of the political entity to the south of
the Carpathians, the village [being] known
from the year 1354 as a salt monopole of
Basarab I the Founder
What is certain is that the first documented
mention only occurred in 1562, during the
rule of Peter the Younger.
A novel detail in the long history of the
commune is that in 1812 it served as a salt
supplier for the French troops of Napoleon,
during his campaign in Russia.
The most famous of the mines in the locality
Doftana opened in 1865. For the first
time on the Romanian territory, the bell
pit mining type was replaced with wells and
galleries. The salt mine has two T-shaped
galleries, Carol 126 metres long and Elisa-
beta 96 metres long.
In 1872, the salt mines in Telega were aban-
doned, and in 1900 the Doftana salt mine
closed down, as well, marking the end of
the salt exploitation in the area. Currently,
several spa installations are arranged on the
spot of the old mines, known as the Telega
Baths, and appreciated internationally. Their
curative properties have been recognised,
and the commune expanded greatly in the
first half of the 20th century.
Fuel oil was known to be found in the area
since the end of the Middle Ages. The first
iar la 1900 i ncheie activitatea i salina mare parte a materiei prime pentru rafin- exploitations of black gold in Romania
Doftana, marcnd sfritul exploatrii de riile de la Ploieti. appeared around the commune of Buten-
sare de aici. n prezent, n locul vechilor Conflictul dintre tradiie i modernitate, ari, around mid-19th century. From 1900
ocne sunt amenajate mai multe instalaii caracteristic comunei n plin expansiune onwards, the extractions intensified and
balneoclimaterice, cunoscute ca Bile din perioada interbelic, este surprins de the wells in Butenari came to supply most
Telega, i apreciate la nivel internaional. Radu Tudoran n romanul Flcrile. Att of the raw materials for the refineries in
Proprietile lor curative au fost recunos- el, ct i mai cunoscutul su frate Geo Ploieti during the Second World War.
cute, iar comuna crete vertiginos n prima Bogza se numr printre fii satului. The conflict between tradition and mod-
jumtate a secolului al XX-lea. Dei puurile de petrol ncep s sece la ernity, characteristic of the expanding
Se tia despre existena pcurii n zon nceputul anilor 50, Telega suprvieuiete commune during the inter-war period, was
nc de la sfritul Evului Mediu. Primele n prezent ca localitate cu specific urban. depicted by Radu Tudoran in his novel The
exploatri din Romnia ale aurului negru Flames. Both he and his more famous
apar n preajma comunei Butenari, pe la brother Geo Bogza are among the offspring
jumtatea secolului al XIX-lea. De la 1900 Over the years, the name of the com- of the village.
ncolo extracia se intensific, sondele de mune of Telega has been closely related to Although the oil wells started to go dry at
la Butenari ajungnd n timpul celui de-al salt exploitation. For hundreds of years, the beginning of the 1950s, Telega survives
doilea rzboi mondial s furnizeze cea mai small carts called telegue (intended for salt to this day as an urban locality.

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1 Apropiat
de ocna cu acelai
nume, scopul ei era
acela de a-i adposti
pe condamnaii la
munc silnic.
Close to the mine
with the same
name, its purpose
was to house those
sentenced to forced
labour.

01

nchisoarea Doftana
Doftana Prison
Supranumit Bastilia Romaniei, partea luminat, unde se gseau deinuii
nchisoarea Doftana a fost folosit pentru ce aveau de ispit pedepse scurte. Sometimes called the Romanian
ntemniarea deinuilor politici de ctre Relativ modern pentru perioad, Dof- Bastille, Doftana Prison was used for the
regimuri politice succesive, cu precdere tana beneficia de iluminat electric i o political prisoners of various successive
dictatura carlist i cea a marealului serie ntreag de faciliti, printre care i political regimes, in particular the dictat-
Antonescu. n perioada interbelic, un magazin de mezeluri. Infama arip H orship of King Carol II and that of Marshal
marcat de frmntri politice pe plan era destinat torturii i nefericiii ce se Antonescu. In the inter-war period, marked
intern, ntre zidurile ei s-au aflat le- gseau aici nu beneficiau dect de ctue, by political unrest inside the country, its
gendarul comandant legionar Corneliu cu care erau legai de o eava ce traversa walls closed around the legendary legion-
Zelea Codreanu, urmaul acestuia, Horia celula. ary ruler Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, his fol-
Sima, dar i o serie ntreag de anarhiti Cum att Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, ct lower, Horia Sima, as well as a whole series
i comuniti, al cror partid intrase n i Nicolae Ceauescu au petrecut timp of anarchists and communists, whose party
ilegalitate n 1921. n detenie la Doftana, nchisoarea a fost had become illegal in 1921.
Construcia ncepe la 1892, iar nchisoarea transformat n muzeu i loc de pelerinaj The construction of the prison started in
este dat n folosin la 1895. Cele cinci dup cel de-al doilea rzboi mondial. 1892 and the building was commissioned
aripi ale cldirii erau mprite n dou n prezent, nu ne-a mai rmas din ea dect in 1895. The five wings of the building were
seciuni: partea ntunecat, botezat as- o ruin, la care se poate ajunge de pe DN1, divided into two sections: the dark part,
tfel din cauza lipsei surselor de iluminat, din apropierea localitii Telega (o or cu named thus because of the lack of lighting
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Att Gheorghe
Gheorghiu-Dej, ct
i Nicolae Ceauescu
au petrecut timp n
detenie la Doftana.

Both Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
and Nicolae Ceauescu were
incarcerated at Doftana.

inals, and the bright part, where crimin-


als with short sentences used to stay.
Relatively modern for its period,
Doftana had electric illumination and a
whole series of facilities, among which
a deli store. The infamous wing H was
intended for torture and the unfortu-
nates who stayed there only had fetters,
with which they were tied to a pipe that
crossed the cell.
As both Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej and
Nicolae Ceauescu were incarcerated at
Doftana, the prison was turned into a
museum and a pilgrimage site after the
Second World War.
Nowadays, all that is left of it is ruins,
which you can reach from National Road
1, close to the locality of Telega (one
hours drive north of Bucharest).
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2 Dei fcea parte din-


tr-un complex mai mare de
cldiri i acareturi boiereti,
Conacul Bellu a rmas
singurul n picioare dup
rzboaie, cutremure i sute
de ani de intemperii. Al-
though it used to be part of
a larger complex of buildings
and annexes belonging to the
boyars, Bellu Manor is the
01
only one to stand after wars,
earthquakes and hundreds of
years of bad weather.

Urlai 02

O
raul Urlai este situat la 22 case de vacan n zona Urlai, pentru a se
km de Ploieti i 81 km de bucura de linite, umbra dealurilor i de
Bucureti, pe celebrul Drum vinurile deosebite pe perioada verii.
al Vinului, nconjurat de

Conacul Bellu, un
podgoriile Dealu Mare, pe valea Cricovului
Srat.

muzeu plin de istorie


Prima atestare istoric a localitii apare n
1515, pe un document semnat de Neagoe
Basarab, n care era menionat i un boier Conacul Bellu din Urlai este doar una
din Urlai, pe nume Oancea. dintre proprietile celebrului baron Ale-
Dintre conductorii rii, Constantin Brn- xandru Bellu, un machedon dintr-o familie
coveanu a fost foarte ataat de vinurile din foarte bogat i iubitoare de cultur, care
podgoriile de la Urlai i a poposit adesea a donat inclusiv terenul pe care se afl
n zon pentru o caraf de vin n vizitele astzi celebrul cimitir omonim din Bucu
sale oficiale. reti. Conacul este astzi parte a Muzeului
Muli boieri din ara Romneasc i-au Judeean de Istorie i Arheologie Prahova,
construit n secolele trecute adevrate dar i o adevrat bijuterie arhitectural,
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Cricovul Srat River.


The first documentary attestation dates
back to 1515, on a document signed by
Neagoe Basarab, which also mentioned a
boyar from Urlai, called Oancea.
Among the rulers of the country, Constantin
Brncoveanu loved the wines in the vine-
yards of Urlai and often stopped in the area
for a pitcher of wine during his official visits.
Many boyars of the Romanian Country built
true holiday homes in the area of Urlai in
the last centuries, so as to enjoy the quiet,
the shade of hills and the special wines
during summer.

Bellu Manor,
a museum filled with history
Bellu Manor in Urlai is just one of the prop-
erties of the famous baron Alexandru Bellu,
an Aromanian from a very rich family who
loved culture, who even donated the land on
which was built the now famous cemetery
with the same name in Bucharest. The
manor is now part of the County Museum of
History and Archaeology Prahova, as well as
a real architectural jewel, perfect for a day
trip close to the Capital.
Bellu Manor was restored several times,
to preserve the superb old Romanian style
intact and to be open for tourists willing to
travel back in time.

perfect pentru o excursie de o zi aproape celebrul Drum al Vinului i aici putei Urleanu Manor
de Capital. participa la degustri zilnice de vinuri roii exquisite wine tastings
Conacul Bellu a fost restaurat de multe ori, alese, din podgoriile Dealu Mare, Hale- Urleanu Manor was built in 1922, in the
pentru a pstra intact superbul stil vechi wood. Brancovan style, by the family of boyars and
romnesc i pentru a putea fi n continuare Degustrile zilnice de vinuri includ i o logothetes Brncoveanu and it has a superb
vizitat de turitii dornici de o cltorie n vizit cu ghid n crame i detalii despre wine cellar.
timp. procesul tehnologic de vinificaie. Costul Urleanu Manor is included in the already
unei zile petrecute aici este de aproximativ famous Wine Road, where you can attend
daily tastings of choice red wines from the
Conacul Urleanu -
25 lei, la care se adaug i eventualul pre
al mesei servite la conac, pentru care se vineyards of Dealu Mare and Halewood.
Daily wine tastings also include a guided
degustri de vinuri alese
face comand din timp, prin e-mail.
tour to the wine cellars and details about
Conacul Urleanu a fost construit n 1922, the technological winemaking process. The
n stil brncovenesc, de ctre familia de The city of Urlai is located 22 km from cost of a day spent here is approximately
boieri-logofei cu acelai nume, i are o Ploieti and 81 km from Bucharest, on the 25 lei, which does not include the price for
cram superb. famous Wine Road, surrounded by the a possible meal served at the manor, which
Conacul Urleanu este inclus n deja vineyards of Dealu Mare, on the valley of needs to be ordered beforehand, via e-mail.

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2 Din cauza reliefului


muntos pe care l are, comuna
este populat doar n partea

Valea
central-sudic. Because
01 of its mountainous relief, the
commune is only people in its
south-central part.

Doftanei 02

C
omuna Valea Doftanei (n (1535-1545). Prin hrisoave domneti, acele
trecut Teila) este aezat n nor- localiti devin dependente de mnstirile
dul judeului Prahova, pe cursul Mrgineni i Sinaia.
superior al Rului Doftana, la 25 Comuna i trage numele de la rul omo-
de km de oraul Cmpina, i are o supra- nim care o traverseaz. Acesta izvorte
fa de 28.610 ha, ceea ce reprezint 6% din Munii Baiului, de la o altitudine de
din suprafaa total a judeului Prahova. 1.260 m, din Pasul Predelu, i strbate
Localitatea s-a format prin unirea celor comuna n lungul acesteia pe o distan de
dou sate din care este format: Teila i aproximativ 30 de kilometri, formnd n
Tristeni. sud lacul de acumulare Paltinu.
Vechimea comunei Valea Doftanei nu este Comuna se nvecineaz cu oraul Scele
cunoscut, dar este amintit n documen- din judeul Braov la nord, cu Azuga,
tele vremii pentru prima dat ca Teila Sinaia i Secria la vest, Brebu i otrile
i munii din jur n anul 1444, apoi n la sud i cu tefeti, Bertea, Izvoarele i
alte hrisoave n anul 1538, anul atestrii Mneciu la est.
documentare pentru Teila, i 1605 pentru Este nconjurat de muni cu altitudini ce
Tristeni, n timpul domniei lui Radu Paise depesc 1.700 m, fiind protejat de Munii
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an area of 28,610 ha, which is 6% of the


total area of Prahova County. The locality
was formed by uniting the two villages it
consists of: Teila and Tristeni.
The age of the commune of Valea Doftanei is
not known, but it is mentioned in historical
documents for the first time as Teila and
the surrounding mountains in the year
1444, then in other records in the year 1548,
when Teila was attested, and in 1605 for
Tristeni, during the rule of Radu Paise (1535-
1545). By princely charters, these localities
became dependent on the monasteries of
Mrgineni and Sinaia.
The commune was named after the river
that crosses it, Doftana. It springs from the
Baiului Mountains, at an altitude of 1,260
m, in Predelu Pass, and it covers the length
of the commune on a distance of approxim-
ately 30 kilometres, forming the Paltinu dam
in the south.
The neighbouring localities of the commune
are the city of Scele in Braov County to the
north, Azuga, Sinaia and Secria to the west,
Brebu and otrile to the south and tefeti,
Bertea, Izvoarele and Mneciu to the east.
It is surrounded by mountains with altitudes
over 1,700 m, and it is sheltered by Baiului
and Grohoti Mountains, which enclose it in
the Teila Depression.
The massifs in the northern area are: Orjo-
goaia, Radela, Cucioaia, Znoaga, Baiu Mare,
Baiu Mic, Unghia Mare and Unghia Mic.
According to local legends, the settlements
of Valea Doftanei are much older, perhaps
from the 7th-8th centuries, when the Ro-
manians in ara Brsei and Sibiu, oppressed
Baiului i Grohoti, care o nchid n Depre- cabane etc.), Cheile Doftanei (asemn- by the Austro-Hungarian regime, escaped
siunea Teilei. toare cu Cheile Bicazului, perei verticali to this area, laying the foundations of the
Masivele muntoase din zona de nord sunt: de stnc, peisaje spectaculoase), Vrful localities of Teila and Tristeni.
Orjogoaia, Radela, Cucioaia, Znoaga, Baiu Secriei (puni, peisaje bucolice, loc de Among the most interesting touristic
Mare, Baiu Mic, Unghia Mare i Unghia linite i relaxare, cai slbatici), ruinele attractions in Valea Doftanei we mention:
Mic. unei biserici de cteva sute de ani, Rezer- Pltinoasa Lake (charming area, a dam of
Legendele locale spun c localitile din vaia Natural Glodeasa (pdure virgin, over 200 ha, camping areas, cabins, etc.),
Valea Doftanei sunt mult mai vechi, poate plante rare, peisaje superbe, chei, ape dulci Doftanei Gorge (similar to Bicazului Gorge,
nc de prin secolele VII-VIII, cnd romnii potabile, izvoare), Drumul Stnelor (Valea vertical rock walls, spectacular landscapes),
din ara Brsei i Sibiu, persecutai de Doftanei are peste 25 de stne) i cariera de Secriei Peak (pastures, idyllic landscapes,
regimul austro-ungar, au fugit n aceast calcar. a spot of quiet and relaxation, wild horses),
zon, punnd bazele localitilor Teila i the ruins of a church a few hundred years
Tristeni. old, Glodeasa Natural Reserve (virgin forest,
Printre cele mai interesante atracii turis- The commune of Vale Doftanei rare plants, wonderful landscapes, gorges,
tice din Valea Doftanei se numr: Lacul (formerly, Teila) is located in the north of drinking water, springs), Drumul Stnelor
Paltinu (zon ncnttoare, lac de acumu- Prahova County, on the upper Doftana River, (Valea Doftanei has over 25 shepherds cots)
lare de peste 200 ha, zone de camping, 25 km from the city of Cmpina, and it has and the limestone quarry.

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1 Majoritatea
ranilor de aici se
ocup de pdure sau de
pstorit, iar ntreaga lor
via parc decurge la
o vitez mai mic, fr
agitaie i fr stres.
Most peasants here
work in the forest or
they are shepherds,
and their entire life
seems to go at a slower
speed, without hassle
or stress.

01

Cheile Doftanei
Doftanei Gorge
La doar 20 km de Cmpina i n civilizaie. pentru creterea pstrvilor), vizite la
apropiere de Lacul Paltinu gsii Cheile Pe Valea i Cheile Doftanei exist zone stn, cu servirea mesei tradiionale a
Doftanei, care seamn foarte mult cu protejate cu uri, cerbi, mistrei, cprioare, ciobanilor (bulz, jinti etc.). Pasionaii de
Cheile Bicazului, doar c sunt mai aproape broate estoase, precum i pduri de fag pescuit care nu vor s-i ncerce norocul n
de oraele mari din sud. vechi de pe vremea dacilor, puni i fne- apele repezi ale Rului Doftana pot ncerca
Cu o lungime de aproximativ 300 de metri, e unde florile i plantele medicinale cresc s prind legendarii rpitori din lacul de
Cheile Doftanei se ntind de-a lungul mpreun, n linite deplin. acumulare. De asemenea, cei care nu vor
Rului Doftana, care se vars n Prahova Casele din localitile din zon au pstrat neaprat s fac drumeii pe cheile nguste
n aval. Cheile Doftanei reprezint o zon mare parte din datinile i tradiiile milena- i prin apele repezi se pot bucura de focuri
natural (pduri de foioase, pduri n re, precum i portul popular din vechime. de tabr, plimbri prin pdure etc.
amestec, puni montane, fnee, abrup- Aici, pasionaii de sporturi montane se Cheile Doftanei sunt un bun exemplu de
turi stncoase, grohotiuri) ncadrat n pot bucura de o palet vast: hotelurile carst modelat de apele rului i cei mici se
regiunea alpin a sud-estului Munilor i pensiunile de pe Valea Doftanei ofer pot bucura de lecii pe viu de geografie sau
Baiului (subunitate geomorfologic a Sub- tot felul de servicii, nchirieri i cursuri biologie, avnd n vedere cantitatea mare
carpailor de Curbur) i cea continental pentru caiac pe rurile i lacurile din de formaiuni geologice, animale i flor.
a bazinului Rului Doftana. zon, mountain bike pentru pasionaii de
Cheile Doftanei sunt o zon perfect de ciclism montan, plimbri i trasee mon-
vizitat pentru biodiversitatea sa, pentru tane, unde te poi bucura de frumuseea Only 20 km from Cmpina, close to
peisajele care i taie respiraia i pentru i naturaleea locului, vizite i degustri Pltinoasa Lake, you will find Doftanei
slbticia zonei, n ciuda apropierii de la pstrvrii (zona este relativ faimoas Gorge, which is very similar to Bicazului

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Gorge, but is much closer to the large


towns in the south.
Approximately 300 metres long,
Doftanei Gorge goes along Doftana River,
which flows into Prahova downstream.
Doftanei Gorge are a natural area (de-
ciduous forests, mixed forests, mountain
pastures, meadows, steep rocks, scree)
located in the alpine region of the south-
east of Baiului Mountains (geomorpholo-
gical subunit of the Curvature Sub-
carpathians) and the continental region
of the Doftana basin.
Doftanei Gorge is the perfect area to visit
for its biodiversity, for the breath-tak-
ing landscapes and the wilderness of
the place, despite being rather close to
civilisation.
In Valea Doftanei and Doftanei Gorge
there are protected areas that are
home to bears, deer, wild boars, does,
tortoises, as well as beech forests from
Dacian times, pastures and meadows
where flowers and medicinal plants grow
together, in full harmony.
The houses in the neighbouring localities
have preserved most of the millennial
customs and traditions, as well as the
folk costumes of old.
Mountain sports lovers can enjoy here
a wide range of activities: the hotels
and boarding houses in Valea Doftanei
provide all sorts of services, rentals and
courses for kayaking on the rivers and
lakes in the area, mountain biking for
those who like it, hikes and mountain
trails, where one can enjoy the beauty
and naturalness of the place, visits
and tastings at trout farms (the area
is relatively famous for trout farming),
visits at shepherds cot, with traditional
shepherds meals (bulz, jinti etc.).
Fishing fans, who wish to try their luck in
the quick waters of Doftana Riveri, can
try to catch the legendary predators in
the dam. Moreover, those who do not
necessarily want to go hiking through the
narrow gorge and quick waters can enjoy
camp fires, walks in the forest, etc.
Doftanei Gorge are a good example of
karst shaped by the river and children can
have live geography or biology lessons,
given the large amount of geological
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1 Apa din Lacul


Paltinu este destinat
consumului de ap
potabil a municipiilor
Cmpina i Ploieti,
dar i pentru irigarea
culturilor din zona
Bicoi-Ploieti.
The water in
Paltinu Lake is inten-
ded for the drinking
water use in the muni-
cipalities of Cmpina
and Ploieti, as well as
for irrigations in the
area Bicoi-Ploieti.

01

Lacul Paltinu
Paltinu Lake
Barajul Paltinu, numit i Lacul ce s-a construit barajul pe Doftana, i are Cheap accommodation, traditional foods
Paltinu, este un lac de acumulare de pe o capacitate de 53 de milioane de metri and friendly locals are not the only reasons
Rul Doftana, cu o lungime de 3 km i mai cubi de ap, cu o privelite minunat, why people visit the area of Paltinu Dam.
multe zone, ca nite brae, unde afluenii bucolic. Here, fishing fans can test the local le-
rului se vars n bazinul acestuia. n plus, mprejurimile lacului de acumu- gends, according to which the dam is home
Zona este plin de uniti de cazare, att lare sunt pline de atracii turistice natura- to huge predators and catfish of a few
turistice, ct i agroturistice, campinguri le, cum ar fi Cheile Doftanei, ruinele Bise- hundred kilograms. The price for one day
etc., la o altitudine plcut, de 650 m i ricii Vechi din satul Tristeni, rezervaia of fishing is about 50 lei, but the diversity
ocupnd o suprafa de peste 200 ha. de brad natural Glodeasa, veche de peste of the species (perch, zander, pickerel, rudd
Cazarea ieftin, alimentele tradiionale 100 de ani, sau traseele montane ctre and chub) is the delight of those who love
i oamenii prietenoi nu sunt singurele Vrful Cazacu, Munii Baiului sau Pasul such sports.
motive pentru care lumea viziteaz zona Predelu. Paltinu Lake was finished in 1970, when
barajului Paltinu. Aici, amatorii de pes- the dam was built on Doftana River, and
cuit se pot bucura de testarea legendelor it has a capacity of 53 million cube metres
locale, potrivit crora pe fundul lacului Paltinu Dam, also called Pltinoasa of water, with a wonderful, idyllic view all
de acumulare triesc peti rpitori uriai Lake, is a dam on Doftana River, with a around it.
i somni de sute de kilograme. Preul length of 3 km and several areas, like arms, Besides, the surroundings of the dam are
pentru o zi de pescuit de agrement este de where the rivers tributaries flow into its full of natural tourist attractions, such
circa 50 de lei, dar diversitatea speciilor basin. as Doftanei Gorge, the ruins of the Old
(biban, alu, tiuc, roioar sau clean) The area is full of accommodation units, Church in the village of Tristeni, Glodeasa
face deliciul mptimiilor de asemenea both touristic and agri-touristic, camping natural fir tree reserve, over 100 years old,
sporturi. sites etc., at a nice altitude of 650 m, cover- or the mountain trails to Cazacu Peak,
Lacul Paltinu a fost finalizat n 1970, dup ing an area of over 200 ha. Baiului Mountains or Predelu Pass.

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1 Cariera din
Vrful Secriei se
gsete n stnga
drumului care coboar
spre Valea Doftanei
dinspre Secrie.
The Pricu quarry
is situated to the
left of the road
going down to Valea
Doftanei from Secria.

01

Cariera de piatr de la Pricu


Pricu stone quarry
Cariera de la Pricu se afl la doar direcia spre Secria, Paltinu, Cmpina. perfect spot for lunch on the banks, with
civa kilometri de drumul de pmnt ntre Comarnic i Secria sunt aproxi- your feet buried in the fine sand).
care duce la Pasul Predelu i, respectiv, mativ 8 km de dealuri, mai mult sau mai If you want to become one with nature,
n partea opus, de Vrful Pricu. puin abrupte, peisaje superbe i mult leave the quarry behind and visit the Fine
Dac vrei s faci o drumeie inedit, cu linite. Arts Museum in the Teila Cultural Centre.
pauze pe Valea Doftanei, poi ncepe chiar Comuna Secria se afl cam la jumtatea Here you can find over 300 sculptures and
din localitatea Comarnic sau, de cealalt distanei dintre Valea Prahovei i Valea paintings, all of them resulting from the
parte, din Cmpina. Doftanei, situat la o altitudine ce variaz almost 20 editions of the Valea Neagr
Drumul este presrat cu pduri i pajiti ntre 700 i 1.000 m, fiind strbtut de International Fine Art Creation Camp.
linitite, cu Lacul Paltinu n centru (loc Prul Secria, iar casele sunt rsfirate pe If you want to visit the area of Valea
numai bun pentru un prnz pe mal, cu dealuri. Doftanei Pricu Quarry by foot, you can
picioarele n nisipul fin). start uphill, from Comarnic, then head to
Dac vrei s v bucurai de comuniunea Secria, Paltinu, Cmpina. Between Comar-
omului cu natura, lsai n urm cariera i The Pricu quarry is located only a nic and Secria there are approximately
vizitai Muzeul de Arte Plastice din cadrul few kilometres from the earth road that 8 km of hills, more or less steep, amazing
Cminului Cultural Teila. leads to Baiului Mountains and to the landscapes and a lot of peace and quiet.
Aici gsii peste 300 de sculpturi i opposite side, to Secria Peak. The commune of Secria is about halfway
picturi, toate rezultat al celor aproape If you want to go for an interesting hike, between Prahova Valley and Valea
20 de ediii ale Taberei Internaionale de with a halt in Valea Doftanei, you can start Doftanei, located at an altitude that varies
Creaie Plastic Valea Neagr. in the locality of Comarnic or on the other between 700 and 1,000 m, it is crossed
Pentru a vizita pe jos zona Valea Doftanei side, in Cmpina. by the Secria Spring, and its houses are
- Cariera din Vrful Secriei, putei porni The road is sprinkled with woods and quiet sprinkled on the hills.
pe deal, n sus, de la Comarnic, apoi inei pastures, surrounding Paltinu Lake (the

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1 Flora local
abund de specii
de zad, orhidee i
brebenei, pe lng
plantele subalpine
mai obinuite. The
local flora abounds
in species of larch,
orchid and hollow
wort, besides the
more common sub-
alpine plants.

01

Rezervaia Glodeasa
Glodeasa Reserve
Situat n comuna Valea Doftanei, la o n zon exist multe atracii turistice care but Glodeasa Forest is also the place where
altitudine de aproximativ 900 de metri nu trebuie ratate, cum ar fi barajul i lacul a few rare species of plants and wild animals
i cu o suprafa de circa 500 de hectare, de acumulare Paltinu, biserica medieval can be found.
Pdurea Glodeasa este parte din Rezervaia din Brebu, construit de Matei Basarab i In the future, the reserve will be visited in the
Natural Glodeasa. Pdurea este format Constantin Brncoveanu ntre 1650 i 1689, mocnia train, according to some touristic
din fagi i brazi cu vrste cuprinse ntre 200 casele domneti medievale (Casa Dom- development projects. The tracks will be 1.2
i 300 de ani i nu a fost atins de mna neasc Brebu), locuinele tradiionale din km long and they will cross the entire forest,
omului, fiind una dintre puinele pduri Tristeni etc. following an existing forest road.
virgine din Europa. Pe lng fagii i brazii seculari, Rezervaia Until these plans are implemented, Glodeasa
Nu numai c adpostete specii foarte vechi Glodeasa adpostete uri bruni, cprioare, Forest can be visited by foot, on hikes, by
de arbori, dar Pdurea Glodeasa este i locul broate i melci din specii rare, pisici slba- bike, motorbike or ATV.
unde se gsesc cteva specii rare de plante tice, cocoi de munte, ciocrlii etc. There are several tourist attractions in the
i animale slbatice. area that should not be missed, such as
Pe viitor, rezervaia ar putea fi vizitat cu Located in the commune of Valea Paltinu dam, the medieval church of Brebu,
mocnia, potrivit unor proiecte de dezvol- Doftanei, at an altitude of approximately built by Matei Basarab and Constantin Brn-
tare turistic. Traseul va avea 1,2 km i va 900 metres, with an area of around 500 hec- coveanu between 1650 and 1689, the medi-
strbate ntreaga pdure, pe ruta unui drum tares, Glodeasa Forest is part of the Glodeasa eval princely houses (Brebu Princely House),
forestier deja existent. Natural Reserve. The forest consists of beech the traditional homes in Tristeni, etc.
Pn la implementarea acestor planuri, and fir trees between 200 and 300 years old, Besides the centuries-old beech and fir trees,
Pdurea Glodeasa poate fi vizitat pe jos, n and it has never been touched by man, being Glodeasa Reserve is home to brown bears,
drumeii, cu bicicletele, motocicletele sau one of the few virgin forests in Europe. deer, frogs and snails of rare species, wild
ATV-urile. It is not just home to very old species of trees, cats, capercaillie, larks, etc.

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1 Ruta cea mai des


folosit a traseului de
var este Tristeni-
Culmea Orjogoaia-Or-
jogoaia-Culmea
Petru-Culmea
Zamora-Zamora-
Buteni. The most
commonly used trail
is Tristeni-Orjogoaia
Crest-Orjogoaia-Petru
Crest-Zamora Crest-
Zamora-Buteni.

01

Traseul de var
The summer trail
Acest traseu de var are aproximativ poate fi periculos, mai ales dac a plouat m altitude, then you cross the Orjogoaia
25 km i dureaz cam 8-9 ore, n funcie de de curnd! Se continu drumul pn la lap to Orjogoaia Lake. From the lake, you
condiia fizic a drumeilor i de vreme. cabana-adpost din intersecia drumurilor bypass the unmarked road to Neamului
Ruta cea mai des folosit este Tristeni secundare. Se coboar apoi dup bariera Crest and continue the trail to Petru Peak.
-Culmea Orjogoaia-Orjogoaia-Culmea drumului Zamora pn la indicatorul de in- Then you keep going on the crest to Cazacu
Petru-Culmea Zamora-Zamora-Buteni. trare n traseu. Se continu drumul pn la Peak (1,680 m altitude). Further on, you
Se pornete din captul nordic al satului troia de ciment i apoi la intrarea Palatului follow the line of Zamora Crest (1,750 m),
i se merge pe drumul de exploatare, care Cantacuzino. Se trece podul peste Prahova from the crossroads with trail 14. You go
urc pe culme aproximativ 4,5 km. Urmea- i calea ferat, continund nainte spre DM1 down to Zamora shepherds cot and then to
z o serie de cinci poieni de pn la 1.250 m i gara Buteni. the former Zamora Forest Division. You take
altitudine, apoi se merge pe aua Orjogoaia the forest road to the entrance in the forest.
spre Lacul Orjogoaia. De la lac, se ocolete This summer trail is approximately 25 Watch out, because the road in the forest
drumul nemarcat spre Culmea Neamului km long and it lasts about 8-9 hours, accord- can be dangerous, especially if it has just
i se continu traseul spre Vrful Petru. ing to the shape of the travellers and the rained! You keep going to the shelter-cabin
De aici se continu drumul pe culme pn weather. at the crossroads of secondary roads, then
la Vrful Cazacu (1.680 m altitudine). Mai The most commonly used trail is Tristeni-Or- go down after the barrier or Zamora road to
departe, se merge pe linia Culmii Zamora jogoaia Crest-Orjogoaia-Petru Crest-Zamora the trail entrance indicator. You keep going
(1.750 m), de la intersecia cu traseul 14. Se Crest-Zamora-Buteni. to the cement roadside cross and then to the
coboar pn la stna Zamora i apoi pn You start from the northern end of the village entrance of the Cantacuzino Palace. You cross
la fostul Ocol Silvic Zamora. Se cotete pe and you follow the holding road, which goes the bridge over Prahova River and the railway,
drumul forestier pn la intrarea n pdure. up to the crest for approximately 4.5 km. and you keep going towards National Road 1
Atenie mare, deoarece drumul n pdure Next is a series of five glades of up to 1,250 and Buteni railway station.

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2 n 2001 s-a deschis


"Muzeul de Etnografie al Vii
Teleajenului". In 2001, the
building of the old school nas-

Vlenii
01 ted the "Ethnography Museum
of Teleajen Valley".

de Munte 02

D
ei originile sale se pierd n Vlenii de Munte.
negura istoriei, Vlenii de Mun- La 1645, apare pentru prima dat menionat
te, aezat la poalele Carpailor, numele actual al localitii, n calitate de
pe Valea Teleajenului, este centru administrativ al judeului Scueni.
menionat n mai multe rnduri ca trg Vlenii de Munte va fi inclus 40 de ani mai
de pe drumul Teleajenului n vremea trziu n celebra cronic a lui Miron Costin
domnitorului muntean Dan II. La 1431, drept ora.
ni se vorbete despre un trg secuiesc n Pe la jumtatea secolului al XIX-lea, Vlenii
preajma Vlenilor de astzi. La 1 octombrie de Munte era clasificat drept comun ur-
1473, tefan cel Mare pare s fi poposit la ban, numrnd peste 3.000 de locuitori, ce
o cetate a Teleajenului, unde svrete beneficiau de o farmacie, o coal, un spital,
genul de fapte care i-au cimentat faima telegraf, pot i toate facilitile specifice
negativ pe plan local. Mai avem meniuni unei reedine de jude. La 1848, Nicolae
de la sfritului secolului al XVI-lea, Blcescu recruteaz din localitate mai muli
despre o moie de peste valea Vlenilor ofieri de propagand. Un alt mare istoric
i despre hotarul Berevoietilor, nume este atras de urbe n 1907, Nicolae Iorga
sub care este cunoscut azi un cartier din deschiznd aici o universitate de var. La
03

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today. On 1st October, 1473, Stephen the


Great seems to have stopped at a Teleajen
citadel, where he does the kind of deeds that
consolidated his local negative fame. There
are other mentions at the end of the 16th
century, about a domain over the valley of
Vleni and about the mark of Berevoieti,
the name under which a neighbourhood of
Vlenii de Munte is known today.
In 1645, the current name of the locality was
mentioned for the first time, as the admin-
istrative centre of Scueni County. 40 years
later, Vlenii de Munte was included in the
famous chronicle written by Miron Costin,
having city status.
Around mid-19th century, Vlenii de Munte
was classified as an urban commune, with
over 3,000 inhabitants that had a pharmacy,
a school, a hospital, a telegraph, a post of-
fice and all the facilities specific to a county
seat. In 1848, Nicolae Blcescu recruited
several propaganda officers from the local-
ity. Another great historian was attracted by
the city in 1907, with Nicolae Iorga opening a
summer university here.
Almost 100 years later, in 2001, the building
of the old school hosted the Ethnography
Museum of Teleajen Valley. As the Teleajen
Valley is situated at the junction of Wal-
lachia and the Szkely settlements to the
north of the Carpathian Mountains, on a
1922, acelai Iorga nfiineaz aici coala de ganizarea lor este fcut pe criterii cronolo- trade route used intensely in the Middle
Misionare. gice, ncepnd cu primele rzboaie de esut Ages, the study of the local folk culture
Aproape 100 de ani mai trziu, n 2001, n orizontal din secolul al XII-lea, descriind can prove to be significant in recording the
cldirea vechii coli se va deschide Muzeul ntreg procesul de manipulare a lnii, de la cultural exchanges between the two popula-
de Etnografie al Vii Teleajenului. Cum tunsul oilor i pstorit, pn la depozitarea tions (the Szkelys and the Romanians).
Valea Teleajenului este situat la confluena obiectelor decorate n lzi de zestre. The collection of the museum lays emphasis
dintre Muntenia i aezrile secuieti de Muzeul se afl pe strada George Enescu, la on the wool processing activity, including a
la nord de Carpai, pe un drum comercial numrul 1. large number of folk woolen objects, as well
intens folosit pe parcursul Evului Mediu, as some dedicated to the craft. They are or-
studiul culturii populare locale se poate ganised according to chronological criteria,
dovedi semnificativ pentru nregistrarea Although its origins are lost in the from the first horizontal weaving loom from
schimburilor culturale dintre cele dou ashes of time, Vlenii de Munte, located the 12th century, describing the entire wool
populaii (secuii i romnii). at the foot of the Carpathians, on Teleajen handling process, from sheep shearing and
Colecia muzeului pune emfaz pe activi- Valley, it is mentioned several times as a bor- shepherding, to storing decorated objects in
tatea de prelucare a lnii, cuprinznd un ough on the Telejean road in the time of hope chests.
numr mare de obiecte populare din ln, the Wallachian ruler Dan II. In 1431, a Szkely The museum is located at 1 George Enescu
dar i unelte destinate acestui meteug. Or- borough is mentioned around the Vleni of Street.

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1 ntr-una dintre
cele patru camere
sunt expuse obiecte
din patrimoniul
Bisericii Mnstirea
din Vleni, realizate
n stilul specific Vii
Teleajenului. In one
of the four rooms you
can see objects from
the heritage of the
Mnstirea Church
in Vleni, designed in
the specific style of the
Teleajen Valley.

01

Muzeul de Art Religioas


The Religious Art Museum
n nite case vechi, boiereti, de secol candele, scoare din ln i nelipsitele cri Descendant of a similar institution that func-
XIX, reputatul istoric i om politic Nicolae bisericeti scrise de mn pe vellum. tioned during the inter-war period. Nicolae
Iorga organizeaz n 1922, la Vlenii de Dei acoper o arie cultural substanial, Iorga Religious Art Museum of Vlenii de
Munte, coala de misionare Regina Maria, prezentnd influene greceti, ruseti, Munte has an important number of ritualistic
o instituie pregtitoare pentru nvtoare orientale i central europene, cea mai mare objects, which cover both a local and a
de ar. parte a obiectelor sunt realizate de ateliere national area.
Cu aceast ocazie, complexul iniial este locale. In the three rooms dedicated to the entire
extins i mbuntit de ctre arhitectul Ci- Complexul muzeal este situat pe strada Romanian space you can admire: painted
hodariu n forma sa de azi, cuprinznd mai George Enescu nr. 1, n Vlenii de Munte, wood icons from the 17th and 19th centuries,
multe muzee cu caracter religios i istoric. muzeul de art religioas fiind deschis de wooden, silver and brass crucifixes, elements
Urma al unei instituii similare ce a func- mari pn duminic, n timpul orelor de of ecclesiastical vestments mitre, epitrache-
ionat n perioada interbelic, Muzeul de lucru. lion, zone , countless silver and golden
Art Religioas Nicolae Iorga din Vlenii goblets chalices from the 17th-19th centuries,
de Munte cuprinde un numr nsemnat de chalice covers, ink pots worn at the waist,
obiecte de cult, ce acoper att o arie local, In a few old boyar houses from the votive candles, woollen covers and the ever-
ct i naional. 19th century, the reputed historian and politi- present church books handwritten on vellum.
n cele trei camere dedicate ntregului cian Nicolae Iorga organised in 1922, in Vlenii Although they cover a substantial cultural
spaiu romnesc putei admira: icoane pe de Munte, the Queen Mary Missionary area, presenting Greek, Russian, Eastern and
lemn din secolele al XVII-lea i al XIX-lea, School, an institution that trained coun- Central European influences, most of the
cruci din lemn, argint i alam, elemente de tryside teachers. objects are made by local workshops.
mbrcminte ecleziastic - mitr, epitrahil, On this occasion, the initial complex was The museum complex is located at 1 George
bederni, bru -, numeroase potire din extended and improved by the architect Enescu Street, in Vlenii de Munte, the reli-
argint i aur datnd din secolele XVII-XIX, Cihodariu, including several religious and gious art museum being open from Tuesday
acoperitoare de potir, climri de bru, historical museums in its current form. to Sunday, during working hours.

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1 Muzeul
memorial se gsete
n centrul oraului
Vlenii de Munte, pe
strada Nicolae Gri-
gorescu nr. 3. The
memorial museum is
located in the centre
of the town of Vlenii
de Munte, on 1 Nicolae
Grigorescu Street.

01

Muzeul Memorial Nicolae Iorga


Nicolae Iorga Memorial Museum
La nceputul secolului trecut, Personalitatea savantului este imortaliza- Iorga, a charming boyar manor built in 1833.
locuitorii din Vlenii de Munte erau t de exponatele din interior, mprite n The large loggia at the first floor reminds
binecuvntai s aib ntre ei o pace, manuscrise, selecii din oper i obiecte of the traditional Prahova style, while the
o bun nelegere omeneasc, att de cu un caracter utilitar. Printre ele se roof and the linear decorations around the
atrgtoare nct l-a cucerit ndat pe numr piese de mobilier rustic apreciate windows are a mark of the renovations at
marele istoric i om politic Nicolae Iorga, de Iorga pentru valoarea lor sentimental the beginning of the century.
care se stabilete aici n vara lui 1907. i artistic, cum ar fi lzi de zestre din This is the house where Nicolae and
Cei 30 de ani petrecui de savant n V- Moldova natal, scorare tradiionale Ecaterina Iorga worked, rejoiced and
lenii de Munte sunt comemorai de urbe basarabene, o litografie cu Alexandru i suffered is written on the marble plaque
printr-un muzeu memorial, amplasat n Elena Cuza i portretul pe care i l-a fcut that welcomes us at the entrance. The
vechea reedin a lui Nicolae Iorga, un fiica sa, Magda, n 1930. interior is particularly rustic, with its folk
atrgtor conac boieresc construit la 1833. style furniture, its icons from the 18th-19th
Logia larg de la primul nivel amintete centuries, Grigorescus paintings etc.
de stilul tradiional prahovean, n timp At the beginning of last century, the The personality of the scholar is immortal-
ce acoperiul i decoraiunile liniare din people of Vlenii de Munte were blessed to ised by the exhibits in the museum, divided
jurul ferestrelor le avem de pe urma reno- have such an attractive peace and good into manuscripts, selections from his works
vrilor de la nceputul secolului. human relations among them, that they and objects serving a useful purpose. They
Aceasta cas n care au muncit, s-au delighted the great historian and politician include pieces of rustic furniture appre-
bucurat i au suferit Nicolae i Ecaterina Nicolae Iorga at once, making him settle ciated by Iorga for their sentimental and
Iorga st scris pe placa de marmur care here in the summer of 1907. artistic value, such as hope chests from
ne ntmpin la intrare. Interiorul evoc The 30 years that the scholar spent in his native Moldavia, traditional rugs from
n primul rnd un aer rustic, prin mobilie- Vlenii de Munte are commemorated by Bessarabia, a lithograph of Alexandru and
rul de factur popular, icoanele de secol the locality in a memorial museum, located Elena Cuza and the portrait made by his
XVIII-XIX, tablourile lui Grigorescu etc. in the old residence belonging to Nicolae daughter Magda in 1930.

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1 Cu mult timp
nainte de a fi con-
semnai de istorie,
fermierii locali cultivau
i selecionau atent
diverse soiuri de prun,
unele pentru rezisten,
altele pentru calitatea
fructelor. Long
before being recorded
by the history, local
farmers used to grow
and select several
varieties of plum trees,
some for their resist-
ance and others for the
quality of their fruit.

01

Muzeul de tiine Naturale Cultura Prunului


The Plum Tree Growing Natural Science Museum
Parc pentru a reprezenta toate carea metodei tiinifice asupra acestei Thanks to the particular soil, the humid,
ariile de existen uman specifice zonei practici milenare i o explozie a numru- cool climate, with rather steady temperat-
printr-o instituie cultural, pe lng un lui de soiuri dezvoltate i a posibilitilor ures throughout the year, the Prahova area
muzeu dedicat notabilitilor locale (Casa de abordare a culturii prunului. is suitable for small-sized fruit tree grow-
Memorial Nicolae Iorga), tradiiilor Adevrata aventur horticol de peste ing: apple tree, quince tree and, above all,
locale (Muzeul de Etnografie) i spirituali- veacuri, ce ne-a adus feluritele soiuri de plum tree. Its fruit is used mostly to make
tii locale (Muzeul de Art Bisericeasc), prune de care ne putem bucura astzi, uic, which, together with salt and oil
n centrul localitii prahovene Vlenii este nregistrat de colecia Muzeului de exploitation, has been the main economic
de Munte putei gsi i un muzeu ce are tiine Naturale Cultura Prunului. activity of Prahova County over the years.
ca obiect o activitate agricol pentru care The end of the 19th century saw the ap-
Valea Teleajenului este celebr: cultura plication of the scientific method on this
prunului. In an attempt to represent all areas millennial practice and an outburst of the
Datorit solului specific, a climei umede of human existence specific to the area in number of developed varieties and possibil-
i rcoroase, cu temperaturi relativ stabile cultural institutions, besides a museum ities to approach plum tree growing.
de-a lungul anului, zona Prahovei este dedicated to important local figures The true horticultural adventure over the
propice pentru cultivarea pomilor fructi- (Nicolae Iorga Memorial House), to local centuries, which has brought us the myriad
feri de dimensiuni mici: mr, gutui i mai traditions (Ethnography Museum) and varieties of plums that we can enjoy today,
ales prun. Fructele lui sunt cu precdere to the local spirituality (Religious Art is recorded by the collection of the Plum
folosite pentru producia de uic, ce, al- Museum), in the centre of the locality of Tree Growing Natural Science Museum.
turi de exploatarea srii i a petrolului, a Vlenii de Munte you can also find a mu-
constituit de-a lungul timpului principala seum dedicated to an agricultural activity
activitate economic a judeului Prahova. that the Teleajen Valley is famous for: plum
Sfritul secolului al XIX-lea a vzut apli- tree growing.

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1 Piesa de
rezisten o constituie
iconostasul mbrcat cu
foi de aur, realizat la
Viena n 1853 i pictat de
Anghel Tnase, n 1858.
The piece de resist-
ance is the altarpiece
covered with gold leaf,
made in Vienna in 1853
and painted by Anghel
Tnase, in 1858.

01

Mnstirea Crasna
Crasna Monastery
Dup dealurile mpdurite din n form de trefl, i cu un singur turn. The skete was consecrated on 6 December,
preajma Muntelui Ursoaia, ferit de ns pictura din interior, realizat n anul 1829, before the construction works were
agitaia i grijile lumii, se afl Mnstirea 1834 de ctre Costache Eliade i de fiul finished. Both as a proof of expanding the
Crasna. Un omagiu adus celor eterne de su, Toma, este de o deosebit frumuse- monasterys lands, richly decorated by
ctre Chesarie schimonahul fiul lui popa e. A fost restaurat la 1992 de ctre Ion its builders, and as an example of good
Radu Potlogescu i cu fiul [lui] Nicolae, Chiriac, n culori vii i puternice, ce se interethnic relations (as we can find only
membri ai unei familii de moieri locali, potrivesc perfect cu bogia de detalii au- between Christian and European popula-
care la 1 martie 1828 i doneaz ntrega rii a mobilierului. La mnstire se poate tions), we mention that the monasterys
avere, mobilierul i o parte din teren ajunge din comuna Izvoarele, situat pe congregation included, at the middle of
n vederea ridicrii unui aezmnt DN1, la aproximativ 60 km de Ploieti. the century, Wallachians, Transylvanians,
monahal. Greeks and Serbians alike.
Schitul este sfinit la 6 decembrie 1829, The church, whose exterior is not at all
nainte de finalizarea construciei. Att ca Beyond the wooded hills around impressive, is a simple, club-shaped struc-
mrturie a extinderii domeniilor mns- Ursoaia Mountain, safe from the hustle ture with a single tower. But the paintings
tirii, bogat druit de ctitorii ei, ct i ca and bustle of the world and its concerns, inside, made by Costache Eliade and his son
un exemplu de bun nelegere interet- you can find Crasna Monastery. A tribute to Toma in the year 1834, is particularly beau-
nic (cum numai ntre populaii cretine the eternal, paid by Chesarie the Schema- tiful. It was restored in 1992 by Ion Chiriac,
i europene poate fi de gsit) menionm Monk, son of priest Radu Potlogescu and in vivid, bright colours, which match
c de obtea mnstirii aparin pe la with the son [of] Nicolae, members of a perfectly the richness of golden details of
jumtatea secolului, deopotriv, munteni, local noble family, who donated their entire the furniture.
ardeleni, greci i srbi. fortune, their furniture and some of their The monastery can be reached from the
Biserica, al crui exterior nu impresione- land on 1 March, 1828, for a new monastic commune of Izvoarele, located on National
az din cale-afar, este o structur simpl, settlement. Road 1, approximately 60 km from Ploieti.

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Prahova
zile Ziua 1
day one
oprete-te la bneasa shopping city.
Pornim n for sejurul de 3 zile, dar nu nainte
de a ne opri la Bneasa Shopping City pentru a
ne aproviziona cu o cafea lung, ct s ne ajun-
3 days in prahova g pentru toat ziua. Poate nu ar fi ru s luai
i nite hinue mai groase. La munte este frig!
Visit Bneasa Shopping City. To start our
three day journey in order and also to keep our
energy all day, firstly we need a delicious cup of
coffee which we can find at Bneasa Shopping
City. As long as we are here, maybe we should
buy some warmer clothes, we don't want to be
surprised by the mountain's cold weather.

Prahova ne-a artat c nu este o


destinaie doar de weekend, ca nu este
Ziua 2
day two
o destinaie doar de var sau iarn, viziteaz muntele rou. Dup un somn bun,
un mic dejun al campionilor, ne urcm frumos
este un loc ce poate satisface dorinele n main i mergem spre Muntele Rou pentru
a admira peisajul, a ne aventura ntr-o drumeie
tuturor, vrstnicilor i tinerilor, romnilor i a ncheia cu o ciorb de vcu delicioas.
Visit Muntele Rou. We can take the car and reach
i strinilor, prinilor i copiilor. Schi sau our next attraction - Muntele Rou. Here we will be
amazed by the breathtaking landscapes and also
drumeii, relaxare sau aventur judeul we have the chance to start a hicking aventure.
After this experience, we can delight ourselves
Prahova v ateapt chiar i numai with a tasty beef broth/beef soup.

pentru 3 zile.

Ziua 3

Prahova county has showed us that it has a lot to offer.


Therefore, we cannot just call it a weekend destination or
a simple summer or winter destination. We should see its
true nature as a place which can satisfy everybody's desires, day three
from young and old, romanians and foreigners, to parents
and children. If you want to ski or hick in the moutains, or
maybe you are the sort that wants adventure, or maybe you viziteaz cota 2000. Ultima zi o petrecem
just what to relax, Prahova has it all and is eager to offer n apropiere, la cota 2000 i putem pleca chiar
you 3 wonderful and memorable days. din Sinaia. Visit the 2000 m Mark. In our last
day, we stay close at the 2000 m Mark and we
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viziteaz muzeul de mnnc la doroftei pub. Revenim n


istorie i arheologie. Ne prezent i ne oprim n Pub-ul lui Doroftei s mncm
continum cltoria i facem ceva bun. Poate avem noroc i facem i o poz, un
un popas la Ploieti, la muzeul suvenir de neuitat, cu Mou', campionul mondial
de Istorie i Arheologie unde WBA. Eat at Doroftei Pub. After our trip down
descoperim istoria acestui history lane, it is time to come back to the present,
ora. Visit The History and where it's time to stop and taste the delicious food we
Archaeological Museul. We can find at Doroftei's Pub. Maybe luck will be on our
move along and stop in Ploieti. side and we can even take a picture with WBA World
Here we should visit The History Champion Leonard Doroftei or Mou, how romanians
and Archaeological Museum, that dearly refer to him. It will be a priceless sourvenir!
can help us discover this city's
inspiring history.
cazeaz-te la ginua de munte. Cu bateriile
ncrcate ne ndreptm rapid ctre Cheia, mai exact
ctre Ginua de Munte, un complex amplu agreat mai
ales de prichindei. Accommodate at Ginua de
Munte. Now that we charged our bateries, we reach Cheia
and head straight to Ginua de Munte, which is a beauti-
ful resort, loved eespecially by children.

viziteaz peleul.
Nu poi s vorbeti
viziteaz salina unira. despre Prahova, fr a
Este abia jumtatea sejurului te gndi la Complexul
aa c avem timp i pentru Sa- Pele, vizitat constant
lina Unirea din Slnic, cea mai de turiti din toate
mare din Romnia, de unde se prile lumii. Visit
extrage sarea pe care o folosim The Pele Complex.
zi de zi. Visit Unirea Salt When you talk about cazeaz-te la stna regal. Plecm i ne ndreptm ctre
Mine. Since we are almost Prahova, you imme- Stna Regal, la aproximativ 30 de minute deprtare, de mers cu
halfway in our journey, we diately think of The maina. Aici ne vom ospta i vom petrece, iar dac ne mai in pi-
have plenty of time to visit the Pele Complex, that is cioarele, putem urca pn la Stncile Franz Josef pentru a admira
biggest salt mine in Romania - anually visited by thou- de la nlime ntreaga Sinaie. Accommodate at Stna Regal.
Unirea Salt Mine, that is located sands of tourists, who It's time to take the rod again and after a 30 minute run, we reach
in Slnic. Did you know that our come to admire it from Stna Regal. Here we can eat and dance, and if our legs still resist,
everyday salt comes from here? all over the world. we can go higher to Frank Josef Rocks to admire Sinaia from above.

mnnc la piatra ars. Dac nu vrei viziteaz babele. Babele sunt


s iei telecabina din Sinaia i vrei s cltoreti primele care-i ies n cale. Se spune
cu maina, poi strbate Transbucegiul pn la c dac le atingi vei avea noroc tot
cabana Piatra Ars, de acolo, pe jos, urci vreo anul. Visit Babele. The first to
dou ore pn la Babele i Sfinx. Eat at Piatra greet you on the way will be Babele.
Ars. If you don-t want to take the cable car from There is an old saying that tell us that
Sinaia and prefer to travel by car, you can cover if you want to have luck all year long,
Transbucegi until you reach Piatra Ars cabine. all you have to do is touch Babele.
From here, you ca hick 2 hours to reach well-
known attractions like Sphinx and Babele. viziteaz sfinxul. Un pic mai sus este i Sfinxul, o piatr masiv
cu chip de om. Dac vrei s te bucuri de panoram, oprete-te la
o cafea, lng locul de staionare al telecabinei. Mai poi zbovi
la o poz cu un ciobnesc sau la tarabele cu ciocolat de cas i
susan. Visit The Sfinx. Just a little higher from Babele, you will be
amazed to see a stone carving that resembles the portrait of a man.
If your want to stay a while and admire the landscape, you can have
a cup of coffee at the docking station of the cable car. You can also
take a picture with a shepard dog or delight yourself at the stalls that
serve homemade chocolate and sesame.

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Events Festivalul
Internaional Enescu
i muzica lumii
(10-26.07)
Sinaia gzduiete din anul 2000 ncoace, n
preajma zilei de natere a marelui muzician,
festival
un festival internaional de muzic simfonic
i seri camerale, alimentat de entuziasmul
orchestrelor de tineret i iniiat de violon-
celistul i profesorul Marin Cazacu. n 2015,
n Sala Casino i Parcul D. Ghica din staiunea
turistic prahovean, au concertat orches-
trele naionale de tineret, alturi de orchestra
invitat Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, dirijat
de Herbert Bock.

Since 2000, Sinaia has hosted, around the


birthday of our great musician, an international
festival for symphonic music and chamber
music evenings, nurtured by the enthusiasm of

Festivalul Cacavelei
youth orchestras and created by the cellist and
professor Marin Cazacu. In 2015, in Sala Casino
and the D. Ghica Park in the resort, the national
youth orchestras gave concerts along with the
guest orchestra Wiener Jeunesse Orchester,
(11-13.09) conducted by Herbert Bock.
Pe Valea Doftanei, fiecare toamn vine cu trei
zile de petrecere n cinstea cacavelei, emble-
ma comunei prahovene. Din tat cacaval i festival
mam telemea, cacaveaua este o specialitate
de ca fermentat, afumat i nu foarte srat.
Gustul cacavelei pare mpletit din arome
de flori de cmp i ctin, iar reeta este
transmis de sute de ani, n fiecare familie de
doftneni, din generaie n generaie.

In Valea Doftanei, each autumn comes with three


days of merriment celebrating the cacavea, a
symbol of this commune in Prahova County.
A mixture of yellow cheese and telemea, the
cacavea is a variety of fermented fresh cheese,
smoked and not very salty. Its taste seems to
blend the flavours of flowers of the field and
common sea-buckthorn, and the recipe has been
sent for hundreds of years, in every family in Valea
Doftanei, from generation to generation.

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Festivalul uicii de la
srbtoare
Vlenii de Munte
(31.10-1.11)
Festivalul uicii, cel mai apreciat eveniment
al Serbrilor Toamnei, i-a celebrat n 2015
majoratul, n piaa oraului Vlenii de Munte,
dezlegnd limbile i pofta de mncare la cea
de-a XVIII-a ediie. Aici vin cei mai buni pro-
ductori de uic i palinc din ar, oferin-
du-i produsele spre degustare. i pentru c o
uic bun i face repede prieteni, buntile
tradiionale i ansamblurile folclorice com-
pleteaz de minune petrecerea.

The uic Festival, the most appreciated event of

Trgul Mierii din


the Autumn Festivities, celebrates its coming of
age this year in the square in the city of Vlenii de
Munte, loosening tongues and creating appetite

Cmpina
at its 18th edition. It is attended by the best
producers of plum brandy and plinka in the
country, offering their products to be tasted. And
since good uic makes friends easily, traditional
(20-22.02) dishes and folk ensembles come to make the
party complete.
n Cmpina, oraul din care soarele abia
se ndur s plece, albinele fac legea, adic
mierea, srbtorit la nceputul fiecrui an festival
n cadrul unui trg la care particip cei mai
iscusii apicultori. Vizitatorii se pot desfta
cu miere de toate felurile, de tei, de salcm
sau de snziene, cu nuci sau cu scorioar,
iar voia bun este ntreinut cu mied i cu
concursuri ntre cei mai mari mnctori de
miere sau cele mai dulci cupluri.

In Cmpina, the city that the sun barely ever


leaves, bees rule the land. Their rule is their honey,
which we celebrate at the beginning of each year,
at a fair attended by the most skilful beekeepers.
Visitors can enjoy honey of all types, linden tree,
locust tree or yellow bedstraw, with walnuts or
cinnamon, and good cheer is kept alive with mead
and contests among the greatest honey-eaters or
the sweetest couples.

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Winter Air Sports
festival (1-6.03)

Pentru dependenii de adrenalin i iubitorii


de aventur n aer liber exist Winter Air
Sports, un eveniment sportiv de anvergur
care se desfoar pe platoul de la Cota 2000
din Sinaia. Experiena nu este obligatorie,
ns entuziasmul pentru snowkite, speedfly
sau parapant este indispensabil. Pe toat
durata festivalului se desfoar demonstraii
i acrobaii, iar petrecerile i concursurile
sunt nelipsite.

For adrenaline addicts and outdoor adventure

Sinaia Forever
lovers we have Winter Air Sports, a large-scale
sports event that takes place on the plateau at
2000 m in Sinaia. Experience is not compuls-
ory, but enthusiasm for snowkite, speedfly or
(4-6.09) paragliding is essential. Throughout the festival
various demonstrations and acrobatics take
S ne distrm trei zile ct alii ntr-un an, place, and parties and contests are everywhere.
aceasta a fost provocarea organizatorilor
Festivalului Sinaia Forever la cea de-a XXI-a
ediie. Uor de zis, uor de fcut. Pe Bulevar-
dul Carol, mprit n cele patru anotimpuri,
turitii au luat parte la toate activitile i sport
evenimentele specifice fiecrei perioade din
an, de la spectacole, demonstraii sportive i
tablouri vivante, pn la concerte de muzic
rock, jazz, clasic i uoar.

Let us have as much fun in three days as others


do in a whole year, this was the challenge of the
organizers of the Sinaia Forever Festival at its
21st edition. Easy to say, easy to do. On Carol
Boulevard, split into the four seasons, tourists
took part in all the activities and events specific to
each time of the year, from shows, sports demon-
strations and living statues to rock, jazz, classical
and pop music concerts.

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Romni de succes successful romanian people

Leonard
Doroftei Campion
mondial
profesionist
la categoria

158
semiuoar

Ion Luca a versiunii


WBA.

156 C a r a g ia le
A professional
world cham-
pion at the
light-weight
category of the
WBA category.

Una dintre acele


personaliti ale
cror urme nu se
terg niciodat.

One of those figures
whose names are
indelible.

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bio / awards
1879-1892 Sprijinit de
Titu Maiorescu i Junimea,
Caragiale debuteaz ca
dramaturg cu piesa O
noapte furtunoas i
public toate cele nou
piese de teatru n revista
Convorbiri literare.
Supported by Titu Maior-
escu and Junimea, Cara-
giale made his debut as a
playwright with A Stormy
Night and he publishes
all his nine theatre plays in
the magazine Convorbiri
literare.
1884 La premiera piesei
O scrisoare pierdut, n
prezena Reginei Elisabeta
a Romniei, Caragiale
este chemat la ramp de
dou ori pentru a primi
aplauzele publicului.
At the premiere of the
play A Lost Letter, in
the presence of Queen
Elisabeth of Romania, Car-
agiale was called to the
stage twice to receive the
applause of the audience.
1893 nfiineaz revista
umoristic Moftul
romn. He creates the
humour magazine Moftul
romn.
1904-1905 Se auto
exileaz la Berlin, dar
rmne conectat la reali
tile romneti pn la
ultima suflare, n 1912.
Goes to Berlin in self-exile,
but he remains connected
to the Romanian realities,
until his last breath, in
1912.

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Ion Luca Caragiale s-a nscut n satul Haimanale


(1 februarie 1852), dar s-a rzgndit dup ce a cunoscut
Ploietiul, unde a nvat pn n 1867, declarndu-l ora
natal n nuvela Grand Htel Victoria Romn.

Ion Luca
Caragiale
Ion Luca
Caragiale
Ion Luca Caragiale was born in the village of
Haimanale (1 February, 1852), but he changed his
mind after he saw Ploieti, where he studied until

U
1867, declaring it was his native town in the short
story Grand Htel Victoria Romn.
na dintre acele personaliti ale cror
urme nu se terg niciodat, pe Caragiale
parc l tim toi dintotdeauna. Vara ne One of those figures whose names are indelible,
spunem unii altora Cldur mare, moner, Caragiale seems to be someone we have known forever.
solicitm la nevoie puintic rbdare i uneori ne In summer we tell each other So hot, mon cher, we ask
codim n faa schimbrii: Ori s se revizuiasc, dar for a teeny bit of patience, and sometimes we hesitate
s nu se schimbe nimic; ori s nu se revizuiasc, dar before change: Lets either have it revised, but dont
atunci s se schimbe pe ici, pe colo. change anything; or lets not have it revised, but change
La 26 de ani, Caragiale ncepe s gdile realitatea it here and there.
social cu dou pene, sau mai bine zis penie: cu aceea At the age of twenty-six, Caragiale began to tickle social
foto/photo: ilcaragiale.eu

a ziaristului energic i nemilos din redacia ziarului reality with two plumes, or rather with two pens: that of
Timpul (1878-1891), unde era coleg cu Mihai Eminescu, the energetic, merciless journalist in the office of Timpul
i cu penia dramaturgului creator de tipologii umane newspaper (1878-1891), where he worked with Mihai
memorabile. Reacia societii? Binecuvntatul rs, Eminescu, and with that of the playwright who created
dar i suprarea, uneori transformat n dumnie memorable human typologies. The societys reaction?
la adresa lui Caragiale cel cu ochiul ager i cu vorba Blessed laughter and annoyance alike, sometimes
usturtoare. Tocmai singura dram din repertoriul su turned to hatred towards Caragiale, with his sharp eye
teatral i aduce necazuri. Tnrul poet C.Al. Ionescu, and bitter tongue. It was the only drama in his theatre
rnit de ironia lui Caragiale, l acuz pe marele repertoire that brought him trouble. The young poet
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dramaturg c a plagiat Npasta dup opera autorului C. Al. Ionescu, hurt by Caragiales irony, accused the
fictiv Kemeny Istvan. Urmeaz un proces de calomnie great playwright of plagiarising The Trouble from the
pe care Caragiale l ctig, ns dezamgirea este prea work of the fictional author Kemeny Istvan. A libel trial
mare i scriitorul se mut la Berlin. followed, which Caragiale won, but the disappointment
Caragiale a murit la puin timp dup ce fiul su, was too big and the writer moved to Berlin.
Mateiu I., a debutat cu un grup de poezii n Viaa Caragiale died soon after his son, Mateiu I., made his
Romneasc. debut with a collection of poems in Viaa Romneasc.

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bio / awards
1997 ncheie un contract
cu clubul canadian
Interbox i devine boxer
profesionist. Signs a
contract with the Cana-
dian club Interbox and
becomes a professional
boxer.
5 ianuarie 2002 Devine
campion mondial de box
profesionist la categoria
semiuoar (versiunea
WBA). Becomes a
WBA world lightweight
champion.
24 octombrie 2003
Se anuleaz meciul cu
Miguel Callist pentru
c Doroftei a depit
greutatea categoriei sale
la cntarul oficial. Mou
pierde titlul de campion
mondial WBA. The
match with Miguel Callist
is cancelled because
Doroftei exceeded the
maximum weight for
lightweights at the weigh-
in. Mou lost his WBA
world champion title.
24 iulie 2004 Se retrage
dup ce pierde lupta m-
potriva lui Arturo Gatti.
Retires after losing
the match against Arturo
Gatti.
Prezent Preedinte al
Federaiei Romne de
Box i responsabil cu voia
bun n Doroftei Pub,
localul pe care l deine n
oraul natal, Ploieti.
President of the Romanian
Boxing Federation and in
charge of good cheer at
Doroftei Pub, which he
owns in his native city of
Ploieti.

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Leonard Dorin Doroftei s-a nscut la Ploieti, la 10 aprilie


1970. Paisprezece ani mai trziu a nceput s se antreneze
la Clubul Prahova, cu antrenorul Titi Tudor, dup ce s-a
remarcat pe strad ntr-o btaie pentru o eav de suflat
cornete din hrtie.

Leonard
Doroftei
Leonard
Doroftei
Leonard Dorin Doroftei was born in Ploieti, on 10
April, 1970. Fourteen years later, he started to train

D
at Prahova Club, with the instructor Titi Tudor,
after having made an impression in the street, in a
e atunci, Doroftei a devenit campion
fight for a tube for blowing paper cones.
naional la juniori n dou rnduri, a obinut
cinci titluri la seniori (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996
i 1997) i a nceput s fie cunoscut i pe plan Ever since, Doroftei became the junior world
internaional cu titlurile de campion mondial la Berlin champion twice, obtained five senior titles (1992, 1993,
(1995), campion european (1996, 1997), precum i cu 1994, 1996 and 1997) and started to be recognised
medaliile de bronz la Jocurile Olimpice (Barcelona - internationally with his title of world champion in Berlin
1992 i Atlanta - 1996). (1995), European champion (1996, 1997), as well as the
Oferta din partea clubului canadian Intersport de a bronze medals at the Olympic Games (Barcelona 1992
trece la profesioniti a venit dup ce a pierdut titlul and Atlanta 1996).
foto/photo: leonard doroftei

la Campionatul Mondial de la Budapesta. n anul The offer to turn professional, at the Canadian club
1997, Doroftei s-a mutat cu familia n Canada i, dup Intersport, came after he lost at the Budapest World
patru ani de antrenament i munc intens, a devenit Championship. In 1997 Doroftei moved to Canada with
campion mondial profesionist la categoria semiuoar his family and after four years of training and hard work
a versiunii WBA, nvingndu-l la puncte pe argenti- he became a professional world champion at the light-
nianul Raul Balbi. Poreclit Moul pentru c era mai weight category of the WBA category, defeating the
sftos de fel, dar i Leul pentru pasiunea cu care se Argentinian Raul Balbi. Nicknamed Mou because he
lupta n ring, pugilistul Doroftei a rmas n posesia was wise, and Lion because he fought valiantly in the
centurii versiunea WBA pn n 2003, cnd nu a reuit ring, the boxer Doroftei held the WBA belt until 2003,
s intre la cntarul oficial. when he exceeded the weight at the weigh-in.
Un an mai trziu a fost nvins prin KO n meciul de One year later he was defeated by K.O. in the match in
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la Atlantic City cu nord-americanul Arturo Gatti. Au Atlantic City with the North American Arturo Gatti. He
urmat retragerea din box i revenirea n ar. n 2006, retired from boxing and returned to the country. In 2006
a deschis barul-restaurant Doroftei Pub n oraul natal he opened the restaurant bar Doroftei Pub in his native
Ploieti, situat deasupra cinematografului Patria. city of Ploieti, above the Patria cinema.
Fostul pugilist Doroftei a devenit preedintele Federa- The former boxer Doroftei became the president of the
iei Romne de Box n noiembrie 2012. Romanian Boxing Federation in November 2012.

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Domeniile Tohani
Domeniile Viticole Tohani se ntind, ca-n poveti,
Domeniile Viticole
pe apte dealuri din regiunea prahovean a Tohani au primit
Podgoriei Dealu Mare, de unde soarele mai c nu distincia de
se ndur s plece. Furnizor al Casei
Regale
Domeniile Tohani
Domeniile Viticole Tohani
have become a Supplier of
Like in a fairy tale, Domeniile Viticole Tohani spread on the Royal House of Romania
seven hills in the Prahova region of the Dealu Mare vine-
yard, which the sun seems unwilling to leave.
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Z
ona din adpostul crame pe ntreg teritoriul Romniei i Carol IIs brother. The price fell in love
arcului carpatic se bucur 6% cot din piaa vinurilor mbuteliate with Ioana Dolette, an incredibly beauti-
de un microclimat special din Romnia. Din 2008 s-a impus pe ful woman, but without noble ancestry,
mediteraneean, grbind piaa de vinuri din China, iar Polonia and despite every obstacle, he married
ajungerea la maturitate este un important centru de export al her, losing his royal rights, at the church
a boabei de strugure, iar vinurilor produse la Domeniile Tohani. and the mayors office of Tohani.
culesul viei se petrece toamna trziu. Domeniile Tohani produc i comer- Tohani S.A. was established in 1959, and
Astfel, vinul produs n Domeniile cializeaz o varietate de sortimente it used to have an area of 856 ha at the
Tohani are o savoare special, cu un de vinuri vrac i mbuteliate, la cele beginning, reaching over 1300 ha today.
buchet unic. mai moderne standarde de calitate. In 2003 the company Domeniile Viticole
Unic este i povestea fostului stpn Vinurile Tohani au fost medaliate cu Tohani was established, which owns
al moiei pe care se afl acum Domeni- aur la numeroase concursuri naionale approximately 100 cellars on the entire
ile Tohani, nimeni altul dect Prin- i internaionale. territory of Romania and a 6% market
cipele Nicolae, fratele Regelui Carol share for bottled wines in Romania. Since
al II-lea. Principele s-a ndrgostit de 2008, it has entered the wine market in
Ioana Dolette, o femeie de o frumusee China, and Poland is an important ex-
rvitoare, dar fr origini nobile, i, The area protected by the portation centre for the wines produced
n ciuda tuturor piedicilor, s-a cstorit Carpathian arc enjoys a special Medi- in Tohani Domains.
cu ea, pierzndu-i drepturile regale, terranean microclimate, which makes Domeniile Tohani produce and market
chiar la biserica i la primria din grapes reach maturity earlier, and the a variety of wine assortments, in bulk
Tohani. harvesting takes place in late autumn. and bottled, complying with the most
Tohani SA a luat fiin n anul 1959, iar Thus, the wine produced in the Tohani modern quality standards. The Tohani
la nceput avea o suprafa de 856 ha, Domains has a particular flavour, with wines have received gold medals at
ajungnd s se ntind n prezent pe a one-of-a-kind bouquet. countless national and international
mai mult de 1.300 ha. n 2003 a fost n- One-of-a-kind is the story of the former competitions.
fiinat societatea Domeniile Viticole master of the land occupied today by
Tohani, care dein aproximativ 100 de Tohani Domains, Prince Nicholas, King

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Tymbark Tymbark Maspex
Romniaeste
orientat ctre
Compania Tymbark Maspex face parte din grupul achiziia i
polonez Maspex Wadowice i este prezent n implementarea
Romnia nc din anul 1996, dar a activat iniial de noi tehnologii
sub denumirea de La Festa International. capabile s
menin calitatea
produselor la un
Tymbark nivel foarte ridicat.
The company Tymbark Maspex is part of the Polish group

Tymbark Maspex Romania
Maspex Wadowice and it has been present in Romania is focused on the acquisition
since the year 1996, but it initially functioned under the and implementation of new
technologies capable of
name of La Festa International. maintaining the quality of
cristina frncu fb.com/ tymbarkromania, shutterstock our products at a high level.

O
dat cu mutarea de igien nc de la demararea procesu- intense fruity taste and promoting a
capacitilor de lui de producie. healthy lifestyle.
producie n Vlenii Din luna mai 2009, compania Tymbark In the year 2007, close to the existing
de Munte, judeul Maspex a nfiinat Fundaia Tedi i plant in Vlenii de Munte, the construc-
Prahova, compania a Copiii, dorindu-i s se implice activ tion of a new production unit started,
demarat n octom- n proiecte de responsabilitate social. which is fitted with larger storage rooms
brie 2001 un amplu i complex proces Primul proiect demarat de fundaie and ultramodern production lines, which
de modernizare i retehnologizare a se desfoar sub denumirea S.O.S. use aseptic packaging technology. This
echipamentelor de producie. n anul pentru burtic, fiind adresat copiilor technology is extremely important, as
2004, a aprut pe piaa romneasc din grdiniele i colile din Vlenii de it eliminates the need to use preservat-
brandul Tymbark Nectar, foarte apre- Munte. n 2014, Fundaia i-a schimbat ives. The advanced technology used by
ciat de consumatorii de toate vrstele denumirea chiar cu numele proiectului, the company Tymbark Maspex provides
datorit gustului intens de fructe i a S.O.S. pentru burtic!. compliance with the highest hygiene
promovrii unui stil de via sntos. standards from the very beginning of the
n anul 2007, aproape de fabrica din production process.
Vlenii de Munte, a nceput construi- In May 2009, the company Tymbark
rea unei noi uniti de producie, care Once the production capacity Maspex created the Tedi i Copiii
beneficiaz de un spaiu de depozitare moved to Vlenii de Munte, Prahova Foundation, in an attempt to become
mai generos i de linii de producie County, the company started in actively involved in social responsibility
ultramoderne, care folosesc tehnologia October 2001 a complex, large-scale projects. The first project carried out by
de ambalare aseptic. Aceast tehnolo- process of modernisation and updat- the Foundation is called S.O.S. pentru
gie este extrem de important, ntruct ing the technology of the production burtic, and it is intended for children
elimin necesitatea utilizrii conser- equipment. In 2004 the brand Tymbark in the kindergartens and schools of
vanilor. Tehnologia avansat folosit Nectar entered the Romanian market, Vlenii de Munte. In 2014, the Founda-
de compania Tymbark Maspex asigur which became much appreciated by tion changed its name into the title of
respectarea celor mai nalte standarde consumers of all ages, thanks to its the project, S.O.S. pentru burtic.

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3 Tehnologia avansat
folosit Tymbark asigur
02 03
respectarea celor mai nalte
standarde The advanced
technology used by Tymbark
provides compliance with the
highest hygiene standards.

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Suntem mndri
i onorai s tim
c beneficiem
Cris-Tim de ncrederea
consumatorilor,
lucru care
La Filipetii de Pdure din judeul Prahova a luat ne oblig, n
fiin, n anul 2003, fabrica Recunotina, cea mai acelai timp,
modern unitate a Grupului Cris-Tim, cunoscutul s ne dedicm
productor de mezeluri proaspete i gustoase. n continuare
realizrii de
produse sigure i
Cris-Tim de nalt calitate.
In Filipetii de Pdure, Prahova County, the Recunotina
factory was established in 2003, the most modern unit We are proud and honoured
of the Cris-Tim group, the famous producer of fresh tasty to know we have our
consumers trust, which
cold cuts. makes us, at the same time,
dedicate ourselves to making
cristina frncu fb.ro/ cristimromania safe, high quality products.

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onsiderat nucleul aferente pregtirii materiilor prime i day. It is one of the most modern cold
procesului de producie ambalrii produsului finit. cuts plants in Romania, with a research
i comercializare cu Compania Cris-Tim, prezent n in- laboratory fitted with the cutting-edge
care Cris-Tim s-a impus dustria alimentar nc din anul 1992 equipment for specific physical-chemical
pe piaa romneasc, cu un chioc de 12 mp, s-a dezvoltat and microbiological analyses.
fabrica Recunotina de-a lungul timpului, pstrnd mereu It produces raw dried assortments,
a facilitat atingerea unui foarte n prim-plan grija pentru oameni, considered the noblest of the cold cuts,
important obiectiv strategic, i anume tradiia, calitatea i inovaia. Cris-Tim a as they require a lot of attention and care
exportul. investit ntr-o staie de epurare a apei, in each stage of preparation, as well as
Fabrica Recunotina are o suprafa de iar n 2013 a ncheiat un parteneriat cu boiled smoked cold cuts and specialties.
15.000 mp i 800 de angajai, iar capa- Genesis Biopartner pentru furnizarea The technological flow also includes a
citatea de producie atinge 150 de abur tehnologic obinut din surse meat cutting-butchery section and two
tone/zi. Este una dintre cele mai mo- regenerabile. adjacent sections, for raw material pre-
derne fabrici de mezeluri din Romnia, paration and end product packaging.
avnd i un laborator de cercetare The company Cris-Tim, a player in
echipat cu cele mai performante echi- the food industry since the year 1922
pamente necesare analizelor fizico-chi- Considered to be the core of the with a 12 m2 kiosk, has developed
mice i microbiologice specifice. production and marketing process that over time, always paying attention to
Aici se produc att sortimente helped Cris-Tim become a renowned its care for people, tradition, quality
crud-uscate, considerate cel mai nobile name on the Romanian market, the and innovation. Cris-Tim invested in a
dintre mezeluri, ntruct au nevoie de Recunotina factory enabled the group water treatment plan, and in 2013 it
mult atenie i grij n fiecare etap de to reach a very important strategic partnered with Genesis Biopartner in
preparare, ct i mezeluri fiert-afumate goal, namely export. order to obtain technological steam
i specialiti. n fluxul tehnologic mai Recunotina factory has an area of from renewable sources.
exist o secie de tranare-carmangerie 15,000 m2 and 800 employees, and its
i nc dou secii adiacente procesrii, production capacity reaches 150 tonnes/

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Agrisol Unul dintre
abatoarele Agrisol
este n mod oficial
singurul din ar
Compania prahovean Agrisol International este
autorizat de
una dintre cele mai importante productoare de
Muftiatul Cultului
carne de pasre i porc din Romnia. Musulman din
Romnia pentru
Agrisol sacrificri halal.

The Agrisol International company in Prahova County is One of the Agrisol
one of the most important poultry meat and pork produ- slaughterhouses is officially
the only one in the country
cers in Romania. authorised by the Great
Muftis Office of Muslim
Community of Romania for
cristina frncu agrisol.ro halal slaughter.


ntreprindere cu tradiie pe activitatea de cretere a porcinelor. context of the Romanian economys
meleagurile prahovene nc Agrisol International dispune de dou relaunch in the year 1999, the company
din anul 1962, cnd a fost nfi- fabrici de nutreuri combinate, patru started a stage of significant investments
inat ntreprinderea avicol laboratoare pentru analize fizico-chi- which helped establish the group on the
de stat Bicoi, unitatea s-a mice i microbiologice, trei ferme de market.
bucurat mereu de aprecierea reproducie de rase grele, dou staii de Agrisol International currently owns an
consumatorilor datorit produselor incubaie,