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DANUBE CITIES, TULCEA

“A city and a world on the border of two universes that are so different: the Ottoman Empire and Europe. ” (Nicolae Ariton) “ (…) Tulcea. Here the Danube makes a wide curve towards the south and pushes the city into two dry, rocky hills, on whose back the windmills lay out one after another in the blue sky horizon like bent beggars, with…

NUMISMATIC COLLECTION OF THE NATIONAL BANK OF ROMANIA, COIN HOARDS

Through its symbolic and cultural value acquired over time, the coin exceeded its initial role of exchange currency and hoarding. Both Greeks and Romans, forerunners of the European civilisation, transmitted the tradition of coining, which became over centuries part of the national heritage and symbol of the states’ sovereignty. Among the most valuable collections of the national heritage, we must mention the numismatic collection…

WILD CATS

Romfilatelia resumes the theme dedicated to felines through the new postage stamp issue Wild Cats, a joy fest for both philatelists and wildlife lovers. The Wild Cat (Felis Silveris) lives in countries from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, knowing a variety of subspecies characteristic to different geographical zones. Bigger than the domestic cat, this wild relative has longer legs and a more…

BUCHAREST, 555 YEARS OF EXISTENCE

Over five centuries of history, culture and Romanian identity: this is the city of Bucharest where our ancestors built modern Romania, through the spiritual and institutional strengthening of the individuality and unity of the Romanian people. Nowadays, Bucharest appears as one of the biggest cities of the continent where the last years’ architecture and the vibrant living style of its citizens have transformed Romania’s…

TOWERS OF TIME, CLOCK TOWERS

Ever since Antiquity, the measuring of time has been a preoccupation for people, who first started measuring it by the apparent movement of the sun and stars, later on inventing the first mechanisms for a more precise measuring of the passing of time – the hour glasses with sand and the hydraulic devices. The first known mechanical clock was built in China, in 725…

100 YEARS OF OLYMPISM IN ROMANIA

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. (Olympic Charter) Pierre de Coubertin, the founding father of the modern Olympics, supported the value of sports as a vector of dialogue between communities, promoter of peace, and supporter of fair competition beyond any form of discrimination and cheating. The Romanian Olympic Committee (ROC)…

DISCOVER ROMANIA, Oltenia

Rooted in the era of the Basarab dynasty (that also gave it the name of The Cradle of the Basarabs), the historic region of Oltenia mirrors the two millennia of the Romanian people’s history. Surrounded by the southern Carpathians and the waters of the Danube and Jiu rivers, Oltenia encompasses Dolj and Gorj Counties, as well as parts of Mehedinti, Olt, Valcea and Teleorman…

Masterpieces of Universal Art in the Romanian Heritage

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes it visible.” (Paul Klee) Friedrich Schiller described art as being the daughter of freedom, over the years and all over the world, artistic creations being free manifestations of the most profound thoughts, ideas and events, thus remaining the main expression of the aspiration towards beauty and truth. Art is a language, an experience, a form…

300 YEARS SINCE THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINTS BRANCOVEANU

“Do good and, whatever will happen, your deeds will not die. However persecuted, or despite anyway your life might finish, your time is coming nevertheless; if you haven’t known happiness, there will certainly be prayers of gratitude on your grave. Brancoveanu’s fate, glorified in bloody places, and highly praised even where he had stayed hidden for two centuries, is the ultimate proof!”  Nicolae Iorga…

ROMANIA IN THE UNESCO INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Intangible Cultural Heritage includes oral traditions and expressions, having the language as its main vector, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and the skills necessary to produce traditional crafts. The list of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage was officially created in 2008, and was the result of the Convention for the Safeguarding of…