Interesting Facts about Romania

Located in south-eastern Europe, Romania is one of the developing countries. Its capital city is Bucharest and for those who love learning about other countries, there are many interesting facts about Romania. Here are some of the facts:

 

  • The world’s heaviest building is in Romania. Located in Bucharest, the Parliament Place is the second largest building in the world behind Pentagon. This building is regarded as the heaviest building in the world. It is 86 meters high (12 storeys), 240 meters long and 270 meters wide. The building has 1,100 rooms, 8 underground levels and a nuclear banker linked to other government buildings using about 20 KM tunnels.

 

  • It is the home to the world’s tallest wooden church. The church is 257 foot tall and it is located Sapanta Peri in the northwestern part of Romania. The church is topped by 23-foot cross that weighs about 1,000 lbs. In Europe, this known is regarded as the second tallest wooden structure.

 

  • Romania has had 4 Nobel Prize laureates i.e. Elie Wiesel (peace), George Emil Palade (medicine), Stefan Hell (chemistry) and Herta Muller (literature).

 

  • The country boasts one of the fastest 4G networks in the world. Romania occupies the 4th place out of 78 countries ranked on the basis of how fast their 4G internet is. On average, 4G in Romania has a speed of 35.61 thus occupying position 4.

 

  • Romania is ranked behind Belarus, Russia, Moldova and Lithuania as the booziest countries in the world. With an average Romanian consuming an average of 14.4 liters of pure alcohol, the country is ranked 5th in alcohol consumption. However, it ranks 16th and 10 in wine and beer consumption respectively.

 

  • Romania has produced inventors whose discoveries have changed the world. These scientists and engineers include the following: Eugen Pavel who invented Hyper CD-ROM, Constantin Paulescu who discovered insulin, Petrache Poenaru of the fountain pen and Anastase Dragomir of a parachuted chair which later became the ejection seat.

 

  • Romania has 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites. These sites include: The Wooden Churches of Maramures, Danube Delta, Dacian Fortresses of Orastie Mountains, Churches of Moldavia, Monastery of Horezu, Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania and the Historic Centre of Sighisoara.

 

  • Besides being a home to Europe’s largest mammal, the European bison, Romania has the largest population of brown bears in Europe. The European bison weighs about 1,400 lbs and it is considered as the largest mammal in Europe. Although they had been over-hunted to nearly extinction, these mammals are being reintroduced to some Eastern European countries with Romania being one of them.

 

  • Decebalus statute in Orsova is the largest sculpture in Europe. Decebalus was the last king of Dacia and his sculpture is located along the Danube near Orsova city. It is 55 meters high and it can only be reached by boat thus regarded as the largest monument in Europe.

 

  • Romania has the only Gold museum in Europe. The Gold Museum in Romania is also known as the Mineralogical Collection of Brad and it was founded a century ago. This museum has more than 2,000 pieces of gold that were gathered from across the globe. This makes Romania Europe’s richest country in gold resources.

 

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