The Oraviţa train station

In 1847, seven years before the inauguration of the first railroad in Romania of today, in the city of Oraviţa, work at what became the oldest train station in Romania was being finished. The edifice was equipped with an elevator – passageway, in order to give access to the platform from the upper street level, […]

The First Pharmacy in a Mountain Region of Banat

Many popular national and European premiers have been hosted in the Oraviţa habitat, the old administrative-economic centre of the mountain area of Banat. Among these we consider the following to have been the most popular: the first theatre in present-day Romania; the first railroad of the present-day Romanian rail system (Oraviţa – Baziaş); and the […]

The Old Mihai Eminescu Theatre in Oraviţa

In 1817, when the Banat region was celebrating the 100th anniversary of its liberation from the Ottoman Oppression, a historic moment took place in Oraviţa: the inauguration of the Old Theatre, the first theatre ever founded in the entire present-day Romanian territory. Back in 1868, the theatre threshold was crossed by none other than Mihai […]

The village of Caraşova

The village of Caraşova is located in the Caraş-Severin county, at the entrance to the Caraş Gorge. It benefits from the charming natural surroundings and it is also a starting point for the trail towards the National Park Semenic-Caraş Gorge, one of the most important touristic trails of the mountainous area of Banat. At the […]

The Putna village of Banat

Putna is a village that belongs to the Prigor commune (in the Caraș-Severin county), located on the Putna Valley at the bottom of the Almăjului Mountains. We were over there when searching for the ancient watermills, similar to those from Rudăria. But, how it often happens during our research trips, in Putna we have discovered […]

The watermills of Rudăria

In Banat, at the bottom of the Almăjului Mountains, hides one of the largest and most spectacular molinological reservations in all of South-East Europe. The 22 dip bucket watermills of Rudăria (Caraș-Severin county) delight through their vernacular architecture and beautify the Rudărica River banks over a distance of 3 km. Although they date since the […]