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Discover a new project that promotes Richis village and the beauty of Transylvania

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From here to Richiş, the guests of Transylvania Inns are greeted with the cuisine, the clothing and the enthusiasm of the people who shaped the untamed spirit of the Saxons, to discover the authentic traditions within the walls of the fortresses. Discover the project transylvaniaInns ment to promote Richis Village and the best of Transylvania. Read More

Discover the history of the Transylvanian Saxons

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“The Transylvanian Saxons (or Die Siebenbürger Sachsen as they are known in German) are the most significant ethnic German group of Romania. They are part of the broader Romanian-German ethnic group (known in German asRumäniendeutsche) alongside the Bukovina Germans (indigenous to Bukovina, north-eastern Romania), the Banat Swabians (indigenous to Banat, south-western Romania), the Zipsers (or Zipser Germans; indigenous to Maramureș, north-western Romania), the Dobruja Germans (indigenous to Dobruja, south-eastern Romania), Read More

Self sufficiency in Transylvania

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“I am documenting as much as possible before too many changes occur within this unique community situated within the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania. The Szekely are thought to be descendants of Attila the Hun who have followed a simple, traditional and sustainable life through the centuries. Their culture survived communism but will it survive capitalism? Since Romania joined the EU young people are leaving the village in droves to seek earnings in Denmark and Germany 10 times greater for the same amount of work received at home. September – It is not unusual to see whole fields slowly harvested using a hand held scythe. Produce is then gathered using a rake and loaded onto a horse drawn cart.  Read More

Transylvanian villages video

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Transylvanian villages with fortified churches provides a lively cultural landscape of southern Transylvania. These villages theme are based on a specific system for cultivation of the land, a settlement pattern and organization by farms, preserved since the Middle Ages. The ‘burgs’ as the saxons used to call them, are dominated by their fortified churches, which illustrate building periods from XIII century until the sixteenth century. Read More

The last Saxons of Transylvania

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The houses are the only ones to recall the fact that in the past, Richiş was a Saxon locality. Once, the centre used to quiver similarly to a German burg. But the Saxons’ exodus at the beginning of the 90s left it almost desert. Only a man refused to leave these lands, with a sort of predestined name to continue the Transylvanian Saxon tradition. Johann Schaas. He saw his friends, relatives, even his own children taking the road to abroad. But he does not regret any moment the decision taken. “I believe that here I am home. In Germany I might not feel so free. And I might not live all my desires as I can live here. If I were in Germany, I was thinking about going home and going to see the wheat.”
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Johann Schaas, the last Saxon of Richiş

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There are next to us thesaurus people, who enrich us with their stories. Simple, jovial, hospitable people who share a story of old times and let us discover its mysteries in calm, while they return to the rhythm of their life, with its daily leisure and difficulties. They have gentle eyes, harsh hands by labour, patience and remiss muttering for anyone listening to them. They are too valuable for televisions or awards, because their wisdom is priceless.
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Wild Carpathia – Transilvania

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Wild Carpathia series is a special trilogy of documentary films about the wonders of nature of the mountains and forests of Romania. The introducer and poet Charlie Ottley, who also signs the scenario of the series, leads the viewers all over Transylvania and reveals to them the traditional villages, the monasteries, the authentic culture. From the splendid natural reservations of Transylvania to the Danube Delta, the producers discovered extended areas whose landscape remained untouched for thousands of years. All over the three episodes, we meet a large range of characters, from shepherds, ecologists, craftsmen to royal highnesses, all involved in keeping and conserving the last savage areas of Europe. The series captures the fragility of some unique ecosystems, habitat of wolves, lynxes and of the most numerous population of bears in Europe and shows why they deserve being conserved for future generations. Read More