Friday’s Findings: Five Things You May or May Not Have Known About Romania

Here are five fun facts I found about Romania that I thought you all would enjoy!

#1 – The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, is the heaviest building in the world! (World Record Academy)

Photo source: Daniel Korzeniewski Photography

The building is made of a combination of steel, bronze, marble, crystal glass, and wood, weighing over 700,000 tons. The Palace is also the world’s largest administrative building that is open for civilian use.
Be sure to check out Daniel Korzeniewski‘s page for some great detailed shots of the building!

#2 – The fountain pen was invented by a Romanian!

Photo source: Romania Tourism

Petrache Poenaru was a Romanian professor whose fountain pen creation was patented in 1827.

#3 – A Romanian was the first person to ever score a perfect 10.00 in the gymnast division of the Olympics.

Nadia Comăneci was only 14 at the time of her big win at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Because the scoreboard was not designed to be able to display a 10.00, her score was displayed as a 1.00. The audience was confused at first, until Nadia was announced as being the first person to score a perfect 10.00 in gymnastics. You can see her winning performance in the video above.

#4 – One of the narrowest streets in Europe can be found in Brasov, Romania!

Photo source: Wikipedia

Although it doesn’t hold the title for the narrowest street in Europe, Strada Sforii (“Rope Street”) certainly cuts it close. This alley was initially made for firemen to use in the 15th century. You can see more pictures of this street and Europe’s other narrowest streets in this article.

#5Dracula’s castle is in Romania!

Bran Castle is located near Braşov, Romania. Although there’s no evidence that Bram Stoker, the Irish author of Dracula, drew his inspiration from here, Bran Castle is widely marketed as being associated with the story of Dracula.
Check out more awesome pictures in the castle website’s photo gallery.

Do you know any other cool/interesting/funny facts about Romania?

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