Friday’s Findings: Statue of Decebalus

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The Statue of Decebalus (Romanian: Statuia lui Decebal) is the largest rock sculpture in Europe and is located on the Danube River near the city of Orşova, Romania. It took twelve sculptors ten years to complete the statue, which is a whopping 131 feet tall!

This massive sculpture was made in honor of a man named Decebalus, who ruled as the King of Dacia from 87-106 A.D. He is considered a legendary hero in Romanian history.

The largest rock sculpture I’ve ever seen like this one is South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore, which is only 60 feet tall. I would love to see the Statue of Decebalus!

Have you ever seen a famous rock sculpture?

Friday’s Findings: Sarmizegetusa Regia

I’m not a huge history fan, but this Friday’s Findings was a pretty cool one!

Sarmizegetusa Regia (that’s a mouthful!) was the capital city of the kingdom of Dacia (1st century B.C. to 2nd century A.D.). The Dacians were an Indo-European people group, and their kingdom was located between modern-day Romania’s Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea.

Now, here’s the good part:

Despite the fact that Dacia was conquered by the Roman Empire in 106 A.D., the ruins of the kingdom can still be seen today. Sarmizegetusa Regia has become a popular tourist attraction, even though it is in the middle of nowhere and lacks facilities for visitors.

Check out the pictures below! Looks like a pretty awesome place, doesn’t it?

Sarmizegetusa Regia

Photo source: Wikipedia

Photo source: Wikipedia

Photo source: Wikipedia

Photo source: Wikipedia

Photo source: Wikipedia

Photo source: Wikipedia

Photo source: Wikipedia

Also, here’s a quick reconstruction video of what the place might’ve looked like:

Methods of Transportation

Other than the obvious transportation such as cars, buses, trains, etc. (or even more unique ways such as the four-wheeler in the picture above), many Romanians still use one old-fashioned way of getting to town.

You guessed it: horse and buggy.

Believe it or not, this is a very common sight in Romania. Not so much in the big cities, but many people in the rural communities and small towns such as the one above, many people still rely on horses and buggies to get around. I’ve never had the chance to go for a ride, but it looks like fun to me (as long as the weather is nice)!

Most people walk to where they need to go if they live close to town, but the majority of Romanians own some kind of vehicle. Dacias are very common there.

Have you ever used a horse and buggy as transportation? If so, where?

I personally would love to have a Dacia since they’re very fuel efficient. But I have to say, the little guy below looks like fun… 😉