World Heritage Sites in Romania

Map of Romania

Danube Delta

(44.42-45.47 N 29.70-28.75 E)

More than 300 bird species live in the delta, including the White and Dalmatian Pelicans.

Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania

(46.13 N 24.52 E)

The listing in 1993 for Biertran and its fortified church was expanded to include six other Transylvanian villages in 1999: Calnic, Valea Viilor, Saschiz, Darjiu, Viscri, and Prejmer.

Monastery of Horezu

(45.10 N 24.00 E)

Built in 1693, Hurez Monastery is the largest of Wallachia's Brincoveanu complexes. It is the site of the school which established the distinctively Romanian style developed by Constantine Brincoveanu. Interior frescoes in the church have been tarnished by the smoke from fires lit by Turkish slaves who camped there.

Painted Churches of Northern Moldavia

  • Saint Nicholas Church of Probota monastery
  • Dormition of Mother of God Church belonging to Humor monastery
  • Annunciation Church of Moldovia monastery
  • Saint George Church of Suceava
  • Saint Cross Church of Patraupi
  • Saint George Church of Vorone
  • Saint John the Baptist's Beheading Church of Arbore monastery

Historic Centre of Sighisoara

(46.20 N 29.80 E)

Founded by German craftsmen and merchants known as the Saxons of Transylvania, Sighisoara is an example of a fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries.

Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains

The Geto-Dacian branch of the Thracians are mentioned for the first time by Herodotus in connection with the 514 BC expedition of the Persian king Darius. The center of their power was Transylvania, where, in the Orastie Mountains, still exist archaeological traces of their civilization. One of their most important leaders was king Burebista who controlled a large territory. He was assassinated in 44 BC, almost at the same time as Julius Ceasar, just before their confrontation.

The six defensive works included in the Unesco property are:

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Wooden Churches of Maramures


  • Church of the Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple, Barsana
  • Church of Saint Nicholas, Budesti
  • Church of the Holy Paraskeva, Desesti
  • Church of the Nativity of the Virgin, Leud
  • Church of the Holy Archangels, Plopis
  • Church of the Holy Parasceve, Poienile Izei
  • Church of the Holy Archangels, Rogoz
  • Church of the Holy Archangels, Surdesti

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians

( multiple locations)

For more links see Joint listing with Slovakia.

Joint listing with Slovakia, Ukraine and Germany and Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain. These are the largest remaining virgin forests of the European beech (Fagus sylvatica). They also hold the largest and tallest beech specimens in the world. This site originally consisted of ten separate components along an 185 km axis from the Rakhiv Mountains and the Chornohirskyi Range in the Ukraine, west along the Polonynian Ridge, to the Bukovske Vrchy and Vihorlat Mountains in Slovakia. The listing was extended in 2011 to include 5 Ancient Beech forests in Germany and further extended in 2017 to include more forests in 10 countries.

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Last updated: July 8, 2017