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Situated in the North-East of Romania, Neamţ County displays geographically diverse landscapes, with specific flora and fauna, in exquisite harmony with the natural and spiritual nature of its settlements. One can say it resembles an impressive outdoor museum, with many picturesque places, historical monuments and valuable artistic heritage.
On the territory of Neamţ County there are three national parks and five lakes, the largest of which -Izvoru Muntelui Lake- having 35 km long and being called "the sea between the mountains". The oldest traces of human dwelling date back from the Upper Paleolithic. The evolution of human communities in this space brought along with it the creation of the brightest prehistoric civilization in Europe, to which the Precucuteni-Cucuteni-Tripolie Complex, developed between 4200 -2600 BC and consisting of priceless exhibits belongs.
Nowhere in Romania is there an area sheltering such a fruitful spiritual life like in Neamţ County. Over the centuries, many a prayer rose to heaven from this blessed land. Scattered in the wilderness of the mountains or hidden in the thick forests, in quiet clearings and in the beautiful valleys, villages in Neamţ area are genuine hearths where faith has never faded away.
Another unique attraction of Neamţ County is Ceahlău Massif, considered to be the Holy Mountain of Romanians, a magnificent place shrouded in mystery and full of spirituality. With breathtaking views along each of the eight marked trails, Ceahlău Massif has its Dedication Day on August the 6th, when Christians around the world celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. Every year, on August the 6th, tourists can observe a unique phenomenon in the world: The Shadow of the Pyramid. The phenomenon reaches the maximum intensity exactly on the 6th of August at sunrise, when the shadow of Toaca Peak overlapped over the shadow of Piatra Ciobanului Peak forms a natural hologram resembling a perfect pyramid, which can be seen for over 80 minutes. Some scholars believe that one of the energetic meridians of the globe passes through Toaca Peak (1904 m). This makes Ceahlău Massif a tourist attraction as interesting as Stonehenge or the Egyptian pyramids.

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Hiking and climbing in Ceahlău Massif

Ceahlău Massif, referred to as the Holy Mountain of the Romanians, is the second holy mountain of Orthodox Christianity after Mount Athos. Full of history, spirituality, legends and mystery, Ceahlău Massif impresses with its imposing, fortress-like appearance. The steep surrounding the mountain plateau, the picturesque beauty of landscapes and amazing views from each of the eight marked trails, and last, but not least, the uniqueness of its rocky cliffs shrouded in legend attract tourists from all over the world.

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Hiking and climbing in Ceahlău Massif
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Visiting Neamţ Fortress

Medieval monument of exceptional historical value, Neamţ Fortress dates back seven centuries. The fortress was built between 1374 and 1391, during the reign of Peter I Muşat, then extended and consolidated in the 15th century under the rule of Stephen the Great. The historical turmoil and the bravery of the soldiers defending the fortress were recorded in both chronicles and the writings of famous Romanian authors. Strolling through the 21 exhibition chambers, visitors can identify the trails that go beyond the physical space and lead to a history of the Middle Ages still reverberating with life.

 

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Visiting Neamţ Fortress
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Winding through Bicaz Gorges

Bicaz Gorges, which formed as the result of the continuous rock erosion by mountain streams, are undoubtedly one of the most spectacular and attractive tourist attractions in Romania. Stretching over a distance of nearly 8 km, Bicaz Gorges is actually a serpentine road of rare beauty that connects the eastern and western part of the country. The overwhelming charm of this route is given by the greatness of the stone giants which delineates the road from one side to the other, each of them having suggestive names, such as "Hell's Throat" or "the Altar Stone” and others, representing a natural temple where the ancestors used to practice their worship rituals, about 5000 years ago.

 

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Winding through Bicaz Gorges
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Visiting Cucuteni Neolithic Art Museum in Piatra Neamţ

Cucuteni Eneolithic Art Museum in Piatra Neamţ has on display the widest and richest collection  in Southeast Europe of artefacts (about 800 pieces) belonging to Precucuteni - Cucuteni Culture, developed between 3600-2600 BC. Of all exhibits, Cucuteni painted pottery is particularly of interest as one of the most brilliant artistic manifestations of the Eneolithic Age, comparable to various artistic achievements of all times.

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Visiting Cucuteni Neolithic Art Museum in Piatra Neamţ
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Discovering the traditional art at the ethnographic and folk art museums in Neamţ

The ethnographic and folk art museums present the cultural heritage of Neamţ County with its traditions, customs and crafts, thus recreating the specific domestic environment of the people of this region. Various collections of objects remind of the traditional crafts preserved intact over the centuries in Neamţ County. The woodwork stands out as a remarkable craft of villagers in Neamţ, which, through the contribution of talented and dedicates craftsmen, became genuine folk art.

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ethnographic and folk art museums in Neamţ
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