By Katia Hetter, CNN – sursa: CNN.com
Where history lives on
An inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” Romania is a glorious and struggling country of contradictions.
Within its borders, hulking Stalinist architecture contrasts with spectacular medieval art and architecture.
These buildings bear witness to centuries of conflict. For hundreds of years, walled citadels and imposing castles were built to hold back the encroaching Ottoman Empire, sometimes without success. More recently, a modern era of brutality ended in 1989 with the execution of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.
Today, Romania is moving unevenly toward modernization, yet much of the country’s allure comes from what hasn’t changed for centuries.