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THE LEGEND OF THE DRAGON SOLOMAT

Scărișoara Cave, located in Ariesul Mare valey, is a unique place in our country. The first mention of it dates back in 1847.

Scărişoara hosts the largest underground glacier in Romania and the second largest glacier in the world after the one in Slovakia, Dobsina.

It is situated at 1,165 meters altitude, it measures 750 meters long and 110 meters in depth. The Glacier has existed for about 4,000 years, with an area of 5,500 square meters, 80.000 cubic meters in volume.

The legend says that a dragon named Solomat lived in this cave.

This dragon descended in the villages on the mountain twice a year, before the Fair on Mount Gaina and before New Year’s Eve, and each time, kidnapping the most beautiful virgin from the village and taking with him in the cave, the ice castle.

So tired of living alone, the dragon decided to find a virgin to love him and to break the spell, of living alone.

The girls, once kidnapped, terrified by the ugly dragon and not knowing the story, refused to fall into the arms of death. But one day, a girl, disappointed of an unfulfilled love, after a long time spent in the ice palace began, slowly, to love him and later after she saw the sadness of a noble soul, fell in love hopelessly and forever with the fierce dragon. With sincere love the curse would be broken and the two became ordinary human beings but a witch predicted their death. They were caught by the evil witch and when the dragon was embracing his beautiful wife they were turned into a huge  piece of ice, a mountain of ice, trapped forever in the cave. Drops of water draining from the glacier melting, represent the body of the dragon, and the girl’s tears with fulfilled love.

Today the Glacier Scarisoara annually attracts thousands of tourists who come here to admire this special phenomenon and to enjoy the wonderful landscape of the Apuseni Mountains.

Balaurul Solomat

The student,

Antonia Parasca

Romania

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Harjap’s Hole

The legend is about the Battle of Baia (a village which is situated at 9 km from Falticeni – The ex-capital of the medieval state ‘’Moldova’’) which took place in 1467 in the night of the 14th of December. The battle was between Stephen the Great and Matei Corvin. Corvin was injured in the battle and he was helped by a villager, his name was Harjap and they passed the mountains in ‘’Ardeal’’.The traitor was caught and locked in an old  mine, from that day this mine was named “Groapa lui Harjap” (Harjap’s Hole); and the key which the mine was locked with is hidden under the “White Church”(the image above).BISERICA ALBA

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THE MYTH OF A GREAT LOVE: THE BEAUTIFUL DOCHIA and the EMPEROR TRAIAN.

The myth is a fantastic story which tells us about the beliefs of ancient people, about the origin of the world, of the weather phenomena, about Gods and legendary heroes.

One of the most representative myth from our history is about Traian, The Emperor of Rome (98-117 b.c.)  and Dochia, Decebal’s daughter the ruler of Dacia (the southern part of Romania). Traian fell in love with Dochia and he is tried to gain her heart. Dochia ran scared in the forest but Traian followed her and in the end he found her. Because Dochia didn’t wish to betray her people, she asked Zamolxis, the God, to save her by turning her into a stone. Even so, Traian, continued to love her. During his reign, Decebal had to run several wars with the Romans and in the year 101, Traianconquered Dacia, which became the territory of the Roman Empire for 172 years. Today, the peak of Mount Ceahlau, which is in the heart of Moldova is called Dochia, reminding of this legend.dochiaceahlau