Thursday, 6 October 2011

Transylvania, Romania

One more card for today, a very nice official I received from Romania this summer.


Transylvania is a historical region in the central part of Romania. Bounded on the east and south by the Carpathian mountain range, historical Transylvania extended in the west to the Apuseni Mountains; however, the term sometimes encompasses not only Transylvania proper, but also the historical regions of Crişana, Maramureş, and Romanian part of Banat.

Transylvania is often associated with Dracula (Bram Stoker's novel and its film adaptations, and Vlad the Impaler), and the horror genre in general, while the region is also known for the scenic beauty of its Carpathian landscape and its rich history.

The houses on this card are traditional houses that can be found in Carpathian Mountains. The poem, then, is called 'Soapte Din Transilvania' ('Whispers of Transylvania'). There was a helpful English translation on the back of the card:

At the edge of that dark forest
I chose my house to build
I dance and sing to praise the best
of my companions, my truthful shield
here and far away.

The stamp on the left is from a set of 7 stamps issued in 2005, depicting Romanian Pottery. The stamp on the right is from a set of 4 stamps issued in 2007, showing Romanian Ceramics.

1 comment:

Nives said...

This is an amazing postcard, I love the picture and the overall feel about it! :)