These mountains have been our primordial parents, the cradle of Romanian civilization from the beginning of times. They guide our people through the harshness of the history. They provided our ancestor shelter, food and various resources.
The name of Carpathians is coming from an ancient term from Dacia, called „karpate”, which means „rocky cliffs”.
The ancient inhabitants of Dacia, the ancestors of the Romanian people, have been the legit owners of these lands for thousands of years. In the secular forests of the Carpathians, the ancient Dacians were hunting deer and giant bison. On the high plateaus of the Carpathian Mountains, these people practiced religious rituals. In the clear and fast waters of the mountain rivers a lot of fresh fish was ready to be fished.
The subsoil of the Carpathians is full of rich deposits of salt, iron and gold.
This country has given gold from Romans time, when the reconstruction of the Ancient Rome, in the actual form, was sustained by the gold from Dacia, conquered by the Romans … and still gives.
A rich country with fertile lands, sunbathed in the rays of sun: The West Plain of Transylvania is still one of the most fertile agricultural lands in Europe even today!
The Dacian liked wine, especially the black and thick ones, which they were producing plentiful on the viticultural sub-Carpathian hills. Because of their custom to drink wine, we have also the first prohibition in history: the king of all Dacian people, the Great Burebista, has forbidden the wine and commanded that all the vineyards to be burnt.
Great leader, he didn’t want that his countrymen to be too soft and to forget the crafting of arms.
That’s true, the Dacian people were a brave people. They faced a lot of powerful people: Celts, Burs, Romans.
And over the followers of the Dacians, many difficulties have gone through history: barbarian attacks, devastation, greedy empires that wanted to break the spirit of this people: Mongols, Huns, Avars, Cuman, Pechenegs, Ottoman Turks, Soviet.
But the Romanians remained upright, powerful and stoutly, like the ancient Dacians and like the stone slabs from the Carpathian heights that guard these lands.