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Alunu, the marble village

The Pădureni Land, one of the most original, cohesive, and conservative ethnographic regions in Romania, stretches on the eastern slope of the Poiana Ruscă Mountains, between the Cerna and Mureș Valleys. The villages, although situated on hilltops, have a compact form, more characteristic of villages in the plains, and still preserve many examples of authentic popular architecture. One of them, however, has a special story. The village of Alunu is located on the edge of a marble quarry that has operated for more than 200 years and has supplied material to the construction sites of many Austro-Hungarian palaces, as well as to the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. Once the most prosperous village in the region, Alunu is today almost abandoned, with the only permanent inhabitants being a shepherd and the two nuns who take care of the large church, a unique edifice built entirely of marble. In fact, all the houses in the village have the foundation or the first level built of marble blocks, and the road leading to Alunu is also paved with marble. In the center of the village, the wooden church, one of the oldest in the Pădureni Land, listed as a historical monument, dominates the settlement from a hilltop.

Ursici village

Ursici is a village where time doesn’t rush. Far from the madness of the modern world, close to the clear sky, Ursici is an enchanted place, a kind of sleeping forest that preserves much of the Dacian way of life. Only 15 households are here, scattered on the ridges of a hill from where a broad perspective opens to the center of the Dacian world, with the Piatra Roșie fortress in the foreground and the Godeanu peak, considered by many as the sacred mountain of the Dacians, in the background. From Ursici, the village without electricity where people live like 2000 years ago, can see both the ridges of Retezat and Parâng mountains. The old wooden school building reminds of the years when young families with children lived in Ursici.
The last ten kilometers of the road that starts from the Luncani valley to Ursici climbs steeply and sinuously through the forest and can only be covered by off-road vehicles, only when the ground is dry.