Attractions

About what nature has generously offered and history built… we can only allow ourselves to be inspired by those who had visited these lands and left their impressions written, so that we can guide you to discover yourselves these marvels.

The Belis parish is remarkable by its location at altitudes between 1000-1300 meters high, by the Fantanele – Belis barrier lake that has an impressive hydrographical barrier and by the openness towards the highland of Ardeal – the Vladeasa Massif from the Apuseni Mountains.

1. Fantanele Lake

Guarded on the north-west by Vladeasa Massif, with its deeply clean-cut chine (1836m) that dominates the entire region, on the south-west by the Bihor Mountains – spectacular by their variety of carstic phenomena (like Karstic intermittent springs, slopes, caves and swallow-holes), to the east by the Gilau Mountains – situated between the spring of Fast Cris river and the Aries Valley, and on the south side by the Big Mountain - a granite giant and the oldest massif in the Apuseni (1826m), the Fantanele Lake is definitely one of the most spectacular destinations of the Occidental Carpathians.

Projected on the upper course of the Warm Somes River in 1970-1974, the lake forced the residents of the old Belis Parish to move their village to the present location. Hamlets like Milioan, Ples, Dadesti, Bolojesti, or Lower Giurcuta are now part of the past, and only in the droughty summers, when the lake’s water level drops drastically can the ruins of the abandoned houses be seen; the old Belis church also appears than as a historical and touristic landmark.

According to the season, different nautical sports and recreational activities can be practiced.

The lake is just a few steps away from our pension, so a walk can only open your appetite for the adventures to come, be them touristic or culinary.

2. Belis – the village under the waters

There are no documents to attest the origins of Belis village; however it was first mentioned in the official documents in 1737.

The history of the flooded village starts in the 14th century, when the church was built, and ends in 1960, when the government decided to build a dam which was to cover the village with 60 meters of water. Built on a hill, the village’s church could be seen from anywhere you looked, and the houses of the so called “moţi” villagers were built around it.

Today, centuries later, in the drought periods, when the water level of the lake decreases, the church’s steeples are revealed from under the waters, making us marvel at how the building still stands. Worshiping place filled with history, the church was the only building that was not moved. When they were forced to leave, the villagers snatched the sacred icons, the altar and the windows and took away all they could, hoping to at least keep their spiritual values. However, peoples’ houses did not resist the waters.

Divers say that the lake is so dark, that even in the brightest days, you cannot see more than three meters around you, and when the waters are as high up as the edge of the lake, one has to dive 15 meters deep to the church’s steeples.

3. Rachitele Waterfall (the Bride’s Veil)

Approximately 40km away from Belis, there is the Bride’s Veil Waterfall, a three step waterfall (5m, 8m, and 34m) which is representative for the Apuseni Mountains. Set at the border of the Apuseni Mountain Natural Park, it provides amazing views both in summer and winter. About 50m high, the waterfall has a touching story: the legend says that a bride fell down the rocks on her wedding day, and her veil hanged over the cliffs. The people on her wedding feast cried for the departed bride and they tears turned into a waterfall.

Leaving the legend aside, we let you know that if you are climbing lovers, in winter, the rocky wall freezes over and becomes an excellent place for ice-climbing. On the same note, at the beginning of every year, the contest Rachitele Cup – National Ice Climbing Championship takes place here.

On the way to the waterfall you can visit the churches from the Ciuleni and Margau villages, which are historical monuments.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Călăţele - Margău - Scrind Frăsinet - Răchiţele (http://www.jeka.ro/Distanta-Belis%20cluj_Cascada%20rachitele.aspx)

Road quality: good. Mountain track with touristic markings.

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Estimated time: 40 km - 50 min.

4. Natural Reservation Cetatile Ponorului (the Slope’s Fortresses)

Situated on the Padis Karstic plateau (Bihor Mountains) on the downstream end of the Fortresses Valley, 950m high, the Slope’s Fortresses carstic complex is also called the Everest of the Romanian speleological science being mentioned for the first time in1886 by Nagy Sandor. The area has been analyzed since 1929 (R.Jeannel and Emil Racovita), and has been exploited by several speleological teams - Cuj, Brasov, and even a French speleological team.

Found on the northern side of the Bihor Mountains, about 10-15km away from the Pietroasa parish, the Slope’s Fortresses have been declared natural reserve since 1952. The Padis area is built from the Slope’s Fortresses hollow over 36 square km (including Cheile Galbenei – the Yellow’s Gap and Poiana Florilor – the Flower’s Glade) in the south west and the Cheile Somesului Cald/Warm Somes Gap –Poiana Varasoaia/Varasoaia Glade –Poiana Caciulata/Caciulata Glade – in the north/

The Slope’s Fortresses are named after what can be considered as the above-ground interesting carstic phenomenon, that formed three large rocky circles (sinkholes) set in a timbered 300m deep and over 1km wide creep.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Ciurtuci - Poiana Horea - Padiş - Cetăţile Ponorului (http://www.jeka.ro/Distanta-Belis%20cluj_Cetatile%20ponorului.aspx)

Road quality: good. Mountain track with touristic markings.

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Estimated time: 60 km - 1 h 50 min.

5. The Slope’s Rock Cave/ Piatra Ponorului Cave

Natural monument also known as the Altar’s Rock Cave – Piatra Altarului Cave, it is situated in the administrative territory of Margau Parish. The cave is on the right versant of the Slope’s Valley and it unfolds over four levels (one active level, one semi active level and two fossil levels), with many galleries that present a variety of concretionary forms (calcite speleothems) and parietal leeks as it follows: “The Palace” Gallery – a tall room in the shape of a gothic cathedral where calcite parietal leeks and tall domes are present; “Paradise” Gallery – that hosts a streem and formations like palm tree columns, drapes, corals, pearls, disks, calcite macro crystals, stalagmite; “Geoda “ Gallery and “Altar” Gallery or the” Bear’s Cemetery” where, in the calcite layers, deposits have formed out of fossilized bear skulls (source: enciclopediaromaniei.ro).

The schedule for visiting the cave is quite restrictive, due to the fact that the area is included in the A category – exceptional valuable caves both in the national and international speological heritage - so, before starting your trip, ask your hosts for more details.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Călăţele - Ciuleni - Margău - Valea Ponorului (http://www.jeka.ro/Distanta-Belis%20cluj_Pestera%20piatra%20ponorului.aspx)

Road quality: good.

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Estimated time: 25 km - 45 min.

6. The Vladeasa Massif and the Vladeasa Peak – 1836m

Vladeasa Massif, part of the Occidental Carpathians, widens to the north up to the Crisul Repede River - Fast Cris River. In the south it is separated from Bihor Mountains by a geographical line formed from Crisul Pietros – Paraul Boga – Seaua Cuciula – Valea Rachitele. In the west the limit that separates it from Padurea Craiului Mountains is Valea Iadei, and to the east they are limited by Valea Sacuieului and Valea Hentului.(source: http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masivul_Vl%C4%83deasa).

Vladeasa Peak, the highest peak of the entire massif, - 1836m – and the second tallest from the Occidental Carpathians (after Bihor Peak – 1849m) offers breathtaking views! We strongly recommend a walk during sunny days, when, from the peak, you can clearly see the Turzii Gap, Bihor Peak, Transilvania Basin and the northern groups of the Oriental Carpathians.

Nearby are Pietrele Albe - The White Rocks and Dragan Barrier Lake.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: TRANSVLĂDEASA: Beliş - Călăţele - Ciuleni - lacul Serind Frăsinet - Vlădeasa (http://www.jeka.ro/Distanta-Belis%20cluj_Varful%20vladeasa.aspx)

Road quality: good. Mountain track with touristic markings.

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Estimated time: 50 km - 1 h 30 min.

7. The White Rocks – Pietrele Albe

The White Rocks are an acclivous limestone abrupt in the south of Vladeasa Peak where the Bride’s Veil Waterfall is located. Situated at the northern limit of the Apuseni Natural Park, 45 minutes away from Vladeasa Peak, the White Rocks, have been declared natural reserve due to its law protected flora.

The rocks hide beneath spectacular formations and give birth to marvelous views and therefore the possibility of speleological research, paragliding and climbing.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: TRANSVLĂDEASA: Beliş - Călăţele - Ciuleni - lacul Serind Frăsinet - Vlădeasa / Pietrele Albe (http://www.jeka.ro/Distanta-Belis%20cluj_Pietrele%20albe.aspx)

Road quality: good. Mountain track with touristic markings / riding / skiing.

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Estimated time: 50 km - 1 h 30 min

8. Stanciu Vallery’s Gap

The most important feeder from the upper course of Hent (Rachitele) brook, Stanciu Valley (upstream Wady Valley) emanates from the altitude of 1400m.

Bride’s Veil Waterfall, De la Drum Karstic intermittent springs and the sink from the caves within its proximity out of which the most important is Varfurasul Cave, are some phenomena that make this valley unique. The walls that surround the valley and form the gap offer many climbing and dry-tooling tracks.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Bălceşti - Răchiţele - Valea Stanciului (http://www.jeka.ro/Distanta-Belis%20cluj_Cheile%20stanciului.aspx)

Road quality: good. Mountain track with touristic markings

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Estimated time: 22 km - 45 min.

9. Lespezi Peak and Lespezi Cave

The Lespezi Peak - 1340m high - is situated on the left side of Stanciu Valley, and is guarded to the south-west by an abrupt that reaches over 100m high called Lespezi’s Rock / Piatra Lespezilor.

Very important observation point, it opens views over the Bride’s Veil Waterfall, Lespezi Peak, and some caves from the Caves’ Track (Susman Cave, Jgheabul Pesterii), Piatra Arsa Peak, the Granite Cliffs, Vladesei Chine. The Great Lespezi Cave, over 3 km long and the Small Lespezi Cave, a few hundred meters long, can only be visited with an authorized guide.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Bălceşti - Răchiţele - Valea Stanciului - Vârful Lespezi (http://www.jeka.ro/Distanta-Belis%20cluj_Cheile%20stanciului.aspx)

Road quality: good. Mountain track with touristic markings

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Estimated time: 22 km - 45 min

10. Sequoia Trees

The Sequoia trees found in Sacuieu – Vladeasa Mountains, are impressive by their height of over 35 m, their diameter which is hardly covered by 5 people and their age of about one century. Against popular belief, the name of the village has nothing to do with the name of the trees, as many visitors supposed, but “the name of Sacuieu comes from a dry salty lake” (Gheorghe Potra – the village’s geography teacher). It is said that Baron Gal brought the seed from America hidden in a cane.

Along the two twin trees, there are also a few rare species: the black pine and the pitch pine.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Călăţele - Calata - Sâncraiu - Săcuieu - spre Dealul Domnului (http://www.jeka.ro/Distanta-Belis%20cluj_Sacuieu.aspx)

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Road quality: good. Mountain track with touristic markings

Estimated time: 30 km - 45 min.

11. Galbenei Gap and the Karstic interrmitent spring Galbenei

Galbenei Valley is a protected area of national interest (mix type natural reserve), situated in Bihor County. The natural reserve from the Bihor Mountains, is set in the touristic Padis area and is included in the Apuseni Natural Park, covering 70,50 hectares. It represents the aria of the Padis basin and the passage of the Galbena river, which forms in its way gaps (Galbenei Gap, Jgheabului Gap/ Chute’s Gap) and waterfalls also. (http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valea_Galbenei)

The most attractive area is that situated between Karstic Intermittent Izvorul Galbenei and the confluence with Luncsoara Valley, a narrow canyon guarded by vertical walls over 100m high, which ends in a fan like waterfall 7m tall/high that drops into a lake. Over the rocky wall there are two belle-vue points suspended 200 meters above the water flow, providing amazing and unique views over the canyon and the wall across, which is 300m tall.

Narrow, limited by the vertical walls and abrupt slopes, the Gaps have tracks that are provided with steel cables, chains of support but it is still very hard to go across, and therefore it is recommended not to go tracking during bad weather or floods.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Camping Ciurtuci - Poiana Horea - Pasul Ursoaia - Mătişeşti - Horea - Albac - Deve - Scărişoara - Izvoarele - Gârda de Sus - Arieşeni - Islaz - Bubeşti - Cheile Galbenei

Road quality: good. Mountain track with touristic markings

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Estimated time: 93 km - 2 h.

12. Poiana Horea – Horea’s fir in Scoruset forest

Filled with history, myths and legends, the village is named after Horea, a symbol of fighting for the liberty of the people here (called ‘moti’). Like all typical Apuseni mountains’ villages, Poiana Horea stretches over the top of the mountain and over the Belis and Apa Calda valleys for about 7 km. Among the spectacular landscapes and the calmness of the mountain villages we advise you to search for Horea’s fir – Scoruset Forest, which is a simbol of the local history and human existence in the area.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Camping Ciurtuci - Poiana Horea

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Road quality: good. Estimated time: 45 km - 1 h 20 min

13. Flowers’ Glade

Situated on the descending side of the Piatra Galbenei’s abrupt, Flowers’ Glade is formed out of a group of glares that resemble islands in the middle of the beech forest.

In the summer months, when hundreds of flower species seem to flood the sunny sloapes, painting them in bright colours, the glade is a real paradise.

14. Radesei Fortresses Cave – Somesul Cald Gap and Valley

Radesei Fortresses are situated at the spring of Somesul Cald river (the Warm Somes). The cave is in an advanced evolutionary stage, having a tall portal over 15m in height and 7m wide, of Gothic shape, in which the Radeasa brook / stream flows.

The gallery – a long tunnel of 212m, with large halls and funnels that reach the surface and allows light into the cave, continues downstream with a very narrow and long canyon of about 50m.

The cave can be visited due to improvements (wooden stairs and catwalks); although it is considered of medium difficulty, the visitation during rainy time is not recommended. We also advise you to use your own light sources like flashlights or head lamps.

You can get out of the cave and canyon trough Radesei Glade, which is surrounded by rocks filled with vegetation and acclivous cliffs, at the meeting point of Radeasa brook with the Feredeu Brook, giving birth to the Somesul Cald river. It’s valley and gap offer some impressive sights.

We suggest you visit Moloh canyon, Peştera Uscată (Dry Cave), Honu Cave, Peştera Tunelul Mic (Small Tunnel Cave) and the 110m limestone wall of Cuciulati, over which you can see the chine that unites Piatra Arsa (Burnt Rock), Piatra Graitoare (Speaking Rock), Britei Peak and Piatra Talharului (Thief Rock) continuing to Vladeasa.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Bălceşti - Dealu Boţii - Doda Pilii - Padiş

Road quality: good.

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Estimated time: 50 km - 1 h 15 min.

15. Ursilor Cave (Bear’s Cave)

Accidentally discovered on 17th September 1975 after local marble mining exploitation, Bears’ Cave in Chişcău, Bihor County, was first exploited by Traian Curta, a local miner. Later on a part of the cave was set up and electrified, being opened for tourism at 14th July 1980.

Bear’s Cave is not impressive by size but by its fantastic conglomerate of speleological formations. With its great number of cave bear fossils (Ursus spelaeus) extincted approximately 15.000 years ago, the cave is unique among tourism dedicated caves.

Its total length is over 1.500 meters, out of which the lower level stretches over about 700 meters and is closed to tourists as it is a scientific reservation (an A class sector).

The upper part is set up with footways, balusters, stretches over 874m and is composed out of three galleries for the visitors: the Bear Gallery, the Emil Racovita Gallery and the Candles Gallery. The first is less rich in formations but abounds in cavern bear fossils. The real beauty is found in the second and the third galleries. The exit is through a fantastic gallery decorated with candle shaped stalagmites and it is symbolical called “the Council of the Elders”.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Belis-Balacesti-Dealu Boltii- dodaPilii-Padis

Road quality: good

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Estimated time: 160km – 2h 30min

16. Dragons’ Cave

Dragons’ Cave, close to Salacuia parish – Alba County – is situated at 1.100 m high and is over 125 m long. It has 25-30m in additional secondary galleries. The cave is important due to the traces of habitation discovered here, as well as the alpine tourism, as it is placed in a belle view that opens a spectacular overview over the Aries Valley.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Râşca - Mănăstireni - Căpuşu Mare - Gilău - Luna de Sus - Vlaha - Săvădisla - Săcel - Băişoara - Buru - Poşaga de Jos - Sălciua de Jos

Road quality: good

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Estimated time: 110 km - 1 h 50 min.

17. Humlpeu Cave

Humpleu Cave or The Big Cave from the Firei Valley is found in Humpleu Hill on the right slope of the Firei Valley in Margau Parish. The cave has exceptional value by its scientific importance and the uniqueness of its resources, being representative to the national and international speleological patrimony. Its national importance is also given by its size, being situated between the first five biggest caves in the country, with galleries that sum up over 40 km.

Its Galleries have impressive sizes: Ondine, Sala de Dans, Buzunar, Suspendata, Club, Dan Coman, Minunilor, Gabor Halasi, Charonte, Grenoble, Sălile "A", Sala Bivuacului, Înalta, Pagodelor, Helictitelor, 89", Amfiteatru, Bingo, Sala cu Ferestre, Sala Finală and Sala Giganţilor which is 750m long, 111m wide and 35m tall – is the biggest in our country, second in Europe and fourth in the world. Concretionary cave formations are found here, the most beautiful are in Sala Comorilor (Treasures’ Hall). The cavity from the entrance has calcide crystals of impressive sizes.

The cave can be covered without difficulty in the first section, but the entrance in the cave can be done only with the approval of a representative of the Apuseni Natural Park and under the supervision of experienced speleologists.

Humpleu Cave will most likely become the widest cavity in the country, surpassing the well known Vantului Cave (Wind’s Cave). It is thought that Humpleu Cave has a gallery developing potential of over 100km in length. Upstream on the Firei Valley, partially explored small cavities are found: Peştera cu Montmilch, Peştera din Coasta Vârtop, Peştera Labirint, Peştera Ursului.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Bălceşti - spre Răchiţele

Road quality: good

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Estimated time: 25 km - 45 min.

18. Scarisoara Glacier’s Cave

1165m high, on the carstic Scarisoara plateau, this cave is 720 m long and 105 m deep. The access can be made through a swallow-hole 48m deep and 60m in diameter. Its galleries are very impressive: Sala Mare (the Big Hall) – 47m in diameter, Sala Mica (the Small Hall), Biserica (the Church). South of the Sala Mare there is the 15m large and 7m tall entrance to the Maxim Pop Gallery, which descends 68m and is continued by Rezervatia Mare (the Big Reservation) which than ascends into Caterdrala (the Cathedral), which is ice free and has beautiful concretional shapes.

You can pass from the Catedrala into the Coman Corridor, which is the warmest sector of the cave (+5 °C), ice free but rich in concretional calcites. From Sala Mare you can also reach in Rezervatia Mica (the Small Reservation), by descending over an ice front 14m tall. Palatul Sanzaienei - north-east from Rezervatia Mica, is also ice free and concretional.

The ice block has a 75.000 m3 volume and a medium thickness of 16m and is quartered in Sala Mare, forming the ceiling of this hall. It prolongs from here tounge like icy formations into Rezervatia Mare, Biserica and Rezervatia Mica. In these three halls, some distance away from the icy block, ice stalagmites of various sizes from a few cm to over 10m are formed (in Biserica). The ice block is 3500 years old, but the stalagmites sometimes die from one year to the other.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Bălceşti - Dealu Boţii - Doda Pilii - Padiş

Road quality: good

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Estimated time: 45 km - 1 h 20 min.

19. Focul Viu Glacier Cave (The Live Fire Glacier Cave)

This cave hosts the third biggest fossil ice block in the country after Scarisoara Glacier and Bortig Swallow-hole, also situated in the Apuseni Natural Park, and has a volume of about 25.000 m3. The access in the cave is restricted from a point on. Even to reach this point is a challenging, but amazing experience due to the landscapes.

The cave is formed out of two halls. In the first and larger one there is the huge ice block. The cave has windows that allow enough light to come in so that the ice stalagmite groups which are opposite the entrance can be seen. Around midday the sun’s rays provide a fairy tale background. The existence of the ice block in the cave can be explained by two elements: the ceiling window which allows cold wind to accumulate and the lack of cave ventilation, which maintains the cold air in all year round.

20. The wooden Belis Church

The wooden Belis Church was moved here from Giurcuta de Jos Village after it has been partially flooded by the Fantanele – Belis dam’s waters. Mihail and Gavril (Michael and Gabriel) are its titular saints, but the church is not listed on the new historical monument list. In the old village, a comunity of ortodox belivers priests and a place of worship existed even before 1820. During the 1848 revolution, the church was set on fire and the villagers did not manage to rebuild it until 1862. In 1975, due to the construction of the hidropower plant on the Somes River, the church was moved in the new village of Belis.

The church was built by wood craftsmen from the Albac area, who were helped by the comunity that provided the needed wood and chip.

Built from fir beams manually cut by saw, the church has the shape of a ship, with two porches (one in the north side and one in the west) like all Transilvanian churches from the Apuseni Mountains. The interior is padded with wooden boards and the exterior with chips.

Every 5 years, when the dam is cleaned, the old stone Belis church emerges from the water.

21. The fortified Valeni Church

Built in 1261 by Franciscan monks, the Fortified Valeni Church, initially a Reformed-Calvin Church was and still is one of the most beautiful churches in Cluj County. From the place that it is placed, the church offers a special view over the area.

In 1452, the church was enlarged in Gothic style, keeping the paintless walls on the inside, a protestant tradition. Hanging from the ceiling there are some embroideries and some sort of “hats” made out of weat ear called “buzakoszoru”, that simbolize bread (the Body of Christ); the ceiling is made of casetes painted with different motifs.

The church is protected by two wallsand bastions (built in the XVIIth century), and therefore served as protection for the villagers, including during the Hun invasion. The cemetery is resting place for the victims of XVII century Hun invasion, and is marked with funerary pillars (popular among Romanian ethnics) that inspired the great sculptor Brancusi in his Infinity Coloumn.

We recommend you to follow a track on the hills above the village and the parish Calatele, as you will have the opportunity to admire great landscapes.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads Beliş - Mănăstireni - Văleni sau Beliş - Izvoru Crişului - Huedin - Calata - Văleni

Road quality: good

Estimated time: 51 km - 1 h.

The route can also be done by car on the following: Beliş - Călăţele - Călata – Văleni

Road quality: good

Estimated time: 25 km - 30 min

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22. Margau Michael and Gabriel Saint Archangels Church

In 1342, after the village from Goronet has been moved, the first church was built out of durmast wood on the present site called Preluca Soarelui. It lasted until 1506, when a new stone church was built in stead of the old one. On 17 July 1798, the Margau Orthodox Church was destroyed by lightening and was rebuilt entirely.

The reconstruction began in 1804 and was finished in 1835 during the life of the priest Ioan Ungur sr., the author of Margaului Chronicles. It is made out of ashlar and river stones, and the bell tower is made of beams. The wall that surrounds the church and the cemetery was built in 1735. Many repairing projects have been done during the years, but the most important are the ones from 1879, when the roof was refurbished (after being struck by lightning a second time) and in 1995, when the paintings and the inside of the church were restored. Above the door however, there is still a part of the original painting of the church.

The route can be done by car on national, county, parish roads: Beliş - Călăţele - Buteni - Mărgău

Road quality: good

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Estimated time: 25 km - 35 min