History:Seven Natural Wonders of Romania

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The Seven Natural Wonders of Romania (Romanian: Cele Şapte Minuni Naturale ale României) are the seven natural wonders of Romania, which were chosen in the Seven Natural Wonders of Romania contest held in July, 2008. It was the second stage of the Seven Wonders of Romania program started in 2007. The voting consisted of two parts: experts in Romania voted for their seven best sites, and internet users voted for their seven favorite sites on the official website.[1]

The internet voting on the 16 possible candidates was opened on July 1, 2008 at the program's web-site. A total of around 60,000 internet users voted in the campaign.[1] The voting was closed on July 24, 2008 and the results were officially announced two days later on July 26. The whole campaign was initiated in 2008 by the Evenimentul Zilei newspaper in an effort to teach Romanians about the beauty of the natural surroundings of their country. The same newspaper underwent in 2007 a similar national campaign to vote for the Seven Wonders of Romania that were exclusively manmade.[1]

An interesting fact is the final table of the campaign because the winner, the Danube Delta, received 11.34% of the total votes.[1] The Cheile Bicazului-Hăşmaş was the natural wonder that came just outside the top seven wonders, and needed only six more votes to topple the Sphinx and Babele.[1] Initially there were only fourteen natural wonders on the list but at public demand two more have been added: the Cetăţile Ponorului and the Olt Defile.[2]


Three objects from the nomination list needed a special nomination:

  • the Berca Mud Volcanoes, the only of their kind in Romania;
  • the Iron Gates, one of the largest gorge in Romania;
  • the Vânători-Neamț Natural Park.


Place Wonder Image
1st Danube Delta[3] in Tulcea County
Danube Delta
2nd Retezat National Park[4] in Hunedoara County
Retezat National Park
3rd Scărișoara Cave[5] in Alba County
Scărișoara Cave
4th Cheile Nerei-Beușnița National Park[6] in Caraș-Severin County
Cheile Nerei.jpg
5th Ceahlău Massif[7] in Neamț County
Ceahlău Massif
6th Piatra Craiului Mountains[8] in Brașov County/Argeș County
Piatra Craiului Mountains
7th Sphinx and Babele[9] in Brașov County
Sfinxul - panoramio.jpg

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "CAMPANIE EVZ: Cele 7 minuni naturale ale României" (in Romanian). www.evz.ro. 2008-07-04. http://www.evz.ro/articole/detalii-articol/810874/CAMPANIE-EVZ-Cele-7-minuni-naturale-ale-Romaniei/. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  2. "Votarea minunilor s-a încheiat" (in Romanian). www.evz.ro. 2008-07-24. http://www.evz.ro/sapteminuni/votarea-minunilor-s-a-incheiat/2008/07/24/. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  3. "Delta Dunării" (in Romanian). www.deltadunarii.ro. http://www.deltadunarii.ro/. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  4. "Parcul Naţional Retezat" (in Romanian). retezat.ro. http://retezat.ro/. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  5. "Peștera Scărișoara" (in Romanian). www.welcometoromania.ro. http://www.welcometoromania.ro/Apuseni/Apuseni_Pestera_Scarisoara_r.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  6. "Cheile Nerei-Beușnița" (in Romanian). www.cheilenerei-beusnita.ro. http://www.cheilenerei-beusnita.ro. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  7. "Masivul Ceahlau" (in Romanian). www.ceahlau.neamt.ro. http://www.ceahlau.neamt.ro/. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  8. "Ghid montan Muntii Piatra Craiului" (in Romanian). www.carpati.org. http://www.carpati.org/ghid_montan/muntii/piatra_craiului-37/prezentare/. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  9. "Sfinxul și Babele, domnul și doamnele de piatră" (in Romanian). www.evz.ro. 2008-08-14. http://www.evz.ro/articole/detalii-articol/812137/MINUNILE-ROMANIEI-Sfinxul-si-Babele-domnul-si-doamnele-de-piatra/. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 

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