Densuș Church - Biserica Densuș, Hunedoara Romania

Densuș Church – The Oldest Church in Romania

Posted by Darius Roby on  November 3, 2018

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Category: Romania
Location and Original Purpose To the west of Hațeg lies the ruins of the former Roman capital of Dacia – Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, founded by the emperor as a monument to his conquest of the Dacian country, and a symbol of Rome’s commitment to pacify and develop the region. It is well known to historians and travelers. Approximately 10 miles north of Sarmizegetusa, in the village of Densuș, exists a most curious church. It is
Perched along the arid cliffs overlooking the meandering river Azat, the town is famous for the impressive Temple of Garni.

Garni Temple – Hellenistic Temple in Armenia

Posted by Darius Roby on  October 22, 2018

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Category: Asia
In the time before their kingdom’s conversion to Christianity, the Armenians were pagans, worshipping deities of fire, water, and the sun. Indeed, the exact roots of the original Armenian religion are a bit difficult to identify. At its base, there appears to have been an inherited Mesopotamian root – the worship of Khaldi, Teisheba, and Shivini being documented in the Urartian kingdom. There is also evidence that early Armenians revered the phenomena of nature, in
Singing Dunes of Altyn Emel - Kazakhstan Desert

Singing Dunes of Altyn Emel – Kazakhstan

Posted by Darius Roby on  August 2, 2018

Category: Asia
In the Kazakh language, the place-name Zhetysu means “seven rivers.” The name is a bit of a misnomer however, as there are only five rivers that still flow through the arid region south of Lake Balkhash, their names being – Ayaguz, Lepsy, Aksy, Karatal, and Ili. In the past, there were two additional rivers, whose names are not known to me, but they have since been lost. During the time of the Russian empire, the
Georgian Spices from my trip to Sighnagi

Concerning Georgian Cuisine

Posted by Darius Roby on  July 12, 2018

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Category: Food
During my travels in Georgia, I had the joy of partaking in dishes of the Georgian people. Of course, it is well known that Georgian restaurants are very popular in Kiev, Odessa, Yerevan, and other cities of the former Soviet Union, however saying that I understand Georgian cuisine after eating a shashlik is like saying that I know American cuisine after eating burgers with camembert cheese in an Angers restaurant. Therefore reader, let this be
Tower of Ștefan the Great alongside the "Nașterea Sf. Ioan Botezătorul" Church, in the Princely Court. Turnul lui Stefan cel Mare - Piatra Neamt

Tower of Ștefan Cel Mare – A Symbol of Piatra Neamț

Posted by Darius Roby on  June 6, 2018

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Category: Romania
In the center of Piatra Neamț can be found an ensemble that is without peer throughout Romanian Moldova. Presently constituting a park, the area houses the ruins of a medieval princely court (rom: Curtea Domnească) dating back to the 14th century. It houses a church, built in the traditional Moldovan style, cellars, the remnants of some walls, as well as an impressive clocktower. The architectural detail in the complex is breathtaking, the Moldovan style being