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Tourist attractions

The Land of the Padureni

The Land of the Padureni stretches on the territory of 6 villages: Ghelari, Batrana, Bunila, Cerbal, Lelese and Toplita. Characteristic to the region are large forested areas hence the name (padure=forest). Ghelari is considered the “capital” of region.
The entire land is distinguished by a very long continuity of popular traditions. The traditions’ origins are lost in the mists of time and remained intact despite foreign occupation or ethnic interference. The coexistence with other nationalities, the impact of industry and time, brought some elements of modernism in Padureni life, especially in crafts and in organizing household chores. Nevertheless traditions have remained intact. These are the pride of the Padureni population.

Sights in the TELIUCU INFERIOR commune

  • Villa rustica, located in the village Cinciş-Cerna at a location called ’’Silişte ’’
    – Stone tools from the primitive commune have been found and they are put on display at the local museum in Cincis and at the National Geology Museum in Bucharest.
  • Barrow necropolis in the village Cinciş-Cerna at a location called “Popeasca”
    – In 1935 stone statues dating from the 2nd and 3rd century, representing a man and two women in a toga, in natural size have been discovered. These statues date from the Daco-Roman Period.
  • Cinciş Lake recreation area, near the village of Cinciş -Cerna
    – The area is known since 1964 when the artificial accumulation lake was formed. There are numerous hotels and hostels as well as many holiday homes built in the area. A camping where you can go fishing and boating also exists in the area.


Sights in the GHELARI Commune

  • The church in Ghelari..
    This church is the largest Orthodox Church built in the countryside in Romania. Its construction was started in 1939 by the priest Nerva Florea and the entire community from Ghelari was involved. Moreover, the local brass band and choir were also involved. In their tours that span several years they gathered money to help with the building of the church.
  • The old church “St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel “,
    in Ghelari (near the big church), built in 1770.


  • The hermitage for nuns in Ghelari.
    The hermitage is included in the architectural ensemble of the new church.


  • The Greek-Catholic Church in Ghelari which was built in the late nineteenth century
  • The Roman Catholic Church
    bis_catolica_govajdia dedicated to “St. Florian” in the Govajdia village, which was built in 1802


  • The Greek Catholic Church “St. Varvara” from Ghelari, built in 1783
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  • Greek Catholic Church,
    bis_ortodx_govajdiain Govajdia, built in 1910


  • Reformed Church, Ghelari village, built in 1900
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  • The ruins of the monastery from the Monastery Valley in Ghelari.,
    inscript_bis_ortodx_manastirea The ruins date back to 1800


  • The Memorial Cross for the period 1916 – 1918, in the Ghelari village
  • The site “Valea Caselor” in Ghelari.
    valea_caselorBetween the 9th and 11th century a reduction furnace for iron ore existed here. It represented the most advanced technology of the time. Currently, a model of the furnace is exposed to the British Museum in London.
  • The Govăjdie blast furnace. .
    This was a monument of industrial architecture built from 1806 – 1810. It was the most modern in Europe. The cast iron support structure of the Eiffel Tower in Paris was manufactured here.
  • The route of the narrow gauge railway between Govajdia and Hunedoara and artwork of the line. Built in 1900, this was the first railway in Transylvania.
  • The site of the Nădrab hydro power plant. . Built in 1900, this was the first hydroelectric plant in the Hunedoara County.
  • The site of the Catanas hydroelectric plant. It was built in 1910.
  • The Lucaci quarry in Ghelari.
    cariera_ghelari_minereu2 cariera_ghelari_minereu3 cariera_ghelari_pg. Iron was extracted from here starting with 1700


  • The “Girl’s church” cave.
    . There is a legend surrounding this cave. It is said that girls came to drink water from this cave in order to meet their future husband. The cave can be visited and has a spring inside.
  • The edible chestnut forest in Ghelari. The forest is located between Ghelari and Manastire hamlet. In addition to its appearance, the forest borders a few historical sites. It lies on the access route to the Cincis Lake.
  • The tulip tree.. Some species of exotic trees were successfully acclimated to Ghelari, despite the altitude of 750 m. These include the “tulip tree”, a rarity that locals admired for decades. During spring is laden with yellow flowers that resemble very well the well-known tulips. The tulip tree is located in the center of Ghelari.


Sights in the BUNILA commune

  • The Dragan Muntean memorial museum in the Poienita Voinii village.
    The memorial museum was built in the house where the folkloric music singer Dragan Muntean was born.
  • The wood church in Poienita Voinii. The church itself is not an historic monument, but it has a very picturesque and interesting aspect.
  • The Bunila rural ensemble – is a protected ethnologic and ethnographic area for the Padureni population.
  • The Grunitan Ioan wooden house from the 20th century, located in the Bunila village
  • The Grunitan Arsenie wooden house , from the 20th century, located in the Bunila village
  • The Nandra Sofia wooden house  from the 20th century, located in the Bunila village
  • The rural ensemble Bunila între nr. 24-28, 60-76 (înc. sec. XX)
  • The wooden church “Assumption”, in the Alun village, dating from the 18th century
  • The marble church in Alun.  This is a religious edifice built entirely of marble
  • The marble quarry in Alun – the Pestis valley.,  If offers spectacular images of marble faults
  • Natural caves. Karstic phenomena in the Alun village.
  • Natural areas with blueberry and raspberry in the Vadu Dobrii and Bunila villages.