Bucegi Mountains

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The Bucegi Mountains (Romanian: Mun?ii Bucegi Template:IPA-ro; Template:Lang-hu) are located in central Romania, south of the city Bra?ov. They are part of the Southern Carpathians group of the Carpathian Mountains.

To the east, the Bucegi Mountains have a very steep slope towards the popular tourist destination Prahova Valley (a.o. Bu?teni and Sinaia). At a higher elevation is the Bucegi Plateau, where wind and rain have turned the rocks into spectacular figures such as the Sphinx and Babele.

The Bucegi is believed to be the Dacian holy mountain Kogainon, on which the God Zalmoxis resided in a cave.

Name

The name of the mountains is derived from Slavic buk meaning "beech tree".

Ranges

The mountains are grouped in three ranges:

  • Bucegi Mountains (Omul Peak - 2505 meters)
  • Leaota Mountains (Leaota Peak - 2133 meters)
  • Piatra Craiului Mountains (Baciului Peak - 2238 meters)

The Bran Pass separates the Piatra Craiului and Leaota ranges; it was marked by border crossings between Wallachia and Transylvania, and was defended by the Bran Castle.

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References

Template:Reflist 3. www.RaduCinamar.com -> Discovery of Mountans Bucegi (August year 2003 in Romania) - A ancient technology inside the Bucegi

External links

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