Fundata

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Template:About Template:Redirect Template:Infobox settlement Fundata (Template:Lang-de; Template:Lang-hu) is a commune in Bra?ov County, Romania, in the historic region of Transylvania. It is composed of three villages: Fundata, Fund??ica (Kleinkertzberg; Kisfundáta) and ?irnea (Schirnen; Sirnea). The place offers beautiful panoramas for the Piatra Craiului Mountains and Bucegi Mountains, the freshness and the privacy make the complex a place full of beauty and peace. During the 2013 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival, it held the biathlon competition in the new venue of the town.

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Surrounded by the Bucegi Mountains and the Piatra Craiului Mountains, Fundata's altitude of 1360 m makes it the highest commune in Romania. ?irnea was first attested in 1729, and Fundata in 1732.<ref name="comuna">Template:Ro icon Comuna Fundata at the Fundata Town Hall site; accessed October 5, 2012</ref> It lies on the southern border of Bra?ov County, with Arge? County on the other side, in the middle of the Ruc?r-Bran Pass, along European route E574. It is 42 km from Bra?ov and 26 km from Râ?nov. In August 1916, when troops from the Romanian Old Kingdom entered Austria-Hungary, the first village they took was Fundata, also capturing their first prisoners there and suffering their first battle death.

A traditional lifestyle of herding sheep and cows is preserved, augmented by tourism. Indeed, ?irnea was declared the country's first tourist village in 1968. Aside from the mountainous scenery, attractions in Fundata include a wooden Romanian Orthodox church (1830) and one of stone (1939-1943); in ?irnea, there is a church from 1893-1894 as well as an ethnographic museum.<ref name="comuna"/> There is an annual festival held around July 20, feast of the prophet Elijah, called Nedeia Mun?ilor ("Mountain Celebration"). Originally a "feast of two countries" (Transylvania and Wallachia), it was revived in 1969, and features folklore displays as well as local cheeses and meats.

At the 2011 census, all but one of the commune's inhabitants were ethnic Romanians.<ref name="pop"/>

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