Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wanna Take A Ride?

The Transfăgărăşan, or DN7C,is the most dramatic and second-highest paved road in Romania. Built as a strategic military route, the 90 km of twists and turns run north to south. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Piteşti.

Constructed between 1970 and 1974, it came as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceauşescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in the event the Soviets attempted a similar move into Romania. Consequently, the road was built mainly with military forces, at a high cost both financially and from a human standpoint—roughly 6 million kilograms of dynamite were used on the northern face, and the official records mention that about 40 soldiers lost their lives in building accidents.

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