The Legendary Ceahlau Mountains

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If you get the chance to travel to the Ceahlău Massif, you should allow yourself the time to observe the stillness and the curiosities of the landscape, to feel the wind and see the sunbeams through the leaves of the trees, to pick some raspberries, cranberries and blueberries, to enjoy the sunrise and the sunset, to hear the rippling of the water in your ears, and in a sense to get that strong feeling of “What a wonderful world!” Mother Nature created about 65 million years ago through specific processes.

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The Legendary Ceahlau Mountains is a photo album which aims to illustrate the mountain and to let the traveler discover it better, available in PDF.

The Ceahlau Massif features a ruinform relief, often being called The Moldavian Olympus, a fact that could be at the root of some of the myths that you might encounter on your hiking route. If the locals try to explain the strange and curious rock formations by associating them with certain heroes’ physiognomy, the geologists point out that these rock towers were shaped by time and the elements, a task facilitated by the softness of the carbonate cements that make up these conglomerates.
Its name is derived from the Hungarian word for bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), that used to live here. Located in the Neamt County, the Ceahlau Massif belongs to the Eastern Carpathians, formed in the orogenesis that started in the Mesozoic period (the so called “age of reptiles”) and ended in the Quaternary period. Ninety percent of its surface is made up by a flysch belt (sandstones and claystone, formed in the late Cretaceous and throughout the Paleogene) on a crystalline base (formed in the Mesozoic), while the other ten percent is made up by conglomerates (formed in the early Cretaceous).

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