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The Road that Leads to the Sky

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The Transfăgărăşan is the highest and most dramatic paved road in Romania.

The road climbs to 2,034 meters altitude. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents.

The road was constructed between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceauşescu. Ceausescu 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 about 40 soldiers lost their lives in building accidents.


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Taken on August 31, 2007