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Transfagarasan Highway

The road that climbs to the highest altitude in Romania, 2042 meters, in the Glacial Hollow Balea, and that links Walachia and Transylvania.

 

The Transfagarasan was built from 1970-1974 on the personal orders of Nicolae Ceausescu, who, legend has it, wanted to create a strategic route across the Fagaras Mountains to ferry troops north should Romania be invaded by the USSR.

 

A far more likely explanation for the construction of the road was the simple fact that the mountains were there, and that the road across the very top would serve as a proud example of just what socialist Romania - with Ceausescu as its leader - could achieve as a status symbol with little regard for cost or usefulness.

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Taken on August 31, 2007