On 12 of July 2012 the Embassy of Republic of Kazakhstan in Romania had organized a public reception to celebrate the landmark of 20 years anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan Charge D`Affairs- Talgat Kaliyev and his wife accompanied by professor dr.Anton Caragea and parliamentary Ahmed Aledin.
The celebration was attended by intellectuals, public figures, business community leaders, clergy and high level political personalities come to present homage to the strategic relation between Romania and Kazakhstan.
In only 20 years from establishing diplomatic relations Kazakhstan had rapidly become the main trading, economic and political partner for Romania in the Central Asia region.
Amongst the main highlights of this strategic relation we can present: Romanian support for Kazakhstan chairmanship of OSCE in 2010, the romanian support for Astana`s bid as organizer of EXPO 2017 and the gigantesque conference held on 23 may 2012, when the Romanian academic and diplomatic elite had express publicly the support for the strategic partnership between Romania and Kazakhstan.
All this important landmarks where presented in the framework of July 12 receptions, reception perfect organized by the Kazakhstan Charge D`Affairs- Talgat Kaliyev in an amicable and warm atmosphere.
Kazakhstan Charge D`Affairs- Talgat Kaliyev entrusted with the SUPPORTER OF MANKIND medal for H.E. President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan by Bucharest Municipality officials
A testimonial of the feelings of admiration and high standing of Kazakhstan in Romania was the presentation (at the indication of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation) by Mayor Nicolae Ontanu, on behalf of people of Bucharest of the main municipality honor, the medal SUPPORTER OF HUMANITY for H.E. President of Kazakhstan –Nursultan Nazarbaev.
This is a new indication that Romania-Kazakhstan relations are based furthermore on admiration and friendship among our nations appreciated professor dr.Anton Caragea.
In the end of this special night of friendship, H.E. Kazakhstan Charge D`Affairs Talgat Kaliyev received warm congratulation from the attending participants for a perfect reception and a key moment in expressing Romanian-Kazakhstan long term commitment for a strategic partnership.
On 5 July 2012 at the residence of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Embassy in Romania a special reception destined to mark the National Day of Venezuela was hosted.
The reception had gather representatives of diplomatic corp accredited to Romania, mass media and a delegation of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation headed by professor dr.Anton Caragea.
H.E Z. Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez, Venezuelan Charge D`Affairs had underlined the importance of the 201 anniversary of independence of Venezuela, ″a period that is underlining our necessity and responsibility as a people of vanguard, as people of Venezuela to make the necessary efforts in the process of independence initiated 201 years ago to be recognized as part of our long struggle of our people to obtain the recognition of our rights to self-determination and dignity ″
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation had warmly appreciated the efforts of Venezuelan Embassy in Romania under the mandate of H.E Z. Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez to make known to romanian public the ideals of Bolivar and Bolivarian revolution and the plight of Latin America and appreciated that 5 July is a turning point and an important date for any Romanian freedom and dignity loving.
Professor dr. Anton Caragea receiving from H.E. Z. Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez-a Venezuelan work of art
Also professor dr.Anton Caragea express his appreciation for receiving a new Venezuelan art piece as a sign of Romanian-Venezuela excellent relations.
The 5 of July Venezuela reception was highly praised by everyone present for the extraordinary amicable atmosphere.
In data de 5 iulie 2012, la resedinta Ambasadei Republicii Bolivariene a Venezuelei in Romania, s-a desfasurat receptia prilejuita de aniversarea zilei nationale a Venezuelei.
Manifestarea a fost onorata de reprezentanti ai corpului diplomatic, personalitati din diverse domenii de activitate din Romania, reprezentanti ai presei si de o delegatie a Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica condusa de prof.dr.Anton Caragea.
Excelenta Sa D-na Z. Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez, Insarcinata cu Afaceri a Venezuelei in Romania, a subliniat importanta manifestarii dedicate aniversarii a 201 ani de independenta a Venezuelei, ″perioada ce demonstreaza necesitatea si responsabilitatea noastra, a venezuelenilor, ca popor de avangarda de a depune eforturile necesare ca procesul de independenta initiat acum 201 ani sa fie recunoscut ca parte a indelungatei lupte a popoarelor noastre, de a face sa le fie recunoscut dreptul la autodeterminare si demnitate proprie″.
Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea, Directorul Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica, a apreciat eforturile ambasadei Republicii Bolivariene a Venezuelei, sub conducerea D-nei Z. Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez, de a face cunoscute in Romania idealurile bolivariene si revolutionare si doleantele Americii Latine si a apreciat ca 5 iulie este o data marcanta pentru orice roman iubitor de libertate si demnitate.
Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea si Excelenta Sa Doamna Z. Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez si delegatia IRICE
Totodata profesor dr. Anton Caragea a multumit pentru primirea din partea Excelentei Sale D-na Z. Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez a unei opere de arta venezuelene, semn al excelentelor relatii intre Romania si Venezuela.
Manifestarea din 5 iulie 2012 a fost apreciata de toti cei prezenti pentru extraordinara atmosfera de prietenie romano-venezueleana.
In data de 12 iulie 2012, la sediul Ambasadei Republicii Kazahstan in Romania, a avut loc o receptie prilejuita de implinirea a 20 de ani de la stabilirea relatiilor diplomatice intre Romania si Kazahstan.
Ambasadorul Kazahstanului-Talgat Kaliyev si sotia acompaniati de prof.dr.Anton Caragea si de deputatul Ahmed Aledin
La manifestare au luat parte intelectuali, oameni de afaceri, membri ai clerului si personalitati politice de prim rang, venite sa aduca un omagiu relatiei strategice dintre Romania si Kazahstan.
In doar 20 de ani relatiile bilaterale sau dezvoltat rapid, Kazahstanul devenind principalul partener economic si politic al Romaniei in regiunea Asiei Centrale.
Intre principalele momente ale acestei relatii strategice putem enumera : sustinerea acordata de Romania presedintiei Kazahstanului la OSCE in 2010, sustinerea acordata alegerii Astanei drept gazda a EXPO 2017 si extraordinara manifestare din 23 mai 2012, cand intreaga elita academica si politica a Romaniei a salutat parteneriatul strategic bilateral Romania –Kazahstan.
Toate aceste momente au fost amintite in cadrul receptiei din 12 iulie 2012, receptie ce s-a desfasurat sub admirabila pregatire a Excelentei sale-Insarcinatul cu Afaceri al Kazahstanului- Talgat Kaliyev si intr-o atmosfera de deosebita prietenie si calda simpatie.
Ambasadorul Kazahstanului primeste Medalia OM INTRE OAMENI, din partea municipalitatii, pentru a fi inmanata E.S. Presedintelui Kazahstanului- Nursultan Nazarbaev.
Marturie a sentimentelor partii romane si a inaltei aprecieri de care Kazahstanul se bucura in tara noastra, la indicatiile prof.dr.Anton Caragea , directorul Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica, primarul Nicolae Ontanu a inmanat din partea locuitorilor din Bucuresti cea mai inalta distinctie a municipalitatii : OM INTRE OAMENI pentru presedintele Republicii Kazahstan – Excelenta Sa Nursultan Nazarbaev.
″Este aceasta o noua marturie a faptului ca relatia Romania –Kazahstan este bazata in primul rand pe admiratie si simpatie reciproca intre popoarele noastre″, a apreciat prof.dr.Anton Caragea.
La finalul receptiei, Excelenta Sa Talgat Kaliyev a primit felicitarile celor prezenti pentru o receptie ce a stat marturie permanentei dezvoltari a relatiilor dintre Romania si Kazahstan si a prilejuit o noua manifestare a unei relatii strategice si a unui parteneriat de cursa lunga : parteneriatul Romania-Kazahstan.
HATEG: THE HEARTLAND OF ROMANIA
LANDMARKS OF VISIT BY PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA AND AMBASSADORS GROUP
( 6-9 July 2012)
The Table of Silence –
The Table of Silence is one of the three sculptural components from Targu-Jiu, made by Constantin Brancusi along with The Gate of the Kiss (Poarta Sărutului) and The Endless Column (Coloana infinitului), which constitutes an homage to the hero soldiers fallen during the First World War. The Table of Silence (Masa Tacerii) is made in limestone and it has the following dimensions: panel diameter 2,15 meters, thick 0,43 m and the leg is 2 m in diameter and 0,45 m thick. According to the exegetes of the Brancusian art, the Table of Silence represents the table around which gather the soldiers before confronting their enemy. At the same time, the chairs stand for the time disposed in hourglasses. Some make an analogy with The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci.
This table creates a poetic visual metaphor where visual and conceptual ideas are realized. The Table of Silence is a silent space to let people reflect, talk and express themselves. Silence is the condition necessary for listening.
The Gate of the Kiss – “Poarta Sărutului”
The Kiss Gate (Poarta Sărutului) is the second element of the Monumental Ensemble triptych in The Central Park of Târgu Jiu. Technically speaking, it is 5,13 m high, 5,45 m long and the pillars have 1,69 m width. This time, the material used was Banpotoc travertine and in order to achieve the Gate, Brancusi was helped by two stone carvers: Ion Alexandrescu from Bucharest and Golea from Dobrita. It’s significance is very simple: the Kiss Gate makes the transition to another life, and the motif on the pillars stands for the eyes looking inside.
“The Bolii Cave ”
Bolii Cave is a natural breakdown, accessible along its entire length, one of the few caves of its kind in the country. The name probably comes from the Bolia family who had from the 15th century land properties and forests in the area.
The cave begins where Jupaneasa Creek is lost in the Jurassic limestone package through a spectacular portal of 20 meters at the base and 10 meters high. The main gallery of the cave is generally of large dimensions, sometimes expanding into real spacious rooms. Some drain formations appear in the high places and on the ceiling of the gallery. At the exit of the cave the creek it’s named Galbina. In the ’60s the cave was decorated with crossing bridges over the creek but they were destroyed over time. There were installed culverts to facilitate the safe crossing of the underground hole.
The Densuş Church (also known as St Nicholas’ Church) in the village of Densuş, Hunedoara County, Romania is one of the oldest Romanian churches still standing. It was built in the 7th century with additions made in the 13th century on the site of a 2nd century Roman temple, with some materials from the Dacian Sarmizegetusa fortress. It has a stone tower above the naos. Inside the church there are 15th century mural paintings that show Jesus wearing Romanian traditional clothes.
It is considered that on the setting of the present day church, there was once a Dacian temple dedicated to Zamolxis, upon which the conquering Romans built a temple dedicated to the god Mars. After the Roman administrative withdrawal, the temple became a Christian church, and sermons were held there. Its present form dates from the beginning of the 12th century. Considering its tradition, it dates from the 4th century AD, and is considered the oldest church in Romania and South East Europe, and historically its present form dates from the 12th century.
Sarmisegetusa Regia was the capital and the most important military, religious and political center of the Dacians. Erected on top of a 1,200 m high mountain, the fortress was the core of the strategic defensive system in the Orăştie Mountains, comprising six citadels. Sarmisegetusa Regia was the capital of Dacia prior to the wars with the Roman Empire.
It should not be confused with Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, the Roman capital of Dacia built by Roman Emperor Traian, which was not the Dacian capital, located some 40 km away. Sarmizegetusa Ulpia was discovered earlier, was known already in the early 1900s, and initially confused with the Dacian capital. This inevitably led to inaccuracies regarding Dacian wars and Dacians military system based solely on insufficient information. Several hypotheses have been advanced to explain the origin of the name Sarmisegetusa. The most important are the following:
• ‘The citadel built of the palisades on mountain peak’ from ZERMI (*gher-mi, mountain peak, top cf. *gher ‘stone’, ‘high’) and ZEGE-T (*geg(h)t)
• ‘City of warm river’ from ZARMI ‘warm’ (derived from Sanskrit gharma ‘warm’) and ZEGET ‘flow’ (derived from Sanskrit sarj, bactrien harez; sarjana, harezâna ‘flow’), the city being named after the nearby river Sargetia
• ‘The palace that illuminates the world of life’ from “ZARMYA” ‘palace’ (Sanskrit harmya ‘palace’), ZEGETH ‘world of life’ (Sanskrit jagat, jigat ‘go’, ‘mobility / world of life’) and “USA” ‘illuminaing’ (‘enlightening’, ‘burning’)
“Cetatea de Colţ” also known as The Jules Verne Castle
The castle was built in the early XIV th century by the local ruler Candea. When he later switched to Catholicism changed his name to Kendeffy. The castle is in the Suseni village, Hunedoara county road DJ 686. It inspired the novel “The Carpathian Castle” by Jules Verne. Now, it is in a state of increased degradation, being practically a ruin. To get to it, you need to climb. It takes about 30-40 minutes, but the feeling and the view from there is incredible.
Retezat National Park
Retezat National Park was established in 1935, being the oldest Romanian national park in our country. It has over 20 highest mountain peaks over 2,000m in Romania. The mountain range gurgles with streams and has more than 80 glacial lakes. Here we can find the largest glacial lake in Romania – Bucura (8.8 ha), the highest peak in the Retezat Mountain – Peleaga (2,509 m. high) and the deepest glacial lake in Romania – Zanoaga (29 m deep). Traditional grazing activities are still practiced by local people.
Botanical reserve, protected area of 4th category, with a surface of 20 ha, on the range of Nucşoara village, Sălaşu de Sus communa. Represents an artefact of ancient hydrophilical associations with the Peudedanum rochelianum endemism. Special landscape aspect due to the populations of Narcissus stellaris.
Lolaia Falls is a spectacular natural attraction located at 1050 meters altitude in the north of the park and is accessible to visitors all year round by a passage called Carnic. This includes 90% of tourists who visit the park annually. Most of them did not know that a 5 minutes deviation from their route could bring about the special beauty of this waterfall where the ecotourism potential was compromised by the manner in which the attraction was flagged and highlighted. Tourists can reach the area by train up to a station called “Ohaba de sub Piatra” or “Subcetatea”. From the station there are buses that go to Carnic. Vehicle access is allowed all year round to Carnic. From here you are only 20 minutes away on foot to the waterfall.
“Campu Mielului” (The Lamb’s Meadow)
Campu Mielului is a flat field with a magnificent view heights towards Retezatul Mic.
Visit Lainici Monastery
It was constructed during the reign of Ioan Caragea Voievod between 1812 and 1817. The exterior of the church has been divided into two separate registers by a frieze built of brick having the shape of a semicircle. The paintings, which were done in fresco, have been well preserved in the porch. The tower has the shape of a square and serves as a belfry too.
The church was renovated in 1984. There have been constructed also modern outbuildings and facilities in the eastern and southern parts of the monastic complex, whereas the old ones have just been restored. An art collection that incorporated icons, liturgical objects and old printed books is also accommodated within the monastery. In 1990 commenced the construction of a new church. Construction activities have also been initiated on two monastic outbuildings: one of them has been designed for the members of the monastic community, and the other one has been designed for the administrative offices and for the library of the monastery.
The 2012 summer diplomatic trip was held on 6-9 July 2012 bringing ambassadors to the special place, world recognized as a perfect tourist destination, the heartland of Romania: Hateg –Retezat County.
At the invitation of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, a group of ambassadors and their families where invited to attend the regular DISCOVER ROMANIA program.
Ambassadors of United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan and Venezuela together with prof.dr.Anton Caragea at Retezat Waterfall
As usually the diplomats were selected in recognition of their efforts in the previous year to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between their countries and Romania.
The diplomatic trip was managed by the renamed ecotourism and mountain team of WILD TIME lead by the leading conservationist Gabriel Paun.
Retezat Waterfall: monuments of nature
The travel route, in the Discover Hateg beauties theme trip, had concentrated on discovering the natural protected area`s (who`s World Goodwill Ambassador is professor dr. Anton Caragea starting from December 2011) but also to historical areas in which the Romanian people was born from the mist of times.
The ambassadors group has a perfect guide in the perfect team of WILD TIME travel agency lead by ecotourism expert Gabriel Paun and the manger of the WILD TIME team Mrs. Raluca Nicolae.
The WILD TIME team had carved a program in full accordance with his motto: live nature in harmony.
We must emphasize that WILD TIME has being chosen as official partner for public diplomacy for 2012/2013, in recognition of their exertions and professionalism in forging the eco friendly tourism concept in Romania.
The Hunyadi Castle in Hunedoara was the center of ambassadors attention.
The diplomatic trip had concentrated in uncovering rare beauties areas such as: Hunedoara Cave, Morii River Natural Reservation, Retezat Natural Park, the former capital of roman Dacia province: Sarmizegetusa Regia, Densus Church (the oldest Christianity Church in Central and East Europe), Hunyadi Castle from Hunedoara, Cheile Butii area, Lainici Monastery, founded by Caragea family, the Carpathian buffalo reserve, ceramic peasants factory`s, objectives from Ramnicu Valcea etc.
The Ambassadors Group at Densus-the oldest church in East and Center Europe.
Among the most special and treasured moments of the diplomats trip we can highlight : the special subterranean meal taken in Hunedoara cave where the ambassador core had enjoyed a special treatments with kindle lights and natural food products along the shore of a submerged river, the meeting with regional authorities in the heart of Retezat Natural Area, attending the rare event of delivery of a buffalo baby born in Natural Reserve and the ambassadors visit to Caragea family historical legacy: Lainici Monastery, where professor dr.Anton Caragea had presented special moments in the family and Romania`s history.
Lainici Monastery- Caragea family historical legacy
The trip was a success in combining useful meetings and pleasant times, the ambassadors who taken part in the diplomatic trip had express their gratitude for the rare opportunity to discover a region so beautiful and rich in landscape and scenic spots.
The Ambassador group is traditionally welcomed with bread and salt .
The ambassadors who taken part in the diplomatic trip hold the unique privilege to reconstruct the road of discovery taken by Prince Charles of Great Britain in his Retezat trip and also they fallowed on the footsteps of famous travel documentary crew: Wild Carpathians.
Professor Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania expressed his determination to make the new diplomatic trip for this summer in the Bucovina area, in order to further support the regional development and to enhance international recognition for Romanian tourism and to express romanian side appreciation for the efforts made by ambassadors working in Romania.
Natural Charpatian Bufallo Rezerve had attracted the interest of ambassadors from Diplomatic Trip
Ambassadors from Kazakhstan and Venezuela and Kazahstan and their families visiting the famous Kiss Gate of Constantin Brancusi from Targu Jiu
Kazakhstan Ambassador protecting nature in Rezervat .
United Arab Emirates Ambassador presenting a flower to the participants in the Summer 2012 Diplomatic Trip
In perioada 6-9 iulie 2012, la invitatia prof.dr.Anton Caragea, Directorul Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica o delegatie de ambasadori si familiile lor au participat la o calatorie de descoperire a frumusetilor Romaniei, in regiunea cunoscuta drept inima traditiilor romanesti : Hateg-Retezat.
Ambasadorii din Emiratele Arabe Unite , Kazahstan si Venezuela alaturi de prof.dr.Anton Caragea la cascada Retezat