Fairytale landscape from Romania awarded at Traveler Photo Contest 2015

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A fairytale landscape captured in Pestera village in Brasov County by the Romanian photographer Eduard Gutescu is among the winning photos of the Traveler Photo Contest 2015, organized by National Geographic Traveler.

The Romanian picture, entitled “Land of Fairy Tales”, was awarded the Merit Winner distinction.

According to theguradian.com, over 17,000 images have raced in the contest. There were three big winners, while seven photos have been awarded Merit Winner distinctions, among which the one signed by Gutescu.

Pestera village is about 1,000 meters altitude, resting at the feet of Piatra Craiului Mountains and unveiling an exquisite view both to Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Massifs.

The village shelters the well-known Bat Cave, a national monument part of “Piatra Craiului” National Park. Although it was discovered centuries ago, the first archeological excavations in the Bat Cave were made around 1950. The cave entrance is through a narrow corridor, followed by a grotto and a gallery. You can admire the Jurassic limestone formations, formed over centuries, including so-called “tears of the earth”. The cave is not electrified, iso that the natural habitat of the bats shouldn’t be damaged. Therefore, a flashlight is necessary if you want to visit the cave.

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