When people think of Transylvania, they mostly have Dracula in mind. For some it is also about the medieval festival of Sighisoara, and for only a few, amongst who Prince Charles, it is all about the wonderful villages around Sibiu. There is more to Transylvania than these. This book does not want to be a travel guide, but a means to discover hidden Transylvania. I was born and raised in Brasov, also known as Kronstadt (Crown City). It is a very old and beautiful city where Germans, Hungarians and Romanians live in perfect harmony.
A few kilometres from Brasov, there is a village called Sinca. Here we can find one of the hidden mysteries of Transylvania. Old Sinca is an old compact village, which was founded in the XII century. There are a lot of archaeological treasures, still buried around the village. But the one that is unique in its own way is the Monastery from the Cave or the Temple from the Cave. Around 1700 there were five monasteries, four made of wood and one carved in rock, although the village population was of only five hundred inhabitants.
All there five monasteries were Christian Orthodox. In 1762 the queen Marie Therese decided to establish the First Regiment to protect the borders. The villagers were ordered to leave their religion and to become Catholics. Almost all of them decided to leave the village and to withdraw the forest that surrounds the village and to life in huts. As time went by the villagers built new houses and thus, a new village was born, named New Sinca. Only five rich families had decided to remain in Old Sinca, and later on two of them moved to the new village, losing all their fortune.
After several decades the old village was repopulated with Romanians, the life returned to normal. Out of the five monasteries, only one survived the centuries, the one hidden in the cave. The entrance of the monastery is situated in a forest, where the vegetation is extremely rich. Above the place where the little church was carved there are some young oak trees. Five rooms, as high as to allow a normal person to stand, were carved in the fragile rock, with two altars and a chimney shaped as a pyramid.
The scenery outside the cave seems to be taken from a fairy tale and, indeed, it has the gift to enhance our imagination and to make us dream. The visitor can feel the nature outside through the thick walls of the cave. It is an ideal place to meditate, that emanates purity and mystery that can be felt by every person that enters here. There are numerous controversies regarding the origin of this temple: ? Its age, that varies from 250 years up to 7,000. ? Its origin: most of the researchers consider it to be a Christian Orthodox church, while others consider that it was built either in the pre-Dacic or Dacic period.
To support this idea they refer to the existence of non- Christian inscriptions from the walls of the cave. ? The way in which it was built: the two altars make some of the historians to think that the population that built the temple was not Christian, as no church has two altars. ? Some bizarre phenomena that manifest themselves from time to time- like the apparition of spheres of light at the entrance of the temple. These apparitions made the lovers of paranormal activities to think that the place has a unique energy charge.
They even sustain the hypothesis that here we can find one of the famous energy knots. In order to give you a real image of this magical place and of the phenomena that take place from time to time, we have studied a lot of testimonials and documents. A woman describes the following strange phenomenon. One day, she and one of her friends decided to visit the cave. They found it extremely dirty and they decided to clean it. When they have finished the job, they decided to go outside, climb the rock and have a last glance through the pyramidal chimney.
Once they were out they could hear a choir, four of five men’s voices, singing what seemed to be religious music. They tried to understand the lyrics but they couldn’t. Although the language seemed to be Romanian, it also seemed to be an archaic form. The song ended abruptly. The two friends reached the top of the rock and the song could be heard again with the same clarity. One of the women’s husbands that were waiting for them at the entrance of the temple told them he could hear the song as well. They decided to enter the cave again using their lighter to look around.
They stayed there until the gas from the lighter was consumed. They threw the lighter and continued their walk through the forest. After a while they discovered a similar lighter on the ground. The witnesses of this strange phenomenon were all professors: Livia Sangerozan and Doina nad Mihai Tofan. Professor Mihai Tofan is considered to be one of the most famous European scientists that study mechanics. The legend says that if one prays in one of the chambers of the cave, known also the Temple of Wishes, all their wishes are granted, if the pray comes from the heart.
A lot of visitors have discovered that most of the photos they took inside the cave shown globes of light. Others told that their cameras seemed to have a mind of their own turning on and off without control. Meziad – The Real Home of Zamolxis On the bank of the river Olt, in a dreamlike scenery, in the middle of a dark forest, the black eye of a cave looks at us. It is the cave where the god of our ancestors, the Dacians, lived. Zamolxis, the Man- God was extremely loved and venerated by them. The cave that used to be his home hides a lot f surprising secrets. The Dacian medicine men used to gather here and initiate each other in the secrets of healing. The legend says that they were able to cure any disease with the help of a plant called Polovraca, a plant that had disappeared centuries ago. Mihai Eminescu, the great Romanian poet mentions this cave in his poem “Memento mori”. According to the legends, Zamolxis had amazing powers, being able to change his appearance. It is said that he entered the cave and got out of it near Sarmisegetuza citadel.
The scientists that searched the cave almost one hundred years ago discovered footsteps that were almost two thousand years old. The rumours about the Dacian treasures hidden in the cave had attracted a lot of greedy people. All of them had violent deaths. It is said that the Curse of Zamolxis still guards the cave. Poeni, the village cursed by wolves… Poeni, the village at near the Poiana Ruscai Mountains hides a lot of stories that could compete with any novel by Stephen King. The villagers have been attacked by the wolves more than often.
A woman, Maria Sarbu, was killed and devoured by, what, at the first glance, seemed to be a wolf. The zoologists affirm that wolves attack people only when they have rabies, a fact that in this particular cave was improbable. At the same time, unlike tigers and lions, wolves are not men eaters. The mystery from Poeni becomes even deeper considering that no wolf was spotted there in over one hundred years. The elders of the village think that it was not a wolf that attacked and killed the woman, but a werewolf.
The victims that survived the attack described a beast that looked like a huge wolf with dark fur, which lest no footprints in the snow or mud, as if it had been flying. The witnesses also mentioned the fact that the beast disappeared the moment they started to pray. Werewolf or demon, nobody can tell what attacks the villagers from Poeni for more than two centuries. People say that the attacks have started two hundred years ago, when one of the villagers killed another in order to steal a valuable weapon. The person killed was the son of a witch, and on the day of his funeral she cast a terrible curse on the family of the killer.