Visiting Cheile Rudariei – water mills and other sights

Water mill at Rudaria, ©ALiNzele/Flickr

Water mill at Rudaria, ©ALiNzele/Flickr

Visit one of the most important mixed style nature reserves of Romania: Cheile Rudariei. The reserve is located in the county of Caras Severin, in a mountainous region, on the administrative territory of the localty called Eftimie Murgu, also known as the town of Rudaria. In the surrounding region in a beautiful and pictoresque valley flows one of the main tributary streams of Nera River, Rudaria River. The whole nature reserve lies on a land of about 250 acres in the region of the Almajului Mountains, a subdivision of the Banatului Mountains. This top notch corner of nature has been declared as a nature reserve, protected by law, for its wonderful panoramas which dominate the region.

The beauty of Cheile Rudariei

The hillsides in this beautiful region are divided by passes, deep valleys, abruptions and waterfalls. The land is covered with rich green vegetation. Among the plant species we can mention beech, linden, nut-trees, wild lilacs and dogwood. Cheile Rudariei are quite famous and popular in the Banat region as its magnificent panoramas, the watermills, old cabins built on the river side take the breath away of every tourist and visitor. Cheile Rudariei is also the location of the largest complex of the southeastern European region: Complexul Mulinologic de la Rudaria.

Rudaria river with a pictoresque watermill, ©ALiNzele/Flickr

Rudaria river with a pictoresque watermill, ©ALiNzele/Flickr

Watermills in Complexul Mulinologic de la Rudaria

The complex consists of several watermills along Rudaria Valley which were first installed a long time ago and in the beginning of the 20th century were considered historic monuments, as they represent an important part of the national heritage. These constructions are under the supervision of the Astra Museum of Sibiu city.

Water mill at Rudaria, ©ALiNzele/Flickr

Water mill at Rudaria, ©ALiNzele/Flickr

All the watermills in Rudaria, which are considered real treasures, were built according to traditional plans however some of the old elements and parts were replaced by new, modern ones. There are 22 watermills in total in the valley and they are named in most cases after the families they belong to. Just to name a few there is one called Popeasca Mill, Firiz Mill, Prundulea Mill, Rascoanea Mill, Patoanea Mill and so on. The mills were used for grinding and they were operated by the water stream which made them propel and grind the seeds, thus producing flour.

Other sights

In the surrounding region, the Banat, there are some other touristic sights worth visiting as well such as the Christian Baptist Church in the town of Eftimie Murgu or the nature reserve at Cheile Nerei.

Cheile Nerei, ©Adrian Paleacu/Flickr

Cheile Nerei, ©Adrian Paleacu/Flickr

 

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