A day trip to Luana’s Country mysteries.
The Buzău Mountains in Romania are just as beautiful as mysterious.
Those who dare to walk on these mountain roads have the opportunity to visit the most important cave complex in Buzău Mountains.
The caves can be found on the territory called Luana’s Land (Tara Luanei), situated near Aluniș, Nucu and Colți villages. Many rocks and cave walls in Luana contain an old writing that has not yet been deciphered. On the walls are also several enigmatic inscriptions. Some of them resemble stars and crosses, but the true meaning of them is unknown. Some artifacts have been discovered in the region and there are also carvings of unknown beings.
Legend or history?
According to an ancient legend, the “Luana Kingdom” was protected by powerful beings that guarded the gates of the city.
A long time ago, there were some cool giants who decided to build an empire like it was never seen before. Their king, Anu, look upon the earth and chose the most energetic, full of life place that he could find.
He decided to build a fortress made of melted stone, high walls reaching the heavens, with pure and sacred water springs and above, the bluest sky of all. The sun wasn’t like the other suns, it was the shiniest of all, and it always shined above the highest point of the wall. The magnificent fortress was inhabited by the great giants who helped all the beings of the Earth to heal themselves with the miraculous waters of King Anu, which according to the legend they could also cure the death.
But because there is no peace without war, this magic kingdom, full of love and happiness, was shadowed by firearms who wanted to destroy the goodness of Anu. The terrifying battle lasted for days, all the animals ran away, the birds flew across the world and the plants perished under the fire.
Since then, the dust, silence, and millenniums fell upon the Luana’s Country. But as the time heals everything, so, in one day, the grass began to grow, the beasts returned to these lands in the search for the living water, birds began to sing over the crashed walls of the great king’s fortress. Our citadel continues it’s silent and immovable life over civilizations, peoples, cultures, wars, births, life, death and disasters. Its walls are being buried, forgotten, lost, eaten by the mist of the times … until one day.
A group of children in a school expedition called “Burebista 2050” discovers a settlement dated before the Iron Age, a settlement that looks like it was struck by an atomic war. The news appears in one of the editions of the 1970’s Flame (ro. “Flacăra”) newspaper – one of the most important newspaper in Romania at that time, in which the expedition Leader Vasile Rudan offers an ample interview about this discovery, an interview that brings to the foreground Luana’s kingdom from our story.
Here is a part of this interview (source: here )
“More precisely, what did you discover?
– An unknown human settlement from the prehistoric age, of a huge proportions: the fortress’s defense ditch. Samples that witness the most incredible continuity of life in the same perimeter, starting from the stone age and continuing, uninterruptedly until the 1 st millennium BC. Digging further, into the soil, under the stone age layer, a large number of metal oxides-like tubes were found, burried in the ground in a shape of a radiator.
In an another cave, dated from the Iron Age, a fantasy battle like scene was discovered. From the stars, Terra is attacked by a spacecraft propelled by a long jet of flames. In its encounter, on the ground, two interceptor missiles start. In front of the space ship (left) is a stretched bow, with the arrow pointing towards the spacecraft. As a matter of curiosity: polls prove that the settlement was instantly destroyed by a burning fire – the burning layer (of an uncommon archaeological beauty) spans the entire surface of the settlement, showing evidence that the area was not devastated by a casual fire, thou by an act of anger of giant proportions, the earth being burned at a depth of about half a meter and in the area where there were no buildings or trees; it seems that the invaders intended to burn even the land on which the settlement was located. “
If this doesn’t convince you enough, a group of Japanese researchers made a public announcement about this area, as being one of the 3rd energetic poles of the Earth, the 1st one being located at Omu’s Peak in Bucegi Mountains, Romania.
Historical fun facts.
The name Colți is very interestingly associated with the historian Nicholas Densusianu with the Greek name of Colchis that appears in the legend of the Argonauts, the fearful seekers of the golden lane. In antiquity, amber was more precious than gold and diamonds and was always seated on a ram’s cloth, taken to the river and washed and properly maintained. After washing, due to the shimmering of small pieces of amber, that golden color to the wool was obtained. We are surprisingly discovering that Olympus Legends do not seem to belong to the Olympus, but to ours …!
The cave houses and giants throne from Alunis.
Caves, cells, and churches carved in stone during the first centuries of Christianity were used as places of refuge and worship for the hermits.
In the area of Bozioru-Aluniș-Nucu localities lies a rupestrian settlement with 29 dwellings. The most known piece of this complex is the 700 years old church in Aluniș village, one of the few places dug in the rock where religious ceremonies are still held. The settlement is classified as an A-class historical monument, some of the dwellings dating from the sixth century BC, while others from the Christian or early Christian period.
One of these cells belonged to the monk Dionisie, who, accordingly to another legend, made the road to his dwelling as complicated as possible, because he liked to be alone.
Many locals tell that ever since childhood they had seen several appearances of a monk wandering around the mountains and caves. More than 15 cave settlements are spread over a surface of more than 3 square kilometers. Some caves are old geological forms, others are carved or graved into the stone. There is also an ancient entrance to a tunnel. Where it leads is unknown.
In one of the caves – Fundul Peșterii – researchers have identified iconographical documents of over 4000 years old.
Once we get to the cave assembly from Alunis, we surround the church and the tombs and behind it, mysterious settlements can be seen, carved in stone.
After the first settlement, much more can be found at the upper level of the “hill”. You just need to hike a giant slippery and quite expose stone/boulder.
On a steep hill, just above the little chapel, another wonder can be found: The Giants Throne, later named as God’s Seat. But in order to get to it, we had to do a quite technical hike, which both upper and lower body had to be involved. Quite scary I might say if you are not used to exposing ridges, climbing or if you have a fear of heights.
If you sit on it you feel an energy, and the purity of the place urges you to meditate. Because the rain was coming down on us, we had to go back to our car and continue with the next objectives.
As I have said, because it started to rain, we had to leave. But the trip to this cave complex is not ended here, it continues to a more complicated set of dwellings and ancient and unknown rock carvings. My friend (also our teammate), Gratiela (Butterfly the Blogger) took the next pics when she led another group in the same spot in a more friendly weather.
So after the descend from The Giants Throne, Luana’s Country trip continues. The next stop is the megalithic citadel from Bozioru – Nucu. The roads to this place are not maintained, mostly dirt roads and during a heavy rain, it is quite impossible to get there.
Cozana’s meadow is the starting point from where all the mystique trails of Luana’s Country are starting. This meadow is shaped like a giant amphitheater and the legend says that there was like a nowadays Mecca of ancient civilizations., where important historical figures used to gather to receive ancient and secret teachings, to reactivate their 3rd eye and for illumination. The proof is settled in the carvings from the local caves, which also can be found in the most of Europe and Egypt and in some parts of Morocco.
The 1st stop is the most important one: Fundul Peșterii or The Bottom of the Cave Cave. The cave’s access is closed, but what was discovered here are 37 rock incisions, 59 representations of the southern wall of the citadel and 78 for the northern part, various types of weapons, daggers, lancets without tail, halebardes, solar drawings, a bow with an arrow and a drawing of a hand. On the left wall, near the entrance, a carved triangular head belonging to a mystique creature can be found. This drawing is also present in some caves in Australia, in the land of aborigines. On the bottom right, a Horus Eye like representation can be seen, which accordingly to the archaeologists, it is older than the ancient Egyptian one (late Neolithic 4000-3500 years before our era)! Besides this, as seen from the picture above, we can observe a representation of the ship who attacked Anu’s fortress.
Back to the meadow for the next stop: The Dionisie’s cave. Is a strange settlement, up high on the cliff and you can reach it by climbing some wooden stairs.
The name of Dionisie is a controversy because none of the Christian saints are named like this. His name is rather associated with the one of the God of Wine – Dionisios. This association of Dionisie with the cave that we have visited earlier, the one with a vulva looking shape, where ceremonies dedicated to the male’s reproductive part where held, is not at all randomly. Also, his other name – Torcătorul (en. The Wool Spinner) it can be easily associated with the myth of the Golden Fleece of the Argonauts.
The next point of interest on our map is The Joseph’s Little Church. The ascent is quite strenuous but totally worth it. When we have arrived there, the entrance to the stone-carved building was covered by a huge ancient spruce, with huge branches. It is placed at the base of a perfectly smooth wall who looks like a huge pyramid.
The hollow walls carved in the pyramidal wall are surrounded by channels to drain rainwater – we assume, nobody knows exactly. Inside of the cave, a silent and magical peace fill the chambers and it makes you never leave this place. Looking closely at the hollow walls, we notice the specific sign of the existence of another passageway. But there is something else, something stranger than that: among all the square “windows”, there is a rounded portal sign on top. Are there two different portals in the same place ?! It’s up to you to figure it out!
How to get there: The GPS coordinates for all of these points are:
- Dionisie, The WhoolSpinner’s cave: 45.423420, 26.437066
- The Bottom of the Cave Cave: 45.423593, 26.438858
- Joseph’s Little Church: 45.427526, 26.440150
- Aluniş Cave Church: 45.409358, 26.413718
- The New Agaton: 45.428957, 26.445691
- The Cave complex/dwellings: 45.422403, 26.435520
Entrance fees: None.
- Because the overall terrain is strenuous and quite technical, I highly recommend you to use hiking boots or approach shoes.
- BRING WATER, I usually carry camelback or Nalgene bottles and food is a long day trip
- And as a photographer, I took only my Canon EOS Mk 2 with 16-35 mm USM IS2 f2.8 lenses
The whole day trip map is here: https://goo.gl/maps/Xmpt1o7FUC72