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...