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Goiesti Church
Vogna Church has five windows: two in the Pre-Nave (already made), two in the Nave, and one at the Altar. Adrian is starting to make the remaining three.


Last updated Tuesday, 25th November, 2014


Cioroiu Nou Cioroiu Nou is still producing important discoveries. There are so many buildings here that it is believed that it is Malva, the capital of the ancient province Dacia Malvenis. The leader of the campaign, Exp.Arh.Dr Dorel Petrus Bondoc is still searching for a written artefact to prove this connection. It is, at the very least, a huge Roman town.

Last updated Tuesday, 25th November, 2014


Fishing in Romania This is to instruct the novice in how to fish: First choose a good place such as the right bank of the Jiu River. Then you should have good bait such as worms, and good fishing gear. Then, it is better to be part of a team, such as me and my son Alexandru. The fact that there are no fish, is not so important, so long as the other things are taken care of!

Last updated Tuesday, 18th November, 2014


romanian ghost project Gighera Zaval In the southern part of Dolj County, on the left bank of the Jiu RIver, in Gighera village, there is a beautiful forest place called Zaval, where a lot of tourists come. In the beginning, it was a wonderful recreation area, but it was abandoned after some time. Today it seems that the place has been rejuvenated, and in a very good way, so that tourists are once more coming there to spend a weekend, and to continue a Romanian folk tradition.

Last updated Tuesday, 04th November, 2014


snake A small salamander was saved by Adrian and Alexandru in a dry, hot area close to the small river in Vogna valley. It is now safe and happy in the river, and let us hope that it will be more careful next time!

Last updated Saturday, 01st November, 2014


Goiesti Project
The Romania Alexis Project - Adrian has prepared a 2014 list with NGO Alexis Project activities.


Last updated Saturday, 01st November, 2014


Radovan Forest Adrian passed through Radovan village, Dolj County, and was at the local cemetery to clean the grave of the legendary 'Radovan Midnight Bride', known many years ago as Maria Petra. The real grave belongs to Elena Padomianu and has not been found. He also put a few candles there. Adrian found the original wooden cross of the grave, more than 100 years old, which will be relocated at the Vogna Cultural Site, inside the ruins of the ghost church there, known as the 'Church of all dead persons', to rest in peace there forever.

Last updated Wednesday, 22nd October, 2014


Romania Today Romania Today - This page is to show the good and the bad things about living in Romania, some of the quirky and unusual things that may be found here. In Craiova, Dolj County there was a huge parade of the Romanian soldiers who came home from Afghanistan after six months of military missions there. Amongst them was our hero, Ionel Neagoe, who is still healthy and alive, burned by the desert sun, hunted by the local militias, with many memories from the battlefield.

Last updated Friday, 10th October, 2014


bilta The fossiliferous site of Bîlta is a small village near the town of Filiaşi, in the south west of Romania, at the intersection of three rivers, the Jiu, Motru and Gilort. Adrian made a second visit to the new bronze age site discovered there.

Last updated Friday, 10th October, 2014


bat
Adrian found in his medical unit a bat who is now being protected there, waiting to be released in a forest soon.


Last updated Thursday, 09th October, 2014


experiments Alexis Experiments - Adrian and Alexandru are investigating the use of a drone to better understand archaeological sites.

Last updated Thursday, 09th October, 2014


Butoiesti Church A few years ago Adrian did some research on Butoiesti, Mehedinti County, together with the well known specialist Exp. Arh. Dr Dorel Petrus Bondoc. Adrian has recently been to the site again, in order to search for more data. The story, told to Adrian by a local villager, Mr Belbitza and his daughter Laurentzia, is that about 1985, the old man found on top of the hill a treasure of about 400 Roman coins and a few old fireplaces. He led Adrian to the site, and they found a lot of Bronze age pottery and a some Daco-Roman pottery, but because of the rank vegetation Alexis will have to come back at a better time, perhaps in February next year.

Last updated Wednesday, 08th October, 2014


Jiu River Artefacts Jiu River Artefacts - Searching along the Jiu River banks, at the point called Balta Manastrii, just near Bilta Village, Adrian found again artefacts on the right bank of the river, placed there by the high level of the river this spring. The site is still unknown, maybe the artefacts are coming from Gura Motrului Monastery, a historical monument from the 15th Century which is not far away in the upper part of this area.

Last updated Wednesday, 08th October, 2014


racarii jos castrum
As every year, a new stage of digs has commenced at the archaeological site of Racarii de Jos Roman Military Castrum, Dolj County, supported by Oltenia Museum and led by Exp. Arch. Dr Dorel Petrus Bondoc.


Last updated Wednesday, 08th October, 2014


bilta The fossiliferous site of Bîlta is at a small village near the town of Filiaşi, in the south west of Romania, at the intersection of three rivers, the Jiu, Motru and Gilort. Near Bîlta village, in the Martalogu Valley, Adrian searches for hidden archaeological sites.

Last updated Friday, 10th October, 2014


Spring Flowers
Plants of Romania - Flowers from the village of Bilta.


Last updated Thursday, 02nd October, 2014


Fortress Dolj Farcas Site Adrian was in Farcas village with a young biologist, Carstea Danutz, to check the fossiliferous site there. The task was difficult, because it was raining the whole time, and the forest is deep and wild, and the hills are high between the wild valleys. The site has only a few small pieces of bone there, a large part of the hill was washed away by winter snow and spring rains. After the evaluation, there is no more to be seen here. The artefacts were given to the Oltenia Museum, to the palaeontologist Aurel Popescu, and there are other sites in the area still to be discovered.

Last updated Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014


Bulgaria This page is to record information about the culture and archaeology of Bulgaria. In Kailaka Park, Pleven, there is an archaeological site known as Storgozia Fortress, an ancient Roman fortification. The monument is well kept, renovated, has parking, and there is an information point nearby. In the centre of Pleven is an interesting Revival Area, full of replicas of ancient houses from regional culture and architecture, well constructed and fitted out, and used for tourist activities such as shops and cafes.

Last updated Sunday, 21st September, 2014


Architecture Project 2014 Today was the last day for Vogna Architecture Camp 2014 (second edition). We finished the fence, the gate and the protection roof over the entrance. Andrei has visited us and we showed him everything we have done here, also he has helped us in our efforts, both by evaluating them and by actually contributing to the building of the gate. We are looking forward to next year's edition, keeping always in mind that, no matter what the troubles may be, we must keep the spirit alive and do everything in our power to continue our efforts, the way we see them. We are very proud of our efforts and results and after few days of hard work (19-22.08.2014), we can now say that Vogna Cultural Site has made one more step forward.

Last updated Friday, 22nd August, 2014


Swans on the Danube
Sometimes bad weather brings people closer together.... Here we see pigeons in the rain at Craiova in the spring, making the best of it.


Last updated Saturday, 10th May, 2014


Alexis International projects Alexis International - This is an example of how private investors are trying to improve local tourism in Bulgaria. This facility, located in Oryahovo town, Vratska District, near the right bank of the Danube has a very good hotel, restaurant and winery, with a huge vineyard around it. The building is huge, with beautiful landscaped gardens around it, and other facilities nearby for tourists. It is called Chateau Burguzone.

Last updated Saturday, 10th May, 2014


Newspaper Reports
Media Reports - This is the latest file about the Valley of the Churches from Goesti Municipality, Dolj County, Romania, from the important newspaper, Gazeta de Sud 16th April 2014. The file shows the importance of preserving historical monuments, and an evaluation of the Vogna Cultural Site.


Last updated Sunday, 20th April, 2014


Bulgaria Today
Bulgaria Today -this page is to show the good and the bad things about living in Bulgaria, some of the quirky and unusual things that may be found there. The Radetzky was an Austro-Hungarian passenger steamship built in 1851. It is most notable as part of the history of Bulgaria as the ship which revolutionary and poet Hristo Botev and his band bloodlessly hijacked and used to reach Kozloduy, Bulgaria.


Last updated Wednesday, 16th April, 2014


Vidin Military Building Adrian has made an evaluation of an old building from the 18th Century close to the Baba Vida Fortress in Vidin, Bulgaria. It appears to be an old military storage complex, which is today in bad condition even to be repaired as a local museum. The building is a classical one, with huge stone walls and beautiful handmade wooden structures inside it. .

Last updated Wednesday, 16th April, 2014


Goiesti Church Cirstea Danut, student at the Facultatea de Agricultura-Horticultura din cadrul Universitatii din Craiova has made an interesting study of a curious cross like object on a fossil bone. It turns out to be a completely natural phenomenon, with nothing to do with any religious aspects.

Last updated Thursday, 10th April, 2014


Romania Today Romania Today - This page is to show the good and the bad things about living in Romania, some of the quirky and unusual things that may be found here. The latest post is of the blue Danube in the area of Bechet Harbour, Romania, in the early spring of 2014. The river has passed through this point for millions of years, with the land on each side of it connected by a real highway. When we see the river as beautiful as this, we can believe in Mother Nature, and admire it for its wonderful vistas.

Last updated Friday, 10th October, 2014


Iones
Recent Romanian Archaeology - Alexandru and Georgia made a visit to Baile Ionele Lake, after a hard winter, with the lake again full of water from the melting snow.


Last updated Sunday, 16th February, 2014


Sona Pyramids
The Pyramids of Sona are mystifying hills that may be Tumuls, burial mounds, near Brasov, Romania.


Last updated Saturday, 01st February, 2014


filishano.jpg
The Filishano Tomb is a beautiful historical monument, which needs to be repaired and protected in a better manner than at present. Alexandru has written an excellent essay on this important Mausoleum.


Last updated Friday, 17th January, 2014


Goiesti Church The Alexis Project has received authorisation to repair Vogna, and the project is now well under way.
This page is an archive of the work up to the end of the work season in 2012.

Last updated Friday, 29th November, 2013


Alexis Projects Specific Alexis Projects - The Alexis team has a number of projects to benefit the local community, including school visits, guided excursions, and donations to educational institutions, and to improve the knowledge, respect and understanding of Romania's historical past, culture and civilisation, as well as respect for the natural environment and the ethnic traditions of the Romanian people. As well as the existing car of the Alexis Project, a new (second hand) vehicle has now been procured, a similar vehicle to the older one, but with features which will be very useful for the successful running of the Alexis Project. Very soon, the 'new' car will start work on the same dream: to make Romania a better known and understood country, as well as a beautiful one!

Last updated Friday, 22nd November, 2013


Vogna Student Camp The Vogna Project 2013 is a camp which ran from 17th to the 23rd August 2013, financed and supported by the Alexis Project with eight students from the faculty of Architecture at Bucharest University, Romania, coming from Timisoara, Moldova, Ploiesti, Bucaresti and so on. Final documents from the student team who worked there have been issued and published. The documents include the making of the wooden structure and the plan of the Vogna Cultural Site. It is beautiful work from a generation that can carry on ever more worthwhile projects.

Last updated Wednesday, 13th November, 2013


Ten Hour Project The Ten Hour Project - this is an excellent project prepared by Alexandru Gheorghe as part of his studies in Architecture. It is of very high standard, and especially so when one considers the very short time given for its completion. Alex prepared this project for an examination of ten hours duration a couple of weeks ago at his University. The Examination is called 'Sketch', and the students have one of these each month. The requirement is to make an entire project, without any guidance from the teachers, in just 10 hours. You start in the morning, and hand in the papers in the evening. In the meantime, you are free to move, or do whatever you want, so long as you finish the project in time. This particular project had as the objective to complete an open corner on a small street in traditional urban materials, of roughly 18 metres in length, and between 3 to 7 metres wide.

Last updated Thursday, 31st October, 2013


Ostravu MareAdrian revisited the 'grave' of the ancient Basilica from Ostrovu Mare Archeological site, to check on the condition of the oldest Christian church ruin in the entire Oltenia area, a site which had been investigated and uncovered by the specialists from the Iron Gates Museum, Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Mehedinti County. The only task the specialists set themselves was to write a few articles concerning their specialties in journal, and then let the site deteriorate without further care.

Last updated Monday, 07th October, 2013


CrivinaThe Alexis Project team revisited Crivina on the left bank of the Danube. It consists of a bronze age cemetery, and another from the Middle Ages, as well as a Middle Ages settlement well known to the specialists from the Iron Gates Museum in Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Mehedinti County. Never in the last ten years has the Iron Gates Museum accepted our offer to promote, save, and cooperate with the sites from Mehedinti County, and we have no authority to save them ourselves. These artefacts will be lost forever once they are washed away in the next flood.

Last updated Friday, 04th October, 2013


Gruita  Church
Gruita Church is badly in need of repair and conservation. Silently and slowly, the beautiful church of Gruita is dying in the middle of human misery. No one is interested to save the most beautiful church in the whole of Oltenia. No one is worried about God's reaction to such misery. Gruita my love, you are the monument to Christianity of our days, of my people's heart in the presence of its own heritage...


Last updated Friday, 04th October, 2013


pravets
Prezentare in Profil Turistic a Sitului Arheologic Pravets


Last updated Monday, 16th September, 2013


Alexandru's Europass CV

Alexandru's References from the NGO Alexis Project.


Last updated Sunday, 15th September, 2013


racarii jos castrum
Again this year, Oltenia Museum has decided to continue to search in the area of the ancient Roman castrum of Racarii de Jos village, Bradesti municipality, Dolj county. There is known to be here a very important military fortress of the ancient Romans, covering the defence of an important part of Dacia Malvensis, which is known today as Oltenia. Having regard to the Bulgarian efforts to respect the reality during any type of reconstruction of the site, Adrian puts two questions from the Alexis Project: 1. If we are to accept the economic reasons for making the reconstruction of the old structures only half a metre tall, is it not imperative then to make the new structure more similar to the old - using the same sort of mortar, the same stones, the same style? 2 . Looking at these images, it is not just me who asks 'Where Is The Site?'


Last updated Wednesday, 08th October, 2014


Grivitza Battle Adrian was again in the area of the Grivitza monuments recently, in Pleven, Bulgaria, where there a complex of monuments to honour the 1877 War of Independence against the Turks. He found a few improvements to the monuments, repaired and cleaned better than they were, but still some things are missing, such as the bronze statues and bronze plaques, part of those monuments since 1877. Adrian has donated to the Military Museum of Pleven a lot of 1877 military maps, movies about the War of Independence, books and medals, yet not one of them is on display in the Museum as yet. It seems that, for Bulgarians, some things are more important than to support a European project for the historical complex of Grivitsa, even though this war, won by Russians and Romanians as well as Bulgarians, their history can be seen from another point of view.

Last updated Thursday, 22nd August, 2013


Bordei The Bordei Project. Bordei is a type of housing known in Romania and neighbouring countries under the name borrowed from Romanian. It is the oldest known permanent home in Romania, found in archaeological sites from prehistory to modern times. They remained as dwellings until after the First World War in Romania, often overlooking the plains of the Danube. NGO Alexis Project wants to make in the Vogna Valley a small reconstruction of a village using Bordei houses around the ruins of the 19th Century church there. Despite difficulties, Adrian has been working to improve the roof of the Bordei, because a country without a past has no future. So, in this very hot summer, Adrian is up on the roof, risking life and limb, for his country.

Last updated Sunday, 18th August, 2013


Trajan's Gate The Gate of Trajan is an historic mountain pass near Ihtiman, Bulgaria. It was named after Roman Emperor Trajan, on whose order a fortress by the name of Stipon was constructed on the hill over the pass, as a symbolic border between the provinces of Thrace and Macedonia. The pass is primarily known for the major medieval battle of 17 August 986, during which the forces of Byzantine Emperor Basil II were routed by Tsar Samuil of Bulgaria, effectively halting a Byzantine campaign in the Bulgarian lands.

Last updated Thursday, 25th July, 2013


Tetoiu site Tetoiu site - The Alexis team often picks up a small bit of information about a possible site, and then makes a trip there, to make an evaluation at the target field, as well as studying satellite data in order to come to a conclusion. So…. the Alexis team received information that about 60 km north of Craiova, in Valcea county, near the village of Tetoiu there was an ancient fortress, where Roman coins and other artefacts had been discovered. A preliminary search on the net showed that, in the southern part of the hills was a possible site for the fortress, near a river and a forest, a site which may well have been a Castra Estivae, still unknown to science.

Last updated Saturday, 20th July, 2013


Jiu River The Jiu River and Environs near Filiaşi. The Jiu River is now at Code Red because of flooding. A lot of agricultural land has been covered by the Jiu, but not many houses were in danger. The wooden foot bridge between Filiasi and Bilta has fallen down forever, lost because of the very high flood waters. Today the roads were open again, and life begins to move as normal.

Last updated Monday, 20th May, 2013


Best of Alexis
This page, 'The Best of…' is to record the best images from the Alexis Project.
This first image of the series was made in the spring of 2013 in the Vogna Valley, to remember the hard work Adrian put in there: alone, with snow falling, going to his destiny.


Last updated Sunday, 19th May, 2013


Vogna Fossils
The Valley of Vogna has fossils from the Romanian II era, about two million years old.


Last updated Friday, 10th May, 2013


Jiu foot bridge For 60 years this wooden foot bridge over the Jiu River connecting Filiaşi and Bilta has served the people of the area. It is now a ghost bridge, because of the 'work' of the Filiasi town council. Because there is now a concrete bridge over the Jiu, this foot bridge was very rarely used, but it was not closed by the Mayor, even though it was in bad condition because it had not been repaired. A few days before the closure, a woman trying to cross the Jiu fell through into the river. Because of this, the Town Council decided to rip up most of the floor boards of the bridge and burn them, sot hat it could not be used at all, instead of repairing it.

Last updated Friday, 03rd May, 2013


Iones
Adrian has a small company which produces hand-made toys. He has a USA invention certificate for a 'moving faces' toy. He strongly believes that a toy has to be ecologically friendly, first, as to materials, paints and so on, as well as being interactive, cheaper than others, animated, and interesting for children, depending on their age. He is working on a new design for a wooden puzzle.


Last updated Saturday, 27th April, 2013


lichiardopol houseRecently the Alexis Project has made an evaluation at the request of the owner of a house known as Lichiardopol House, in Corabia town, Olt County. This house, a local historical monument, was built by a rich owner, Lichiardopol, at the end of the 19th century, and today belongs to a man who is ready to do everything necessary to improve the building and restore it to its former glory. The house is a huge one, with 31 rooms, made completely in brick, with two wings and a central section connecting them. The house is still sound, dry, with large windows and large doors, but it needs a lot of work to bring it back into good condition.

Last updated Friday, 26th April, 2013


Dolj County Historical SitesDolj County Historical Sites - Almăj is a community half way between Craiova and Filiasi, hidden inside the hills along the Jiu River valley. Here, the stone cross saved by the Alexis Project about five years ago, is still kept in the mud, wet and dirty, by the local authorities, even though it is a historical monument. The local church, another historical monument, is in good condition, marked protected and restored. But, the most important mystery for us is the Cula Barbu-Poenaru of Almăj, which seems to be in connection with the local school building, renovated so well that…we do not know where is/was the old historical building monument…

Last updated Thursday, 25th April, 2013


Gorj County
In the north-east part of Gorj county can be seen many old traditional houses, many of them ornamented with a lyre, an ancient Roman/Greek musical instrument. Some have wood worked in a very clever way. It is a poor economical area, but beautiful by its traditions and cultures. This area is a real wonderland for tourists, and only needs a little promotion.


Last updated Monday, 22nd April, 2013


Sucidava
Sucidava is a Dacian and Daco-Roman historical site, situated in Corabia, Romania on the north bank of the Danube. Here can be found the first Christian Basilica in Romania, the foot of a Roman bridge over the Danube built by Constantine the Great to link Sucidava with Oescus, and there is also a secret underground fountain. Sucidava is a beautifully maintained part of Romania's heritage.


Last updated Monday, 22nd April, 2013


romanian patrimony
At the exit from Corabia to Bechet, in the middle of a field, stands this beautiful unknown cross. It has been forgotten, and is unprotected and unpromoted as an important part of our beautiful patrimony.


Last updated Monday, 15th April, 2013


Tumuls of Oltenia Tumuls (or Barrows, or large earthen tombs) in Oltenia. There is a good road between Bechet (Dolj County) and Corabia (Olt County) following the left bank of the Danube. There are a lot of ancient tumuls on both sides of it. In the entire Oltenia area, there may be 1000 tumuls, from Bronze Age to Roman Times, later, or mixed. In Bulgaria, in the Kazarlak area, locals are promoting these historical monuments better than we are in Romania, so that they can be better protected from agricultural works, and can be designated as National Patrimony, under the protection of the Government from destruction and unauthorised digging.

Last updated Sunday, 14th April, 2013


Outlaw
The song close to the hearts of Oltenians, 'My mother made me Oltenian', has a very fascinating story, and it seems that this song was made in honour of John Jianu in 1809 by the fiddler Nita Balo, of Isalnita. The Prince had cut off the fingers of the fiddler's right hand so that the people would not rise in revolt from hearing his songs, but he did not stop singing.


Last updated Thursday, 28th March, 2013


Bodaiesti TellThere is a road between Filiasi town and Melinesti village, connecting the Jiu River valley to the Amaradia River valley, crossing the hills between them. At the entrance to the small village of Bodaiestii de Sus is a huge wild area, a valley between two lines of hills, similar to the Radovan valley, where a preliminary search has already found a few artefacts from the stone and bronze age. In this wild valley all the conditions for an archaeological site are met, including a forest on the hills above, a river in the middle of the valley, and a spring issuing from the hill. The artefacts are unusual, and a new and more thorough search must be made at this site.

Last updated Sunday, 10th March, 2013


Deer
When Adrian arrived in the region of the area of Gruita ghost church, these deer were in the middle of the field. They looked so beautiful, with no apparent fear of people.


Last updated Thursday, 09th October, 2014


Beautiful Romania
Beautiful Romania, a wonderful place. One of the most important parks in Craiova is Romanesco Park, which includes a castle and old bridge replica. The park is beautifully landscaped.


Last updated Monday, 04th March, 2013


Breasta site
About 100 years ago, a priest from a monastery near Breasta Village, Dolj County, found strange stones in the area where a small river was coming from the middle of Breasta village, and flowing into the Jiu River, stones which were covered by Slavonian letters. Following this meagre information, after a search using satellite imagery, an NGO Alexis Project team, at the end of December 2012 tried to identify the location of this strange, lost site.


Last updated Monday, 25th February, 2013


 roman empire map
Maps of Romania and the Roman Empire - a map of Orsova from 1724 has been added, as well as a map of the Thracian state (5-3rd century BC), showing the territory of the Dacians to the north of the Danube.


Last updated Wednesday, 06th February, 2013


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Adrian Gheorge and Dorel Bondoc made a search along the line of villages Cioroiu Nou - Urzicuta - Birca, and found a field near Cerat village which has a number of Bronze Age artefacts.The main site is at the GPS point 44.04680° N 23.39468° E, and also contains a few artefacts from ancient Roman times. Adrian has made another visit to the site. There are many tons of artefacts there, unprotected, on private land where ploughing of the fields goes on unabated.


Last updated Tuesday, 05th February, 2013


Baile Ionele
In the southern part of Baile Ionele Lake, Urzicata Village, Dolj County, a very extensive site has been discovered. The site is huge, and occupies an area on the southern border of the lake, about 200 metres along it, and 200 metres to the south, a huge area full of artefacts from the time of the Romans, as well as some artefacts from the Bronze age.


Last updated Monday, 04th February, 2013


arhangeli church
The Church of Sf. Arhangeli, Bistreţ commune is a historic church, built in the 19th century. It is of the paleo-Christian Basilica type, with no steeple but with a porch, narthex (the entrance or lobby area, located at the end of the nave, at the far end from the church's main altar) and nave. It is made of simple brick, plastered, without foundation stones or concrete. The monument is not marked properly, has no electricity, and is protected by bars on the windows and a simple lock on the door. An evaluation report has been prepared.


Last updated Thursday, 13th December, 2012


government projects
Adrian and the Mayor of Goiesti have a dream to make a cave in the middle of Vogna Valley, to improve the offerings for tourists there. It will be a hole in the ground, covered by wooden beams, in turn covered by a plastic roof, and finally with earth. The walls will be made of wood, covered with iron mesh and then plastered with concrete to make a replica of the walls of the cave.


Last updated Monday, 10th December, 2012


Orsova
Orşova - Photographs of Orsovan artefacts of Roman times from Benea, D. et al., 1974: Orsova, Vatra de Istorie, Poarta de Lumina, depicting a votive inscription from the 2nd Century AD and a roof tile made in the 4th Century AD have been added.


Last updated Wednesday, 21st November, 2012


 Bilta Medical Centre
Dr Gheorghe has been working to renovate the Bîlta Medical Clinic. He has removed the wooden fence which was in disrepair, and cleaned and reorganised the centre's interior. The Bîlta Medical Clinic is an important resource for the people of the area.


Last updated Sunday, 04th November, 2012


Giurgita Site
General index of sites in Urzicuta-Afumati-Birca-Giurgiţa area. The Alexis Project was once again in the area of the undocumented bronze age site in the area of Cerat village, just near Girugita village. The Alexis Project believes that it would be a good thing for specialists from Oltenia Museum to start a thorough search in the area. The entire hill is full of artefacts, and there may be some that are important for the Museum's collections. A report on the Urzicuta region, Raport Urzicuta 23.10.2012, is now available.


Last updated Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012


ancient monuments
The stone cross of Gheorghe Opran, saved by the Alexis Project 8 years ago, was given to the Mayor of Almaj village, Dolj County to be kept and protected there. It was placed there five years ago, with the help of the Police of Patrimony, Dolj County. Today, after five years, this historical monument is in a bad condition, lying in the mud, in the middle of the village, forgotten by the Mayor and the other Christians from the area.


Last updated Monday, 15th April, 2013


Dolni Vadin Roman ruins
Dolni Vadin or Gorni Vadin, Горни Вадин, in Bulgaria, on the right bank of the Danube, is the site of an ancient Roman bridge and fortress, remains of which can still be seen today. Adrian made a successful search there. In a later trip to the opposite bank in Romania, at Grojdibodu village, no evidence of the Roman bridge, or even Roman artefacts, on the opposite side to the existing Roman bridge ruins was found. An important final report on the area has been completed.


Last updated Wednesday, 29th August, 2012


Orsova Ballista The remains of a ballista were found in the Roman Fort in Orşova during rescue archaeology in the 1960s before the rising waters of the Danube behind a dam covered the site. Nick Watts has made 'Firefly', a powerful, superb and accurate reconstruction of the Roman ballista found at Orşova. He has also treated it as a scientific endeavour, with careful and accurate measurements of velocity, energy, range and accuracy, something which has never been attempted in modern times.

Last updated Wednesday, 01st August, 2012


Tamburesti Church
On the main road betwen Craiova and Bechet, in the village of Tamburesti, there is a beautiful 19th century church. It is in a good setting, was well built in the first place, and is a good example of how an ancient church can be looked after and serve the people. The cemetery and the yard around the church are in very good condition, and it is a real pleasure to see what good people can do for their community and their old church. The church is still in use, a beautiful model of the good Christianity of my people.


Last updated Saturday, 30th June, 2012


Badosi Ghost Church
On the main road between Craiova and Bechet harbour, Dolj County, about 25 km south of Craiova, in the municipality of Bratovoiesti, in Badosi village, there is a ghost church built in the 18th century, near the village. This old church seems to have been forgotten by the people, having part of the roof fallen in, and severe damage on part of the inside walls. The Saints painted on the walls have all lost their eyes, removed for unknown reasons. There is a story that wizards used the powdered paint of the eyes for magic rituals, while others say that the pictures were defaced by Turkish soldiers in the 19th century, but no one knows for certain.


Last updated Friday, 29th June, 2012


Dog
Mammals of Romania - Adrian met a wild rabbit jumping from here to there in the middle of the fields around the Gruita Ghost Church. Spring has come to Romania!


Last updated Thursday, 09th October, 2014


Maria-Amelya Negut

Maria-Amelya Negut has made a very interesting journey to Sinaia.


Last updated Monday, 28th May, 2012


Copenhagen Buildings
Alexandru went to Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of his practice of Architecture course. This was a wonderful experience, and the beautiful buildings and inspiring architecture left an indelible impression on him.


Last updated Wednesday, 25th April, 2012








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Alexis Project Filiasi/Romania
RC J/263/230/2007 CIF 21464151
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