The most comprehensive book on Sinaia since Gheorghe Nistorescu’s monography was launched on March 19th at Casino Sinaia. “Sinaia, Oraşul Elitelor” is written with the soul by a declared lover of Sinaia. Carrying the aroma of old chronicles inside it, the book tells the extraordinary growth story of the city that would receive the important role of Romania’s summer capital. Readers are suggested a recourse to the values of the past; they are offered landmarks for a corresponding future. More than 1,000 old and new pictures, many of them showed for the first time, graphically crown the stories about people and remarkable events. Coming out after 20 long years of documentation research, the book lies on the border between a monography, a travel book and a photo album. “Sinaia-Oraşul Elitelor” is signed by Dan Manea, a connoisseur of this city history, a man who loves Sinaia, a mountain passionate and a pioneer for many of the actions taken in order to restore the true value of the buildings and historical monuments alongside Prahova Valley.
“This book is an invitation for anyone to travel through the halls of this huge open space museum called Sinaia: The Pearl of the Carpathians, the capital of Romanian tourism, the holiday resort with two Royal railway stations where the famous Orient Express stops, the Royal residence city or the summer Capital of Romania, as the city was called in time. One cannot see the true value unless he or she knows the motto that guided me in my wish to unveil for all those wanting to discover, beyond what anyone can see, what this city truly means and the unique way it enriches the universal patrimony,” Dan Manea says.
Readers are free mannerly and easily carried through space and time forays that will irremediably change their image on Sinaia, Romania, traditions, culture and personalities that marked their evolution. The book surprises by the novel perspective an architect vision offers upon his hometown. The author brings memorable events in the 300-years long history of the town to surface and impresses the reader with the amount of published information and pictures, as well as with the passion and generosity he shares the perpetual values that put Sinaia on Europe’s most important cities map with the reader.
“The author of “Sinaia-Oraşul Elitelor” succeeded in his effort to catch all details that made this location settlement a city differing from other Romanian cities. This difference is carefully and sensitively mapped, thus offering the reader an option to travel through Sinaia’s illustrated history without the feeling that physical distances diminish the emotional closeness. The book breathes out the fragrance of an illustrated and narrated monography of Sinaia, placing itself on the border between a monography, a travel book and an album”, Adrian Majuru, historian, anthropography expert, journalist and manager of the Bucharest Museum says.
After reading the book nothing is the same as before. The architecture goes out on the streets, the city breathes the stories of prominent characters that shaped its existence and the reader feels the pride of being a Romanian. The book becomes an ambassador with lawyer tenure, a lawyer that advocates the preservation of values and uniqueness elements that generate a difference. It seems that everything Romania could be singled out for found an expression in Sinaia, from the Royal House to the most important characters of Romanian economic and cultural life. Owning several national and European premieres, as well as courted by the social elites, Sinaia always stood ahead the times it crossed.
Together with the cultural project that develops around it, the book benefitted from highest level support and by the active involvement of Sinaia City Hall. The latter made possible the official launch of the book at the Casino in Sinaia, an event where many guests attended, promoting and large scale coverage of the book, as well as approaching such a publishing project as part of a larger city promotion campaign the local authorities will start this year.
Romanian or foreign tourists will rediscover the city also due to the fact that “Sinaia, Oraşul Elitelor” suggests, for the first time in history, thematic touristic itineraries focused on monument buildings and author houses. The map completes a picture which paints the way Sinaia shines from different perspectives to the ones we were accustomed with. The book website, www.sinaiaorasulelitelor.ro, hosts an electronic version of the itineraries, where monument buildings and author houses are localised by GPS with the help provided by the digital map solution offered by GPSMAPS. The map is also optimised for mobile devices.
Part of the money gained from selling the book will directly support the development of area touristic activities. The money will be donated to the “Prahova Valley Rotary Club” Association for supporting the “Belvederes in Bucegi” project, which aims to promote the touristic potential of the Bucegi Natural Park protected area. With these amounts of money and the local community contribution, the royal itinerary Sinaia-Royal Sheepfold Meadow will be placed again on the map, as this itinerary includes the traditional belvedere points at St. Ana Rock, the Chimes Rock, the Franz-Josef Rock and the Sheepfold Meadow itself, which will be marked and accommodated as rest and information points.