Romanian Achievements and Records: Part 15
96. Between 1890 and 1895, Romanian engineer Anghel Saligny designed the King Carol I Bridge, a complex of railroad truss bridges in Romania, across the Danube River, connecting the cities of Cernavodă and Feteşti.
At the time of its construction, the King Carol I Bridge was the longest bridge in Europe. It has a total length of 4,088 meters of which 1662 m over the Danube and 920 m over Borcea and it stands at 30 meters above water, allowing tall ships to pass beneath it. (sources 1, 2, 3)
98. In 1888, George Enescu became the youngest student in the history of the Vienna Conservatory, at the age of 7 years and 2 months.
- ICR Vienna – here
- Historia Magazine Special – Romanian: George Enescu, fața nevăzută a unui geniu (English: George Enescu, the unseen face of a genius)
Established in 1817, the Vienna Conservatory became in 1909 the Imperial Academy of Music and the Performing Arts and is now part of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
So in almost a century (1817-1909), George Enescu was the youngest pupil to ever be admitted to this prestigious institution.
Six years after the great Austrian musician Fritz Kreisler became the youngest person ever to study at the Vienna Conservatory, also at the age of 7, George Enescu broke his record. Born in February 1875, by the fall of 1882 (the period of his admission), Kreisler was 7 years and 7/8 months old (depending whether the academic year began in September or October), while Enescu, who was born in August 1881, was 6/7 months younger when he was admitted, on October 5, 1888.
When we mention “The Thinker,” many of us will probably think of the marvel of Rodin. It was casted just 100 years ago, in 1904, so this might be the main reason why we first think of it. But what if we knew these “thinker” statues have a history of over 7,000 years?
The most famous prehistoric statue that carries this name comes from the Hamangia culture. This culture is a Late Neolithic archaeological culture of Dobruja, a Romanian area between Danube and Black Sea. It began around 5250–5200 BC and lasted until around 4550–4500 BC.
The Thinker of Hamangia is basically a complex of two states. The thinker “and his wife,” The thinker is a man sitting on a stool, that stool is a faithful replica of Neolithic stone chairs. The thinker is accompanied by an equally stylized female version. It is assumed that the two statues form a pair. These two statues strongly reflects the level of civilization of the ascendants of the Romanians, the brave Dacians.
A masterpiece of late Stone Age art, this terracotta sculpture, known as The Thinker (Romanian: “Gânditorul”), was unearthed in 1956 during archeological excavations of Neolithic settlement and burial debris in the lower Danube region, near Cernavodă in Romania. It was created during the world-famous Hamangia culture.