Rosia Montana's Anniversary – International celebration for 1883 years of historical documentation of the oldest mining settlement in Romania

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Rosia Montana's Anniversary – International celebration for 1883 years of historical documentation of the oldest mining settlement in Romania

Rosia Montana, 4. February 2014 – On the 6th of February 2014, Save Rosia Montana Campaign organizes the fourth edition of Rosia Montana's Anniversary, a cultural event with the occasion of Rosia Montana's celebrating 1883 years of historical documentation. The event is dedicated to the existing exceptional cultural and natural heritage of Rosia Montana and will take place in 40 cities from more than 10 countries worldwide.

On the 6th of February 2014, Rosia Montana celebrates 1883 years of existence, being the oldest mining settlement in Romania. Its Latin name, Alburnus Maior, was mentioned for the first time in the wooden-wax tablet no. XVIII, 131 February 6 dated.

With this occasion, for the fourth year in a row, Save Rosia Montana Campaign organizez Rosia Montana's Anniversary in dozens of cities in Romania and other countries.

Rosia Montana's Anniversary is an event that promotes the natural and cultural heritage that Rosia Montana shelters and put a highlight on the necessity to conserve these vestiges of universal value, respectable for being included in the UNESCO World Heritage. In the same time, the event brings into discussion the risks that the entire area is facing because of the mining project proposed by Gabriel Resources, a company that plans to develop the biggest open cast gold mine in Europe.

In 2014, Rosia Montana's Anniversary will take place in more than 40 cities in Romania and abroad, such as United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Canada, Belgium etc., with the involvement of dozens of Rosia Montana supporters worldwide:

Aalborg // Bad-bevensen // Bonn // Berlin // Copenhaga // Dublin // Londra // Louvain-La-Neuve // Madrid // Montreal // Paris // Sonderborg // Toronto // Uelzen // Viena

The program of the event consists in artistic and documentary film projections about Rosia Montana and other mining settlements, photo exhibitions reflecting the cultural patrimony of the area, open discussions about how to protect the patrimony and the future of Rosia Montana, concerts held by local artists and other events.

Roşia Montană is the oldest mining settlement in Romania, being historical documented 1881 years ago. The name of Alburnus Maior, the Latin name of Roşia Montană, was mentioned for the first time in the wax tablet no. XVIII, on the 6th of February 131. The wax tablets discovered in the galleries of Roşia Montană represent one of the sources of the Roman Law.

The village of Roşia Montană contains profound roots and evidences of the Romanian history, such as dozens of buildings and households declared historical monuments, a historical centre famous for the age and architecture of its buildings, a mining museum with a unique collection of ancient artifacts, memorial houses and an archeological reservation. These proofs of Romanian nation’s ethnogenesis and continuity are threatened by the proposal of a mining company to develop the biggest open cast gold mine in Europe.

The Save Roşia Montană campaign represents the connection between the local opposition in Roşia Montană and the activists from all over Romania fighting against this project proposal. During 14 years of resistance, Save Roşia Montană became the biggest environmental and social campaign in Romania, enjoying the support of the Romanian Academy, ICOMOS, dozens of nongovernmental organisations, public personalities and the general public.

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