HATEG COUNTRY GEOPARK (Romania)
The Hateg Country Dinosaurs Geopark is located in the central part of Romania, in a very fertile region surrounded by mountains. Picturesque landscapes and glacial mountain lakes provide the setting for a long human history that stretches from the Paleocene to Roman Antiquity and into the Middle Ages and today.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
The region is world famous for its dwarf dinosaurs from the end of Cretaceous, 65 million years ago. The Geopark celebrates this special heritage. More than ten dinosaur species, both herbivorous and carnivorous, have been found in fossil fluvial and lake deposits. Of particular interest, dinosaur eggs and hatchlings were also discovered in the same deposits, as well as many non-dinosaur species including all classes of vertebrates, from fishes to mammals. Most spectacular is a huge pterosaur, or flying reptile, that was named Hatzegopteryx after the region and the town. This enormous creature, perhaps the largest flying animals ever, had a 12-meter wingspan. Also well documented at the Geopark are the volcanic rocks-tuffs, lavas and craters that mark eruptions that took place during the age of the dinosaurs. Similarly impressive are the ruins of the ancient Roman capital of the Dacia province at Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana. The numerous medieval churches and fortresses, as well as the remains of more recent castles, are important cultural heritage. All the natural, historical and cultural sites of Hateg are integrated into the management plan of the Geopark. This plan preserves the sites in order to allow visitors to experience the area’s heritage. The development of sustainable tourism in the region is a major objective of the Hateg Geopark, for which farm accommodation, trails and interpretive signs are planned. Among the new attractions, the creation a dinosaur museum with life-size reconstructions of the species from the Hateg region is the most important.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States