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Pădureni Land > Bătrâna
Location: 45°47'30.52"N,  22°35'3.66"E
Having the lowest population in Romania with only 124 inhabitants, Bătrâna village is situated in the high hills of Poiana Rusca Mountains, at an altitude of 960 m, surrounded by forests, separated from the surrounding villages by deep valleys. An ancient settlement dates back to some objects found in the administrative district since the Neolithic period.

"In this isolated region of forests and due to the very special geographic conditions, one of the most original and deeply archaic civilizations of our country has developed." (Romulus VUIA)

The village of Bătrâna is situated in the high hills of Poiana Rusca Mountains, at an altitude of 960 m, surrounded by forests, separated from the surrounding villages by deep valleys. It is an ancient settlement, which dates according to objects found in the administrative ray From the Neolithic period.

The village of Bătrâna is situated in the Poiana Ruscă massif in the western part of Hunedoara County, situated at a distance of 70 km from Deva Municipality and 30 km from Dobra commune.

It is bordered in the East and South by the Cerbal commune, in the North by Dobra commune, and in the West by Pietroasa commune, Timiș County.

Bătrâna commune has four villages: Bătrâna, Piatră, Răchitaua, Fata – Roșie.

In total, Bătrâna, has an area (intravilan) of 85 ha, out of which:
Village of Bătrâna - 37 ha,
Piatra Village - 21 ha,
Răchițaua village - 16 ha;
Bătrâna is an ancient settlement, dating back, according to some objects found in the administrative district, since the Neolithic period.
The name of the village of Bătrâna comes from an old legend known by the inhabitants of the area.

In the Pădureni Land, the village of Bătrâna was anthropologically researched in 1958 by the Academy of the Romanian People's Republic. Academics have since confirmed that the village of Bătrâna is the most isolated in Pădureni Land, it is located at the highest elevation in the beautiful land, and the inhabitants preserve the most authentic traditions from their forerunners.
The well-known ethnographer Romulus Vuia, who was part of the anthropological research team from Bătrâna in the years 1957-1958, in the monograph of Bătrâna commune, considers that "the hunting occupied a leading place among the winter activities of the inhabitants of Bătrâna". The hunt was carried out for fur and horns, but also to protect  the cattle against the potential predators.
The main hunted animals: boar, wolf, fox, badger, otter and marten.

In Bătrâna, the entrence in the village is guarded by a  gateway called "vraniţă" used since ancient times to divide the territory into two parts: the agricultural land, and the pasture. Whoever you are, you have to openthe gate in order to enter the village, then "pull the vranița after you".

The village's inhabitants preserve with holiness the authentic folk port, which they proudly wear on every village feast.

The gathered form of villages placed on the heights, the agricultural terraces around them, huge steps descending to meadows and forested valleys, the traditional forms of work, the air, the surrounding waters and forests, the food based on organic products, are a pleasant surprise for any Romanian or foreign tourist arriving in the area.
From Hunedoara County, through the villages of Bătrâna, Bunila, Cerbă, Lăpugiu de Jos, Lunca Cernii de Jos. From Timis County: through Pietroasa and Tomeşti
Recommended ACCESS - from Dobra village about 30 km; Unpaved road.

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