DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B52/S20.091


M. N. Frinculeasa, A. Istrate
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-18-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 5, Vol. 2, 689-696 pp

The natural reserve from Cetăţeni (Cetăţeni Gorges or Cetăţeni karstic microrelief) is located in the extreme south of the Leaota Mountains, on the left side of the Dâmboviţa River, in the Cetăţeni village. The spectacular physiognomy of this relief with sharp peaks, columns and rock pedestals are mainly the result of the selective erosion of the conglomerates. Natural conditions have favored the development of an interesting flora of numerous endemic and thermophilic elements specific to the South. Situated between the Coman and Chiliilor creeks, it is enriched by its cultural-historical significance revealed through archaeological research (evidence of habitation dating from the beginning of the Bronze Age, a Geto-Dacian settlement, Proto-Bulgarian habitation, Romanian medieval fortress and settlement). Cetăţeni is an important touristic location in the Dâmboviţa Valley, however, the main attraction is the new Cetăţuia Negru Vodă Orthodox Church (built near “Schitul lui Negru Voda” - hermitage carved into the rock dating from the 15th century), recently integrated into the landscape and cultural spectrum of the area. In this context, the aim of this paper is to provide a geomorphocultural assessment of the Cetăţeni geosite, emphasizing the cultural-historical elements, which have become complementary parts of the valorization of this landscape and spiritual resource in its entirety. This new resizing of the geosite also imposes different parameters in the development of protection and valorization strategies because, under the pressure of natural and anthropic factors easily noticeable in the study area, ignoring them can lead to the disappearance or destruction of a source of genuine cultural and scientific touristic potential.

Keywords: geomorphosite, touristic potential, geomorpho-cultural assessment, Cetăţeni