The Romanian Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains is a strangely shaped rock located at an altitude of over 2,200 meters. The sphinx is just one of the rocks with unusual shapes on the Bucegi plateau. They attract a lot of tourists every year. Most come to enjoy a hiking session in the Bucegi Mountains. Others come due to the legends created around these stones.
Facts about the Carpathian Sphinx in Romania
The origin of the name Sphinx is due to its resemblance to a human head, more precisely to the Egyptian Sphinx. It is formed from a large block of stone that has taken today’s shape in a very long time. The Carpathian Sphinx from Bucegi measures 8 meters high and 12 meters wide.
Only when viewed from a certain angle does it resemble the Sphinx of Egypt. The rock was first photographed in 1900. It has continued to fascinate people ever since. However, the name sphinx did not appear until 1935.
The main creator of the shapes on the Bucegi Plateau is the wind, the process being called wind erosion. The alternation of sedimentary sandstones and limestones is one of the morphological features of the Bucegi Mountains. This feature allowed the creation of these forms. Formations with bizarre shapes are found in other mountain ranges around the world.
But due to the strange appearance of this rock, a series of legends and myths have emerged. They try to explain its formation, beyond scientific theory.
Legends about the Bucegi mountains Sphinx
One of the most famous legends says that the Egyptian Sphinx was, in fact, built after the model of the one in Bucegi. Moreover, there are stories that claim that between the Sphinx in Romania and the Sphinx in Egypt there would be a time tunnel, three-dimensional or energy corridor.
Another legend says that up here, on the plateau of the Bucegi Mountains, the aliens would have established their base. They would also have built the Sphinx from Bucegi and Babele, the stones near the Sphinx. They left behind other interesting constructions all over the Earth: the great Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, etc.
The third legend refers to the Dacians, an ancient people who lived in antiquity in the region of today’s Romania. The Dacians were conquered by the Romans. This led to the formation of the Romanian people.
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It is said that the Sphinx had a sacred meaning and that it was born in Dacian times. The Bucegi Plateau would have been the meeting place for those who wanted to bring an offering to the gods. Zalmoxis was the most important god of the Dacians. And it all started with the sacrifice made by Decebalus. Decebalus was the last king of the Dacians before being conquered by the Romans. Decebalus allegedly killed his son to send him as a messenger to the gods.
One of the Bucegi mountain secrets: time tunnels?
But apart from these 3 legends, there is one that manages to gather more followers every year. Both Romanians and citizens from all corners of the world gather here, on the Bucegi plateau, on November 28th. On this day, at sunset, the sun’s rays are said to form an energy pyramid around the face of the Sphinx, and this appearance would have a healing effect.
Several hundred tourists gather around the monument to receive energy from the “Energy Pyramid”.
It all started with an online article published in Romanian that contained the story of a lady who seems to have healed from this energy. The article is written in the form of an interview with the Lady with the Purple Hat. She says she was left in a wheelchair following a ski accident in France. The friends organized a tour of Europe, during which the lady also visited Romania.
Stopped in Sibiu, the lady had a dream in which the Sphinx from Bucegi called her to him. The next day she found out that there really was a Sphinx in the Bucegi Mountains. At the urging of a doctor in Hamburg, the lady with the purple hat went up to the Sphinx on November 28, 2013, when she was healed. Following this miracle, the lady settled in Romania, in Sibiu.
In the article, the lady also talks about an energy pyramid with healing powers that forms above the Sphinx on November 28 and about an open gate to parallel universes. This Gate allows time travel. It is said that the tunnel that allows travel in other times is underground, between the Sphinx and the Babe.
Legend or not, it is certain that following that article, November 28 became the day of the Sphinx. Of those gathered here, some said they felt the energy charge and others did not see the pyramid, but the sunset was worth the climb.
Babele is another famous natural monument located on the Bucegi Plateau at an altitude of 2,292 meters. As with the Sphinx, scientists say that water, wind, and ice created these two rocks that look like hunchbacked old ladies or rocky mushrooms.
How to get to the Romanian Sphinx in the Bucegi mountains?
The access to the Bucegi plateau is made by cable car from Busteni or by car to Cabana Piatra Arsa and from there on foot, in a 30-minute hike. On November 28, the sun sets around 17:00 and the last cable car goes down at 16:30.
All those who want to stay until sunset near the Sphinx must return on foot in the dark to the Cabana Piatra Arsa. From there, you can get back by car in the dark. The road is difficult to drive on even during the day.
The mountain can be dangerous especially at night, in winter, so those who venture on it in these conditions do so at their own risk.
But you can visit the Sphinx from Bucegi safely, on a beautiful route through the mountains. Plan a whole day hiking in the Bucegi mountains and let yourself be amazed by the beautiful landscapes!