Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Prince Charles begins private visit to Romania

BUCHAREST (AFP) — Prince Charles began a four-day private visit to Romania Tuesday, where he is due to visit several villages in Transylvania, in the centre of the country, official sources said.

The Prince met with Romanian President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Calin Tariceanu on the first day of his trip, before traveling on to Miclosoara, a quaint Transylvanian village, where he was to stay in a 19th-century manor belonging to Count Tibor Kalnoky.

Prince Charles, traveling without his wife Camilla, was also expected to visit two further villages, Saschiz and Viscri, which was founded by the Saxons in the 12th century and is known for its imposing fortified church, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The two villages are part of a project led by the Mihai Eminescu Trust, an organisation under the Prince's patronage, dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Transylvanian villages and churches.

Prince Charles, for whom this is the sixth visit to Romania since 1998, has been involved in several ecological farming projects in Transylvania where he owns several properties, and in the regeneration of the historic centre of the city of Sibiu -- European City of Culture in 2007.

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