Mounds and hillocks
Locally called „glimee” or „movile”, intriguing and silent, they draw your attention to the appearance of mounds or earth elevations, arranged in groups as if man-made. You can find them all over the place, but you can see the most beautiful ones at Apold, Saschiz (near Sighisoara) or Movile (20 km from Agnita). They are special because of the floristic biodiversity, being an attraction for geomorphology lovers and the subject of local legends and stories.
A group of interesting glimee can be found in the south of the Transylvanian Highlands, in Șona and in Rucăr, two villages close to Făgăraș. The locals call them ”guruieți” and they are absolutely spectacular. Their interesting shapes and position, as well as aspect (some consider them as pyramids) has had many think they could be ancient Dacian vestiges or mounds erected by the Celts, giant tombs, hence so many legends you can discover … but they are only natural forms.
Their genesis is due to the massive deep-seated landslides produced approximately in the Pleistocene – Holocene (12,000 years ago). The detachment of several elongated steps (shafts) was followed by their stabilization, then by modeling (by surface erosion, shuffling, torrentiality, surface slip) and by the individualization of the blades.
How to visit: hiking, cycling, horseback riding – free of charge – for guided tours, use Local guides and agencies.
Credit foto: Claudiu Popescu, Cristina Iliescu