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The town of Sinaia is situated in an awe-inspiring mountainous region at the foothills of the Bucegi Mountains, along the Prahova Valley, 125 Km from Bucharest and 44 Km from Brasov. In altitude Sinaia is located between 800 and 1000 m. It has a sub-alpine climate, with bracing summers and relatively mild winters yet charged with heavy snows. With an annual average temperature of 7oC, the summer temperature fluctuates around 15oC, whilst in winter the temperature is on average of -4oC. 1

Being one of the oldest and most famous Romanian mountain resorts, Sinaia is also known as "the Pearl of the Carpathians".
As legend says, the town took its name from the Sinaia Monastery where a stone has been brought by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino from Mount Sinai.

It was only in 1869, after the erection of the town's first hotel, that Sinaia was first mentioned in documents as a mountain resort. So it became the summer royal residence for the Hohenzollern Royal House and King Carol the first was commenced the construction of Peles Castle, in 1873. Prior to World War II and the abdication of the king, Sinaia used to be a well-cherished summer retreat for the Romanian aristocracy as well. Strolling up the mountainside through the town reveals grand summer mansions dating back to that time.

As an echo of those times of glory, in more recent years Sinaia has become the venue of many international scientific events.

The Venue of the 1st International Proficiency Testing Conference 2007 is The International Convention Centre (The Sinaia Casino, Inagurated in 1913, being a replica of Monte Carlo's Casino, all the Casino's architectural elements are breathing an aristrocratic air which is still overflowing over the whole resort. During the 30's, the Casino strengthened its statute being a maximum interest point, outrunning in fame the Peles Castle itself. Nowadays its modernization leads to the use of the building as a host for organizing international congresses and reunions as well as state leaders level meetings. International Convention Centre Casino Sinaia – situated in the centre of Sinaia, is 5-10 minutes walking far from the conference hotels – Palace, Sinaia and New Montana – and 10 minutes walking far from the Railway Station. For more information see the Tourist Information page on this website.

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopdia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.


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