We are still staying in Orșova today, but this time we are telling a little about the recent history of the place.
A little over 40 years ago, 3 km north of the hearth of the old city, Orșova Noua was beginning to take shape, and centuries of history would end under the waters of the Danube, as a result of the construction of the "Iron Gates I" Hydropower Plant .
The northern limit of the city became the southern one, and the appearance of the settlement changed radically, now taking the shape of a horseshoe, which embraces the waters of the newly formed Cerna Bay. Not only the shape of the city would be different, but also the architecture. The buildings that once bore the imprint of the Austro-Hungarian occupation, would be replaced by those specific to the communist era, with influences of the socialist realist trend.
But the overall picture of the city, with its winding streets, lined with houses rising up the hill, together with the blocks arranged in the form of a semicircle guarding the waters of the Danube, complemented by the abundance of shades of green of the relief of the area, seems detached from the most spectacular art galleries.
Orșova has a huge tourist potential, both due to the sights in the city, such as the Saint Ana Monastery, the Catholic Church or the "Iron Gates" Regional Museum, as well as the Danube Gorge area, being the best starting point to see everything what it has more spectacular to offer.
And if we still arrived in Orșova these days, we will stop here a little longer and we will visit each attraction that the city has in turn, in the posts that will follow.