The famous Romanian ceramics from Horezu are to come under UNESCO protection after Romania's culture minister Mircea Diaconu signed and sent the necessary papers to Paris.
The Horezu monastery is already a UNESCO world heritage site. Diaconu says he is very pleased and hailed UNESCO acceptance as a “phenomenal” success after much lobbying for the move.
Along with the Dacian fortresses in the Orastiei Mountains and the Constantin Brâncuşi Sculptural Ensemble in Târgu Jiu, Victor Ponta's new government named the Horezu Ceramics as a priority for UNESCO protection.
Horezu is located in the Valcea county, in the Southern region of Romania, between Ramnicu Valcea and Targu Jiu. The ceramic creates in this area are renowned and have motifs such as the rooster – one of the main themes, natural elements, with the dominating colours being red and yellow.