Hoia Baciu: the most haunted forest in Romania, between science and legend

by Lorenzo Peratoner

Some time ago we left you with the mysteries of Cicada 3301 andmoth man. Today, we will talk about a “Bermuda triangle” (no, not the well-known one of the Atlantic Ocean to which we have already dedicated an article) located in Romaniain the region of Transylvania. This name, of course, refers us to the well-known vampire creature embodied by the count Draculaborn from the pen of Bram Stoker. There forest which we will discuss, however, has nothing to do with vampires; however, it collects a large part of the mystery imagery and supernatural established in recent decades, including ghosts, UFO sightings, missing people and time travel.

Hoia Baciu: the origin of the forest

In the heart of the Transylvania a forest extends beyond 250 hectaresknown as Hoia Baciu. If you think it is a difficult place to reach or isolated from the rest of the world, you are wrong. The wooded area develops right next to the second most populous city in the country, Cluj-Napoca. For this reason, some areas of the forest are assiduously frequented to practice sports activities, such as airsoft or cycling. In recent years, moreover, its reputation as a mysterious and haunted place, exacerbated by the web, has increased its popularity even among the most courageous tourists and paranormal investigators.

The forest of Hoia Baciu taken from Google Earth. Note the lower left Buzzard Rotunda (round clearing), a place considered a catalyst of inexplicable phenomena and home of ghosts. On the right you can see the beginning of the outskirts of Cluj.

It is important to point out that the forest is relatively youngas formed about two-hundred years ago, consequently many trees also appear as such. Some of these, however, have a very unusual element, that is the very unusual and twisted shape of the trunk, which develops from the base assuming a shape ovoid. Science is not yet able to provide an exact explanation for this particular phenomenon.

The first appearances

The first information on this wood dates back to 1968, when it first rose to the headlines. On a hot August day, the former Romanian army officer Emil Barneain the company of his girlfriend Miss Matea and some friends were having a picnic in the woods when they noticed an unidentified flying object in the sky. The former soldier took several photos of him.

The image was published in the Romanian newspaper AgerPres and, of course, it has been the subject of analysis and studies to ascertain its authenticity. The judgments turned out to be conflicting, as some experts believed it to be true, while others, like the researcher Larry Robinson, they claimed it was false. (here there is an article from 2005 which deepens the studies conducted and Barnea’s report). There is, however, one element to underline. In the 1968 there Romania it was governed by a mold regime Soviet known for its censorship, which therefore would hardly have accepted the publication of false materials by individuals who wanted to derive any economic or image benefits. So, if the photo is authentic, it is likely that the alleged UFO is nothing more than a air balloonas suggested by the astronomical observatory of Cluj.

Hoia Baciu Forest (@Shutterstock)

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