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Fundata is a commune in Braşov County, Romania. It is composed of three villages: Fundata, Fundăţica and Şirnea.

Fundata is located at 40 km distance from Brasov, between Rucar and Bran, in the Rucar-Bran pass. Practically, it is situated at the highest point of the pass, with an altitude which varies between 1300–1400 meters. It's the highest settlements in Romania.

Fundata is practically surrounded by mountains, being contained by the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains.

The main economical activity of the people living here was, from ancient times (and still is), the sheep and cow breeding and the milk processing. Nowadays, the tourism is a new and important activity for Fundata.
In World War I, this was the place where the first Romanian soldier died, acquiring the sad record of being the first war victim, because, at that time, Fundata was a border village between the Romanian Kingdom and Austro-Hungarian Empire and the first skirmishes happened to be here. Some of the old border landmarks are still visible around the area.
In the communist period, Fundata was one of the fewest places in Romania that, luckily for them, did not experienced collectivization, because it was considered that the land was not suited for the "model" communist farms. That meant that the people kept their lands and their lifestyle, otherwise a rare possibility in a communist country.

Fundata is known best for its cheese specialties, namely for the smoked cheese and for the "burduf" cheese wrapped in fir bark. Those types of cheese are specific to this area, and one will be able to find them in the all Rucar-Bran pass. The local holiday is "Nedeea Munţilor", on July, 20, every year. Basically, is an ancient shepherd fair, where the people from the region met every year in order to sell their products (cheese, animals and so) and of course, to have fun. Today, this is a fair, were you can buy and eat cheese and pastrami, listen to folklore music, etc.
source: wikipedia

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