VIDEO | ‘Spectacular’ Romanian waterfall collapses under its own weight

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A waterfall in southwestern Romania,  one of the most visited spots in the region, has collapsed, authorities said.

Wonder of nature

The Bigăr Waterfall which is located in the  Cheile Nerei – Beuşniţa National Park was described by World Geography as “a wonder of nature.”

Romsilva management company said the collapse of a 4-meter section of the cascade on Monday evening was due to natural causes.

„Unfortunately, we also have some bad news. Bigăr waterfall, one of the spectacular tourist attractions…. collapsed today (Monday).  Travertine and moss accumulated over time led to its collapse.”, Romsilva said.


The waterfall was covered with a thick layer of moss. Calcium carbonate petrified the moss, which regenerated with new layers of moss, which added weight.

The Bigăr Waterfall grew in weight and volume and collapsed under its own weight,” Romsilva said in a release on June 8.

The World Geography placed it in the first position of its 8 Unique Waterfalls Around the World guide in 2013 stripping it of its relative anonymity.

According to legend, a girl was locked up in a small cave next to the falls by her parents. She desperately wanting to be with a boy named Bigar. She was transformed into a waterfall and the boy then drowned in its waters.

Visited place

Local officials said they were sorry about the development.

„I am just shocked. It was the most visited place in our county. We’ll see what we can do, but you can’t play around with nature. It is a normal phenomenon. It’s sad for us because it attracted attention and interest, but Caraş-Severin has many other beautiful places and we invite you to visit them „, chairman of the Caras-Severin county council Romeo Dunca told

Romsilva said other waterfalls had collapsed and then regenerated in time. The nearby  Moceriș W which is also in the same park collapsed in a similar manner and then  regenerated.

Romsilva: Cascada Bigăr e într-o dinamică naturală permanentă şi în timp se va regenera



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